Art Weekly Digest: London 23 - 29 October, 2017

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Opening Of The Week

Cézanne Portraits

Paul Cezanne, The Gardener Vallier, 1905-06  (detail), Photo Courtesy of the Tate

Paul Cezanne, The Gardener Vallier, 1905-06  (detail), Photo Courtesy of the Tate

Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits. Bringing together around fifty portraits of the artist, his wife, friends, and relatives, it highlights the special pictorial and thematic characteristics of his portraiture including his creation of complementary pairs and different versions of the same subject.

Known as the inventor of modern art and the modern soul, Cezanne, and his art pieces have significantly influenced the art of Cubists and Fauvists. Curated by John Elderfield (Chief Curator Emeritus of Painting and Sculpture at The MoMa) with Mary Morton (National Gallery of Art) and Xavier Rey (Director of Collections, Musée d’Orsay), this exhibition will offer a unique and fascinating insight into this central aspect of artist work.

The show is on until 11th February 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0H

 

Hymn For The Weekend

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

Shostakovich's First Symphony, oil painting, Pavel Filonov, 1935, Russia. © State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Bridgeman Images

Shostakovich's First Symphony, oil painting, Pavel Filonov, 1935, Russia. © State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / Bridgeman Images

What can be more fascinating than an exhibition made by the Royal Opera House together with the V&A Museum dedicated to the history of opera? This landmark show explores the development of opera for almost 400 years, investigating its start in the late-Renaissance Italy to the present day. In this tempting journey, the visitors will be able to travel in time and visit seven most significant opera premiers in seven European cities.

This exhibition will be on view until 25 February 2018 at the V&A Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

 

In Focus

Metafisica da Giardino

Installation view of "Metafisica da Giardino". Image courtesy of Nahmad Projects

Installation view of "Metafisica da Giardino". Image courtesy of Nahmad Projects

The Nahmad Projects gallery presents “Metafisica da Giardino” - an exhibition curated by an Italian artist Francesco Vezzoli. His goal is to enable a historical dialogue and to bridge the 20th-century Italian culture with the present day. In order to create this communication, Vezzoli uses a selection of paintings by the acclaimed master Giorgio de Chirico and exhibits them together with his own works. For instance, the show will feature de Chirico’s metaphysical paintings alongside some pop culture works and apparitions of modern celebrities such as Sergei Diaghilev and Lady Gaga.

The show runs until 15th December 2017 at the NahmadProjects, 2 Cork Street, London W1S 3LB

 

Last Chance To See

AS SCULPTURE.

PETER LIVERSIDGE

Peter Liversidge, ''Everything is Connected', Installation view, Frieze Art Fair 2012 (image courtesy ARTSY)

Peter Liversidge, ''Everything is Connected', Installation view, Frieze Art Fair 2012 (image courtesy ARTSY)

“AS SCULPTURE” is a large solo show by Peter Liversidge, which includes a series of live performances and outdoor events at Dilston Grove. The exhibition investigates the essence of performance as sculpture, and sculpture as performance, exploring and testing the distinct exchange between the performer and audience. Liversidge’s proposals for CGP London will also appear as subtle outdoor interventions across the park and gallery garden, bridging the two venues with encounters and moments of exchange.

Remarkably it will close with a live performance of Liversidge’s iconic Icelandic Choral Piece on Sunday 29 October at 3pm, conducted by composer, director and long-term collaborator Esmeralda Conde Ruiz.

The exhibition will be on view until 29 October at the CGP Gallery, 1 Park Approach,
Southwark Park, London SE16 2UA