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Royal College of Physicians

This Week 18th - 24th January

18 January 2016 Lydia Cooper

This Blue Monday (18th January) is supposed to be the gloomiest day of the year - albeit with no scientific evidence. Luckily, the London Calling team have a selection of new exhibitions and events designed to cheer you up with an injection of culture!

Free Food on Blue Monday

Visit The Blues Kitchen on Monday 18 January for delicious freebies. From 5pm they’ll be giving away Oreo doughnuts with every drink at the bar, or you can get a free boozy milkshake with a meal. They are also offering their signature slow-cooked beef and pork rib stack for only £10, and live music starts from 9.45pm.

For more information and to book a table, go here.

 

Giacomo Manzù at the Estorick Collection

The Estorick Collection is already well known for its impressive collection of modern Italian art; this exhibition brings together the key themes of Manzù’s work in one show. Manzù was an Italian sculptor known for his strongly religious creations and work as a scenographer. The exhibition includes his “Cardinals” series and a sequence of bas-reliefs on the theme of the Crucifixion. After exploring the show, you can also peruse their vast collection of Futurist art and have a drink in their newly reopened café.

The exhibition runs until 3 April 2016. Find out more here.

 

London Art Fair

The latest edition of the fair runs this Wednesday - Sunday. One highlight will be Photo50, a guest-curated exhibition of fifty works of contemporary photography, and an impressive list of galleries will be displaying at the fair. For access to the fair’s events and daily entry, you can book an advance ticket for £15.

The London Art Fair runs from 20 - 24 January 2016.

 

John Dee exhibition at the Royal College of Physicians

This exhibition will explore the life of John Dee using artefacts from his personal library. Dee was a mathematician, alchemist and spy at the court of Elizabeth I, and historians and writers have long been intrigued by stories of his “magic”. The texts, annotated in Dee’s hand, offer a fascinating glimpse into his mind. If you’re a massive fan of Tudor history, you can also book onto a weekend curator tour of the show.

Scholar, courtier, magician: the lost library of John Dee opens this week. The exhibition is open Monday-Friday 9am-5pm; entry is free. Visit their website here.

 

The Easter Rising 1916 at The Photographers' Gallery

The Photographer’s Gallery, located near Oxford Circus, opens its doors to several new exhibitions this Friday.  As well as the Saul Leiter and Rosângela Rennó installations, we’d particularly recommend the Easter Rising 1916 show. It features eighty rarely seen photographs and other artefacts and memorabilia. Most surviving images depict the aftermath of the rebellion - photography was expensive and cumbersome - and its impact on civilian lives. Curated by Luke Dodd, with images from Sean Sexton’s collection, it promises to be an informing exploration of an infamous historical event.

The exhibition runs from 22 January - 3 April 2016. Tickets are free before 12 noon and £3/£2.50 conc. afterwards. More information here.

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