5 to See on the Bank Holiday Weekend

As tempting as a three day weekend spent with your feet up may be, our list of exhibitions mean that it is time to get out and about. Sunny or not, there’s plenty going on this bank holiday weekend so banish all thoughts of work, remove yourself from the sofa and make the most of your time off.

1. Cory Arcangel, Tate Modern, London
In Colors, Cory Arcangel takes apart Dennis Hopper’s film of the same name and transforms it into a captivating field of fluctuating colours. Archangel, who has been called the “Dada artist of the digital age”, grapples with the problematic relationship between images, data, physical objects and digital systems. Hopper’s original 1988 film was about the brutal violence between gangs in Los Angeles – Arcangel then scrambled Hopper’s cinematic images using a computer program he had developed, reconfiguring them into a bold abstraction. Inspired by the traditionally mechanical technique of slit-scan, Arcangel calls attention to the tension between digital and analogue technologies. Perfect if you have a free hour one afternoon although true enthusiasts beware, the way the program transforms the film means that it takes around 33 days to play from beginning to end!

2. John Hinde: Postcards, Photographers’ Gallery, London
Unable to get away this weekend? Those looking for escapism without the trauma of a train journey should head here for a nostalgic break. Presented are eight photographs (originally created as part of Hinde’s celebrated postcard collection) which have never been available as prints before now. Taken by John Hinde, considered to be one of the pioneers of colour photography, and his trained team of photographers, the pictures showcase some of our nation’s favourite domestic holiday destinations during the 1960s and 1970s. Demonstrating Hinde’s idiosyncratic use of colour, the prints are arranged alongside the original postcards, allowing one to see how the originals were enhanced – from altering the colour of clothing to replacing the dull sky with a brighter Mediterranean version. Each composition was carefully staged, sometimes taking weeks to accomplish due to waiting for the perfect weather, before being processed in Italy where the colour technology was more developed. Often thought of as kitsch or garish at a time when black and white was the only form of photography taken seriously, Hinde’s work has often escaped critical acclaim.

3. Cloud Illusions I Recall, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin
This exhibition explores the rich relationship between visual art and cinema featuring features works that span generations and including noted artists such as Marcel Broodthaers, Ed Ruscha, Cindy Sherman and Andrey Tarkovsky. Co-curated by artists Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Cerith Wyn Evans, the pair’s selection of video, film, painting, installation, text reveal the long-time-honoured legacy of film as a source of inspiration for artists.

4. Le Corbusier: An Atlas of Modern Landscapes, MoMA, New York
MoMA presents its first major exhibition on the work of Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret, 1887–1965), covering his work as an architect, interior designer, artist, city planner, writer, and photographer in the largest show ever created in New York. Uncovered are the ways in which Le Corbusier perceived and conjured up landscapes during his career, employing all the artistic techniques within his reach – from his early watercolours of places such as Italy, to his sketches of India, and from the photographs of his formative journeys to the models of his large-scale ventures.

5. Tour du Monde: Bicycle Stories, MAK, Vienna
Amidst rising awareness of sustainability and debates on mobility in metropolitan areas, this time-tested mode of individual transportation is currently enjoying something of a renaissance and fast becoming a fashionable symbol of an urban lifestyle. With its presentation of 50 iconic bicycles from the past two centuries Tour du Monde: Bicycle Stories relays the quality and diverse range of design-related thought that has gone into this cult vehicle. The rare models on show include unique examples by the Moulton Bicycle Company as well as a Diagonale by French maker René Herse, the “Rolls Royce” of bicycle manufacturers, and also wonders such as the all-plastic bike Wilhelmina Plast by Sweden’s Itera.

1. Colors (still), 2006, Cory Arcangel. Single channel video, artist software, computer. 33 days
2. On The Road To Keem Strand, Achill Island, Co, Ireland, John Hinde, © John Hinde Ltd
3.Clementina Maude, 5 Princes Gardens, c.1863–4, Lady Clementina Hawarden. Photograph, given by Lady Clementina Tottenham to Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
4. Model of the Villa Savoye, Poissy. 1928–31, Le Corbusier (Charles-Édouard Jeanneret) with Pierre Jeanneret. Wood, aluminum, and plastic. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Purchase. © 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris / FLC
5.Skoot, 2001, suitcase bike made by Skoot International LTD, Great Britain Design: Vincent & Vaughan Fallon © EMBACHER-COLLECTION® / Photo Bernhard Angerer

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