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Viewing Abracadabra!, Alma Zevi London

Alma Zevi opened her first project space in the Swiss mountain village of Celerina in 2013. A gallery and project space in Venice and a show room in London soon followed. A champion of both emerging and established artists, the gallery hosts artist residencies, talks, private events and beautifully curated exhibitions.

Currently installed in London is Abracadabra!, a bijou group show curated by Freddie Powell. On show are works on paper by rising stars including Rebecca Ackroyd, Katy Stubbs and Tom Worsfold that explore the creative possibilities of magical thinking. Needless to say, you’ll be bewitched in no time.

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Dates
04 June 2021 — 18 June 2021
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Viewing Nina Hamnett, Charleston, East Sussex

If you’ve heard of Nina Hamnett, it’s likely as a writer or a model. She wrote best-selling autobiographies and was immortalised in paint by Walter Sickert and Roger Fry and in drawings and sculptures by Henri Gaudi-er-Brzeska. She was a vivacious spirit and flitted between artistic circles in London and Paris, becoming well acquainted with the French avant-garde.

She was, however, also an artist. She exhibited widely in solo and group shows throughout the first half of the 20th century, gradually becoming one of the most respected women artists in London. A fact largely forgotten after her death — until now.

Her first major retrospective seeks to set the record straight. Featuring over 30 works spanning three decades, several of which have never or rarely been publicly exhibited, this exhibition explores her significant contribution to modern art.

On display are more than 20 of her finest portraits that ‘represent the spirit of the age’. Highlights include a striking portrayal of sculptor Ossip Zadkine from around 1914 and two portraits of her London landladies. The show also features landscapes, interiors, circus paintings and a set of watercolours depicting bohemia in Paris.

‘Brought together, these works show Hamnett to be a highly accomplished, pioneering and innovative artist,’ says Nathaniel Hepburn, Director and Chief Executive of The Charleston Trust. It’s exciting that she is finally being given her due.

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Dates
19 May 2021 — 30 August 2021
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Viewing Van Gogh Alive, Kensington Gardens

You never have to wait long for the next Van Gogh exhibition, so there are few aspects of his career that have been left unturned. But Van Gogh Alive, an immersive experience now open in London and Birmingham, offers a fresh take on the life and art of the Dutch master.

A you meander around this multi-sensory exhibition, which has welcomed over 7 million visitors in 65 cities worldwide, you’ll encounter a lively symphony of light, colour, sound, and fragrance. His works, which are enlarged and sometimes computer-animated, are projected onto the walls and floors to dazzling effect.

Walking around is like walking around his greatest paintings. (Think stars and sunflowers every which way you look.) Snap a selfie in Van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles — a life-size recreation of one of his best-known works — before walking knee-deep through hundreds of sunflowers in the mirrored infinity room. Though not one for the purists, Van Gogh Alive is a theatrical extravaganza that brings his pictures to life.

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Dates
04 June 2021 — 26 September 2021
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