Art Weekly Digest: London 24 - 30 April 2017

Every week The Art Partners post a carefully curated selection of cultural events to see in London.

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Opening Of The Week

THADDAEUS ROPAC

 Ely House on Dover Street, Image Courtesy of  Charles Saumarez Smith

Ely House on Dover Street, Image Courtesy of Charles Saumarez Smith

The end of April is rich in new gallery shows all over the town, but the highlight of the week is the opening of a long-anticipated new outpost of Thaddaeus Ropac gallery. With four extensive spaces in Paris and Salzburg, a major new gallery will be located in a grand Georgian mansion in the heart of Mayfair. The impressive, five floor, 1,500 sq. m Ely House was built in 1772 by Robert Taylor and was previously the home of the antiques dealership Mallett. The gallery represents around 60 artists worldwide and brings together four exhibitions for the London opening. Visitors will have a chance to see a video sculpture by Gilbert & George on the ground floor, sculptures and paintings from the Marzona Collection on the first floor as well as sculptures and early drawings by Joseph Beuys and new performance and sculptures by Oliver Beer.

The gallery will be opened to general public from Friday, 28 April  at 37 Dover Street, W1S 4NJ London

 

Hymn For The Weekend

You Are Looking at Something

That Never Occurred

 Sara Cwynar, Women, 2015. Courtesy the artist, Zabludowicz Collection, and Foxy Production, New York

Sara Cwynar, Women, 2015. Courtesy the artist, Zabludowicz Collection, and Foxy Production, New York

The exhibition ‘You Are Looking at Something That Never Occurred’ focuses on the methods of picture-making that occurred in the last 40 years. Works of 14 international photographers show us the connection between the past and the present and between different generations of artists. The main challenge for contemporary photographers today is to interact with the viewers and the following three strategies help them to do so: the appropriation of existing images and objects, the staging of new situations, and digital manipulation.

The exhibition will be on show until 9 July, at the Zabludowicz Collection, 176 Prince of Wales Road, London, NW5 3PT

 

Time To Book

PELLÉAS ET MÉLISANDE: Claude Debussy

 Barbara as Mélisande at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (2016), directed by Katie Mitchel

Barbara as Mélisande at Festival d’Aix-en-Provence (2016), directed by Katie Mitchel

This summer, the magnificent team of Michael Boyd, Tom Piper (Eugene Onegin, 2016) and Jac van Steen (Intermezzo, 2015) will present Pelléas et Mélisande - the only opera completed by Debussy. Hosted by Garsington Opera, the opera tells of a love triangle and has an intense hypnotic allure. Pelléas et Mélisande received its first performance in Paris on 30 April 1902, with notable later productions include those with set designs by Jean Cocteau (first performed in Marseille in 1963), and by Pierre Boulez in 1969.

The performances will run from 16 June until 17 July at Garsington Opera, Wormsley Estate, Buckinghamshire, HP14 3YG

 

Art Discourse

Tom Dyckhoff on The Age of Spectacle

 London’s modern skyline.  Photo Credits: THE SUNDAY TIMES

London’s modern skyline.  Photo Credits: THE SUNDAY TIMES

This cultural evening is hosted by the National Portrait Gallery and includes a talk by an architectural critic Tom Dyckhoff followed by a networking reception. In conversation with V&A Director Tristram Hunt, the speaker will discuss different aspects of urban life covering mass housing developments, corporate architecture and small designer homes as well as emphasising consequences of Trump’s property empire.

The talk is taking place on Monday 24 April at 19:00 at The Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre of the National Portrait Gallery

 

Last Chance To See

HEDLEY ROBERTS: OTHER PORTRAITS

 Hedley Roberts, Miami Girl (2016) Image Courtesy: the artist and the gallery

Hedley Roberts, Miami Girl (2016) Image Courtesy: the artist and the gallery

The New Art Projects presents an outstanding exhibition of Hedley Roberts’ works “Other Portraits”. During the last three years Hedley has been producing portraits of strangers and lovers, friends and family which he has called “non-portraits” as the key aspect of these works is a dialogue between the artist and the subject. His artistic idea can be very well described with his following words: “The other is my internet friend, my acquaintance, colleague, family, stranger, lover. The other is the same as me but different. They are black, white, yellow, brown, atheist, agnostic, Christian, Muslim, Arab, Israeli, Palestinian, Syrian, Kurdish, American, European, immigrant, national, ex-pat, straight, hetronormative, genderqueer, neurotypical, different, alien.”

The show will be on view until 29 April at the New Art Projects Gallery, 6D Sheep Lane, London, E8 4QS