Saturday, January 01, 2005

January Museum Calendar

Shakespeare's Globe


The 2005 summer theatre season at Shakespeare’s Globe has been announced as The Season of The World and Underworld. Three plays by Shakespeare - The Tempest, The Winter’s Tale and Pericles – will be joined by an adaptation of The Storm by Plautus. This Graeco-Roman comedy has been adapted by Peter Oswald whose previous work for the Globe, The Golden Ass, was a huge hit in 2002. In addition to these productions, two company projects will explore voice and the use of masks on the Globe stage.

The Season of The World and Underworld, which begins on 6 May, will examine the influence of classical Greece on Shakespeare’s works. The season will finish on 2 October with The Tempest. It will be Mark Rylance’s final performance as artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe.

The Natural History Museum


Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Tickets £5, £3 concessions, £12 family
The power, beauty and extremes of nature are all captured on film in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition. Celebrating its twenty-first year, this annual competition, organised by the Natural History Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, is the largest and most prestigious wildlife photography competition in the world. The resulting exhibition reveals the drama and variety of life on Earth, showcasing an unforgettable selection of images ranging from serene landscapes and amazing insights into animal behaviour to thought-provoking scenes illustrating our impact on the natural world.

Darwin Centre Live is a varied programme of free events where Museum curators and researchers talk about their work, recent scientific discoveries and the Museum's vast collections.


Diane Maclean, Sculpture and Works on Paper
In partnership with The Royal British Society of Sculptors
April-October 2005. Admission: FREE

Sculptor and environmental artist Diane Maclean has created a site-specific Sculpture installation for the Museum in response to our science collection and Building

Face to Face
28 May - 18 September 2005. Admission: FREE
James Mollison's beautiful and emotive ape portraits highlight the vitality and Intelligence of these magnificent and threatened animals, and their similarity to humans.

9 July 2005 - 26 February 2006. Admission: CHARGED
Celebrating the natural and cultural power of these extraordinary gemstones, this blockbuster exhibition will showcase some of the world's most impressive diamonds and will reveal the fascinating story of their evolution from deep in the Earth to the red carpet.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2005
October 2005 - April 2006. Admission: £5, £3 concessions, £12 family
Organised by the Museum and BBC Wildlife Magazine, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition is the most prestigious and successful event of its kind in the world.

A series of free Whale Week events
Monday 17 - Friday 21 January
Bigger than any dinosaur, the blue whale is the largest animal ever to live on Earth, but it faces extinction along with many other whales and dolphins. So what is being done to protect them? Join scientists and conservationists for Whale Week, a series of free Darwin Centre Live events looking at the threats whales and dolphins face, why strandings happen and what you can do to help.
Saving the Whale, Monday 17 January, 14.30
Stranded! Tuesday 18 January, 14.30
Ancient Whales, Wednesday 19 January, 14.30
Silent Witness of the Sea, Thursday 20 January, 14.30
Whalebone Buildings, Friday 21 January, 14.30

Science Museum

Future Face
Future Face asks questions about the human face and identity and considers what faces might look like in the future. As digital faces become as 'real' as live ones, and as even face transplants become a reality, how will our notions of identity be affected? Drawing from the collections of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, the Hollywood Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the Wellcome Trust and the Science Museum, the exhibition will feature over 200 historical and contemporary photographs, paintings, multimedia installation and objects.

Crime Season at the Dana Centre
At the Dana Centre in January explore the science of crime with a look at memory-testing technologies used on US criminals, cyber crime, the psyche of the criminal mind and the storing of DNA profiles on police databases.

Imperial War Museum

Great Escapes
This special exhibition features some of the extraordinary escape attempts made by Allied servicemen from German prisoner of war camps in the Second World War and will look at the fact and fiction surrounding The Wooden Horse, The Great Escape and Colditz. Interactive and hands-on displays will allow children and adults alike to try on disguises, forge an identity pass, crawl through an escape tunnel, find out fascinating facts about escape attempts, and use their ingenuity to make their own escape from Colditz.

The British Museum

Status Symbols: identity and belief on modern badges
Room 69a
Admission free

An exploration of the symbolic power of badges and other similar objects to express identity and belonging, belief and dissent. Status Symbols includes objects from around the world and from all periods, ranging from the mass-produced to the individually-crafted; the official to the subversive; the familiar to the strange. All are powerful statements of the diverse ways people define themselves and others. As well as examining attitudes to individual and group identity, the exhibition explores the origin, use and subversion of symbols, and shows how badges can create dialogues between conflicting views.

The National Portrait Gallery

Madame Yevonde : Goddesses and Others
Bookshop Gallery
To mark the seventieth anniversary of Madame Yevonde's historic exhibition Goddesses and Others, this display of stunning colour photographs from the 1930s features society figures of the day dressed and styled by Yevonde as subjects from Greek and Roman mythology.

Lee Miller : Portraits
Wolfson Gallery, Admission £7/£4.75
Lee Miller (1907-77) was one of the most extraordinary photographers of the twentieth century. A legendary beauty and fashion model, Miller became an acclaimed surrealist photographer in her own right. This exhibition presents 120 of her black-and-white portrait studies and includes intimate portraits of Pablo Picasso, Max Ernst and Marlene Dietrich.

Thursday 13th 7pm
Penny Plain, Two-pence Coloured
Actor Peter Baldwin surveys the embellished theatrical portraits of the early nineteenth century.

Friday 14th 6.30pm
Tom Arthurs Jazz Trio
Tom Arthurs (trumpet, nominated as 'Rising Star' in the 2004 Jazz Awards), Jonny Phillips (guitar) and Ben Davis (cello) present a concert of original music drawing on influences in jazz, African and South American music. Characterised by beautiful melodies, stunning improvisations and sumptuous grooves, the group have a sound that is very much their own.

Thursday 20th 7pm
Gallery Talk: Schweppes Photographic Portrait Prize 2004
Free, but tickets required.

Susan Bright, independent writer, curator and lecturer. Please note, this talk will take place in the Porter Gallery.

Friday 21st 6.30pm
Metropolitan Ensemble
A performance of popular classics from this outstanding flute and string quartet ensemble.

Thursday 27th 7pm
Gary Schneider
Free, but tickets required.

Based in the United States, the South African-born artist is fast emerging as the one of the most innovative figures to be working in photographic portraiture. As a prelude to the conference, Facing Death, he will be in conversation with Roger Hargreaves of the National Portrait Gallery.

Friday 28th 6.30pm
Women of Love, Women of War
The sopranos of EXAUDI bring three ancient narratives to modern life. Julia Doyle performs Carissimi's Lament of Mary Stuart, Juliet Fraser sings James Weeks' lyrical transcriptions of troubadour Jaufre.

National Maritime Museum

SeaBritain 2005 is a major year long celebration of the sea, culminating in the Trafalgar Festival with events marking the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar and Nelson's death. Events of all sizes will be taking place all over the country throughout the year, including the NMM's own Nelson & Napoleon exhibition.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Beauty is a journey through the V&A's extraordinary permanent collection. Design guru Stephen Bayley takes you on a tour of 26 V&A objects that he finds beautiful, from Canova's chillingly erotic 'Sleeping Nymph' to the austere industrial geometry of a Bauhaus desklight. The trail has been designed to excite speculation and stimulate debate rather than define this ever present, but fugitive, subject.
Admission free

Black British Style
From celebrity to Rasta, street wear to Sunday dressing, Black British Style looks at fashion and styling across all aspects of black life and culture over the past 50 years. The exhibition explores clothes and the people that wear them, looking at not only what is worn but how.

Black fashion has dramatically reshaped the visual landscape of Britain. Black people are not the only ones to turn heads on the street but it is the attention to detail in the art of dressing that makes black style so significant.

This exhibition is the first of its kind in the UK and highlights the variety of lifestyles that co-exist in black culture, focusing on dress but also incorporating music, photography and film.

There are free gallery talks every day at 13.00.

The National Gallery

Raphael: From Urbino to Rome
This is the first major exhibition of paintings and drawings by the great Renaissance painter, Raphael (1483 - 1520), to be held in Britain. In little more than a decade (1500-1513), Raphael transformed himself from a competent master of provincial church decoration into one of the greatest painters who ever lived. His remarkably lucid compositions influenced Western art up to the 20th century.

Drawing on the rich holdings of the National Gallery's collection and major international loans, the exhibition will explore the meaning and historical context of Raphael's works, his techniques and how these developed. Highlights include the 'Alba Madonna' from National Gallery of Art, Washington, the 'Conestabile Madonna' from the Hermitage, the 'Saint George' and 'Saint Michael' from the Louvre and the 'Self Portrait' from the Uffizi.

The exhibition will follow Raphael's dramatic stylistic evolution from his origins in Urbino to his works produced under the enlightened patronage of Pope Julius II in Rome.

Art in the Making : Degas
Edgar Degas (1834 - 1917) was one of the most experimental artists of the 19th century. Throughout his long career he constantly found new ways to use oil paint, chalk, pastel, essence and printmaking processes (in particular monotypes), often combining two or more media in the same work.

This exhibition is part of Art in the Making, the National Gallery's ongoing series of exhibitions on artists' techniques, and comprises in-depth examination of some twelve works by Degas. These will be complemented by x-radiographs, infra-red reflectograms and pigment analyses, with loans of works from Britain and abroad. It will reveal to a general audience, which has long loved this artist, just how complex Degas's working methods could be.

Tate Modern

The Unilever Series
Bruce Nauman
The latest extraordinary commission in The Unilever Series for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall has been undertaken by the American artist Bruce Nauman.

Nauman’s unique response to this vast space is the creation of a fascinating and provocative audio environment which will engage visitors as they progress through along the Turbine Hall.

Robert Frank
Robert Frank is one of the world’s most influential living photographers. For more than fifty years Frank has broken the rules of photography and filmmaking, challenging the boundaries between the still and the moving image.

This intriguing exhibition is the first major retrospective of Frank’s work to take place in the UK. It includes over 250 captivating photographs taken in Peru, London, Wales, Paris and the US, as well as three of Frank’s films and previously unseen recent photographs.

Tate Britain

Anthony Caro
Sir Anthony Caro is widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest living sculptors. Surveying fifty years of Caro's career, this major retrospective at Tate Britain features the seminal steel sculptures from the early 1960s, through to his most recent works.

Don't miss the chance to explore his large scale 'sculpitecture', Caro's architecture-inspired sculptures which include a major new commission, created especially for Tate Britain.

This exhibition presents a wider and more comprehensive assessment of the work of this pre-eminent artist than has ever been seen before.


7 - 31 Jan, daily
Turtles Can Fly
Shot on location in an Iraqi refugee camp on the Turkish border, director Bahman Ghobadi's powerfully moving third feature is the first film to come out of Iraq since the collapse of Saddam's regime.

10 - 30 December, daily
Los Angeles Plays Itself
Addictive and absorbing, Thom Andersen's love letter to Los Angeles explores the city's representation in the cinema through a montage of film clips and archive footage.

13 - 18 Jan
Halloween Short Film Festival 2
Punk rock in it's outlook, and uncompromising in its vision to bring the best in short film alongside multi-media music & film events over 4 days, Halloween's short film festival returns to the ICA for it's second year.

The Opening Night kicks off with a live multi-media extravaganza hosted by music promoters Eat Your Own Ears & Glasgow's The Chateau art club. After their previous collaboration with Franz Ferdinand for the Frieze Art Fair, they return together to present the cream of Glasgow's new music & art scene: ex-Ganger post-rock outfit F*ck Off Machete, My Latest Novel playing their debut London gig, art rockers Uncle John & Whitelock, and Scotland's representative at the Venice Biennale Torsten Lauschmann. With special guests including a DJ set from Belle & Sebastian's Chris Geddes, plus visual interludes, digital jamming and short films.

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17 Jan – 3 Mar, 12 - 7.30pm daily
Tino Sehgal
Coming from a background in choreography and political economy, which both play a fundamental role in his work, Sehgal does not produce tangible objects and is not interested in leaving any form of material trace. His radical ephemeral interventions will provoke and inspire. The Berlin-based, British artist has been invited to participate in the German Pavilion at the Venice Biennale 2005.

16 - 30 Jan
London Mime Festival

16 - 19 Jan, 8pm
Akhe Present : Mister Carmen
Winner of the Critic's Prize at the 2004 Mimos Festival in Perigueux, France. UK Premiere.
Following its success with White Cabin at LIMF 2004, St. Petersburg's cult absurdist theatre group, Akhe, returns with more bizarre props and hand-made scenography and another kaleidoscope of curious happenings and fantastic images, this time inspired by Prosper Merimee's Carmen, with its themes of love and jealousy.

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Thur 20 Jan, 7pm
Open Science
Hackers and those in the 'open source' community have done much to change how we use computers and computer software. But can a hacker ethic usefully be extended to science and the dissemination of scientific knowledge?
Speakers: McKenzie Ward, Professor of Cultural and media Studies
at Lang College, New School University and author of The Hacker
Manifesto; Ian Gibson, MP and Chair of the House of Commons Select
Committee on Science and Technology; Dr Tim Hubbard, Head of Human
Genome Analysis, The Sanger Institute; David Bodanis, author of
Electric Universe. Chair: Fiona Fox, Science Media Centre.

Exhibition closing dates – free unless otherwise indicated.

16/01/05 Status Symbols: identity and belief on modern badges / British Museum
16/01/05 Norman Parkinson: Portraits in Fashion / National Portrait Gallery Bookshop Gallery
16/01/05 Black British Style / Victoria and Albert / ticketed
16/01/05 Raphael : From Urbino to Rome / National Gallery / ticketed
16/01/05 Reaching Out, Drawing In / Studio Gallery National Portrait
23/01/05 Cartoons from the 1960's and 1970's / Balcony Gallery National Portrait
30/01/05 Art in the Making : Degas / National Gallery

13/02/05 Silhouettes / Room 16 National Portrait
13/02/05 Future Face / 1st Floor Science Museum
20/02/05 Schweppes Prize 2004 / Porter Gallery National Portrait
27/02/05 Beauty / Victoria and Albert

23/03/05 A Blueprint for Life / National Portrait

17/04/05 Wildlife Photographer of the Year / Natural History / ticketed

30/05/05 Lee Miller : Portraits / National Portrait / ticketed

31/07/05 Great Escapes / Imperial War / ticketed

18/09/05 Face to Face / Natural History

01/10/05 Diane Maclean, Sculpture and Works on Paper / Natural History

26/02/06 Diamonds / Natural History / ticketed