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London

The styLe bible

In case you ever wondered why Conde Nast authorised a British edition of Vogue magazine in 1916 – despite the fact that the American one was in English and already available in the UK – the answer is rather simple: the First World War had made transatlantic shipments of issues impossible. As part of the British Vogue’s centenary celebrations, the National Portrait Gallery in London will host the exhibition “Vogue 100: A Century of Style”, with over 280 prints from the Conde Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time. And it’s not just top-notch fashion that will be on display, but also many of the faces that have shaped the cultural landscape of the twentieth century, from artists and athletes, to actors and royalty.

* February 11 – May 22, www. npg.org.uk/vogue100

 

New York

In three dimensions

Pablo Picasso was trained as a painter but not as a sculptor. Nevertheless, over the course of six decades he redefined the terms of sculpture again and again, setting himself apart not only from what his colleagues were doing but also from what he had previously done himself. The exhibition “Picasso Sculpture”, on view at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, brings together approximately 140 sculptures from his entire career, spanning the years from 1902 to 1964. If that doesn’t convince you it’s worth visiting, the rave reviews – from “a dumbfounding triumph” to “a once-in-a-lifetime event” - can certainly do.

* September 14 – February 7, www.moma.org

 

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Basel

Underwater awe

Shortly before Easter 1900, sponge divers from the Greek Island of Symi discovered a shipwreck at a depth of over 40 metres, off the coast of Antikythera. The large cargo ship had sunk in the 1st century BC on its way from Greece to Italy, carrying magnificent marble and bronze statues, coins, luxurious glass vessels, jewellery, furniture, large amounts of pottery and a mysterious machine with several gears, the so-called Antikythera mechanism. The exhibition “The sunken treasure. The Antikythera shipwreck” – organised in collaboration with the National Archaeological Museum in Athens – has carried those sensational findings beyond Greece for the first time, to the Museum of Ancient Art in Basel. The original mechanism was deemed too fragile to risk the journey to Switzerland, but a replica and several models and videos give a precise idea of it.

* Until March 27, www.antikenmuseumbasel.ch

 

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Los AngeLes | Tokyo

The power of ideas

A building by Frank Gehry has the power to turn an unassuming city into a coveted destination, as was the case with the stunning Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. “Gehry’s buildings are not based on overnight thoughts, cheap ideas, and spurs of the moment,” says Tsuyoshi Tane, director of the exhibition “Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea” at Tokyo’s 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT. “Ideas are tested, built up and broken down, beaten and examined, bullied, and abandoned. Gehry believes in the toughest, most resilient ideas that survive the jealousies, temptations, and meddling of others”. The architect’s ingenuity is also celebrated at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), with a major retrospective examining his prolific body of work.

* 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT: Until February 7, www.2121designsight.jp | LACMA: Until March 20, www.lacma.org

 

 

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