Events

Pittura Analitca group

Sometimes, art movements are just too avant-garde for their own good. This seems to be the case with the high-minded, 1970s Pittura Analitica group which, until now, has been rather under the radar in the UK. Mazzoleni gallery in London…

David Bowie

Bowie’s dance teacher recalls their first meeting, their early collaborations, and their marriage of theatre and rock’n’roll in the Ziggy Stardust stage show….. The Guardian

The British Museum’s new director

Art historian Hartwig Fischer to take charge at the London musuem – second-most visited in the world after the Louvre in Paris and most popular visitor attraction in Britain…. The Guardian

Milan Kundera

His new novel, “The Festival of Insignificance,” divided into seven short ­sections, was, like his other recent work, first written in French. Well translated by Linda Asher, it suggests he has not quite finished with the Soviet era. Slight, almost…

Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons: Paris Pompidou Centre retrospective exposes artist’s shallowness and narcissism Jeff Koons’ retrospective has arrived in Paris after a critical and box-office success at the Whitney Museum in New York. Popeye, Michael Jackson and Bubbles, and the Incredible Hulk…

Kirill Petrenko is the new conductor at the Berlin Philharmonic

Russian conductor Kirill Petrenko has been unveiled as the next artistic director of the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra. He is expected to take over from Sir Simon Rattle when the British conductor’s contract expires in 2018. http://www.theguardian.com/music/2015/jun/22/kirill-petrenko-to-be-named-successor-to-rattle-at-berlin-philharmonic

Is satire dead?

There’s no shortage of big fat targets for satirists to take aim at, but most of them are protected by a praetorian guard of professional offence-takers, ready to take to the airwaves at the slightest sign of disrespect and demand…

Does classical music need to change?

Everyone keeps talking about classical music’s image problem, and proposals on the table designed to rescue the music from apparent extinction have included the suggestion that conductors ought to face audiences rather than orchestras, and the cunning plan, mooted by…

The James Simon Gallery, Berlin

A wealthy  patron who funded the excavation of the priceless Nefertiti bust was airbrushed from history. Now, a hundred years after the find, his story is finally being told. She is regarded as the ancient world’s equivalent to the Mona…