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The Veronica Scanner: Live 3D Portraiture to go on display at the RA in September

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THE ROYAL Academy of Arts in partnership with Factum Foundation for Digital Technology in Conservation and the Rothschild Foundation will present The Veronica Scanner: Live 3D Portraiture to UK audiences for ten days only in London (September 2 to September 11) and Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire (October 22 to October 30, 2016).

During this experiment, visitors will not only be able to watch as members of the public are scanned, processed, printed and carved into three-dimensional portrait busts in real time, but they will also have the opportunity to book a place to have their own digital portrait scan taken by the innovative Veronica Scanner.

From Pygmalion falling for his own sculpture in Greek mythology to the rise of photography in the nineteenth century as a new way to record facial features, visual art has always sought to reproduce a true likeness between image and form. This new interactive project at the RA celebrates the next stage in this story, the art of 3D photogrammetry in the twenty-first century.

The Veronica Chorographic Scanner, designed by contemporary artist Manuel Franquelo Giner, and built by Factum Arte, is a bespoke 3D head scanner showcasing the emerging technologies behind high-resolution composite photography and photogrammetry. Vera translates as ‘true’, from Latin and Eikōn means ‘icon’ or ‘image’, from Greek, resulting in the name ‘Veronica’.

Using eight cameras to record a complete head within a 50 × 50 × 50cm range, the Scanner is designed to capture and map the fine surface detail of the human face. This results in 96 high-resolution photographs of the subject from every angle which can then be processed into a digital 3D model.

The machine takes four seconds to complete the recording and, whilst on display, will scan 40 people per day. The resulting images can then be rematerialised as a physical bust through 3D printing and CNC milling.

As part of the project, a highly specialised robot, lent from the Bartlett School of Architecture (University College London), will carve one of the 40 scans a day into a wooden bust. A group of 3D printers, provided by iMakr, will also print busts in real time and data processing and 3D modelling will be done on site. As the 3D models are processed, they will be uploaded to an online virtual gallery which will be accessible to the public.

Visitors who wish to be scanned will need to pre-book their scanning appointment. In the following days they will receive an electronic file containing their 3D portrait.

The Veronica Scanner: Live 3D Portraiture will be open to members of the public who can view the portraiture live in action, as well as the additional display of a series of other bust sculptures which the scanner has created, alongside complementary material and texts tracing the development and possibilities of photography as a tool for sculpture.

The project space has been designed by RIBA award-winning architect, Charlotte Skene Catling of Skene Catling de la Peña.

Recent projects produced by Factum Foundation include a scan of Tutankhamun’s tomb in Luxor, Egypt, a re-materialised copy of Caravaggio’s Nativity with Saint Francis and Saint Lawrence in Palermo, Italy and other cultural heritage recordings in Daghestan, Jordan, Lebanon, England, USA, France and Italy.

Factum Arte, the workshop in Madrid from which the Foundation emerged, have worked with a number of artists including Royal Academicians Anish Kapoor, Grayson Perry, Conrad Shawcross and Gillian Wearing.

Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts, said: “The relationship between art and technology is a long, complex and fruitful one. We are delighted to be collaborating with Waddesdon Manor and Factum Foundation on such a visionary project.”

Lord Rothschild, Chairman of the Rothschild Foundation, which manages Waddesdon Manor, said: “We are very pleased to be collaborating with the Royal Academy and Factum Foundation on this innovative project, which explores the most cutting-edge new technology and its application in art and conservation. We are particularly excited to host the Veronica Scanner at Waddesdon, a house renowned for portraits and exceptional craftsmanship – both of which are celebrated through this exhibition.”

Adam Lowe, Director at Factum Arte, said: “We think of photographs as images but this odyssey into 3D portraiture demonstrates that they can also be sculptures. The dream of the Greek sculptors was to create a realism that went beyond subjective interpretation. The Veronica Scanner was originally developed for use with anti-ageing treatments but it is finding its application in portraiture and conservation.

“In this experimental workshop we will push its capabilities to the limit and build bridges between 3D recording and the emerging world of 3D output – both additive and subtractive. We are thrilled that both the RA and the Rothschild Foundation have reacted so quickly to bring this emerging technology to the public in a spirit of experimentation and curiosity.”

Tickets and Admission: A limited number of tickets are available for visitors to be scanned by The Veronica Scanner and must be pre-booked in advance. To be scanned, tickets are £16.50 (£15 excluding Gift Aid donation) and available online at www.royalacademy.org.uk.

NB: To view the display, admission is free.

Also at the Royal Academy of Arts: David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life (until October 2, 2016).

Sicilian splendour - an evening of events celebrating the culture of Sicily at the British Museum

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ON July 22, 2016, the British Museum is hosting Sicilian Splendour, an evening of events celebrating the culture of Sicily, past and present through music, drama, workshops and poetry performances.

These events are inspired by the current British Museum exhibition, Sicily: culture and conquest, sponsored by Julius Baer and open until August 14.

The exhibition is the first major show in the UK to explore over 4000 years of history on the island of Sicily. It focuses on what made both the Greek and the Norman periods so successful by displaying the astonishingly rich material culture of those eras and exploring the stories that these objects tell.

As part of Sicilian Splendour, the British Museum is hosting an event in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute. Luca Zingaretti, well known for his role as Inspector Montalbano, will perform La Sirena. This performance at the British Museum and another at the Sheldonian Theatre, Oxford, to coincide with the Ashmolean’s exhibition, Storms, War and Shipwrecks, are Luca Zingaretti’s first live performances in the United Kingdom. The performance is free but booking is essential and available here.

EVENTS

Music performance by Le Tre Sorelle (The Three Sisters) – 6pm to 7pm and 7.30 pm to 8.30pm, Great Court.

Enjoy a Sicilian repertoire of live music by this all-female Southern Italian trio, including ancient chants and devotional songs, as well waltzes, lullabies and tarantellas, all accompanied by traditional instruments and narration.

Sicilian Opera dei Pupi – 6.10pm to 6.30pm, 7.10pm to 7.30pm and 8pm to 8.20pm, Room 18b.

Be delighted and inspired by this special puppet theatre show by expert puppeteer Cesare Maschi of Bus King Theatre Company, and student of the acclaimed master of Sicilian puppetry, Mimmo Cuticchio.

Infiorata flower carpet workshop – 6pm to 8.30pm, Great Court.

Take part in creating a traditional Sicilian-inspired flower carpet mosaic with artist Anna Saunders.

Myths of an island: Sicily and the Aeneid – 6.35pm to 6.55pm and 7.35pm to 7.55pm, Room 17.

Discover Aeneas’ wanderings through Sicily in an imaginative retelling of an ancient story, conveyed through performance art by NMT Automatics.

Live poetry by Gabriele Tinti – 6pm to 6.30pm and 7pm to 7.30pm, Room 17.

Hear poetry inspired by the diverse culture, history and mythology of Sicily by renowned Italian poet Gabriele Tinti and performed by actor Anatol Yusef.

Storytelling: Demeter and Persephone – 6pm to 6.30pm and 7.30pm to 8pm, Room 22.

Discover the myth of Demeter and Persephone in this special storytelling performance for audiences of all ages by Xanthe Gresham-Knight of the Crick Crack Club.

Luca Zingaretti performs La Sirena – 7.30pm to 8.30pm, BP Lecture Theatre.

Enjoy a special performance by actor Luca Zingaretti (Il commissario Montalbano/Inspector Montalbano) based on the book Lighea by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa. Presented in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute, London.

Free, but booking is essential. Limited tickets available from 5.30pm from the BP Lecture Theatre on the evening.

Food and drink

A Sicilian-themed menu of food and drink will be available to buy in the Great Court to complement the evening, as well as a special sommelier-led Sicilian wine tasting.

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Maggi Hambling – Touch: works on paper - British Museum

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AN EXHIBITION entitled Maggi Hambling – Touch: works on paper will be on display at the British Museum (Room 90) from September 8, 2016 to January 29, 2017.

Maggi Hambling is one of Britain’s foremost contemporary figurative artists, working across all media, in painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture and installation. However, drawing is at the heart of her practice and is of fundamental importance to her.

The exhibition takes its title Touch from this concept of a deep connection with the subject being drawn, as Hambling says: ‘I believe the subject chooses the artist, not vice versa, and that subject must then be in charge during the act of drawing in order for the truth to be found. Eye and hand attempt to discover and produce those precise marks which will recreate what the heart feels. The challenge is to touch the subject, with all the desire of a lover.’

Born in Suffolk in 1945, Hambling studied with the artists Arthur Lett-Haines and Cedric Morris from the age of fifteen and later at Ipswich Art School, Camberwell and the Slade. Although she is perhaps best known for her controversial public sculpture: Oscar Wilde (1998, facing Charing Cross Station, London) and Scallop (2003, Aldeburgh Beach, Suffolk), Hambling’s powerful drawings and monotypes are less familiar to the public.

The British Museum was the first national institution to collect extensively Hambling’s works on paper. In 1985, the Museum acquired the drawing of her former teacher Cedric Morris on his deathbed. Hambling’s first series of monotypes, sensuous studies of the nude, were purchased soon after and the Museum has continued to collect her work.

This exhibition will examine Hambling’s drawings and prints, many of which have never been exhibited before, from early student drawings and etchings, to portraits of artist and critic John Berger, actor Stephen Fry, and curator Norman Rosenthal.

Hambling has spent time over the years in the British Museum Study Room examining the work of Michelangelo, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. As she says, ‘It is an exhilarating sensation to actually handle a Van Gogh drawing because drawing is the most intimate thing an artist does’.

The show will mark a major donation by the artist of around fifteen of her works. 2016 is the bicentenary of Francis Towne’s 1816 bequest, which established the tradition of artists donating their works to the British Museum. Maggi Hambling’s gift will be the latest manifestation of that tradition.

Touch will consist of forty works, around a quarter from the British Museum’s own collection, with loans from private collections, the National Portrait Gallery and Tate. The remaining works will be from Hambling’s personal collection.

The exhibition will begin with a life size and striking charcoal portrait of the writer, artist and Soho dandy Sebastian Horsley, who Hambling has described as ‘an exotic wild animal’. He is drawn wearing nothing but a silk scarf and introduces one of the major themes of the show, the human form.

The exhibition will continue with a display of some of Hambling’s earliest work from the 1960s and 1970s, including the powerful ink drawing of Rosie, the stuffed Indian rhinoceros in Ipswich Museum, which she considers ‘her first portrait’. Executed when the artist was seventeen, this work already shows the commanding skill that would progress and evolve throughout her celebrated portraits and paintings of the sea.

The exhibition will conclude with recent work made in 2015, from a new series entitled Edge which, in this instance, addresses global warming.

Image (top): Norman Rosenthal. 1992. Monotype. 445 × 370mm.

Image (bottom): Rosie.

Admission: Free.

Times: 10am to 5.30pm from Saturday to Thursday and 10am to 8.30pm on Fridays.

Also at the British Museum: Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds (until November 27, 2016).

Picasso Portraits - National Portrait Gallery

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AN EXHIBITION entited Picasso Portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery (Wolfson Gallery) from October 6, 2016 to February 5, 2017.

Picasso’s portraits epitomise the astonishing variety and innovation of his art. This major exhibition of over eighty works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers and reveals his creative processes as he moved freely between drawing from life, humorous caricature and expressive painting from memory.

On display will be portraits from all periods of Picasso’s career and in all media, from the realist paintings of his boyhood to his later ultra-spontaneous canvases. The works on show will range from celebrated masterpieces loaned by international institutions to works in private collections being shown in the United Kingdom for the first time.

The exhibition is co-organised by the National Portrait Gallery, London and the Museu Picasso, Barcelona.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Website: www.npg.org.uk/

Zevs presents Hockney-inspired series of paintings at Lazarides this summer

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FROM July 29 to September 1, 2016, Lazarides will host a new series of works by the notorious French artist Zevs, with his solo exhibition: The Big Oil Splash.

The artist, otherwise known as Aguirre Schwarz, will present a series of paintings, monochromes and sculpture based on the oil spill thematic.

The paintings presented in The Big Oil Splash are richly imbued with the artist’s critical and anti-authoritarian spirit and are reflective of his graphic vocabulary, love of film noir, misappropriations and his attachment to Pop Art and comics.

Full of borrowings, namely from Hockney’s iconic 1967 A Bigger Splash and emblems from major international oil corporations, the artist tells the captivating story of how the oil industry has spilled over into banking, finance, shipping, foreign policy, tourism, arts and leisure since the time of J. D. Rockefeller.

A single sunbed not only exposes the series of monochromes to UV radiation, but also unfolds Zevs’ meditation on serenity and the intricate dynamics of people, power, possessions and pleasures. All of these elements have facilitated the artist’s social ascent and his ultimate seclusion from the mundane world of art, culture, politics and anything that impedes the peace of mind he has sought for so long.

Born in Saverne, France in 1977, Aguirre Schwarz founded his alter ego, Zevs, after a regional train, Zeus, almost cost him his life while he was down in the Metro.

Best known for his ‘liquidation’ technique, Zevs famously distorts recognisable images and regularly sabotages the logos of major brands and businesses in an attempt to subvert and critique twenty-first century consumer-driven culture.

Working alongside French artists, such as André and Invader, in the latter part of the 1990’s Zevs became one of the leading figures that pioneered the French street art scene. His significant acts of vandalism vary from the ‘visual kidnapping’ of a woman from a German Lavazza billboard in 2002 to the liquidated Chanel logo daubed over a Giorgio Armani storefront in Hong Kong that ultimately led to his arrest in 2009.

He has participated extensively in international performances and exhibitions, including solo shows at Ny Carlsberg Glyptothek Museum (Denmark), CCA Andratx foundation (Spain) and an upcoming exhibition at Chateau de Vincennes (France).

Lazarides, 11 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1HR

Tel: +44 (0)20 7636 5443

Website: www.lazinc.com/

Royal Academy of Arts and St Pancras International station unveil installation by Ron Arad RA

THE Royal Academy of Arts and St Pancras International station today revealed a major site-specific installation, Thought of Train of Thought, 2016, by Royal Academician Ron Arad for Terrace Wires, the station’s public commissioning programme for new artwork by leading international artists.

This is the second instalment of a four year partnership between HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International station) and the Royal Academy for the station’s public sculpture series, following Cornelia Parker RA’s One More Time in 2015. This year marks the fourth year of the Terrace Wires commission at the station.

Suspended on wires from St Pancras International’s Grade 1 listed Barlow Shed roof, Thought of Train of Thought, comprises one 18 metre twisted blade made of aluminium which rotates slowly creating an optical illusion of movement.

Ron Arad RA said: “The rotation and the horizontal movement take turns in the viewers’ perception as the readings of the object alternate and the hypnotic effect is greater than the means, so will hopefully be the delight of the public at St Pancras.”

Arad has designed a number of public art works including the Vortext in Seoul, South Korea, the Kesher Sculpture at Tel Aviv University, Israel, Evergreen in Tokyo, Japan, and Curtain Call for the Roundhouse, London. As part of the Summer Exhibition 2016, Arad has created a new work, Spyre, for the RA Courtyard until August 21.

Terrace Wires is a highly visible programme for public art. It offers 48 million travellers each year the chance to experience the latest contemporary art as they pass through the station. This partnership between HS1 Ltd. and the Royal Academy of Arts builds on the shared belief in the values of bringing art to the community whilst celebrating the approach in 2018 of both the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary and the 150th anniversary of St Pancras station. The commission is the Royal Academy’s only external public sculpture series in London and is free to view.

Thought of Train of Thought will be at St Pancras International station until January 2017. The work was fabricated by CIG Architecture based in Groningen in the Netherlands.

Tim Marlow, Artistic Director at the Royal Academy of Arts, said: “Ron Arad’s work has always blurred the boundaries between architecture, sculpture, engineering and design which is why both the RA and HS1 are so excited by the project he has developed. Thought of Train of Thought will reflect – in every sense of the word – on one of London’s great urban structures. The experience should be both spectacular and thought provoking and offer the visitor a genuinely new perspective on a national landmark.”

Wendy Spinks, Commercial Director at HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International), said: “Terrace Wires is about encouraging people visiting St Pancras to take a moment and look up. As the first moving installation commissioned for the space, we are excited to see how the public react and engage with this captivating piece. Following last year’s success, we are pleased to be celebrating a second year of our partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts and thank Ron Arad for designing a unique and impressive sculpture for our thousands of daily commuters and visitors to enjoy.”

Labirinto, part of the Horniman Museum's Brazil in Focus season

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ON THURSDAY, July 28, the week before the start of the Rio Olympics, a special late night showcases Brazilian art all around the Horniman Museum and gardens in an evening curated and led by choreographer Jean Abreu, who will be presenting a promenade reinvention of his dance production A Thread.

This specially-commissioned evening features music and theatre performance, film and a bespoke app which guides audience through indoor and outdoor performances, and is part of Brazil in Focus, the museum’s celebration of Brazilian culture this summer.

Throughout the evening audiences will be able to dip in and out of twelve different short performances as they wander in search of a pathway through a labyrinth of galleries containing fascinating artefacts, objects and sculptures on a haunting but beautiful journey.

Labirinto sees Jean Abreu’s multi-faceted show A Thread reinvented and fractured across the labyrinth of the Horniman’s atmospheric galleries. The evening also features performances from Brazilian guest artists Fernanda Prata, who presents a dance duet based on the Tropicalia arts movement in Brazil, and film excerpts from director Allan Ribeiro’s This Love That Consumes.

A Thread explores tension and balance through the combination of visual art and dance, and comes to the Horniman from performances in the UK and Sao Paulo. Inspired by Sao Paulo based artist Elisa Bracher’s vast installation piece The Endless Still Point, these performances from A Thread meld her weighty metal and wire structures with Abreu’s own contemporary dance theatre ideas of balance and tension within the body and mind.

The dancers are Maria Fonesca, Stephen Moynihan, Rosana Ribeiro, Yuyu Rau, Lewis Wilkins and Fernanda Prata.

Jean Abreu said: “Labirinto is an experiential promenade performance which has evolved in parallel and as an extension of my latest production A Thread. I’ve taken from it the idea of an unpredictable journey and transferred it to this idea of an immersive labyrinth, with the choreographic material emerging in direct response to the various galleries of the Horniman Museum.

“When I first came to the Horniman, I was overwhelmed with information and all the different artefacts you encounter as you walk through the museum. In Labirinto, I am recreating this experience enhancing it to present the museum in a new light. I want the visitors to become treasure hunter, puzzle solvers as they decipher their own path thought the Labyrinth of performances we’ve created.”

Jean Abreu first came to the UK in 1996 after receiving a scholarship to study at Trinity Laban conservatoire for Music and Dance and has been living in London ever since. He choreographed his first work in 2003 and has since toured throughout the UK, including London’s Dance Umbrella Festival, Southbank Centre and Royal Opera House as well as internationally.

Winner of the prestigious Jerwood Choreography Award (2003), Abreu has been an Associate Artist at the Hat Factory and The Place and Artist-in-Residence at Dance East. His other works include Parallel Memories in collaboration with Brazilian choreographer Jorge Garcia, and BLOOD with Gilbert & George.

Elisa Bracher is an award-winning artist known for her large sculptures, displayed in a variety of public spaces in Brazil and internationally. She is engaged in artistic work that extends into four different media – drawing, printmaking, sculpture and photography. In 1998, CosacNaify published the book Madeira sobre Madeira, with text by Rodrigo Naves, about her artwork. She is also the founder and director of Instituo Acaia, which gives opportunities to people aged 4 – 18 to take part in a wide variety of creative activities and workshops.

A Thread has previously been performed this year at Auditorio Ibirapuera, Sao Paulo, Axis Arts Centre in Crewe and ICIA at the University of Bath. On October 14, the piece will be performed at Lincoln Performing Arts Centre. To research A Thread, Abreu and Bracher travelled to China to consult with Martial Arts practitioners and contemporary dancers, and to explore the ancient Chinese philosophy of balance, Yin and Yang.

Brazil in Focus is the Horniman Museum & Gardens’ celebration of Brazilian culture this summer, a collaboration with Brazilian artists and communities to provide a snapshot of contemporary Brazilian art and culture with a season of unique events and exhibitions, inspired by everyday Brazilian lives and neighbourhoods. Featuring installations, new dance performances, photography exhibitions, music and specially commissioned street art, both at the Horniman and throughout Forest Hill, Brazil in Focus will also give audiences the chance to get involved in dancing, making art or music at various events.

Labirinto is suitable for ages 12+.

Tickets: £5. To book, call 020 86991872 or visit www.horniman.ac.uk/.

Running Time: 10 – 20 minute performances repeated from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Twelfth Night….with a Cast of Comedians - London Wonderground

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

FOLLOWING their success at King’s Cross Theatre, Fight in the Dog are returning to London for another one-night-only production of Shakespeare’s best comedy Twelfth Night.

With a cast of twelve of London’s most exciting comedians, it comes to The Spiegeltent, London Wonderground on Monday, July 18, 2016.

Shakespeare’s text has been abridged for a very 2016 take on this classic story of love, drink, mistaken identity and a prank taken way too far.

The original staging took place on the actual Twelfth Night, January 5, 2016, raising £8,664.90 for the charity Refugee Action and receiving a standing ovation from about 79% of its audience. The show was directed by twice Edinburgh Comedy Award nominee Liam Williams and former artistic director of Boundless Theatre, Matt Bulmer.

This second one-time-only staging will be slightly bigger and slightly better than the last one, marking the 400th anniversary of the Bard’s death.

The cast includes The Pin, Sheeps, Tessa Coates of Massive Dad, Ellie White, Kieran Hodgson, Joe Bannister, David Elms, Emma Sidi, Matilda Wnek of Beard, Lolly Adefope and Liam Williams plus live music from the band, John Bull & The Bandits.

Fight in the Dog was established to bridge the gap between the worlds of theatre and stand-up comedy, aiming to create work that’s as funny as the best comedy and as thought-provoking as the best theatre; and to encourage audiences to laugh yet look afresh at the world.

Tickets: From £15 – available online at www.fightinthedog.co.uk/productions/.

Time: 7.45pm.

Twelfth Night with Comedians will also be performing at Latitude Festival this year: Thursday, July 14, 2016 at 10.45pm.

Film events at the Foundling Museum

Still from The Red Balloon

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THE FOUNDLING Museum has two film events in the coming weeks:

Found Films – in the Museum’s beautiful Picture Gallery on Thursday, July 14, 2016, doors open at 6pm for 6.30pm start. Tickets: £5.

The museum is presenting a programme of films curated by Cornelia Parker, featuring artists included in the current exhibition Found.

Found is a major exhibition featuring over sixty outstanding artists from a range of creative disciplines who have been invited to respond to the theme of ‘found’. The show includes a number of audiovisual works with short films from Michael Craig Martin, Christian Marclay, Laure Prouvost and John Smith.

Sunday Shorts – Sunday, August 7 at 2pm. Free with Museum admission.

Sunday film screening returns with two short films focussing on found objects, inspired by the current exhibition Found.

Albert Larimosse’s Oscar-winning 1956 film The Red Balloon (Cert U, French with subtitles) follows the adventures of a young boy who one day finds a stray red balloon with a mind of its own.

In The Way Things Go (1987) artists Fischli/Weiss document a series of chain reactions as everyday objects crash, scrape, slide or fly into one another with devastating and dramatic effect.

The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, WC1N 1AZ

What Ho! Andrzej Klimowski's illustrations for P.G. Wodehouse

My Man Jeeves, Andrzej Klimowski

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION entitled What Ho! Andrzej Klimowski’s illustrations for P.G. Wodehouse will be on display at londonprintstudio from September 9 to October 15, 2016.

Andrzej Klimowski’s light hearted linocuts and installation celebrate the work of legendary period comic writer P.G. Wodehouse. Klimowski is one of the leading illustrators and designers of his generation. His graphic novels, book designs and theatre posters have been widely admired internationally.

In a departure from his usual noirish style, Klimowski has designed a uniquely English period environment for this exhibition – an England that probably never truly existed, but which we fondly remember. Klimowski’s designs feature Jeeves, Bertie Wooster, Lord Emsworth, bossy aunts, sporty girls and other characters.

The exhibition features linocuts, installations and hand made props. There are also prints, many of which are for sale. Klimowski’s designs – originally for the Everyman Wodehouse series – illustrate all 95 books written by Wodehouse during his lifetime. Klimowski’s designs for the series were acclaimed in both the U.K. and U.S.

John Phillips, Director of londonprintstudio, said: ‘Klimowski is an extraordinary artist, and a master printmaker. His linocuts are exquisite. He’s created an installation which celebrates the Wodehouse world picture, one of country houses, crackling logs, buttered toast, and idleness.’

Andrzej Klimowski, who was born to Polish parents in London, retains strong links with Poland, where he lived and worked for some years. During his career he has made films and written graphic novels. He has designed theatre posters and book covers for leading publishers. He was head of Illustration at the Royal College of Art for many years, where he is now Professor Emeritus. He continues to produce graphic novels with his wife Danusia Schejbal, and works in graphics and produces illustrations. He also makes films. His work has been the subject of a retrospective at the National Theatre, London.

Speaking about Klimowski, Harold Pinter said: ‘A few words about Klimowski? Impossible. You can’t capture an imagination such as his in a sentence or two. He is a free man and you’ll never catch him. He looks at things head-on but at the same time inside out and upside down, round the corner and through a shattered keyhole. His eye is a microscope, a magnifying glass, a two-way mirror and a crystal ball. He leads the field by a very long furlong, out on his own, making his own weather. He is Klimowski, unafraid.’

Admission: Free.

Times: Tuesday to Saturday, 10.30am – 5.30pm.

londonprintstudio, 425 Harrow Road, London, W10 4RE

Tel: 020 8969 3247

Website: www.londonprintstudio.org.uk/