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LL archive April 2014: London Life looks at the 10 best poems about spring

LL archive April 2014: London Life looks at the 10 best poems about spring | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
From Shakespeare to Larkin, Kate Kellaway chooses her favourite celebrations of spring
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A poem for Spring.

which one would you choose?

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Archive: #Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors #Exhibition  #Gagosian Gallery #London

Archive: #Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors #Exhibition  #Gagosian Gallery #London | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

The macho man of Spanish painting was obsessed with bulls. For him they were symbols of mythic power, but also impotence and mortality

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At Gagosian Gallery, London, until 25 August. https://www.gagosian.com/exhibitions/picasso-minotaurs-and-matadors--april-28-2017

A sea of blue.

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Archive May 2017: Eduardo Paolozzi - Whitechapel Gallery

Archive May 2017: Eduardo Paolozzi - Whitechapel Gallery | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Whitechapel Gallery presents a major retrospective of British artist Eduardo Paolozzi. Running 16 February – 15 May 2017. Tickets on sale now.

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Paolozzi! Much more than a mosaic man. A must-go- see! #art #exhibition #London #Spring #Whitechapel #gallery #EastEnd
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LL Archive 2017: FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE - The Photographers' Gallery

LL Archive 2017: FEMINIST AVANT-GARDE  - The Photographers' Gallery | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

"Feminist Avant–Garde of the 1970s, an expansive exhibition comprising forty-eight international female artists and over 150 major works from the VERBUND COLLECTION in Vienna. The exhibition highlights groundbreaking practices that shaped the feminist art movement and provides a timely reminder of the wide impact of a generation of artists. Alongside established practitioners such as VALIE EXPORT, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman and Martha Rosler, the exhibition also provides a rare opportunity to discover the influential work of artists including Katalin Ladik, Nil Yalter, Birgit Jürgenssen and Sanja Iveković. Curator Gabriele Schor coined the term Feminist Avant-Garde to underline the pioneering achievements of these artists."




7 Oct - 15 Jan 2017

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LL Archive Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds

LL Archive Sunken Cities: Egypt’s Lost Worlds | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Over 200 finds from underwater excavations of two recently rediscovered Ancient Egyptian cities, which had been submerged beneath the Mediterranean Sea for over 1,000 years.

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October 2016 LL Archive #London #Summer Pavilion Serpentine Gallery

October 2016 LL Archive #London #Summer Pavilion Serpentine Gallery | London Life Archive | Scoop.it


The Serpentine Galleries are among London's most popular art venues showing modern and contemporary art. Free admission.


until 9 Oct

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October Update Last few days! The Summer Pavilion is now open to the public. Another sure sign summer has arrived. Summer Pavilion feature in Evening Standard http://www.standard.co.uk/lifestyle/design/first-look-at-new-serpentine-pavillion-danish-architect-bjarke-ingels-unveils-his-unzipped-wall-a3265741.html
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LL Archive September 2016 #London #Exhibition #GRAD #Gallery for #Russian #Arts and #Design

LL Archive September 2016 #London #Exhibition #GRAD #Gallery for #Russian #Arts and #Design | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Superwoman: ‘Work, Build and Don’t Whine'

18 June — 17 September 2016


GRAD, in collaboration with Thea Films, is delighted to present Superwoman: 'Work, Build and Don’t Whine'.


Curated by Dr Natalia Murray and actor and award winning filmmaker Dolya Gavanski, the exhibition presents a fascinating exploration of the iconography of the Soviet woman in propaganda from the October Revolution of 1917 to the fall of the Soviet Union and the arrival of Perestroika in 1991. This exhibition, the 10th in GRAD’s Academy programme, charts the development of the Soviet woman and assesses what her legacy is today

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Good exhibition space in central London for Russian art. Well curated exhibitions. Thought-provoking and insightful look back at Russia's past. reviewed here:
 
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LL archive Alex Katz: Quick Light, exhibition review: Seduced by surface beauty

LL archive Alex Katz: Quick Light, exhibition review: Seduced by surface beauty | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
I always feel I should love Alex Katz’s paintings. I admire that in Fifties New York he wanted to create a new kind of figurative painting in response to Abstract Expressionism. I share his adoration of Matisse, an artist whose legacy he’s often credited with reinforcing. Painters I like see Katz as a god. 
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The Return Of The Floating Cinema

The Return Of The Floating Cinema | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
 

Feature length film screenings, talks and workshops - on-board and canalside 
 

For more info:
  www.floatingcinema.info


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Great to see the return of Floating Cinema! Booking now!
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LL Archive Exhibition Choice:  Mona Hatoum @ Tate Modern

LL Archive Exhibition Choice:  Mona Hatoum @ Tate Modern | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
One of the best contemporary female artists today, Mona Hatoum​, gets her first major exhibition in London at Tate Modern
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Exhibition runs until 21 August If you can only fit in one exhibition in London this summer, choose this one. Revelatory. Confrontational. Involving. And many other surprising reactions. If in #London... go! With thanks to Culture Whisper for the review
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LL Archive June 2016 Exhibition : Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano - Daiwa Anglo/Japanese Foundation

LL Archive June 2016 Exhibition : Unexpected Stories by Umi Kumano - Daiwa Anglo/Japanese Foundation | London Life Archive | Scoop.it



  "Umi Kumano creates his works by pairing seemingly unrelated scenes and motifs as if they were part of a single event in one world. Although these elements may share no meaningful connection, the imagination of the viewers spins them into ‘Unexpected Stories’.


Through their unconventional juxtaposition, mundane and commonplace scenes from the everyday world morph from reality to surreality...." 


Image: Cream and Bear, 2016, acrylic on canvas © Umi Kumano





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Needing the surreal? Exhibition details: 3 Jun 2016 to 15 Jul 2016 Monday to Friday, 9:30am to 5pm (except public holidays) 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, Outer Circle (entrance facing Regent's Park), London NW1 4QP
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June 2016 Archive :Exceptional and extraordinary: unruly bodies and minds in the medical museum

June 2016 Archive :Exceptional and extraordinary: unruly bodies and minds in the medical museum | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
Acclaimed comedian Francesca Martinez and the Deaf Men Dancing group perform exciting, new and provocative works examining attitudes towards difference in a society that values some lives more than others.
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This event has been and gone but the evening will stay in my memory for some time to come. Deaf Men Dancing gave a gutsy visual display boldly demonstrating what life has been (and is) like when you are deaf. To watch them dancing to a soundtrack they couldn't hear was thought provoking and very moving. Francesca started off by saying she wasn't a motivational speaker, merely a comedian. Wrong. If not motivational, she was truly inspirational. She has had her light bulb moment some years back. I think she is part of my lightbulb moment, regarding how we see ourselves and how we perceive others, especially those considered "different" by and unthinking and conditioned society. This show is on the road, I believe. Do catch it if you can.
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From The Archive 2012: Secret Garden Project Film

Secret Garden Project - an up projects production. A film about the series of art commissions and events exploring London's lesser known green spaces ...

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Archive: Giacometti @ Tate Modern  

Archive: Giacometti @ Tate Modern   | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Modernist master deserves his reputation


"The Swiss painter-sculptor Alberto Giacometti is celebrated in a retrospective at Tate Modern that is both a chance to revel in a particular kind of dusty bohemian glamour and an opportunity to really find out what this character, with his crazy hair and a face as monumentally angular as any modern-art sculpture, actually contributed to the history of art."

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Well, this informed review certainly increases our desire to get to the Giacometti asap! Which we have already planned to do this weekend. Go early. This one will get very CROWDED very soon into the day.
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Autumn Archive: Exhibition Choice

Autumn Archive: Exhibition Choice | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

Grayson Perry Exhibition.. 

Free admission.

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May 2017 LL Archive: Serpentine Galleries

May 2017 LL Archive: Serpentine Galleries | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

The Serpentine Galleries are among London's most popular art venues showing modern and contemporary art.  Free admission.



Current Exhibition:


"Tania Bruguera (b.1968 Havana, Cuba) is an installation and performance artist whose works often expose the social effects of the power of political force; she lives and works in Havana, New York and Cambridge, Massachusetts.


Selected solo exhibitions and performances include: Tate Modern, London (2016, 2008); Plaza de la Revolución and the Internet, Havana (2015); Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (2013); Queens Museum of Art, New York (2013); Centre d’Art Pompidou, Paris (2010); Beirut Art Center (2010) and Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (2006). Selected group exhibitions include: South London Gallery (2016); 56th Venice Biennale (2015); Santa Monica Museum of Art (2014); Centre for Contemporary Art Ujazdowski Castle, Warsaw (2014); Guggenheim Museum, New York (2012); MAXXI National Museum of Contemporary Art, Rome (2012); MoMA PS1, New York (2008) and dOCUMENTA 11, Kassel (2002).


Bruguera established the Arte de Conducta (Behaviour Art) program at Instituto Superior de Arte in Havana and has recently opened the Hannah Arendt International Institute for Artivism, in Havana - a school, exhibition space and think tank for activist artists and Cubans. "

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(Closed  21 May)


April 2017

That was me yesterday (but that isn't me!) a rapt listener to the words of the Cuban artist take on taking on Totalitarianism. Phew! Great video! its not online so im going back to have another listen and another look around the exhibition before it closes next month. well worth a detour if you are walking in the vicinity. #HydePark #KensingtonGardens

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London Life Review: Tennessee Williams @ Pentameters Theatre Hampstead

London Life Review: Tennessee Williams @ Pentameters Theatre Hampstead | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

TENNESSEE WILLIAMS

WILD AT HEART

PENTAMETERS THEATRE HAMPSTEAD


Four 15 minute plays which give the most extraordinary insight into the developing genius of Tennessee Williams: DON’T MISS!!


Show closing Sunday 20th Nov 2016 5pm Box Office 02074353648   www.pentameters.co.uk  


"These four short plays formidably acted by actresses of the highest quality ....." Read the full review here

https://bestoflondonlife.wordpress.com/2016/11/18/tennesse-williams-pentameters-theatre-hampstead/


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Theatre Production Alert!


London Life gave  ***** for this production of rarely performed short plays by Tennessee Williams


Pentameters Theatre, Hampstead

Closing on Sunday 20 November

Go!

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LL archive Sept 2016/ London Design Biennale 2016 : Somerset House

LL archive Sept 2016/ London Design Biennale 2016 : Somerset House | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

7 - 27 September 2016


Thirty seven countries and territories from six continents are presenting newly monumental installations and commissioned works exploring the theme Utopia by Design in the first London Design Biennale. Exhibiting countries and territories include: Albania; Australia; Austria; Belgium; Chile; Croatia; France; Germany; Greece; India; Indonesia; Israel; Italy; Japan; Lebanon; Mexico; Netherlands; Nigeria; Norway; Pakistan; Poland; Portugal; Republic of Korea; Russia; Saudi Arabia; South Africa; Sweden; Switzerland; Tunisia; Turkey; UK; USA


For more information visit


www.londondesignbiennale.com

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London Life loved the contribution from Lebanon .. a Beirut street complete with barber and a barrow offering freshly squeezed orange juice. And much more. It can be found on the Riverside terrace. The outside exhibits are free. Admission to the housed exhibits is £15.
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LLA: Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu @ Camden Arts Centre

LLA: Making & Unmaking: An exhibition curated by Duro Olowu @ Camden Arts Centre | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
until 18 September
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Went to this today. such exuberance and connectedness and colour! And texture and pattern and unique uses of materials. Loved it but couldn't loiter so will return.
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LL Archive: Charlotte Brontë's #London, And Why She Wasn't A Fan

LL Archive: Charlotte Brontë's #London, And Why She Wasn't A Fan | London Life Archive | Scoop.it
Her meeting with a hippo, and run-in with Thackeray.
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The London events in celebration of Brontë200 are mostly over but the exhibition @NPG is on until August: "Brontë200 in London This year, Brontë fans are celebrating Brontë200: a five-year programme by the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Brontë Society celebrating 200 years since the births of the Brontë siblings. In 2016, it's Charlotte's bicentenary. Look out for the following exhibition: • Celebrating Charlotte Brontë at the National Portrait Gallery, until 14 August "
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The London events in celebration of Brontë200 are mostly over but the exhibition @NPG is on until August: "Brontë200 in London This year, Brontë fans are celebrating Brontë200: a five-year programme by the Brontë Parsonage Museum and the Brontë Society celebrating 200 years since the births of the Brontë siblings. In 2016, it's Charlotte's bicentenary. Look out for the following exhibition: • Celebrating Charlotte Brontë at the National Portrait Gallery, until 14 August "
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LL Archive :Summer Exhibition 2016 Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts

LL Archive :Summer Exhibition 2016 Exhibition Royal Academy of Arts | London Life Archive | Scoop.it


“The Summer Exhibition 2016 will be unpredictable, stimulating, and enjoyable with 10 startling rooms of contemporary art submitted from around the world. Each of the rooms will be hung by a member of the committee, resulting in themes of free speculation, practice or technique.”


Richard Wilson RA, Summer Exhibition 2016 Coordinator


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Summer? Starts with the RA Summer Exhibition ....
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Ron Arad

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Ron Arad's Curtain call is a canvas for films, live performance and audience interaction.
6 - 29 August 2016
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I went to experience this when it was at The Roundhouse five years ago and it was exciting to be there, not least to watch people's reactions! I shall be returning.
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July 2016 archive / A Date For Your Diary : The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune

July 2016 archive / A Date For Your Diary : The Tiny island on the Thames that once held The Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the UK’s Largest Hippie Commune | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

"Let’s take a walk along the towpath by the Thames, breathing in the heady scent of summer. See that island in the middle? That’s where we’re headed. "


with thanks to Paris-based blogger extraordinaire Messy Nessy Chic for another excellent post

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June 2016. Summer! I wish! Eel Pie island, anyone? Here's a rare opportunity to visit a unique London Island! Open Weekend June 25 - 26 and the first weekend of July. for details go here http://www.eelpieislandartists.co.uk/www.eelpieislandartists.co.uk/Welcome.html and more reading! https://littlelondonobservationist.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/exploring-eel-pie-island/
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June 2016. Summer! I wish!

Eel Pie island, anyone? 


Here's a rare opportunity to visit a unique London Island!


Open Weekend June 25 - 26 and the first weekend of July.

for details go here

http://www.eelpieislandartists.co.uk/www.eelpieislandartists.co.uk/Welcome.html


and more reading!

https://littlelondonobservationist.wordpress.com/2010/06/22/exploring-eel-pie-island/


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London's Secrets :: The Post Office Railway (Mail Rail) from Silent UK – Urban Exploration & Underground Photography

London's Secrets :: The Post Office Railway (Mail Rail) from Silent UK – Urban Exploration & Underground Photography | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

As a Lover of London's secrets, I could spend forever at http://www.silentuk.com/?p=2792

 

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From The Archive 2012 : Karen Knorr » Kenwood House #London

From The Archive 2012 : Karen Knorr » Kenwood House #London | London Life Archive | Scoop.it

http://www.karenknorr.com/about/

 

No animal sightings on my visit! Interesting point about art institutions v nature, the former "keeping out the latter". I certainly would not want to share my viewing with a fox!

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I visit Hampstead Heath every week. Thing is most of us tend to have our favourite pathways and I am no different. I used to take a different route that ended up at Kenwood. It's worth any detour. and this post from 2012 always makes me smile and remind myself to once again change my direction! The art displayed there in splendid rooms goes down nicely with a cup of good coffee from the café. note: this page on Karen Knorr's website is no longer available but her more recent work and her exhibitions are fascinating.
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