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Still from 'Isle of Dogs'(c) Indian Paintbrush

This week: 2 – 8 April

2 April 2018 Suzanne Frost

After a well deserved break from the daily grind and some generous refuelling of your energy resources by way of chocolate eggs, we hope you are well and truly ready to hit the cultural calendar again. Here are some things to get excited about this week!

Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle of Dogs’ exhibition

Isle of Dogs exhibition (c) Suzanne Frost
 
Wes Anderson’s latest oeuvre d’art and his second stop motion animation film, Isle of Dogs, hit cinemas on 30 March. This amazing free exhibition at The Store X on the Strand displays 17 of the meticulous sets and lets you get really close to the stars of the film – the puppets. Marvel at the detail and workmanship that went into creating the movie and then sit down and order some ramen at the life size recreation of the film’s own noodle bar.
 
Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs exhibition and Noodle Bar is at The Store X, 180 The Strand from 23 March - 5 April 2018 and is free.
 
 
Quiz

Gavin Spokes as Charles Ingram, Keir Charles as Chris Tarrant in QUIZ at Chichester Festival Theatre. Photo: Johan Persson

Following his hit plays Ink and Labour of Love, James Graham’s latest work Quiz opens at the Noel Coward Theatre for a limited 12-week run. Quiz takes an in-depth look at our love for a good TV quiz show, from Mastermind to The Price is Right, before telling the story of the infamous ‘coughing Major’ Charles Ingram, who cheated his way to the top prize on ITV quiz show Who Wants to be a Millionaire? The evidence is damning. The nation is gripped by the sheer audacity of the plot to snatch the £1,000,000 jackpot. But was he really guilty? It’s time for you to decide.
 
Quiz is playing at the Noel Coward Theatre from 31 March - 16 June.
 
 
Trafalgar Square Statue

(c) Jeremy Selwyn

The new statue for the Fourth Plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square is Michael Rakowitz’s work The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist, which was unveiled on 28 March by the Mayor of London Sadiq Khan. Rakowitz has recreated Lamassu, an ancient Assyrian protective deity in the form of a winged bull that stood guard over the city of Nineveh from c 700 B.C, until it was destroyed by ISIS in 2015. It will be the 12th work to appear on the Fourth Plinth since the commissioning programme began in 1998. The statue is made from recycled food packaging, 10,500 empty Iraqi date syrup cans, representative of a once-renowned industry decimated by the Iraq Wars.
 
 
The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist is at Trafalgar Square until March 2020.
 
 
Frankenstein Festival at the Science Museum

Mystery in Frankenstein's Lab by Atomic Force Productions, courtesy of the Science Museum group. 

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic horror story, the Science Museum is putting on a week of immersive theatrical events, hands-on activities and experimental storytelling to explore the ethical, scientific and technical questions surrounding whether or not we should create ‘life’. 
The futuristic play Humanity 2.0 imagines a world where humans have been wiped out in a cataclysmic event of our own making, and the Guardians are here to rebuild. Their single purpose is to ensure humanity thrives, whether we like it or not.  In the interactive theatrical experience Mystery in Frankenstein’s Lab you will solve puzzles, conduct experiments and create your own creature. Explore the Museum with It’s Alive! A guided audio tour with a difference. Many of the activities verge on the scary side so might not suitable for young children but the Drop-in Sessions where you can create your own creature and then bring it to life using stop motion animation should go down well with the kids.
 
The Frankenstein Festival is at the Science Museum 3 – 8 April. Most events are free but some need booking in advance.
 
 
Cancer Research

Sarah Wimperis with her version of Van Gogh's Sunflowers

Cancer Research UK has teamed up with artist Sarah Wimperis to create a stunning twist on Van Gogh’s classic Sunflowers, with a third removed to represent the charity’s funding that comes from gifts left in wills. Wimperis was the only UK artist to work on the film Loving Vincent, the 2017 animated biographic about the life of Van Gogh and has used the same painting methods to channel the iconic Dutch painter. While still recognisable, the newly re-imagined artwork paints the picture of how vital the missing third is, giving the impression that something is lacking, compared to the original masterpiece. To reinforce the power of a third, Wimperis has re-imagined a series of other famous paintings for Cancer Research UK which can be viewed in a digital exhibition. The campaign follows Cancer Research UK’s reimagining of Antonio Vivaldi’s iconic Spring composition with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, with a third of the notes missing,
 
The re-imagined Van Gogh will be exhibited at Cancer Research UK’s shop in Marylebone at 24 Marylebone High Street, W1U 4PQ, from 27 March – 3 April.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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