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Three to see: London

Hang out with Giacometti’s Venetian women, Japanese drag queens and Pink Floyd’s farm animals this weekend

by Aimee Dawson, Emily Sharpe, Hannah McGivern  |  12 May 2017
Three to see: London
Holy cow! Detail from the cover of Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother album which is one of the around 350 pieces of memorabilia on show at the Victoria and Albert Museum (© Pink Floyd Music Ltd)
Alberto Giacometti is best known for his elongated, rough-textured figures in bronze, but the Tate Modern’s career survey of the artist’s work (until 10 September), which opened this week, presents a richer picture. The show—the first major exhibition of Giacometti’s work in the UK in 20 years—includes more than 250 works of bronze, clay and plaster sculptures alongside sketchbooks and paintings, with many loans from the co-organiser, the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti in Paris. While a group of his large-scale bronze sculptures, including Walking Man I (1960), has been included, organisers are emphasising the various styles he developed over his 50-year career. The highlight is a series of six plaster works called Women in Venice, specially restored and reunited for the first time after they were unveiled at the 1956 Venice Biennale. 

Kylie, Bowie and now Floyd—Pink Floyd that is. The Victoria & Albert Museum’s next foray into the crazy world of popular music opens this Saturday (13 May-1 October) with a major exhibition on the legendary British rock band, titled Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains. A laser light show, previously unseen concert footage and more than 350 pieces of memorabilia have been assembled for what is sure to be an “immersive, multisensory and theatrical” affair. The exhibition traces the group’s experimentation with sound, design and performance from the underground psychedelic scene of 1960s London to today. And features some of the band’s most famous imagery, including marching hammers, flying pigs and the prism depicted on The Dark Side of the Moon album cover.  

Museums across the UK are hosting exhibitions this year to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, the legislation that partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales in 1967. The British Museum is the latest—hot on the heels of Tate Britain’s Queer British Art 1861-1967—and takes the rather long view in Desire Love Identity: Exploring LGBTQ Histories (until 15 October). The show of objects drawn from the collection ranges from a Roman coin with the head of Antinous, the emperor Hadrian’s male lover, to a 1990s deck of cards decorated with Japanese drag queens. The exhibition will have a lasting legacy through updated labels in the permanent galleries too, a spokeswoman says.

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