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The CF To-Do List: April

Your monthly cultural crib sheet compiled by Citizen Femme.

Designed for cosmopolitan globetrotters – based anywhere from London to New York – we’ve rounded up the best exhibitions to see, the films to watch and the events to catch in your chosen city this month.

Alice at the Mad Hatter's Tea Party, Illustration for Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by John Tenniel, 1865 (c) Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, The V&A, London

Celebrating all things Alice in Wonderland, The V&A’s latest exhibition, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, will take you on an immersive journey, exploring the origins, adaptations, and reinventions of Lewis Carroll’s most beloved book. On display you’ll find paintings by Salvador Dalí, designs by Vivienne Westwood, and photographic wonderlands captured by Tim Walker, plus psychedelic posters, vivacious ballet costumes, and other unexpected delights. Spanning the title’s 157-year history, the exhibit charts (in the most theatrical of manners) the evolution from manuscript to global phenomenon. A spring/summer must-see.

Marle on the Italian Terrace, Heckfield Place, Hook

Al fresco lunch in the Hampshire countryside? Sounds divine. Fortunately, Heckfield Place is launching a pop-up restaurant, ‘Marle on the Italian Terrace’ for such happenings. Open for lunch and afternoon tea, Wednesday to Sunday, and for a five-course dinner on Friday and Saturday evenings, the outdoor restaurant will be headed up by acclaimed chef Skye Gyngell. Expect pared-back, elegant dishes with ingredients freshly picked from the gardens, or sourced from Fern Verrow farm. Come rain or shine, it’s the perfect dining experience (facilitated by a canopy, blankets, fire pits and sheepskins should things turn chilly).

Photo by Rob Youngson

Romeo & Juliet, National Theatre, London

In defiance of their feuding families, Romeo and Juliet risk everything to be together. Filmed at the National Theatre, and broadcast on Sky Arts, this imaginative new film (the NT’s first) brings to life the remarkable backstage spaces of the National Theatre,  in an innovative retelling of Shakespeare’s romantic tragedy. Starring Jessie Buckley (Wild Rose, Judy) and Josh O’Connor (The Crown, God’s Own Country) as Juliet and Romeo respectively, other cast members include award-winning cast includes Tamsin Greig, Fisayo Akinade, Adrian Lester, Lucian Msamati. Catch it while you can.

© Christie’s Images Limited 2021

Off the Wall: Basquiat to Banksy, Christie’s, London

Off the Wall: Basquiat to Banksy is a private selling exhibition ‘showcasing the contemporary explosion of street art, charting a course through post-punk New York, millennial Britain, and beyond’. The exhibition, which opens for browsing online (and in the King Street, London galleries) on 12 April, offers viewers the chance to experience a breath of work ‘from the illicit and illegitimate to the painterly and political’. Exhibition highlights include Keith Haring’s Untitled, Kenny Scharf’s Blox, and Os Gêmeos’ O Homem que pescon a Sereia de Labelos de ouro (pictured above).

Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen in their studio with Standing Collar with Bow Tie (1992), 1992. Photography: Jesse Frohman; courtesy Trunk Archive

Claes & Coosje: A Duet, Pace Gallery, New York

Husband-and-wife duo Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen, are perhaps best known for their fanciful, super-size public sculptures, which reimagine everyday objects. Offering the public a closer look at the pair’s work, a new exhibit at Pace Gallery, New York spotlights the Oldenburg and van Bruggen’s relationship and artistic evolution across decades. Curated in close collaboration with the artists’ daughter, Maartje Oldenburg, the exhibition presents a personalised take on the duo’s oeuvre. Look out for the exhibit’s showstopper – Dropped Bouquet, the final sculptural work that Oldenburg and van Bruggen conceived together before her death in 2009.

Es Devlin, Rendering of Forest of Us, 2021. Courtesy Es Devlin Studio.

Superblue, Miami

Gallerists Marc Glimcher (of Pace Gallery) and Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst are opening a warehouse-sized creative space in Miami this spring, called Superblue. Art-types take note: the inaugural line-up is pretty spectacular. A trio of mega exhibitors, including James Turrell, teamLab and Es Devlin, will be presenting their works at Superblue’s first exhibition, Every Wall is a Door. Visitors should prepare for an immersive journey through installations that embrace light, video, and sound in interesting ways. Es Devlin’s mirrored labyrinth will be our first port of call – just as soon as those warehouse doors swing open.

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