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This Week 6-12 February

This Week 6-12 February

6 February 2017 Belphoebe New

This week, enjoy the opening of two landmark exhibitions, an atmospheric Valentine’s museum late, cheap vintage and a chance to see a new side of famous children’s writer Roald Dahl. There’s no excuse to be bored!

David Hockney at Tate Britain
 
One of the most significant exhibitions of the year opens this week exploring one of Britain’s most influential artists. Yorkshire born David Hockney’s work was hugely important for the Pop Art scene in the 1960s, and spans everything from drawing to stage design. This exhibition will focus on his painting, print, photography and video work across six decades, including some of his most recent, never-before-seen work.
 
David Hockney runs 9 February – 29 May at Tate Britain, standard entrance is £19.50. Find out more and book tickets here.


David Hockney, A Bigger Splash 1967 Tate. © David Hockney


Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair
 
You can find the most beautiful and unique pieces when you’re vintage shopping, but with skyrocketing prices, it’s becoming less and less accessible. Luckily, Bethnal Green’s Affordable Vintage Fair opens this week, bringing its usual eclectic mix of homeware, vintage threads and accessories, all at much more (hopefully vintage) purse friendly prices. Make sure to get an early-bird ticket if you’re a serious bargain hunter.
 
The Affordable Vintage Fair is on 12 February at York Hall, Bethnal Green. Early Bird admission is £3 and standard admission is £2. Find out more and book tickets here.


 
Revolution: Russian Art at Royal Academy
 
Say ‘zdravstvuyte!’ to this exciting new exhibition from The Royal Academy opening this week. It will explore one of the most groundbreaking moments in modern history, The Russian Revolution, through the lens of the art created at the time. Renowned artists Kandinsky, Malevich, Chagall and Rodchenko will feature, telling the story of this transformative time between the end of tsarist rule and the oppressive rise of Stalin. In our current time of political strife and scandal, this cannot be missed.
 
Revolution runs 11 February — 17 April 2017, standard admission is £16. Find out more and book tickets here.


Wassily Kandinsky, Blue Crest, 1917. Oil on canvas, 133 x 104 cm. State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg. Photo © 2016, State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg

Roald Dahl and the Big Friendly Neuroscientist
 
We all know Roald Dahl for his dark children’s stories of friendly giants, malevolent witches and hungry crocodiles, but what you might not know about Dahl was that he had a fascination with medicine. This fascinating free lecture at The Royal College of Physicians will see Professor Tom Solomon, who looked after Dahl towards the end of his life, discuss Dahl’s extraordinary medical encounters. There’ll also be the opportunity to try some fun neuroscience experiments!
 
Roald Dahl and The Big Friendly Neuroscientist is on 8 February at Royal College of Physicians Museum, entrance is free but booking is advised. Find out more here.


 
Frankenstein at Greenwich Theatre
 
If gothic theatre is your thing, don’t miss this brand new adaption of Mary Shelley’s famous horror masterpiece, combining ensemble storytelling, live music and puppetry. See a new inventive take on this instantly recognisable story, following Victor Frankenstein and the terrifying monster that he creates in pursuit of the elixir of life.
 
Frankenstein runs 7-11 February at Greenwich Theatre, standard tickets are £21. Find out more and book here.


 
Valentine's Candlelit Late at Sir John Soane Museum 

Celebrate Valentines in a gorgeous candlelit atmosphere at the Sir John Soane Museum. Formerly the home of prominent neo-classical architect Sir John Soane, the museum has an incredible selection of statues that you’ll spot whilst walking down magical Georgian hallways. There’ll be live music, complimentary gin cocktails and discussions of the science of love with Wellcome Engagement Fellow Steve Cross. Perfect for a cultured Valentine’s treat!
 
Valentine’s Candlelit Late is on 10 February at Sir John Soane Museum, standard tickets are £30. Find out more and book here.


Photo credit: Stu Smith
 
 
 
 

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