LOUIS KAHN, THE POWER OF ARCHITECTURE
Monumental beyond modernist. Louis Kahn’s distinctive style of heavy buildings didn’t hide their weight, materials or assembly in his back-to-basics approach to designing dramatic buildings. Inspired by the ancient buildings of Italy, Greece and Egypt, he created monolithic beauty and powerful universal symbolism. He also got around a bit – fellowships and awards coming out of his ears and three kids by three different women.
This Design Museum exhibition is an expansive collections of his works with models, drawings, photographs, films and interviews in one of the most complete retrospective of Kahn’s career.
OPEN KITCHEN 24th JULY
After the resounding fun of last autumn’s Open Kitchen event with Team London Bridge and Bermondsey Street’s good and great, we’re teaming up again for another shot this summer.
Join us and the likes of Jose Pizarro, Aqua Shard, Antico and Hutong in the White Cube’s courtyard to sample a signature dish from each restaurant alongside some of the finest drinks produced in our neighbourhood.
MADE IN MEXICO
Like a ray of Mariachi-esque sunshine at the heart of the Bermondsey Street, the Fashion & Textile Museum has Mexico at the heart of its design, so it’s only fitting that this summer’s exhibition celebrates the classic shawl made famous by Frida Kahlo, the rebozo.
The exhibition explores how textiles have shaped the image of Mexican culture worldwide and includes major loans from collections around the world. As well as the rebozo’s historical significance, expect to see works by contemporary artists and designers and their response to the shawl today.
THE DRAWING ROOM - ALEKSANDRA MIR
With nothing but the most coveted of all marker pens, the Sharpie, London artist Aleksandra Mir and her team of ten have captured the explosion of our city’s skyline all over the walls of the Tannery. The architectural work depicts expansive street scenes from a variety of angles with the finished mural over 4m high and 24m long. But London’s got a lot going on, so we shouldn’t really expect any less.
LUNCH HOUR WALKABOUTS
As part of the London Festival of Architecture, the Southbank Centre is offering lunchtime tours highlighting some key areas of architectural merit for those with a keen interest in 20th century building design. Enjoy the beauty of brutalism, Britain’s most reviled style of anti-monumental building.
REQUARDT & ROSENBERG: THE ROOF
Set on a car park rooftop under the night sky with the audience donning headphones, a mix of three dimensional sound and free running will draw you into a brutal and unforgiving game where the reluctant hero is desperate to stay alive. The Roof is the third collaboration between Shunt’s co-founder David Rosenberg and choreographer Frauke Requardt, and part of LIFT Festival 2014.
From works that frequently depict the landscape and structures of late capitalism, German photographer Andreas Gursky introduces a new series of images inspired by Hollywood comic-book heroes.
Alongside these are also a set of architectural pieces examining the distinctive glass and concrete structure of the Lehmbruck Museum and images of hive-like activity at two big festivals. Shot from elevated perspectives, we can see people as both tiny individuals going about their business and also sticking with the crowd.
IN THE HEIGHTS
Set in Washington Heights, one of Manhattan’s most eclectic communities, this award-winning musical tells the story of a community as it faces development and how it retains its identity, history and traditions. A proper 21st century musical with a well ‘street’ score of Latin rhythms and hip-hop beats.
HENRI MATISSE: THE CUT-OUTS
It seems down on the Southbank at the moment the galleries are one-upping each other with great exhibitions – just as Martin Creed’s massive retrospective closes at the Hayward, the most complete collection yet of Matisse’s cut-outs opens at the Tate Modern.
When ill health stopped him painting, the aging giant of modern art began his final triumphant series by cutting into painted paper to make drafts for commissions, and instead found this ‘carving into colour’ to be a medium in its own right. London is first on the list to host this once-in-a-lifetime show before the works head to New York and then back to their homes around the world.
WELCOME TO IRAQ
The highly-acclaimed exhibition of works from contemporary artists who live and work in Iraq, originally presented as part of last year’s Venice Biennale, has now come to London. It illustrates the nature of everyday life there – ‘to make do and get by’ – and shows the country in a whole new light.
The exhibition really focuses on setting the scene – it’s like walking around at home, with tea and biscuits, as you get the chance to sink into comfortable sofas and watch some the film and video works. The artists range from political satirists to traditional painters, with subject matter at the whim of each person, though largely highlighting the positives and optimism of life in Iraq.