From major new exhibitions showcasing some of the greats of the art world, to literature and film festivals, mesmerising live music and ballet, here is the best of the arts in London this month
7 October 2017 – 3 January 2018
This new exhibition from the Royal Academy of Art examines the seemingly unlikely friendship between two artistic giants: father of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp, and larger-than-life Surrealist Salvador Dalí. This original exhibition brings together around 80 works, including some of Dalí’s most inspired and technically accomplished paintings and sculptures, and Duchamp’s groundbreaking assemblages and readymades.
The talented multi-instrumentalist, musician and BAFTA-winning composer Yann Tiersen brings his acclaimed solo show to the Royal Albert Hall. Best known for his crisp piano balladry and woozy accordion waltzes, especially those written for the multi-million-selling Amelie soundtrack, Tiersen’s mesmerising collection of music is inspired by the composer’s home island Ushant, located in the Celtic sea between Brittany and Cornwall. Tickets £39.50.
The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London
2 November–7 May 2018
In the 1870s, France was devastated by the Franco-Prussian war and insurrection in Paris, driving artists including Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and Dalou to seek refuge across the Channel. Their experiences in London not only influenced their own work but also contributed to the British art scene. This show at Tate Britain maps for the first time the connections between French and British artists, patrons and art dealers during a traumatic period in French history. Tickets £17.70. tate.org.uk
London Literature Festival
13 October – 1 November
The line-up for the 11th London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre is nothing short of box -office gold. On 15 October, Hillary Rodham Clinton will discuss her most personal memoir to date, What Happened, and on 1 November, none other than Tom Hanks will be in conversation about his first collection of fiction, Uncommon Type. Acclaimed authors, poets, speakers and collaborators, including His Dark Materials author Philip Pullman, celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz and the Man Booker Prize nominees will appear at this 20-day festival, opening with the 50th birthday of Poetry International.
London Film Festival
This month sees the 61st BFI London Film Festival, undoubtedly the capital’s – and the UK’s – biggest celebration of international cinema from the past year. On the programme is an astute mix of the best movies from Cannes and the other major festivals, and prestige awards contenders from the major US studios. Various London venues.
Paul Cézanne and his unique method of building form with colour influenced the art of Cubists, Fauvists and successive generations of avant-garde artists. This exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery brings together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from the collections across the world, including works that have never been on public display in the UK. Works will range from portraits of Cézanne and his wife, Hortense plus his uncle, through to his final portraits of his gardener. Tickets £20.
npg.org.uk; 020 7306 0055
BRB Mixed Programme
Sadler’s Wells hosts the Birmingham Royal Ballet with its triple bill of much-loved pieces, beginning with Arcadia – the ancient god Pan is unleashed in this new work. Le Baiser de la fée, an interpretation of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale. Finally, a morris-dancing flea, a ballroom-dancing ram and other animals shelter from the storm in Still Life at the Penguin Café.
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