Your monthly cultural crib sheet compiled by Citizen Femme.
Designed for cosmopolitan globetrotters – based anywhere from London to Bilbao – we’ve rounded up the best exhibitions to see, the films to watch and the events to catch in your chosen city this month.
Remembering A Brave New World, Tate Britan, London
Chila Kumari Singh Burman has transformed the front of Tate Britain into a celebration of bright lights and swirling colour. The commission, which opened to coincide Diwali – the Festival of Light – will be brightening up the façade of the London gallery until 31 January 2021. Combining Hindu mythology, Bollywood imagery, colonial history, and personal memories the magnificent installation, remembering a brave new world, is inspired by the artist’s childhood visits to the Blackpool illuminations and her family’s ice-cream van. Expect lots of vinyl, bling, and lights.
Pieces Of A Woman, Netflix
Kornél Mundruczó’s latest film, Pieces of Woman, stars Vanessa Kirby and Shia LaBeouf as a young couple hit by tragedy. Best known for her performance as Princess Margaret on The Crown, Kirby plays Martha, a woman grieving her baby who died moments after birth. Martha moves through her grief against the backdrop of a trial against her midwife (played by Molly Parker) and a faltering marriage to husband Shawn (LaBeouf), to find her way forward again. Shot in Montreal and set in Massachusetts, Pieces of a Woman is a sharp examination of a woman forced to form a new relationship with herself and her body.
In Camera: Playback – Lungs, The Old Vic, London
“The ice caps are melting, there’s overpopulation, political unrest; everything’s going to hell in a handcart – why on earth would someone bring a baby into this world?” Directed by Matthew Warchus, Claire Foy and Matt Smith performed a socially distanced version of Duncan Macmillan’s entertaining and emotional rollercoaster of a play about a couple wrestling with life’s biggest dilemmas live from The Old Vic. Back by popular demand, the recorded version of the live is show available to watch again from 27–29 Jan 2021 at 7.30pm. Lungs was originally performed and streamed live from The Old Vic stage to 69 countries across the globe in summer 2020.
Luke Edward Hall Figs And Honey And Sailing, The Breeder, Athens
“Dancing sailors, somber princes, rustic gods, and lovers. Half men-half wild beasts, lonesome shepherds, and lords of mythic islands. Fruit sellers, fishermen, soldiers, and ancient statues.” Figs and Honey and Sailing – the title of which was taken from a short story by the artist’s partner’s aunt – is Luke Edward Hall’s first solo exhibition in Athens. Presenting new works on paper alongside paintings and ceramics, the showcase furthers the artist’s explorations around existing interests which include, but are not limited, to Greek mythology, art history, interior design, fashion, and antiquity.
Kandinsky, Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Spain
Sign up to The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s 33-minute virtual tours of its latest exhibition Kandinsky. Drawn primarily from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation’s collection, the exhibition presents a comprehensive selection of paintings and works on paper of the artist Vasily Kandinsky. Tracing the aesthetic evolution of a pioneer of abstraction and his endeavour to free painting from its ties to the natural world, take the opportunity to explore this exhibition online and up close.