Culture edit: Your January Guide
A new year is here and with it, a tempting host of exhibitions, performances and freshly opened restaurants. Start 2019 as you mean to go on with our round up of the cultural highlights not to be missed this January.
BILL VIOLA / MICHELANGELO
What do a contemporary video artist and a Renaissance master have in common? The Royal Academy will be answering this question in Bill Viola / Michelangelo – an exhibition exploring the affinities between Bill Viola and Michelangelo. The highlight? Taddei Tondo, the only example of Michelangelo’s marble sculpture on view in the UK.
FERNAND LÉGER: NEW TIMES, NEW PLEASURES
More than 40 works of the renowned painter, sculptor and filmmaker Fernand Léger will be on display at the Tate Liverpool in the first ever UK retrospect dedicated to Léger’s lifetime commitment to art. Enthralled by the vibrancy of modern life and a champion of the belief that art should be for everyone, Léger’s work adapted modernist modes such as Cubism to pioneer the Pop Art movement.
ARTIST ROOMS: ROBERT MAPPLETHORPE
Merseyside’s The Atkinson latest exhibition is dedicated to one of the world’s most important artists of the late twentieth century, Robert Mapplethorpe. Showcasing work from Mapplethorpe’s significant collection of photographs, expect to see portraits of the most influential artists and celebrities of the 1980s New York culture scene, from Andy Warhol to Mapplethorpe’s friend and muse, Patti Smith.
7 DAYS OUT
Ever wondered what it’s like to go behind the scenes of a CHANEL Fashion Show? Wonder no more with Netflix’s latest documentary series 7 Days Out, an all-access pass documenting the lead up to the Spring-Summer 2018 Couture Show. From CHANEL’s ateliers to the runway, 7 Days Out is a rare glimpse into Karl Lagerfeld’s dream-like world.
MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS
The eagerly anticipated story of history’s most turbulent queen, Mary Stuart, is the subject of the new biopic Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan (Mary, Queen of Scots) and Margot Robbie (Queen Elizabeth I) as the two royal cousins. Love and vengeance powers through this tragic tale of two equals, both forward-thinking and ruthless in their reign but separated and diminished by the men around them.
LONDON SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
For film buffs looking to discover the next Hitchcock or Coppola, the London Short Film Festival is not to be missed. Now in its 16th year, the ten day event boasts a line-up that celebrates the best in independent alternative film making and groundbreaking talent and it may be the most exciting year to date. Stuck for time? Don’t miss IRL, a short film about the realities of trusting human relationships in a not-so-distant technological age.
EARTH KITCHEN, STOKE NEWINGTON
Stoke Newington has become home to a resurgence in evening dining, and the latest addition is EartH Kitchen. Opening up in a former Art Deco cinema, expect to taste a focused menu of simplicity and autumnal earthiness, from griddled mackerel with beetroot and horseradish to pork and duck rillettes with cornichons and toast.
THE DINING ROOM, HACKNEY
If East Londoners haven’t had their fair share of culinary delights, the long-awaited Dining Room of Mare Street Market has opened its doors. Bursting with multi-era-spanning antiques and vintage chandeliers, the open-space restaurant is guaranteed to please hungry visitors with a creative line-up of contemporary European dishes.
STEM + GLORY, BARBICAN
Look no further, the award-winning, plant-based restaurant Stem + Glory of Cambridge is set to put down roots in Barbican. The cult restaurant blends Asian and Middle-Eastern flavours to produce an all-day menu packed with vegan-friendly dishes, including kimchi pancakes with baby spinach and spring onions, to Kerala cauliflower and coconut curry.