Courtauld’s treasures specially chosen around the theme of ‘Portraits and Presence’ will be unveiled for us.
Patrick Besson, author of 35 novels and 20 essays, received the Grand prix du roman de l’Académie française in 1985 for Dara and the Prix Renaudot in 1995 for Braban. He is today a juror for the Prix Renaudot and an editorialist for the French magazine Le Point.
In a face to face conversation, he will explain the different aspects of literary prizes, and what they represent in France on the artistic, mediatic and commercial levels.
He will also raise the stakes and issues of these awards and the intrigues related to the awarding of literary prizes.
Meet Amélie du Passage, CEO of Petite Friture. She started working at the French Ministry of Culture and later became the general secretary of the FIAC contemporary art fair held in the Grand Palais in Paris before founding Petite Friture that she created in 2009, that offers objects designed by emerging talents.
Along with Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance, Maison & Objet’s ‘Designer of the Year‘ in 2007 who designed, among other, Sketch Restaurant in Soho, they will talk with you about design and what it takes to make it.
North Korea worries by its military nuclear development, but also because it is a totalitarian dictatorship.
With a short historical outline, Pierre Rigoulot, historian and author, specialised in the communist regimes, will illustrate how North and South Korea have come to such a standoff.
He will also explain why Kim Jong-un is in such a military logic.
Finally, he will paint what could be the bilateral consequences for China and Russia of a confrontation between North Korea and the US of Trump.
2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution.
Join us for a lecture with an art historian on the dramatic visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1905 to the death of Stalin – seen through the eyes of artists, designers and photographers. We will then wander through the exhibition at our own pace.
The 2nd talk of our series on neurosciences, and in association with Brain Circle UK, will explore the habits, compulsions and addictions.
In the past 10 or 15 year, there’s been a shift in thinking about addiction, to a new appreciation that it is, at its root, a maladaptive form of learning. And like learning to ride a bike, addiction is not quickly unlearned.
This dazzling retrospective Basquiat: Boom for Real is the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of this pioneering prodigy.
Through more than 100 works, a curator will tell you more about the artist’s relationship to music, writing, performance, film and television, placing him within the wider cultural context of the time, and capturing the range and dynamism of Basquiat’s practice over the years.
ENTREPRENEUR & FASHION
Tania Fares is the ultimate multitasker. She founded the British Fashion Council Fashion Trust, is a contributing editor for British Vogue, is on the jury panel at PAD London, sits on the advisory board of Sotheby’s.
She will explain how her curiosity, enthusiasm and support for British designers – both emerging and established – is the very core of her day job.
She will be joined by Mary Katrantzou, fashion designer, who will share her side of the creative business.
Enhance your senses.
Andrew Coxon, President of De Beers Institute of Diamonds, will teach you more about the incredible fancy coloured diamonds, the rarest of them all.
You will also learn about another colour, the one of Glenmorangie whisky, during a tasting session with an expert.
Before the private sales, enjoy the VIP Private Sales.
With a glass of champagne and canapés and your friends, join us one evening for a shopping experience, and get ready for Christmas.
During his brief and turbulent life, Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style. Though meeting little success during in their time, his emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century.
An art historian will meet us in a private room and will tell us about Modigliani. We will then admire the highlight of the exhibition, 12 nudes, and discover his lesser-known but radical and thought-provoking sculptures, as well as his portraits