Shows & Exhibitions

This winter de Appel presents the solo exhibition "Diamond Dancer" by the Belgian visual artist Valérie Mannaerts (Brussels, 1974). In spatial installations Mannaerts combines sculptures, spatial objects, works on paper and photography in spatial installations in a way in which the different types of imagery cut across each other. Using the exhibition spaces in de Appel Boys' School, Mannaerts creates a total installation with a selection of uninhibited and disparate objects.

A powerful and uplifting children’s story is brought to the stage in a brand new adaptation, thanks to a partnership forged to develop high quality theatrical work for young people. Michelle Magorian’s compelling Goodnight Mister Tom is adapted by writer David Wood, described by The Times as the UK’s ‘national children’s dramatist’, and directed by Chichester Associate Angus Jackson.

Bass Museum of Art and PUMA.Creative launch their three-year partnership with the solo exhibition of work by the celebrated British artist and filmmaker, Isaac Julien, in a project entitled Isaac Julien/Creative Caribbean Network. The partnership focuses on the Creative Caribbean Network, an initiative dedicated to promoting the work of Caribbean artists. It will celebrate the rich artistic heritage of the Caribbean region and the Caribbean Diaspora.

A crucifix on a fridge, a gilt cardboard box, and a used Mercedes engine. The internationally acclaimed Danish-Vietnamese artist Danh Vo conquers x-rummet at the National Gallery of Denmark with a subtly humorous exhibition that links personal history with wider cultural and political issues. The exhibition "Hip Hip Hurrah" marks Vo's first solo representation in Denmark.

UnSpooling – Artists & Cinema, is a large and ambitious group exhibition that straddles two giant bodies of reference – art and cinema. It includes a number of new commissions that cut to the heart of cinema bringing out its hybrid anarchistic side, these include Stefan Zeyen's site-specific fly-poster piece Weekend (2010); Alex Pearl's lo-fi film series, Pearlville (2010); Wayne Lloyd's spoken-word and drawing performance, Hell is a City (2010); Juhana Moisander's series of uncanny video interventions; and Mario Rossi's new restaurant canopy, Thief of Baghdad (2010).

Lidless, Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig's devastating first play, transfers to the Trafalgar Studios on Whitehall after a sold out run at this year's Edinburgh Festival, where the production was awarded a Fringe First. This production reconfigures Trafalgar Studios 2 into an in-the-round auditorium for the first time, placing the audience deep within the world of the play. It is HighTide's first production in the West End and will be directed by their Artistic Director, Steven Atkinson.

Full casting is today announced for The David Hare Season at Sheffield Theatres. Patricia Hodge and Isla Blair perform in The Breath of Life and Hattie Morahan, Jack Ryder and Laura Carmichael perform in Plenty. Jane Wymark and Matthew Cottle will perform in Racing Demon. In February and March 2011, Sheffield Theatres will produce their most ambitious project to date where all three performance spaces will be given over to the work of one playwright. The Season runs from Thursday 3 February to Saturday 5 March.

On January 12th, 2011, Art Stage Singapore, Asia's new premier international art fair, will open the world's art season with its debut at the iconic Marina Bay Sands. The inaugural fair will feature a selection of 90 of the world's leading and up-and-coming galleries in a showcase of the best and most exciting of Asian artistic creativity.

Iniva (Institute of International Visual Arts) announces a new commission by artist Nilbar Güres, for Rivington Place's front window. This is the first solo presentation of the artist's work in the UK following her recent inclusion in the 6th Berlin Biennial and Istanbul Biennial. Güres, who lives and works between Vienna and Istanbul, produces theatrical tableaux of women, moving between performance and the everyday. Using a range of media including photography and film, she subverts representations of femininity and cultural identity in a way that is innovative and contemporary.

Artistic dialogue with the present reveals itself to be wayward. Existential questions, more urgent these days than ever, are shown in monumental sculptures and subjective positioning. In the exhibition “Displaced Fractures – On the Fractures of Architecture and its Body”, material-intensive installations in hard and durable materials are on show. Concrete, stone and synthetics are nonetheless presented in the process of disintegration. Sculptures and installations thus symbolise the questions of a modern-day “condition humaine”.


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