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Last updated : 14th March 2001


Luis Barragan: The Quiet Revolution is a major retrospective of the work of the Mexican architect who is an outstanding figure in the field of modern architecture, having had a significant influence in domestic, commercial and garden design. Barragan is best known for his dramatic emphasis on colour and geometric simplicity, and the use of water, light and scale in his work. despite the fact that he died over a decade ago, Barragan is a designer whose time has come, as his work bears a striking resemblance to the end products of the Home Front and Home Front In The Garden television series. Many of today's design preoccupations of 'bringing the outside in' (and inside out) result from his unique approach to domestic space. This exhibition looks at Barragan's most admired buildings, as well as some projects which were never executed. It charts the evolution of his vision of modern spaces for living and working through plans, sketches, photographs and models. Design Museum until 8th July.

RRS Discovery, Captain Scott's polar exploration ship was launched in Dundee on 21st March 1901, and has now returned to celebrate her centenary and become part of a permanent exhibition about the National Antarctic Expedition. Discovery was one of the last wooden three-masted ships built in Britain and the first to be constructed specifically for scientific research. The exhibition takes visitors through her building, launch and preparation for departure, to a recreation of the conditions that Scott and his crew experienced in Antarctica. It houses a number of original artefacts including the ship's organ and a sea chest. On the ship itself the bridge is now open after painstaking restoration, and below decks visitors can explore the engine and boiler rooms, and the galley and mess deck, and Scott's cabin. A number of special events are taking place, including a centenary re-launch ceremony at which Ranulph Fiennes will be present. Further information can be found on the Discovery Point web site via the link from the Attractions section of ExhibitionsNet. Discovery Point, Dundee on 21st March.

Turner's Gallery, House and Library goes back to basics to mark the 150th anniversary of the death of J M W Turner, Britain's greatest painter. It has recreated Turner's own showcase with the collection of paintings which hung in a purpose-built gallery in his house in London. These are the works by which he wished to be remembered. It presents an impression of what contemporary visitors to Queen Anne Street would have seen, including a simulation of the 'Indian red, neither pale nor dark' that a friend recalled on the walls of the original gallery. Another section of the exhibition presents Turner's house, through which visitors passed on their way to the gallery. This contains his personal collection of pictures, drawings and prints which reflect his friendships and interests, and provided inspiration for his work. Books from Turner's fine library are also displayed many with dedications from their authors. Tate Britain until 15th July.


Tell Me A Picture is an alphabetical anthology of twenty-six pictures with a sense of story, assembled by the Children's Laureate Quentin Blake, best known as the illustrator of Roald Dahl books. His aim is to encourage young viewers to engage with a wide range of striking and imaginative images. There are no titles for the pictures on the walls of the gallery as viewers are invited to imagine for themselves the different stories or situations. Entrance to the exhibition is free, and there is an interactive talk for children aged 5 to 11 and their families each Saturday at 2.30pm. In a unique move the exhibition can also be seen online. Visitors are encouraged to submit their own stories based on the situations represented in the pictures, and can also read other visitors ideas. They can then find out what Blake has to say, together with information on the pictures and their artists. The online exhibition can be found on the National Gallery web site via the link opposite. National Gallery until 17th June.

Kerry Stewart is a pop sculptor whose work has been likened to a waxworks with a surreal edge. Her tragi-comic life size figures of pregnant schoolgirls, nuns, ghosts and monsters all have a strong attitude in the mysterious and intriguing situations they portray and stories they tell. The naïve quality of the hand coloured fibreglass, plaster and silicon models suggest both a childlike view of the world and a sense of the outsider. This exhibition in the Project Space, brings together two new works - a couple on holiday in France and a young woman getting ready for a night out - with three recent pieces. They combine to produce a group that is both humorous and dark, and which directly engages the viewer in a shared daydream. Stewart came to prominence in the mid '90s as one of the Young British Artists at the Saatchi Gallery. Tate Liverpool until 22nd April.

Views From The Edge - the Great British Coast draws on a collection of newly commissioned works from the National Trust Photographic Library to take visitors on a tour of the coast of the British Isles. It celebrates the diversity, unpredictability and beauty of the British coastline, highlighting many areas of dramatic natural beauty such as the White Cliffs of Dover and the Giant's Causeway, as well as reflecting the pleasures of being beside the sea. Positioned next to the permanent display The Future Of The Sea, the exhibition focuses on the marine environment and contemporary issues affecting the coast today. The photographs record the distinctive coastal geography and flora, the ways in which people use the coast for work and play, and the challenges and opportunities facing this unique environment. Photographers whose work figures strongly in the exhibition include Joe Cornish, David Norton, Ian Shaw and Leo Mason. National Maritime Museum until 1st October.

Goya: Drawings From His Private Albums offers evidence supporting the claim that Francisco Goya was the first modern artist. Over a period of thirty-five years he distilled his more intimate thoughts and perceptions of Spanish society in a series of albums of drawings. This exhibition is the first to concentrate exclusively on these, bringing together over 100 of the finest drawings from all eight albums, including some which have only recently come to light. The albums were broken up and dispersed after his death and are now scattered widely throughout the world. These drawings demonstrate Goya's powers of observation and invention. They include bizarre flights of fantasy, nightmare and biting satire, and show his imagination at work on a vast range of subjects: the spectacle of carnival, the traumas of war and religious persecution, images of childhood and old age, eroticism, madness and witchcraft.

Brassai: The Soul Of Paris reveals through his iconic black and white images, a bygone era of café society, shady dance halls and the ordinary lives of Parisians at the dawn of the Modern Age. Brassaï started life as a journalist, but his desire to illustrate his articles with his own images, led him to start photographing his surroundings, capturing the mood of Paris by night and the beauty of the city streets in the rain. This major retrospective, organised by the Pompidou Centre, presents over 200 vintage silver salt prints from Brassaï's own archive, alongside his drawings and small sculptures. It includes shots of Paris by day and night, nude studies, classic portraits of Picasso, collaborations with Salvador Dalí for the Surrealist publication Minotaure, and photographs of graffiti and found objects from the Parisian streets. Brassaï shows us Paris as he saw it: twilight at the Eiffel Tower, the market at Les Halles, the Place de la Concorde and backstage at the Moulin Rouge. His images capture the private moment in the public place, and always find the extraordinary in the ordinary. Goya/Brassi at the Hayward Gallery until 13th May.

Making Chocolate is one of three new features which have just opened at the home of British chocolate in Bournville. It tells the story of chocolate through the centuries from the Aztec rainforest of Central America to Victorian England. Visitors can follow the journey of chocolate across the continents from its origins as cocoa to liquid chocolate in the factory in a new multi-sensory cinema. They can visit the chocolate Coronation Street, see the set where the credits were created, and learn some of the tricks of the animator's trade. To accompany this there is a chance to review forty years of television advertisements. Cadbury World continuing.

Bacon's Eye is the first opportunity to see a wide range of newly discovered material attributed to Francis Bacon. During his lifetime, Bacon was always adamant that he worked directly onto canvas, without making any preliminary studies. However since his death, a large number of works on paper have been discovered, appearing to offer new insights into his working methods - and personal obsessions. Shortly before he died Bacon gave a parcel of papers to Barry Jule, containing over 1000 photographs, sketches and collages, apparently collected or created by him, which have yet to be fully catalogued. One prominent item is 'The X Album', a collection of seventy oil sketches in a photograph album that apparently belonged to Bacon's nanny. They relate to his work from the '50s and '60s and include many nudes, portraits and studies of facial malformations. Consisting of over 300 works on paper, the exhibition includes items from the Joule archive and recognised works by Bacon from the Tate Gallery. These pieces are presented alongside a small number of paintings illustrating new ways of looking at Bacon's work. Barbican Gallery until 16th April.


Give And Take is a unique collaboration between a David and a Goliath of cultural institutions - the Serpentine Gallery and the Victoria & Albert Museum. It is one exhibition on two sites, designed to provide an opportunity to experience the unexpected connections between contemporary art, and art of the past. Hans Haake has been given the task of rooting around the basement of the V&A and selecting over 100 objects from its reserve collection to create 'Mixed Messages' at the Serpentine. This is an installation of items from different cultures, historical periods and media, viewed afresh by this particular juxtaposition. At the V&A, works by 15 contemporary artists whose natural home would be the Serpentine, are individually insinuated into the period splendour of the mausoleum in Cromwell Road. Those involved include Xu Bing, Wim Delvoye, Jeff Koons, Royy Paine and Yinka Shonibare. Serpentine Gallery and Victoria & Albert Museum until 1st April.

I Am A Camera has a simple premise, presenting the work of nine artists whose medium is photography or painting which has a photographic quality. What it delivers in the contrasting works of two contributors in particular, is an extraordinarily vivid portrait of the extremes of American society. Jessica Craig-Martin inhabits the uptown world of ladies who lunch - for charity - showing in close up (usually cutting off heads) the style details which are so important in the milieu of fundraisers and benefits. These are the pictures Craig-Martin takes for herself, while pursuing her day job as recorder of social functions for American Vogue. Nan Goldin moves in the downtown world of the Lower East Side streets, among junkies, poets and transvestites. She specialises in series of pictures, which tell the story of particular characters. Between these two stand Duane Hanson's hyper real sculptures of the working urban poor who service Manhattan, specifically cleaners, and other blue collar workers. Saatchi Gallery, London NW3, 020 7624 8299 until 25th March.

Human And Divine presents two millennia of Indian sculpture, highlighting the variety and achievements of a dynamic artistic tradition. The human form has been used in Indian art to portray the gods and goddesses of Hinduism, and the saviours and saints of Buddhism and Jainism. These include the four armed Vishnu, preserver of the universe, Shiva - Lord Of The Dance, god of destruction, and Sarasvati, goddess of learning and the arts. The symbolism of each figure's pose and gesture has great significance to their followers. This exhibition explains why Indian sculpture looks as it does, and what this symbolism means. Over seventy works illustrate a wide range of skills in stone, bronze, terracotta, marble, ivory and wood, from miniatures to large scale sculpture. City Art Gallery, Southampton until 25th March.