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Paintings to treasure

LondonSpanish was delighted to accept an invitation from the Royal Academy of Arts  to view its exhibition Treasures From Budapest the other week, before we escaped the city for a long-overdue break.

And what’s the Spanish connection to Budapest, you may ask. Well, this superbly curated exhibition includes works by Spanish artists including Goya and Picasso that we would never normally get to see here in London – or even in Spain.

Indeed, many of the 200 or so works on show have never before been exhibited in Britain. Drawn from the Museum of Fine Arts in Hungary’s capital, with additional works from the Hungarian National Gallery, the exhibition reads like a Who’s Who of the greatest artists in European history – da Vinci, El Greco, Rubens, Manet, Monet and Gauguin to name but a few.

Organised chronologically, the exhibition serves as a kind of condensed history of European  art, from the early days of the Renaissance right up to the 20th century.

Naturally, there is a huge variety of artistic styles on display, and some of the works are simply stunning, making the show well worth an hour or two of anybody’s time.

Treasures from Budapest continues every day until Sunday December 12 in the Main Galleries at the Royal Academy of Arts in Piccadilly, with discounted entry for students, pensioners and children. For further information go to www.royalacademy.org.uk.

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October 18, 2010 Posted by | Art | Leave a comment

Spain Now, una nueva forma de expresión artística

 

Spain Now

En su segunda edición Spain Now se ha convertido en la plataforma artística en la que artistas españoles tienen la posibilidad de mostrar sus obras en diferentes ubicaciones londinenses, un escaparate para mostrar lo mejor del arte contemporáneo español en sus diversas disciplinas. Este evento tendrá lugar del 18 de septiembre al 12 de noviembre en Londres.

El toque alternativo de Spain Now intenta romper los moldes tradicionales existentes entre España y Reino Unido en lo relacionado al consumo del arte. Es un buen escaparate de bienes culturales ya que integra todas las disciplinas artísticas del arte contemporáneo entre ellas performances, exposiciones de fotografía, exhibiciones de cortos,música, moda, literatura, arquitectura, artes visuales, etc.

Uno de los objetivos que se fija Spain Now es dar a conocer al público británico la amplia variedad y calidad en la producción de arte contemporáneo que caracteriza a España.

Durante tres semanas aproximadamente la capital británica saboreará las últimas novedades artísticas del panorama español. Nuevas expresiones, nuevas formas, nuevos sones que se darán a conocer a todo el mundo interesado en experimentar nuevas sensaciones.

Spain Now, a new way of artistic expression

Spain Now is an annual season showcasing the latest creative talent coming out of Spain. The second edition of this event will take place from the 18th September to the 12th November all around London. It is a showcase which exhibits the works of art of a number of contemporary Spanish artists.

Spain Now strives to break traditional geographical barriers in as much as cultural consumption in the capital is concerned. This showcase of cultural goods incorporates all the artistic disciplines such as performances, visual arts, fashion, music, literature, architecture, etc.

One of the aims of Spain Now is that the British audience gets to know the wide variety and quality of the contemporary art that exists in Spain.

Approximately for three weeks London tastes the latest artistic innovations in Spanish scene. New expressions, new shapes, new sounds which let them know to everybody interested in feeling new experiences.

August 20, 2010 Posted by | Art, Curiosidades, News & current affairs | Leave a comment

Talleres de Guitarra Flamenca en Londres

 

spanish guitar

 

El flamenco traspasa fronteras y es de especial interés en ciertos países. Londres es una de las ciudades en las que el flamenco ha tenido gran acogida.

Una de las próximas actividades en la amplia agenda cultural de la capital británica será la impartición de unos talleres de guitarra flamenca dirigidos por el galardonado artista Sócrates Moratinos. Están dirigidos tanto a alumnos principiantes, de nivel intermedio y avanzado durante los días 10,11 y 12 de septiembre.

Sócrates Moratinos ha actuado en prestigiosos festivales de flamenco así como en teatros por todo el territorio español. En muchas ocasiones ha acompañando a consagrados artistas flamencos como Farriquito, La Farruca y El Oruco.

Además de la impartición de estos talleres Moratinos actuará en Londres con la compañía Aire Flamenco en la Peña Flamenca de Londres el 12 de septiembre.

Para asegurar tu plaza en estos talleres puedes contactar con noemiluz@live.com ó 0034638375992. Más información en www.flamenco-london.org.uk

August 17, 2010 Posted by | Art, Curiosidades, Music and flamenco, News & current affairs | Leave a comment

The art of a good lunch

TO the Tate Britain to see the Henry Moore exhibition before a fascinating talk at the Instituto Cervantes on the Mesoamerican chacmool figures that inspired much of the great British sculptor’s early work.

It’s never a good idea to visit a museum or gallery on an empty stomach, though, so first port of call was the Goya restaurant in Pimlico, a brisk ten-minute walk from the Tate.

LondonSpanish was disappointed to say the least when Goya closed its Victoria branch, which had been a regular lunchtime venue for many Instituto Cervantes staff. But we were delighted to see some old friends now working at the Pimlico branch, and even happier to see that the menu – and very reasonable prices – were still the same.

Goya continues to offer excellent patatas bravas, fish and seafood dishes, and it also passes the tricky croquetas test. And at less than £40 for lunch for two, it offers some of the best value Spanish food to be found anywhere in London.

If you like both art and tapas (we’d argue it’s a strange person who doesn’t), then make a note in your diary for September 23 when the Instituto Cervantes goes to Ibérica restaurant in Great Portland Street to stage the photo-exhibition La escena cotidiana (Daily Scenes) as part of the London Spanish Film Festival. Ibérica not only offers the best chorizo we’ve ever had outside of Spain, but also has an excellent gallery upstairs where we’ve seen a number of small but beautiful exhibitions.

Another old favourite revisited last week was La Rueda in Clapham High Street. This was the regular Saturday night haunt for LondonSpanish back in the early 90s, when spicy gambas pil-pil and, yes, patatas bravas, were the preferred accompaniments to the San Miguel and live music.

The patatas are still excellent, the owners and staff are still wonderfully welcoming, and we’re told that Saturday nights are still as lively as ever. We’ll be abandoning the pipe and slippers to relive our  youth one weekend soon…

June 15, 2010 Posted by | Art, Bars, restaurants and clubs, Instituto Cervantes en Londres | Leave a comment

La magia del color

¿Podemos encontrar un cielo verde en Londres? ¿O amarillo? ¿O siquiera azul entre tanto acopio de nubes en la típica atmósfera gris londinense? Sí.  Jacobo Gavira, un artista madrileño, lo hace posible con sus Horizontes Mágicos.

¿Magia? No, pintura.

Horizontes Mágicos es una exposición de 70 piezas de óleos sobre cartón de pequeño formato, que se exhiben agrupadas en series desde el 18 de enero en el restaurante español Ibérica Food and Culture, en pleno centro de Londres, hasta el 20 de marzo.

 Estas obras de Gavira, realizadas en los últimos dos años, juegan con la interpretación del público, quien ha de buscar conexiones a través de la amplia diversidad cromática.

 La muestra rompe, de este modo, con la línea artística seguida durante la última década por Gavira. El pintor huye de un horizonte concreto y de la definición rigurosa de la figura para situarse en un plano más abstracto, con trazos y pinceladas fuertes o delicadas que desafían al ojo del observador y lo dirigen hacia una perspectiva mágica.

Situados en esa óptica, el color se convierte en el actor principal y el visitante de la muestra queda supeditado a él sin posibilidad de escapar y sin clemencia.

Sin duda, es una oportunidad para los turistas españoles o para los que vivimos aquí para  recordar el sabor añorado de la comida típica de nuestro país, al tiempo que disfrutamos del arte de uno de nuestros paisanos y que nos conduce a horizontes desconocidos.

Además del restaurante español, del que ya os contamos un poquito en un post anterior, en esta exposición colabora también Spain Now!, que promociona el arte contemporáneo español en Londres.

January 20, 2010 Posted by | Art, Bars, restaurants and clubs | Leave a comment

Poetry made real

The Instituto Cervantes likes to cover all areas of culture, but it’s rare that we get to enjoy art, music and poetry all at the same time.

That’s exactly what’s happening in the Spanish Rooms at the National Gallery at 6.30pm on Friday November 6, when composer Amancio Prada gives a guitar concert inspired by Spanish poetry. The concert – entitled The Voice of Poets – draws on poetry ranging from the 12th Century troubadours of Galicia right up to contemporary verse.

The concert is part of a series of events associated with the Sacred Made Real exhibition of Spanish religious art, currently on show at the National Gallery.

This exhibition has been winning rave reviews from all the critics, and we reckon Prada’s concert will be just as good. Admission is free so get there early!

November 5, 2009 Posted by | Art, Books, poetry and theatre, Instituto Cervantes en Londres, Music and flamenco | Leave a comment