This week is Valentine’s Day, and whether you’re making a romantic night or it or are going to drown your sorrows in prosecco whilst stroking cats, you can discover the best events in London for Valentine’s Day on the London Calling site. If it’s just another week for you, you’ve got plenty to look forward to, with two exhibitions from innovative modern artists opening, some thought-provoking and humorous theatre and a spellbinding immersive film experience.
Wolfgang Tillmans at Tate Modern
This is German born photographer Wolfgang Tillman’s first ever exhibition at Tate Modern. This politically charged exhibition will explore Tillman’s responses to the Iraq War and anti-war demonstrations in 2003, providing food for thought in these turbulent times. Not just photographs in a frame, his work pushes the boundaries of the photographic form with abstract artworks that range from the sculptural to the immersive.
Wolfgang Tillmans: 2017 runs 15 February – 11 June at Tate Modern. Standard adult admission is £11.30 with concessions available. Find out more here.
This week is your last chance to see this clever exploration of the meaning of friendship at The Old Vic. Starring Tim Key, Rufus Sewell and Marc Ritter, the play focuses on three friends who nearly come to blows when Serge buys an extortionately priced white painting with just a few lines on it. A conversation on the nature of art becomes a consideration of the difficult dynamic of the friends and the nature of friendship itself.
Art runs until 18 February, tickets are between £12-£65. Find out more here.
The London Bike Show
Riding a bike is one of the most exciting ways to experience London and a great way to get around if you want to be active and get off the tube. The London Bike Show is the UK’s largest cycling exhibition, providing a haven for budding bikers and bike enthusiasts alike. Watch champion freestyle mountain bike riders go head to head in Air to The Throne, get advice on improving your training and performance and even delve into the ocean to see an impressive collection of marine mammals.
The London Bike Show runs 16-19 February at Excel London. Adult tickets are £16, find out more here.
Photo credit: Daniel Lategan
Secret Cinema presents Moulin Rouge
For Secret Cinema, it’s not enough to just watch the film. This Valentine’s Day they will be holding a special immersive experience based around the iconic film Moulin Rouge. Transports yourself back to the underground clubs of 1890’s Montmartre, traveling through the alleyways and dancehalls that are instantly recognisable from the film. Lose yourself in the sexy glimmering Belle Époque, where you become the Creatures of the Underworld, the Children of the Revolution, and the Aristocrats!
Secret Cinema presents Moulin Rouge 14 February – 30 April. Find out more here.
An exhibition dedicated to the ‘godfather of Pop Art’ premieres at The Whitechapel Gallery this week. Eduardo Paolozzi was never afraid to flout artistic convention, creating electric collages, sculptures and prints throughout the 1950s, swinging sixties and right up until the ‘Cool Britannia’ period of the 1990s. This huge exhibition will display 250 of his works, including early brutalist concrete sculptures and the large-scale Whitworth Tapestry.
Eduardo Paolozzi runs at The Whitechapel Gallery between 16 February – 14 May. Tickets are from £11.95. Find out more here.