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Such is the fame and popularity of the Impressionists it is hard to imagine the art movement being dismissed and overlooked today, but when they started out their paintings — that are now some of the most recognisable in the world — were derided by the French art establishment. And the movement might never have gained that worldwide adoration and critical support had it not been for one Parisian art dealer, Paul Durand-Ruel.
It is Alice in Wonderland’s 150th birthday this year (we know, she looks great for her age!) and she is still going strong, inspiring everything from fashion to ballet, opera to art, a testament to Lewis Carroll’s most curious and enduring creation. So we’re going head first down the rabbit hole to Wonderland for all kinds of curious events:
Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland opera at the Barbican is a multi-media production. It was the South Korean composer’s first opera, with a libretto co-written by the composer with David Henry Hwang performed by the BBC Symphony Orchestra. — Unsuk Chin’s Alice in Wonderland opera at the Barbican, EC2, is on 8th March (suitable for age 12+).
The British Museum is showcasing its magnificent Ancient Greek art collection this spring with its blockbuster exhibition, Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greek Art.
With around 150 artworks from the museum’s own collection and beyond, the exhibition shows how the Greeks revolutionised art in the 5th century BC, with their representation of the human form in a more naturalistic way. The Greeks championed the idealised human form or body beautiful and showing the naked form as heroic.
Custard pies and splurge guns at the ready as Sir Alan Parker’s gangster musical Bugsy Malone hits the stage at the newly renovated Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith.
The children’s musical set in a prohibition-era New York is play-acting at its best, with a young gangster cast that thrill with the fun of their make-believe warfare.
The British Museum’s big summer blockbuster exhibition is on the history of Indigenous Australia, of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. It is an extraordinary story that goes back 60,000 years, the oldest in human history.
The exhibition brings together artefacts from the National Museum of Australia as well as from the British Museum’s own collection. It includes objects that came from Captain Cook’s journey to Australia in 1770 — a shield picked up by one of Cook’s crew for instance — a 19th century turtle shell mask from the Torres Strait Islands, and art by leading modern day indigenous artists, including Yumari (1981) by Uta Uta Tjangala.
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