What’s On | April

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Claude Monet, The Water-Lily Pond (Le Bassin aux nymphéas), 1899, Oil on canvas, 88.3 x 93.1 cm, © The National Gallery, London

From contemporary art and immersive audio-visual experiences to some good old-fashioned Shakespeare, here’s the best exhibitions and shows you should be going to in London this month

Monet and Architecture

9 April–29 July
Offering a new perspective on an old favourite, Monet and Architecture at the National Gallery charts the career of one of the world’s best-known artists through over 75 of his paintings of buildings. From small villages and coastal structures to some of Europe’s most famous monuments, Claude Monet shows us the architecture that characterised his world – whether modern or historic, simple or grand. See how Monet used architecture to create engaging compositions in both his most famous paintings and lesser-known works. Tickets from £18. nationalgallery.co.uk; 0800 912 6958

Gauhar Jaan – The Datia Incident

10–29 April
It is India, 1902, and EMI Engineer Fred Gaisberg is travelling across the country with the hope of recording the famed singing voice of the courtesan Gauhar Jaan on his new machine; the gramophone. Along the way, he meets people who recount to him the Datia Incident, a battle of egos between the Maharaja and Gauhar Jaan; but what really happened? Tickets £15, concessions £12. omnibus-clapham.org; 020 7622 4105

Photograph of woman walking down Queen Elizabeth Hall outdoor stairs, 1967, GLC,

Concrete Dreams

10 April–29 April
Celebrating the reopening of the Queen Elizabeth Hall and the Purcell Room after two years of restoration, Concrete Dreams will illuminate the original hopes for the Southbank Centre’s iconic Brutalist buildings alongside the legacy that lives on today. Embark on an immersive audio-visual journey through unseen archives, encountering the voices and performances that have bought the Southbank to life for the past 50 years. The exhibition will culminate in a weekend of live performances, workshops and talks from established artists and stars of the future. southbankcentre.co.uk; 020 3879 9555

Beatriz Milhazes, Sonho Tropical 2017, Acrylic on canvas, 270 x 240.5 cm, © Beatriz Milhazes. Photo © Pepe Schettino Courtesy White Cube

Beatriz Milhazes

18 April–1 July
Working across a variety of media, contemporary Brazilian artist Beatriz Milhazes uses densely layered abstract forms and vibrant colours to create what she calls a ‘dialogue between symbolism and materiality’. This large-scale exhibition of her work at White Cube Bermondsey will explore the wide spectrum of her art, from her riotous paintings and hanging three-dimensional structures to creative installations and collages. The centerpiece of the exhibition is Milhaze’s first ever tapestry, created with master weavers in France over a period of two years. whitecube.com; 020 7930 5373

© Greenpeace/Hati Kecil Visuals

Fashioned From Nature

21 April 2018–27 January 2019
The V&A Museum’s summer style exhibition is the UK’s first to explore the influence of the natural world on what we wear; it also casts a critical eye over the unsustainable processes and endless demand for raw materials in the fashion industry. It shows the ways that today’s designers are working to create clothes which are as responsible as they are beautiful, and challenges us to consider more carefully what we wear. Tickets £12. vam.ac.uk; 020 7942 2000

John Tramper


25 April–26 August
The summer season at the Globe Theatre begins this month with Shakespeare’s Hamlet. In a dark world of political intrigue, tragedy and familial violence, follow the existential struggles of Shakespeare’s Prince of Denmark as he plots to avenge his father’s murder. Playing alongside this production will be the comedic As You Like It, which was written at around the same time as Hamlet. A series of two-show days will allow audiences to watch both plays consecutively, inviting them to explore the parallels between these two wildly different works. Standing tickets from £5, seated tickets from £22. shakespearesglobe.com

Michelle Hold, Emotional Shift, 2017, pigments, acrylics on canvas, 120 x 150cm, FLUX Exhibition

FLUX Exhibition

11–15 April
Leading the search for the most talented contemporary painters, sculptors and performance artists, FLUX exhibition showcases the stars of tomorrow’s art world. This year’s event will give 100 emerging and established artists a platform from which to showcase their talents. The five-day programme opens with a party featuring musical guests, creative performance art and installations to bring an experimental approach to the exhibition. This year will also feature Mini-Masterpieces, where art-lovers have the chance to purchase smaller pieces for £300 or less. Free; register online. fluxexhibition.com



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