BEST Events In London Today
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Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden AgeThe National Gallery
Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross
London, WC2N 5DN
This exhibition is the first devoted to Nicolaes Maes, a leading artist of the Dutch Golden Age and one of Rembrandt’s most important pupils.
Featuring over 35 paintings and drawings from collections across the world, the exhibition spans Maes’s whole career, spent in Dordrecht and Amsterdam.
The art for which he is best known, intimate scenes of daily life, form the heart of the exhibition. These works show how Maes pioneered the theme of the eavesdropper; his carefully styled narratives often break the fourth wall, making the viewer a participant in the scene, as characters eavesdrop or point to illicit goings-on.
The exhibition also features Maes’s early history paintings in the style of Rembrandt, alongside works from the later period of his life, when he devoted himself almost exclusively to portraits and brought a Van Dyckian elegance and swagger to the genre.
Driverless: Who is in control?Exhibition Road, South Kensington
London, SW7 2DD
Technology developers are racing to create fully autonomous machines with the ability to make decisions on their own. How many of these smart machines already exist? And how much control are we willing to transfer to them?
Discover more in this cutting-edge exhibition through interactive exhibits, thought-provoking objects and even a retro robot car. Driverless will give you a unique glimpse into the AI-driven tech that could shape the habits, behaviour and society of tomorrow.
Highlights include self-driving cars, autonomous flying drones and smart underwater vehicles like the Autosub Long Range Boaty McBoatface.
Hyundai CommissionTate Britain
London, SW1P 4RG
Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall has hosted some of the world’s most memorable and acclaimed large-scale works of art, enjoyed by audiences of millions each year. The way artists have responded to this vast, former industrial space has transformed public perceptions of contemporary art.
The fifth installation in the ten-year series of the Hyundai Commission will give an artist an opportunity to create new site-specific work for this unique context, following the work of Abraham Cruzvillegas in 2015, Philippe Parreno in 2016, SUPERFLEX in 2017 and Tania Bruguera in 2018.
Andy WarholTate Britain
London, SW1P 4RG
Andy Warhol was the son of immigrants who became an American icon. A shy observer who became the hub of New York’s social scene. An artist who embraced consumerism, celebrity and counter culture – changing modern art in the process.
He was born in 1928 as Andrew Warhola to working class parents from present day Slovakia. In 1949 Warhol moved from Pittsburgh to New York, where he was later joined by his mother. Initially working as a commercial illustrator, his skill at transforming the imagery of American culture soon found its unforgettable realisation in his ground-breaking pop art.
Visitors to this major retrospective will be able to see his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s Soup Cans, play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable. The exhibition will bring together rarely seen work from the 1970s that display his skill as a painter, as well as his experiments with different forms of mass media.
Popularly radical and radically popular, Warhol will emerge as an artist who reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change.
BMW Tate Live ExhibitionTate Britain
London, SW1P 4RG
In 2020 Tate Modern’s Tanks will again play host to an exciting series of installations and live performances.
In 2019, Anne Imhof created a new large-scale commission, Sex. 2018 celebrated the performance pioneer Joan Jonas, while the first exhibition in 2017 included work from a range of artists including Isabel Lewis, CAMP, Wu Tsang, Fred Moten and Fujiko Nakaya.
Dóra MaurerTate Britain
London, SW1P 4RG
Tate Modern presents the work of Hungarian artist Dóra Maurer (born 1937) in a year-long free exhibition.
It brings together some 35 works, revealing the diversity of her output, including graphic works, photographs, films and paintings. Spanning more than five decades, the show highlights the playful conceptual approach that she brings to her experiments across all media.
Maurer was at the centre of an independent community of artists, poets and musicians that championed their own culture outside of the official Hungarian system during the socialist period. They organised exhibitions in apartments and published underground journals.
Trained as a graphic artist in the 1950s, Maurer pushed the medium to its limit in her experimental works of the following two decades. In the 1970s she started to work in photography and moving image, often collaborating with musicians, as well as teaching creative performative workshops. She developed increasingly geometric and abstract drawings and paintings in the 1970s and beyond. The exhibition culminates in a room of her recent paintings, in which overlapping colours create a sense of shapes floating in space..
Movement, displacement, perception and transformation have remained consistent threads in her work. Never tied down to one medium, Maurer remains a unique voice, constantly in motion.
This exhibition will include works from Tate’s collection, major loans from private collections and five works which are promised gifts to Tate.
Magic Goes Wrong404 Strand, Covent Garden
London, WC2R 0NH
Mischief Theatre conjures up another "Goes Wrong' play where just about everything that can go wrong does... all for the fun of it! Co-written with magic legends Penn and Teller, this romp through what happens when hapless magicians try to present a charity event is magically fun. Of course everything spirals out of control in the most delicious and hilarious way. Presented by the Mischief Theatre who also brought the West End "The Play that Goes Wrong". Please note, co-creators Penn and Teller will not be appearing in the show.