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Stables and Lucraft: Ulmus Londinium
28 October 2015 - 10 March 2016
New Wing
Ulmus Londinium is an installation exploring the history of the Elm tree in London – formerly a common sight, few elms now remain in the capital. Designed by Stables and Lucraft for The Conservation Foundation’s Ulmus Londinium Campaign, the installation is built from replica objects which explore the tree’s relationship to the city, from medieval water pipes, to the foundations of London Bridge.
Big Bang Data
03 December 2015 - 20 March 2016
Embankment Galleries
This winter, Somerset House will present Big Bang Data, the UK’s first major exhibition exploring the big data explosion that is radically transforming society, culture and politics in the 21st century. Across the globe, we see and hear more and more stories about the exponential growth of data and its associated advantages and dangers. We are aware that today people generate data on a daily basis, through mobile telephones, social media and online transactions. In 2009, we produced the same quantity of data as in the entire history of humanity up to that point. By 2012, it was estimated that 2.5 quintillion bytes of data is created every day. The world contains an unimaginably vast amount of digital information which is getting ever bigger ever more quickly.
UTOPIA 2016
25 January 2016 - 31 December 2016
Somerset House
UTOPIA 2016 is a year of imagination and possibility celebrating the 500th anniversary of Thomas More's inspirational text, Utopia. Artists, designers, provocateurs and thinkers will be experimenting with ways we might live, make, work and play. With: Jeremy Deller and Fraser Muggeridge studio; The Utopian Treasury; Venturing Beyond with Horfee, Revok, Filippo Minelli, Shepard Fairey and Swoon; Out There: Post-War Public Art; International Fashion Showcase; Now Play This at London Games Week; Connected Communities at the Utopia Fair; Counterculture Now; Night School on Anarres with Onkar Kular and Noam Toran; We Account the Whale Immortal with Philip Hoare and Jessica Sarah Rinland; Utopia at The British Library; The London Design Biennale; Utopia: Constructed, and much, much more
The Museum of Innocence
27 January 2016 - 03 April 2016
The Courtyard Rooms
Somerset House is delighted to announce a collaboration with Nobel Prize-winning author Orhan Pamuk which will see a unique new version of his collection The Museum of Innocence, the physical manifestation of his novel of the same name, travel to Somerset House’s Courtyard Rooms in January 2016.
By me, William Shakespeare: A Life in Writing
03 February 2016 - 29 May 2016
East Wing
Discover the stories behind key moments in Shakespeare’s life, from the birth of the Globe theatre in London to his last days in Stratford-upon-Avon 400 years ago.
Out There: Our Post-War Public Art
03 February 2016 - 10 April 2016
East Wing Galleries
Historic England’s first major exhibition, Out There: Our Post-War Public Art opens at Somerset House on 3rd February 2016. Telling the story of key public art created between 1945 and 1985, the exhibition will follow the fates and fortunes of site-specific sculptures and reliefs by pioneering artists, focussing
Family Drop-in Workshop: Cabinet of Curiosities
06 February 2016
Somerset House
Make a mini museum for all of your favourite trinkets and treasures! House your curious collections in secret compartments, make colourful components and collect, collect, collect. Free for accompanied children aged 6-12 years. This workshop is led in association with The Museum of Innocence.
Free Guided Tour: Historical Highlights
06 February 2016
Somerset House
Discover evidence of Tudor intrigue and Georgian Enlightenment, of scientific curiosity, naval power and extravagant entertainments.
Unorthodocs: The Closer We Get
08 February 2016
The Screening Room
Released in 2015 The Closer We Get tells the intimate story of Director Karen Guthrie’s own family. After her mother suffers a stroke and her absent father reappears Guthrie seizes the opportunity to record as much of their remaining time together and reminisce for some of the time lost. The Film tracks a four year journey exploring the resilience, warmth and intimacy of a family bond in the face of adversity. Guthrie’s unwavering eye captures the complexities and of family life; from rekindled relationships to the last goodbye.
Out There: Saving Old Flo with Bob and Roberta Smith
10 February 2016
The Screening Room
As part of Out There: Our Post-War Public Art The Museum of London chairs a discussion with Bob and Roberta Smith about the ‘Save Old Flo’ campaign.
Out There: Garth Evans and Liliane Lijn in Conversation
12 February 2016
The Screening Room
City Sculpture Project artists Garth Evans and Liliane Lijn, in conversation with Jon Wood from the Henry Moore Foundation. Artists Garth Evans and Liliane Lijn discuss the ill-fated 1972 City Sculpture Project, an ambitious national public sculpture exhibition. Eight cities were loaned sculptures, created for specific urban streetscape locations by emerging artists. On display for six months, the local authorities were given an option to buy them afterwards.
Photo London Presents: The Future of Photography: A New Landscape
17 February 2016
The Screening Room
The third in a series of pre-Fair talks hosted in the run up to the 2016 edition of Photo London, Photo London Presents: The Future of Photography brings together some of the most exciting young photographers working today. Photographers Chloe Dewe Mathews, Lydia Goldblatt and Noemie Goudal will discuss the new era of photography in which images are taken, shared and reproduced on a previously unprecedented scale.
Out There: Art for the People
18 February 2016
The Screening Room
In 1956 the changing financial climate made it possible for the London County Council (LCC) to set up the Patronage of the Arts Scheme, where a sum of £20,000 a year was set aside for commissioning or purchasing works of art. A total of 75 artworks were acquired over an eight year period and were placed in housing estates, homes for the elderly, schools, colleges, parks and highways. Historian Dawn Pereira talks about the commissions for this and other LCC schemes.
International Fashion Showcase 2016
19 February 2016 - 23 February 2016
West Wing
The British Council and the British Fashion Council (BFC) will present work by emerging fashion designers from 25 countries in an exhibition entitled ‘Fashion Utopias’ at Somerset House. The exhibition is the fifth edition of the annual International Fashion Showcase (IFS) and forms a key part of London Fashion Week’s public-facing programme which celebrates the universal relevance of fashion in contemporary culture
Fashion Utopias: Then & Now
19 February 2016
The Screening Room
A symposium in partnership with the Courtauld Institute of Art History of Dress Research Department exploring the philosophical, political, social and cultural implications of fashion and utopianism. Researchers from the Courtauld Institute will present papers looking at Utopia in a historical context with responses from contemporary curators and designers. Topics include: the body, democracy and dictatorship, the fashion image and surrealism.
Unorthodocs: The Look of Silence
22 February 2016
The Screening Room
Acclaimed director Joshua Oppenheimer follows up the Oscar nominated The Act of Killing (2012) with the equally powerful companion piece The Look of Silence (2014), which like it’s predecessor has also been nominated for this years Oscar for Best Documentary. Oppenheimer’s unflinching approach to film making combines interviews and archive footage with recreation and intervention to create a chilling modern masterpiece described by Werner Herzog as “profound, visionary, stunning”.
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