Sunday, September 29, 2013

The Light Princess by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson opened at the National Theatre this week


This brand new musical by Tori Amos and Samuel Adamson opened on 25 September. The amazing Tori was just behind me at the opening performance. 

Once, in opposing kingdoms lived a princess and a prince who had lost their mothers. Althea, unable to cry, became light with grief and floated, and so was locked away. Digby became so heavy-hearted that he could never smile, and so was trained as a warrior.

One day, he declares war. Althea is forced out of hiding and down to ground but, in defiance of her father, she escapes, only to encounter the solemn prince on contested land. Beside a lake the warring heirs begin a passionate and illicit affair. But for Althea to find real love, she must first confront the world’s darkness and face her own deepest fears.

The Light Princess brings together iconic singer-songwriter Tori Amos with playwright Samuel Adamson and director Marianne Elliott (Curious Incident, War Horse) in a spectacular coming-of-age story. A dark fairytale about grief, rebellion and the power of love...


Adrián Villar Rojas' Today we reboot the planet installation at the Serpentine Sackler Gallery



image courtesy of serpentine sackler gallery © 2013 jörg baumann 

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery opens



The Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Pritzker Architecture Prize laureate Zaha Hadid, opened to the public on Saturday 28 September 2013. 

The Serpentine Sackler Gallery gives new life to The Magazine, a former 1805 gunpowder store, located five minutes walk from the Serpentine Gallery on the north side of the Serpentine Bridge. With 900 square metres of new gallery, restaurant and social space, the Serpentine's second space in Kensington Gardens is a new cultural destination in the heart of London. From this autumn, the Serpentine presents its unrivalled programme of exhibitions and events across both Galleries and into the Park. 

In 2010 the Serpentine Gallery won the tender from The Royal Parks to bring the Grade II* listed building into public use for the first time in its 208-year history. The Serpentine Gallery has restored the building to an excellent standard, in partnership with The Royal Parks, renovating and extending it to designs by Zaha Hadid. A light and transparent extension complements rather than competes with the neo-classical architecture of the original building. It is the Zaha Hadid Architects' first permanent structure in central London and continues a relationship between the Gallery and the architect, which began with the inaugural Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Commission in 2000. The landscape around the new building will be designed and planted by the world-renowned landscape artist Arabella Lennox-Boyd.

Pictures Luke Hayes.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Van Gogh at the Eykyn Maclean gallery




This is the stunning Vincent van Gogh's Self-portrait during a preview viewing of the "Van Gogh in Paris" exhibition at the Eykyn Maclean gallery in central London on September 25, 2013. 

Running from September 26 to November 29, 2013, the collection features work by the artist, as well as works by those who inspired him during his two years in the French capital. 


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Rick Owens at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London






A beautiful exhibition by the genius Rick Owens at the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in London.


"9 years ago when Hun and I moved to Paris, I continued making the custom improvised furniture I'd had made for our bunker complex on Hollywood Boulevard. Rough lumber models of Robert Mallet Stevens and Claude Parent silhouettes. But as we settled in, and Hun started looking around, the city, and time, might have done something to us. Whereas before I had done something in crudely nailed black plywood, Hun found someone to translate that shape into darkly translucent five hundred thousand year old petrified wood. She turned our huge army blanket upholstered bed from L.A into Alabaster for Paris. A raw lumber curial chair became softly matte white marble.


I suggest a few shapes and she diligently coaxes them out of the various talented and temperamental artisans that it takes to make them. Frankly, I suspect them of taking longer so they can receive more of her visits.

The rough black plywood we love is always there, but now there are moments of gleaming opulence……

9 years later everything’s different and everything’s still the same.
The furniture has been a deeply personal exercise in building our own little world.

Welcome to it.”

Rick Owens

National Geographic Channel reveals the best game: your brain




The National Geographic has recently organised an interesting campaign focusing on ... your brain. It reminds me of the curated section of dOCUMENTA (13) simply entitled "the Brain" featuring historical and contemporary art piece.


"The most compelling theme the ‘brain’ introduces is what could be described as the biography of objects, biographies that allow the artists and curators to establish affinities and correspondences between different cultural, historical and disciplinary spaces and temporalities." Alex Farquharson and Kaelen Wilson-Goldie said when the wrote about the exhibition in Frieze.



No other console or computer has ever been able to match the capabilities of the device known simply as "Brain." The fastest, best gaming device ever invented did not come from a factory - it is people's brain. 






Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Celebrating In Utero 20th Anniversary


'There would be these moments of connecting emotionally,' Dave Grohl said to Rolling Stone magazine. 

The album features amazing artworks by Alex Grey and Kurt Cobain.

Miracles still happen:a new Van Gogh painting has been unveiled and reminds me of my childhood


An amazing landscape that has been hidden in a Norwegian attic for years has been authenticated as a work by Vincent Van Gogh. The piece can be dated to the exact day it was painted because the artist described it in a letter to his brother, Theo, saying he had painted it the previous day - on 4 July 1888.

Painted when he lived in Arles, 'Sunset at Montmajour' features a striking blue ruined abbey on the hill of Montmajour. Sunset at Montmajour was unveiled at a ceremony in the Dutch city and Axel Rüger, director of the museum, called it a "once in a lifetime experience".

It feels amazing to see that miracles can still happen. The revelation of this work is particularly emotional for me as I grew up in Arles from 1987 to 1997 and Montmajour evokes a lot of childhood memories...




Pace London presents an exhibition by Paul Thek


Pace London presents a rare and unprecedented overview of Paul Thek works from the early to mid 1960's, across all the media he worked, and never seen before to this extent in the UK. In some ways, Paul Thek reminds me a lot of Kurt Cobain... 


The exhibition, curated by Kenny Schachter, includes works from the noted newspaper series to the legendary and singular Technological Reliquary series and is a must-see. It's at 6 Burlington Gardens, first floor of the gallery.



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