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Arts Events 2011

Wednesday 09 February 2011
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Here’s our preview of some exciting arts events in store for 2011.

10 March ­ 19 June 2011

Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer, National Portrait Gallery

Ida Kar: Bohemian Photographer at the National Portrait Gallery is the first museum exhibition for five decades dedicated to Ida Kar, a notable figure of the avant-garde and a significant cosmopolitan, female photographer of the 1950s. She documented the culture of post-war Britain with her well-executed portraits of major artistic and literary stars, including Bridget Riley, famous for her dizzyingly violent abstract art, and Iris Murdoch, Man Booker Prize winner.  There is also a selection of work, which has been put on display for the first time, such as, a photograph of the screen beauty Sylvia Syms, and an image of Royston Ellis, the inspiration behind The Beatles’ song Paperback Writer.

The gallery holds a staggering number ofKar’s impressive portfolio including over 800 vintage prints and 10,000 negatives.


Ballet in Focus, National Portrait Gallery

14 Dec 2010 – 24 Jul 2011

Enter the magical world of tutus, pointed feet, and graceful limbs with the National Portrait Gallery photography exhibition, Ballet in Focus. This celebration of skilful ballet dancers from the early twentieth-century consists of nearly 40 mesmerising portraits. View pictures by E.O.Hoppé and Bert of Diaghilev’s talented performers from Russia.


19 December 2010 ­ 21 March 2011

Visit Andy Warhol: Motion Pictures and find a series of the artist’s movie portraiture, plus silent, monochrome films from the mid-1960s. Warhol’s strong interest in celebrity culture is evident in much of his work that featured such famous faces as the poet Allen Ginsberg, the author Susan Sontag and the well-known personality Baby Jane Holzer.


16 December 2010 – 28 March 2011

Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters forms part of La Comédie-Française’s 2011 season. The story starts with the merry household of three sisters that embark on new careers and declare new marriage vows. Yet four years later, this happy life is turned upside down when their sister-in-law forces them out of their home.


17 February – 12 March 2011

Witness the envious tension of two of the world’s biggest movie stars at Citizen’s Theatre, in the show, Marilyn. In 1960, Marilyn Monroe meets French actress, Simone Signoret, when Monroe films the movie Let’s Make Love with Signoret’s husband, Yves Montand. The play reveals the pressurized environment of celebrity life.


Enjoy one of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Macbeth, at Opera Australia. In the play, a group of witches predict Macbeth’s future rise in status. Thus spurring Macbeth on into committing a dreadfully gory murder in order to hasten his ambitious desires, but with horrific consequences.


Image: Bridget Louise Riley
by Ida Kar, 1963
2 1/4 inch
square film negative
© National Portrait Gallery, London