Culture Corner / What's On / February
Our Culture Corner is back! In this first post of 2013, we've picked some of our favourite things going on in the capital (and also further afield!) over the next few weeks for you lovely people to investigate! Random International: Rain Room / Barbican Centre / The Curve Dani: 'The Rain Room in The Curve at the Barbican Centre is hardly breaking news but for those of you who haven't made a trip to this great piece of participational art, now is the time to do so. The constant 3-hour queue is perhaps a little daunting but it's worth sticking it out for this surreal experience. Caution though, you actually get slightly wet!' The Rain Room is on until March 3rd.
Light Show / Hayward Gallery / Southbank Centre Alexa: 'Tipped as one of the hottest exhibitions in town at the moment (perhaps this year!), the Light Show at the Hayward Gallery is not one to be missed! Exploring how artificial light has been used in contemporary art since the 1960's, this interactive group show will totally immerse your senses and challenge how you perceive things. I don't want to give too much away so without further ado, don't waste any time and book your ticket today as they are shifting fast!'. Light Show runs until April 28th
Bruce Nauman / mindfuck / Hauser & Wirth Tom: 'Recently opened at the Savile Row branch of Hauser & Wirth, Bruce Nauman / mindfuck takes a glimpse at the artist's varied and imaginative output. With a great selection of wittily crude neon works and claustrophobic installation pieces, the show is an interesting point of contrast to the Hayward's Light Show. Using psychoanalytical theory to explain Nauman's oeuvre is a potentially risky move but has been executed supremely well here'. Bruce Nauman / mindfuck runs until March 9th.
Sex and Death/Double "69" (1985) Neon tubing on aluminium monolith 227 x 134.8 x 34 cm / 89 3/8 x 53 1/8 x 13 3/8 in Installation view, 'Bruce Nauman / mindfuck', Hauser & Wirth London, England, 2013 © 2012 Bruce Nauman / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS London Courtesy Hauser & Wirth
Art13 / Olympia Lisa: 'I'm looking forward to visiting Art13 at Olympia at the beginning of March. This is the first major new art fair in London in about 10 years and there'll be a real global mix by the looks of it with 129 galleries from 30 countries. Sponsored by Citi Private Bank this is a "modern and contemporary art fair" which will featuring works from the worlds of photography, painting, sculpture, and multimedia, with prices range from £100 to £500,000. There is also going to be a broad spectrum of both established galleries such as Micheal Hoppen Gallery and Flowers, younger galleries such as Maria Stenfors plus not for profit organisations including The Photographers Gallery and Royal Academy of Arts. I'll definitely be swinging by stand A5 to visit the wonderful Positive View Foundation, philanthropic partner to A13. They will be showing work from their recent exhibition at Somerset House 'Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour' and upcoming show 'Landmark: The Fields of Photography' which opens 14th March'.
Museo de la Revolución / Havana / Cuba Lauren: The main museum in Havana is situated in the old presidential palace with bullets holes in the wall and local Cuban Art. The main attraction for visitors though, other than the building itself is the exhibition telling the story of the Cuban Revolution from 1956 up until today. The contents range from old papers, equipment, bloodied uniforms and detailed maps of how the rebels' were assigned and attacks were planned. There is a lot to take in, not always in a logical order but the feeling of the revolution and why it is valued so highly with the Cuban people has a lasting impact on you'.