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Global arts and culture events: November 2013 preview

  • Botticelli's Venus

    The iconic Italian masterpiece, Venus (c. 1482) by Florentine master Sandro Botticelli is a stunning tempera painting on wood that is not to be missed. Botticelli produced a number of unique Venus paintings – this one is from the Galleria Sabauda in Turin and will be on view for the first time in Hong Kong until mid December.

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  • Berlin Jazz Festival

    Also known as the Berlin Jazz Festival, this is a well established event that has been going strong since 1964 and comes under the Berliner Festspiele umbrella. The emphasis is on variety, with both traditional and progressive music represented, and the event has tended to focus on big bands and large ensembles. Offering “special personalities, different approaches to playing and the spirit of jazz,” the Jazzfest has become a highlight of the Berlin cultural calendar.

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  • David Hockney

    David Hockney has lived and worked in both California and the UK, and it is a new-media work created in his home county of Yorkshire in the north of England that is the focus of this show. Eighteen cameras fixed to the artist’s vehicle record a drive through the landscape. The results are shown on a multi-screen grid providing multiple perspectives which intensifies the experience, showing movement in a new way. The artist’s work has long been a favourite with LACMA, which prior to this has staged three exhibitions of his work.

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  • Agnes Varda in Californialand

    LACMA’s 2013 Art and Film Gala sees a showing of four restored films by Agnès Varda, once called ‘the godmother of the French New Wave’, along with a new sculptural installation inspired by her time in Los Angeles in the late 1960s and a selection of her excellent photographs. The restored films are Uncle Yanco (1967), Black Panthers (1968), LIONS LOVE (...AND LIES) (1969) and Mur Murs (1981).

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  • Vienna Philharmonic tour

    The world-famous Vienna Philharmonica – or Weiner Philharmoniker - is a venerable institution, founded in 1842, and based at the Musikverein in Vienna - where there is a long waiting list for subscription tickets. Its current tour includes a stint in Asia, with Christian Thielemann conducting works by Beethoven. Kicking off at the National Centre for the Performing Arts in Peking at the start of November, it then moves on to Japan - Osaka, Nagoya and Tokyo.

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  • Calder and Abstraction: From Avant-garde to Iconic

    Exploring Alexander Calder’s work, this exhibition shows how the artist helped to revolutionise modern sculpture. His innovative kinetic pieces are among his most iconic – flat pieces of painted metal are connected by wire and move delicately, propelled either by air currents or motors. Later stable works are monumental in size and scope, with massive steel planes and arching shapes. The exhibition also features installation design by architect Frank Gehry.

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  • Abu Dhabi Art

    Abu Dhabi Art is a platform for contemporary art from leading galleries across the world, as well as the work of up-and-coming artists. The event is held at the Saadiyat Cultural District (currently home to the Manarat Al Saadiyat exhibition centre and the UAE Pavilion). This is the future home of three ambitious projects currently in development – the Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zayed National Museum and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.

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  • The Golden Elephant

    Popularly known as The Golden Elephant, this biennial festival brings outstanding features, animation and shorts to young audiences in India. Since its beginnings in the 1950s, the festival has always started every other year on 14 November, the birth date of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru, India’s first prime minister, who believed that indigenous cinema for children would help to stimulate their critical faculties, creativity and sense of compassion. Screenings are attended by more than one hundred thousand children – as well as film professionals. This is the 18th edition of ICFFI, with approximately 150 films from across the world.

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  • Cork Film Festival

    Cork has become an internationally recognised festival, particularly in the short-film genre, and has enjoyed a steady growth since its beginnings in 1956. A major showcase for Irish film, it attracts film fans and industry insiders. There is a strong youth and education programme, from 12-15 November − with the Cork premiere of the screen adaptation of Michael Morpurgo’s Private Peaceful, and screenings of the eco-documentary Trashed and Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Creene.

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  • Do Ho Suh

    A continuation of his New York Specimen series, this solo show includes life-size replicas of various household furniture and appliances from the artist’s New York apartment, from bathtub and medicine cabinet to radiator and kitchen stove, all rendered in the artist’s signature polyester fabric. The Korean sculptor and installation artist, who lives between Seoul and New York, has long explored the relation between individuality, collectivity and anonymity, and migration is one of his key themes. His intricate sculptures defy orthodox notions of scale.

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