Weekly arts agenda: OFFF International Festival for the Post Digital Creation Culture, BP Portrait Award
Friday 18 June 2010
During the week of June 21 the OFFF International Festival for the Post Digital Creation Culture will celebrate its tenth anniversary with a special event in Paris. In London, the winner of the prestigious BP Portrait Award will be announced.
BP Portrait Award
June 22 - Winner announved
June 24-September 19 - exhibit
National Portrait Gallery
The BP Portrait Award is the most prestigious annual portrait competition in the world. The more than 2,100 entries received from artists across the world were whittled down to 58 for the 2010 BP Portrait Award exhibition. David Eichenberg, Michael Gaskell, and Daphne Todd are the three artists shortlisted for the BP Portrait award in 2010. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, June 22.
OFFF International Festival for the Post Digital Creation Culture
La Grande Halle de la Villette
For its 10th anniversary, the OFFF festival is once again departing from its hometown of Barcelona and relocating to Paris. The festival - which has previously ventured to venues like New York, Lisbon and Oeiras - will focus on the theme of "Nostalgia For A Past Future" in 2010. The festival's eventful three-day calendar includes a design conference, a multimedia trade fair, a digital animation program, performances, talks, workshops for artists, and most of all aims to celebrate all kinds of visual culture.
Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries
June 30-September 12
The National Gallery
Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries is an exhibition that examines the relationship between science and the study of Old Master paintings housed within the National Gallery. It details the ongoing scientific research conducted within the gallery and investigates some of the advanced technologies employed to conserve priceless artworks. Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes and Discoveries paints a picture of "some of the most intriguing stories behind paintings in the Gallery" while highlighting how scientific progress has facilitated the ongoing investigation of a painting's physical properties and origins.
Miró. The Colours of Poetry
July 2-November 14
Museum Frieder Burda
Around 100 works from six decades have been sourced from galleries and private collectors in Europe and the USA for this large-scale retrospective. Miró. The Colours of Poetry is characterized by Joan Miro's bold and colorful paintings but also features works on paper, ceramics and sculptures crafted by the 20th Century master.
Serpentine Gallery Pavilion
July 10-October 17
For the last nine years the Serpentine Gallery has been commissioning architects to create experimental architectural buildings for their pavilion project - considered to be the "most ambitious architectural program of its kind." To celebrate the gallery's 40th anniversary year and 10th Serpentine Gallery Pavilion Serpentine Gallery has commissioned renowned French architect Jean Nouvel. The iconic red structure created by Nouvel will function as a public space, café, late night venue, an auditorium and as a space for various other events.
Galway Arts Festival
The Galway Arts Festival is a celebration of street art, music, theater, literature and visual arts. The 32-year-old festival showcases an international lineup of artists alongside Ireland's best talents. This year works from artists such as Spike Jonze, Brian Bourke, Henri Matisse, and Bill Viola will be featured at the event.
Portugal Arte 2010
July 16-August 15
Lisbon, Grândola, Portimão and Vila Real de Santo António
The inaugural edition of Portugal Arte is the first in a series of biannual events planned to pinpoint contemporary art trends within the international art circuit. The month-long event will take place in public spaces and venues throughout Lisbon, Grândola, Portimão and Vila Real de Santo António in Portugal. Public, open-air locations and historic interior spaces in those cities will come alive with commissioned public sculpture projects, curated group exhibitions and site-specific installations.
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