住所: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
Paintings, landscapes and spectral figures animate the halls of the Royal Academy of Art with the expressive language of Michael Armitage. Borrowing from the art of East Africa and Europe - from Elimo Njau to Jak Katarikawe, from Tiziano to Paul Gauguin - the Kenyan artist, born in 1984, questions social norms and cultural cliches, religious ideology and cultural politics. To do this, he relies on 15 large works next to a selection of around 35 pieces by six artists from East Africa, working between the ‘60s and the ‘90s, many of who were self-taught, chosen by Armitage himself. Personal memory encounters the harsh realities narrated by the media, creating an imagery characterised by violence and discomfort, but always with hope. Paradise Edict covers the last seven years of Armitage’s work, accompanying the public as it observes landscapes, allegorical figures and a series of paintings inspired by the elections in Kenya in 2017. The bark of Lubugo substitutes the canvas, like an irregular surface. The artist uses, in his painting, this material which has traditionally been found in Uganda from the inner cortex of the “Mutuba” tree, a sort of funeral shroud used in various ceremonies. It represents a sort of emancipation from European traditions. In his works, the dynamics of power and sexuality, as well as the ties between political and religious rhetoric intertwine with a careful observation of human gestures and expression.
When Art is Adrenalin. In Orbit with Carsten Höller and Anish Kapoor
Climb up the highest sculpture in the United Kingdom and slide down the vertiginous tunnel of the Slide - it’s happening in the East End where the ArcelorMittal Orbit brings back the thrills of the 2012 Olympic Games.
The dining halls of the V&A are over 150 years old. Designed by stars of interior design of the 1800s, it transformed the experience of visiting the museum and was well ahead of its time in respect to the rest of the world.