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Last updated : 5th June 2002

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Mona Hatoum: Grater Divide is an exhibition of new works by the British based artist who has explored a wide range of media in her twenty year career, including performance, installation, sculpture, video and photography. One speciality is familiar objects such as chairs, beds or kitchen utensils blown up to enormous proportions. This show takes its name from a 6ft high foldout cheese grater that takes on the appearance of a room divider or paravent. Scaled up from the original nine fold, it is both decorative and macabre, with its hazardous, razor-sharp surface. Cage-a-Deux is a human sized rodent cage, seven times the size of the original, with twin feeding bowls awaiting a pair of occupants. Other pieces include an institutional bed which has had the springs replaced with a fine network of razor sharp wires that spiral into the centre to form an intricate spider's web; and two old suitcases connected by a swathe of dark human hair, that seems to be growing out of the sides of each of them. Definitely an eye opener. White Cube², London until 22nd June.

Facing The Light: The Photography Of Hill And Adamson celebrates the bicentenary of one of the world's greatest photographic pioneers David Octavius Hill, who with his partner Robert Adamson, is credited with inventing photography as an art form. Together they created pictures for a wider audience, rather than simply for the benefit of their sitters. Between 1843 and 1847, from their studio in Edinburgh, Hill and Adamson, together with their assistant Miss Mann, produced over 3000 portraits, city views and landscapes. These form the most important single body of photography to have survived from this period. This exhibition of some 200 images concentrates mainly on calotypes, as Hill's most successful enterprise in art, the use of which he pioneered in portraiture. In this technique a sheet of paper coated with silver chloride was exposed to light in a camera obscura. The display also includes paintings and engravings, which demonstrate Hill's considerable talent as a painter and printmaker. There are also a number of images recently printed for the first time from Hill and Adamson's negatives. Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh until 15th September.

Hygiene: The Art Of Public Health is part of an ongoing collaboration between the Central St Martin's School Of Art And Design and the London School Of Hygiene And Tropical Medicine. It is a collection of works by 16 sculptors, film makers, photographers and installation artists on the theme of hygiene. These include Julian Walker's fragments found on the bed of the Thames, each labelled with a disease; Susan Bird's text based installation, drawing on accounts of sufferers of delirium caused by typhoid and typhus; Jordan Baseman's film Thriller, looking at the link between obsessive behaviour and hygiene, based on TV interviews with Michael Jackson; Naomi Dines body on a trolley, which explores perceptions and taboos surrounding bodily fluids; and Andrew Carnie's sequential set of 162 slides and a photographic print dealing with the disposal of the body, and the different ways in which it is prepared for burial. All human life etc.London School Of Hygiene And Tropical Medicine, Keppel Street London WC1 020 7636 8636 until 6th July.

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Thames Tales is an interactive family event which explores the changing life of the River Thames, from royal pageantry and palaces, to bridges, buoys and boats. The exhibition looks at the history of London's main artery, as a working environment, leisure attraction and royal waterway. Children can learn about the history of the river from a cast of characters such as Toot the tugboat, Bob the river policeman, and Richard the seventeenth century waterman. Hands-on activities include building a bridge, steering a river bus, loading a barge and rebuilding the Tower of London. A programme of talks, guided river tours, drop-in workshops, foreshore walks and gallery trails accompanies the exhibition. Golden Jubilee related displays include a selection of posters illustrating the connection between royalty and transport. London Transport Museum until 1st September.

Free Trade - Inhale/Exhale mark the re-opening of Manchester Art Gallery after a £35m makeover, which has seen it double in size, by incorporating the Athenaeum Club building to its rear. Michael Hopkins has linked the two with an atrium, creating a suitably spectacular space, with lifts, walkways and a grandiose double staircase, all in sandblasted glass. The existing buildings have also been refurbished, and now incorporate the requisite tally of education suite, screening room, cafe, shop and interactive arcade. Free Trade explores the relationship between commerce and art, and tells the story of Manchester as a trading centre, employing some of the 30,000 objects bequeathed to the gallery by Manchester merchant and art collector George Beatson Blair. Over 300 of these objects, including paintings, ceramics, glass, metalware and furniture are featured, plus original films about trading in Manchester. Inhale/Exhale is a new installation by Michael Craig Martin that shows off the volume of the largest exhibition space. Brightly coloured walls form the background for a range of hugely magnified painted objects, which are seemingly 'inhaled' into a painting on one of the walls and 'exhaled' onto another. Manchester Art Gallery - Free Trade until 30th December - Inhale/Exhale until 30th June.

Inspired By Italy: Dutch Landscape Painting 1600-1700 features the work of Dutch Italianate Masters, 17th century Netherlands artists who travelled to Italy for inspiration. They brought back with them to a flat and cloudy Holland, visions of lakes, mountains, ancient forests and tumbled Roman ruins, with peasants in brightly coloured clothes, under clear blue skies, or in golden evening sunlight. These proved extremely popular, and even inspired others towards their own interpretation of a landscape they may never have seen. The exhibition of 80 paintings traces the development of the movement, starting with its origins in Italy during the last decade of the 16th century in the work of Paul Bril; moving on to the 'first generation' of Dutch Italianates, including Cornelis Poelenburch and Bartholomeus Breenburgh, who worked alongside Claude and Poussin; the 'second generation' of Jan Both and Nicolaes Berchem, Aelbert Cuyp, Karel Dujardin, Philips Wouwermans and Adam Pynacker; and finally, the less well known 'third generation' of Isaac de Moucheron and Jacob de Heusch. Dulwich Picture Gallery until 26th August.

Royal Treasures: A Golden Jubilee Celebration is the inaugural exhibition of the new Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Incorporating the former Royal kitchens, the £20m scheme by John Simpson (funded entirely by the Royal Collection Trust) provides three and a half times more space than the gallery it replaces, including multimedia, education and lecture rooms. Mixing the famous with the unexpected, the selection of 450 works for this exhibition has been made across the breadth of the Royal Collection, from eight royal residences and over five centuries of collecting and gifts. It includes the very finest paintings, drawings and watercolours, furniture, sculpture and ceramics, silver and gold, arms and armour, jewellery and miniatures, books and manuscripts. Among the highlights are Van Dyck's equestrian portrait of Charles I; major works by Holbein, Frans Hals and Canaletto; Lady At The Virginal by Vermeer; Landseer's study of Prince Albert's black greyhound; miniatures by Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver; studies by Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo; the Mainz Psalter and the Sobeiski Book of Hours; the Darnley Jewel and The Queen's Diamond Diadem; wild flower ornaments and a Russian Imperial Egg by Faberge; and the recent portrait of The Queen by Lucien Freud. The Queen's Gallery until 12th January.

Tim Noble & Sue Webster: Ghastly Arrangements allow the Dynamic Duo of Young Brit Artists to pursue their continuing fascination with the thrills of illumination, love, language, shadows, cash and Hogarthian vulgarity. The main gallery space features a huge light piece that reads 'Forever' in a Las Vegas hotel-style font, with flashing bulbs and neon strips. Made Of Money is triggered like a slot machine - insert a token and a flurry of real £50, £10 and £5 notes attempts to obscure a projected vision of the artists self portrait in a kiss, but when the £10,000 worth settles, the image is magically rendered from an apparently formless mound of currency. The Original Sinners secretes a fine curtain of oil around an overgrown garden fountain comprised of a mass of fruit and vegetables - a shadow fills the wall and the two artists stand, seemingly naked, she lactating like a baroque fountain, and he peeing subversively into the deluge surrounding them. Milton Keynes Art Gallery until 23rd June.

Trading Places: The East India Company And Asia marks the 400th anniversary of the first English trading post in Asia. It relates the history of the East India Company, from its earliest roots in Indonesia and Malaysia, and its expansion to embrace Japan, Persia, China and India, through to the loss of its monopoly in 1834. The trading links created formed the basis for the development of British trade in Asia, playing a key role in the establishment of the United Kingdom as a major industrial nation in the 19th Century, and subsequently as one of the world's leading financial centres. By establishing a network of Asian partners, the East India Company became one of the world's most successful traders, and the first multinational corporation. It introduced into Europe many items, such as silk, tea, porcelain, chintz and curry powder, and words, such as shampoo, rice and bungalow into the English language. The exhibition also highlights the human cost of developing this trade, and covers the Company's role in exporting opium to China from the 1770s for commercial gain, without regard to the social or economic consequences for China. This abuse of its power was one of the reasons the Company lost its monopoly, and ultimately resulted in the Opium Wars of 1839-42 and 1856-60. British Library Gallery until 22nd September.

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Shimmering Substance examines the texture and substance of art - its physical quality and surface - the title being taken from a 1946 Jackson Pollock painting. The shimmering is expressed not just in paintings (both representational and abstract), but also in a variety of media, employing water, foam, clay, glass and glitter. These are used in everything from a beaded curtain, to Sarah Dobai's video installation with water cascading in front of the image, to Kate Bright's paintings of gleaming lakes with silver and gold glitter applied like old fashioned Christmas cards. The other artists whose work is featured are Enid Baxter Blader, Mel Bochner, Tom Chamberlain, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Alexis Harding, Roger Hiorns, Rachel Howard, Marilyn Minter, David Musgrave, Ernesto Neto, Lawson Oyekan, Rudolf Stingel, Lawrence Weiner and Pae White. Arnolfini, Bristol until 23rd June.

Liam Gillick: The Wood Way is the artist's first major solo show in Britain, bringing together work made since the mid 1990s. Using pine planks, brightly coloured Plexiglass panels and aluminium, these works are a unique mixture of sculpture, installation and architectural remodelling. This 'Changing Rooms with pretensions' technique has created something like a series of 3D walk through Mondrian paintings. A labyrinthine construction offers a journey through a series of thresholds, vistas and dead-ends. If you take 'the wood way' (from the German expression Holzweg), you have taken the wrong route and are lost in the woods, with its connotations of fairytale enchantment. Text pieces running across the gallery walls, photographs, piles of glitter and a new limited edition artwork reveal the range of Gillick's source material, recording prior experiences. Gillick has taken over the whole building with a makeover that includes the auditorium and café. Ensuring the spaces fully interactive, free yoga classes will take place throughout the show. Whitechapel Gallery until 23rd June.

Baroque Painting In Genoa celebrates the 17th century flowering of the city as one of the great centres of art. As it became a major trading and banking location, enormous wealth was invested in the creation of palazzos with spectacularly decorated interiors, and the adornment of city churches, with frescos, paintings and sculpture. Artists were attracted from all over Europe, joining skilled local painters and craftsmen, and together they produced some extraordinarily fine works in the flamboyant and grandiose Baroque style. This exhibition comprises paintings from public and private collections that have never been seen in Britain before. Highlights include Rubens life size 'Equestrian Portrait Of Giovan Carlo Doria', one of the city's most significant artistic patrons; Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione's 'Adoration Of The Shepherds', the altarpiece from the church of San Luca; Valerio Castello's 'Rape of Proserpine'; and other works by Van Dyck and Bernardo Strozzi; together with a carved picture frame by the sculptor Filippo Parodi. National Gallery until 16th June.