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Collection of the artist (c) Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London 2017. Photo: Jamie Stukenberg (c) The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, 2017

This Week September 18-24

18 September 2017 Will Rathbone

Two huge exhibitions dominate this week’s cultural calendar, as the Barbican Centre’s highly anticipated Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition opens two days before the Royal Academy’s enormous Jasper Johns retrospective. Across the city, London Design Festival is in full swing with hundreds of pop-ups, openings and installations to discover, while the Conflict Café is very much worth signing up for and there’s a gargantuan multi-purpose work/play space opening in Brixton.

Conflict Café
 
Conflict Café, a culinary experience organised by peacebuilding NGO International Alert, serves up food from different areas across the globe whilst encouraging discussion with strangers about the devastating conflicts affecting said places. The latest series of meals are focusing on Syria, and although they are currently sold out, there is a waiting list that is well worth adding your name to in case of cancellations.
 
Conflict Café Syria takes place at House of Vans, Lambeth, from 21-23 September. Tickets cost £40 and, although the event is sold out, you can add your name to a waiting list.


Conflict Café

 
Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’
 
Jasper Johns is one of the most iconic American artists of the twentieth century, emerging from the dominance of Abstract Expressionism to re-define the boundaries between the ordinary and the otherwordly. The Royal Academy’s retrospective includes over 150 works – spanning Johns’ 60-year career – and is an exhaustive introduction to a giant of modern western art.
 
Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ runs at the Royal Academy from 23 September till 10 December. Tickets cost £19.


Jasper Johns, Between the Clock and the Bed, 1981. Collection of the artist © Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London 2017. Photo: Jamie Stukenberg © The Wildenstein Plattner Institute, 2017

 
London Design Festival
 
All the major trade shows from London Design Festival 2017 take place this week, with 100% Design, Decorex, designjunction2017, Focus/17 and London Design Fair all opening their doors to the public. Alongside the larger shows, there’s a wealth of activity taking place throughout the nine Design Districts. Explore the website for a ­lot more detail.
 
London Design Festival continues throughout the city until 24 September.


Flynn Talbot's Reflection Room 
 
Basquiat: Boom for Real
 
Jean-Michel Basquiat exploded out of the 1980s New York art scene with such creative force that the aftershocks are still felt today. The Barbican’s retrospective brings together works from private and public collections across the globe, in the first major UK art show dedicated to the pioneering multi-disciplinary artist.
 
Basquiat: Boom for Real runs at the Barbican Centre from 21 September till 28 January. Tickets cost £16.
 
Canova Hall
 
Freelancers of Brixton rejoice! Canova Hall is a mammoth working space offering free wi-fi and bottomless coffee during the daytime. That’s not all though. As day turns to evening, DJs will begin to spin as the space slowly turns into a cocktail bar that stays open till 1am. Sourdough pizzas are served throughout the day, alongside a huge range of pasta dishes, brunch options and a comprehensive spirit list. 
 
Canova Hall can be found at 250 Ferndale Road, Brixton, and opens on 23 September.


Canova Hall
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