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Learning to Dwell: Adolf Loos in the Czech Lands

Until May 3rd

Royal Institute of British Architects

66 Portland Place

London W1B 1AD

Telephone: 020 7580 5533

Adolf Loos (1870-1933) was a key influence on Le Corbusier and countless other 20th-century architects and designers. This exhibition will examine Loos' houses in Prague, Pilsen and Brno. Alongside models, drawings and original furniture, attention will be paid to his Villa Muller in Prague with its superb example of 'Raumplan' technique, a formative project in the development of split-level living designs.

Antoine Watteau

until June 5th

The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN

Telephone: 020 7563 9500

Complementing the current Watteau exhibition at the Royal Academy, this two-part display presents both the Wallace Collection's Watteau holdings and explores the artist's close ties with a prominent dealer in his work the great 18th-century French collector and taste-maker Jean de Jullienne (1686-1766) his career and collections.

Italian Drawings

Until July 10th

Fitzwilliam Museum

Trumpington Street

Cambridge CB2 1RB

Telephone: 01223 332 900

Celebrating the Fitzwilliam's outstanding collection of Italian drawings with works by masters such as Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Raphael, Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese, this exhibition also shows the less famed, though no less beautiful, sketches of Stefano della Bella, Agnese and Carlo Dolci.

Henge Diggers

until July 17th

The Manchester Museum

The University of Manchester

Oxford Road

Manchester M13 9PL

Telephone: 0161 275 2634

A series of photographs by Bill Bevan recording the Stonehenge Riverside Project in 2008--a dig that brought together archaeologists from a variety of places to undertake shared research, echoing the original purpose of Stonehenge as a ceremonial centre for prehistoric communities.

The Triumph of Maximilian I: Hans Burgkmair and Others

Until August 14th

Museums Sheffield: Graves Gallery

Surrey Street

Sheffield S1 1XZ

Telephone: 0114 278 2600

In 1512, fearing obscurity in death, the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519) commissioned a series of miniature paintings to record his lifetime's achievements. On display are a series of prints made from the paintings and depicting in minute detail the costume, ornament and pomp of German courtly life during Maximilian's reign. Elsewhere, Museums Sheffield's Millennium Gallery has re-launched the Ruskin Collection, offering a fresh look at the many important works and artefacts amassed by Victorian polymath John Ruskin (1819-1900) which has been housed in Sheffield since 1875.

Humanity in War

Until January 2012

National War Museum

Edinburgh Castle

Castle Hill

Edinburgh EHI 2NG

Telephone: 0131 247 4413

Beginning with the American Civil War, through the apocalyptic engagements of the last century and on to the battles of today photographers have been present to capture the courage and dignity, hope and despair of people in conflict. Drawing on the extensive collections of the International Committee of the Red Cross, this exhibition recounts the turbulent story of 150 years of war as captured through the camera lens.

Power House

From April 2nd

Royal Armouries Museum

HM Tower Of London

London EC3N 4AB

Telephone: 0844 482 7777

The White Tower's new permanent exhibition explores the histories and personalities behind the national organisations the Tower of London has housed since 1100--among many: the Ordnance Office, Ordnance Survey, the Royal Mint, Record Office and the Royal Observatory.

Islamic Courtly Textiles

April 4th-May 6th

Francesca Galloway

31 Dover Street

London WIS 4ND

Telephone: 020 7499 6844

A chance to appreciate Islamic textiles, whose intense intricacies and beauty made them a prize embellishment in the courts of ruling dynasties from 14th-century Mamluk Egypt and Islamic Spain, through to Ottoman Turkey and 19th-century Islamic Indonesia.

Welsh Coal--Breton Steel

April 4th-June 24th

Big Pit: National Coal Museum

Blaenavon, Torfaen

Wales NP4 9XP

Telephone: 01495 790 311

This exhibition in four languages explores the links between industrial Wales and steelmaking in Brittany.


April 5th-July 24th

Musee du quai Branly

37 Quai Branly

75007 Paris

Telephone: 00 331 5661 7000

Through 330 works, ranging from the eighth century to the present day, this exhibition considers both the evolution and continuities of West African Dogon art, emphasising the cultural impact of migration and successive contacts between the Dogon and other peoples.


The Petrified Music of Architecture

April 8th-June 25th

Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields

London WC2A 3BP

Telephone: 020 7405 2107

A display of 23 exquisitely detailed wooden models of cathedrals, including Exeter (above), Canterbury, Lincoln and Peterborough, made by a mysterious 19th-century model maker William Gorringe. Crafted under the guidance of the royal composer and organist Sir Herbert Oakeley (1830-1903), whose collection they formed, and bequeathed by Oakeley's brother, Edward, to Canterbury Cathedral in 1916, this is their first London showing in over 80 years.

James Stirling: Notes from the Archive

April 5th-August 21st

Tate Britain, Millbank

London SW1P 4RG

Telephone: 020 7887 8888

Marking the resurgence of interest in the legacy of James Stirling (1924-92),Tate Britain showcases more than 300 of the architect's drawings, models, photographs, notebooks and sketches--paying particular attention to the entwining of traditional and modern elements in his work. The exhibition is in the Clore Gallery (1980-87), the design and construction of which was overseen by Stirling himself.

Festival of Britain: 60th Anniversary

April 22nd--September 4th

Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX

Telephone: 0844 875 0073

The Southbank Centre celebrates not only the anniversary of the 1951 Festival of Britain (itself a centenary of the 1851 Great Exhibition among other things), but what was the Festival's centrepiece: the South Bank Exhibition--an extravaganza of science, art, design and architecture visited by some eight million people. April's highlight, in an extensive programme of events, is Museum of 1951, a temporary museum at the Royal Festival Hall of photographs, artworks and rare pieces from the Centre's archives, private collections and the Museum of London.


A Tonic to the Nation

Until May 8th

Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant

Chichester PO19 1TJ

Telephone: 01243 774 557

The vibrant imagery expressed in the souvenirs and memorabilia produced for the Festival of Britain, from badges to teapots and tobacco tins and posters, forms the basis of this display at Pallant House. The Festival constructions--with the exception of the Festival Hall--were destroyed immediately after the celebrations, granting these surviving objects a certain poignancy.

Marlowe's London

April 9th, 11am

The Rose Theatre


56 Park Street

London SE1 9AS

Telephone: 020 7261 9565

Andrew Davies will deliver a lecture on London during the lifetime of the great Elizabethan dramatist Christopher Marlowe--a place of incredible turbulence and ferment, be it through the threat of the Armada or religious conflict, court intrigue or the city's rapid social and economic changes.

Witness: Women War Artists

From April 9th

Imperial War Museum London

Lambeth Road

London SE1 6HZ

Telephone: 020 7416 5320

A retrospective of work by women war artists spanning the First World War to the Kosovo conflict. Created by eyewitnesses, participants, commentators and commemorators, the pieces illuminate both the constraints and the unexpected freedoms of perspective into war afforded artists such as Laura Knight, Linda Kitson and Frauke Eigen.

Ilford Historical Society AGM and Talk

April 11th, 7-9.30pm

Ilford Hospital Chapel

The Broadway

IIford Hill

IIford IG1 2AT

Telephone: 020 8590 2098

The society's AGM will be followed by a talk by Pat Heron about the arrival and subsequent life of Ilford's Belgian refugee population in the years 1914-19.

Blossoms of the Arts & Crafts Movement

April 21st-July 3rd

Court Barn Museum

Church Street

Chipping Campden GL55 6JE

Telephone: 01386 841 951

While the Cheltenham Art Gallery and Museum is closed for renovation Court Barn will house and exhibit some of its most significant Arts and Crafts objects, including furniture, pottery and watercolours by William Morris, Edith Payne, Alfred Powell and other key figures of the 19th-century movement.

High Kicks and Low Life: Toulouse-Lautrec Prints

April 21st-June 26th

National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park

Cardiff CF10 3NP

Telephone: 029 2039 7951

Drawing on the British Museum's collection of Henri Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1981) prints this exhibition illustrates two distinct modes in the work of the artist, favourite of poster-makers the world over. The first part of the display, Public Passions, explores his portraits of 19th-century Parisian nightlife, including images of the infamous can-can dancer Louise Weber; the second part, Private Passions, considers the secret lives revealed, albeit with great sensitivity, in Toulouse-Lautrec's depictions of prostitutes and the shadowy milieu of their profession.

The CIA in History, Fiction and Memory

April 29th-30th

The University of Nottingham

University Park

Nottingham, NG7 2RD

Telephone: 0115 951 4261

This conference brings together leading experts to discuss the CIA's place within postwar American politics and culture, its changing historical representation and how this representation has been constructed--even fictionalised--by academics, journalists, artists and others.

April Events at the Women's Library

The Women's Library

London Metropolitan


25 Old Castle Street

London E1 7NT

Telephone: 020 7320 2222

(In) Memoriam reflects on historical and contemporary experience of violence against women. The tourism built around Jack the Ripper is the starting point of a series of works, both personal and political, investigating the glamourisation of violence and the invisibility of women (April 6th-May 28th); there will also be a 90-minute debate exploring questions raised by the content of (In) Memoriam (April 6th, 7pm). Other historical events organised by the library include a Women's Suffrage Walk through Kensington, a seedbed of the movement since the 1860s, including visits to the homes and studios of key campaigners.

King James Bible Anniversary Events

A diverse selection of April events augment the ongoing 400th birthday celebrations of arguably the most important and influential text in the English language. For further details see the relevant websites listed below.

Conference: Translating the Word in the Reformation

April 13th-15th

Westminster College

Madingley Road

Cambridge CB3 0AA

The Word is God: The King James Bible and Hamlet

April 17th-25th

Shakespeare's Globe

21 New Globe Walk

Bankside, London SE1 9DT

Telephone: 020 7902 1400

Science and the King James Bible: influence, Confluence or Conflict?

April 16th, 2pm

St Mary's Cathedral

23 Palmerston Place

Edinburgh EH12 SAW

Telephone: 01312 256 293

Manifold Greatness: Oxford and the Making of the KJV

April 22nd-September 4th

Bodleian Library

Broad Street

Oxford OX1 3BG

Telephone: 01865 277 162
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