The Art and Culture Magazine: Inside Issue 59
A retrospective of Modernist architect Louis Kahn, one of the 20th century’s most eminent designers.
Thomas Jorion gives sense and purpose back to buildings that no longer hold any practical use.
Michel Gondry’s Mood Indigo makes a refreshing and surreal contrast to conventional cinema.
Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar is a love story set against the backdrop of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Can musicians compete in the global market performing in their native language?
We observe how younger audiences are engaging with opera.
A new production places audiences within the suspended reality of an unforgiving game.
Sean Gandini's Smashed brings a unique approach to performance and juggling.
Film of the Month
Directed by Peter Middleton and James Spinney
12 mins 15 sec, 2012
After losing his sight in 1983, john Hull kept an intimate diary over three years, deconstructing his experience of blindness in relation to his family, his identity and his faith.
Screened at ASFF 2013
Picks from the Blog
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov had set their Strange City under the glass-and-steel passages of Grand Palais. Commissioned by the Monumenta, the exhibition proposes a double total installation: these are already known to Kabakov’s viewers and are situated in featureless pavilions of a total city installation formed under the cupola of the Grand Palais.
The works of a familiar face from the recent past are paying London a visit to mark the centenary anniversary of their creator’s birth. Despite his initial training as an architectural draughtsman, Lynn Chadwick (1914-2003) is widely known today as a sculptor and began to participate in several exhibitions (such as those at Gimpel Fils gallery) in the late 1940s and 1950s. His work is now on display at Blain|Southern, London, until 28 June.
The Aesthetica Art Prize exhibition is now open to the public, showcasing innovative works that push the boundaries of media and engage with key issues relevant today. From the extinction of bees to playing with form, and questioning what makes a painting or drawing, are just some of the topics explored by this year’s artists. Last year’s inaugural Art Prize show set the bar high for the international art it represented.
In the booklet of his new album, Mutations, Vijay Iyer states: “our intent, as players and observers, is to place ourselves fully in the moment with sound.” This desire was perfectly executed at the European Premiere of the record at Haus der Kunst, Munich, on 29 March. With his hands firmly attached to the piano, his head thrown back and his eyes shut, Iyer was lost in the midst of his creation; and so was the audience.
After the devastation caused by World War II Britain was in desperate need of hope, optimism and re-development. During the course of the war Britain suffered the tragic loss of 383,800 soldiers’ lives. The desire to raise Britain from rubble and ash and restore its former greatness found voice through the Festival of Britain organised by the labour government of Clement Atlee in the summer of 1951, exactly one hundred years after the Great Exhibition of Britain in 1851.