Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
George Bernard Shaw
George Bernard Shaw (26 July 1856 – 2 November 1950) was an Irish playwright and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. Although his first profitable writing was music and literary criticism, in which capacity he wrote many highly articulate pieces of journalism, his main talent was for drama, and he wrote more than 60 plays. He was also an essayist, novelist and short story writer. Nearly all his writings address prevailing social problems, but have a vein of comedy which makes their stark themes more palatable. Issues which engaged Shaw's attention included education, marriage, religion, government, health care, and class privilege.
Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell
When: 20 September 2017 – 7 May 2018
Where: National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Times: Daily 10am–6pm
About the event:
The Burrell Collection holds one of the greatest collections of Degas’s works in the world. Rarely seen in public, this exhibition marks the first time the group of 20 pastels has been shown outside of Scotland, since they were acquired.
One of the greatest artistic innovators of his age, Degas found new ways of depicting modern Parisian life; pursuing a vision distinct from that of his fellow Impressionists. He also relentlessly experimented with materials, particularly pastel that he came to prefer over oil paint.
Coinciding with the centenary of Degas’s death, and including complementary works from the National Gallery Collection, the exhibition offers unique insight into the practices and preoccupations of a complex and intensely private artist. Exhibition organised by the National Gallery in collaboration with the Burrell Collection, Glasgow.
Official Lin: https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/drawn-in-colour-degas-from-the-burrell
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
When: Sat 27th May 2017 to
Sun 18th Feb 2018
Where: Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Times: Daily: 10:00 - 17:30 Fri: until 21:30
About the event:
This exhibition examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative tradition.
Whales: Beneath the Surface
When: Fri 14th Jul 2017 to
Wed 28th Feb 2018
Where: Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Times: Daily: 10:00 - 17:50
Admission: Adult: £11.50
About the event
ive through one of the world's most compelling evolutionary journeys in this family exhibition.
More than 100 specimens from the Museum's collection will be on display together for the first time, from parts of a colossal blue whale to a small harbour porpoise.
Explore whales, dolphins and porpoises' extraordinary adaptations to their underwater environments, and learn how they are similar to us.
Travel back 50 million years to the beginning of the evolution of the whale. See how whales became sociable, aquatic mammals, some of which can communicate over vast distances.
Official Link: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/
ABBA: Super Troupers
When: Thu 14th Dec 2017 to
Sun 29th Apr 2018
Where: Royal Festival Hall, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Times: See official website
Admission: £15 - £25
About the event:
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA as they take over 1970s Britain, in this interactive exhibition.
Let us take you back in time to journey through the sights and songs that saw four talented Swedish musicians shoot to international stardom.
Get close to never-before-seen items from the band’s archive including personal notes, memorabilia and iconic costumes. Chart their rise to fame and lasting legacy; from their early pop explosion onto the British music scene, to chart-topping worldwide success.
Return to 1970s Britain in the midst of a financial crisis, a wave of strikes and a three-day working week. ABBA were a breath of fresh air, dominating the airwaves with their upbeat anthems channelling positivity and optimism.
Explore the music, lyrics and lives of one of the world’s most unforgettable bands and discover the stories behind their distinct combination of folk, pop, disco and glam rock, their multi-layered sound, and signature style.
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