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Last updated : 16th May 2001


Helmut Newton: Work, though specifically described as not a retrospective, provides the opportunity to view both classic images and work never seen before. Through his photographs Newton offers an idiosyncratic glimpse into a world of beauty, fame and glamour, ranging across Vogue fashion shoots, celebrity portraits and personal images. All his pictures are narrative, creating the sense that something has - or is about to - happen. Displayed here life size, the immediacy of the pictures (mostly of women and mostly wearing very little) is reinforced. Over forty years Newton has created a distinctive, iconic and fetishistic style, aped by many, but never equalled for their drama and erotic charge. Though others have called him a misogynist he claims to be a feminist - here is a chance to make up your own mind. Barbican Gallery until 8th July.

Manga is an examination of the culture of Japanese comics, which in Britain has acquired the stereotype of ultra violence and explicit sexual content, although this belies the breadth of scope of this long running and influential phenomenon. Japanese manga expert Fusanosuke Natsume offers a comprehensive survey, incorporating English translations of original and reproduction individual frames, books and videos, which confound these conventional preconceptions. Manga combine narrative traditions dating back to 12th century emakimon picture scrolls with the fragmentation of contemporary urban design culture. Graphic styles range from the naive to the ultra sophisticated, exploring everything from surreal fantasy to gritty, even sordid, metropolitan reality. The works exhibit an inventiveness that is unmatched by the supposedly more sophisticated Western visual tradition. Cornerhouse Manchester until 24th June.

Treasury Of The World: Jewelled Arts Of India In The Age Of The Mughals celebrates the jewelled arts, with over 300 pieces of Indian jewellery dating from the reigns of the Great Mughals, who ruled India from the middle of the 16th to the early 18th century. The exhibition displays earrings, pendants, finger rings, and bracelets, daggers with jewel-incrusted scabbards and hilts, such as the famous Ruby Dagger, and jewelled boxes, cups, and gaming pieces. Storybook riches are laid out in profusion. British Museum until 2nd September.


JAM: London Tokyo explores the creative synergy between London and Tokyo, bringing together art, music and fashion from fifty innovative practitioners, a number of whom have worked in both cities. Taking as its cue a musical 'jam', it is a multimedia fusion of photography, fine art, graphics, video, design and music. From London the exhibition includes Graham Rounthwaite's club flyers and Steven Gontarski's sculptures. From Tokyo there are reportage images of the city's darker side by Masayuki Yoskinaga and Yoshimoto Nara's depictions of children. The exhibition launches in London for two months before transferring to Tokyo. Barbican Gallery until 8th July with offshoots at Dazed & Confused Gallery 020 7336 0766 and Artomatic Gallery 020 7566 0171.

Jorvik is a new chapter in the story of the Viking Centre which opened in 1984, following further research into the excavations of the site on which it stands. It is a £5 million reconstruction of the Viking age city of York, incorporating a city wide view of the 10th century businesses, backyards and bedrooms. Visitors are now transported around the commercial heart of the city in time capsules, gliding a few inches above Viking Age rubbish from the arterial river Foss, over backyards, and up to the street of Coppergate. The city has been resurrected inch by inch, following the exact plans of the archaeologists who have analysed the thousands of finds excavated at the York Archaeological Trust's Coppergate dig over 20 years. Nearly 20,000 individual objects, including leather shoes, all kinds of jewellery, wooden utensils and combs have been discovered. Jorvik Viking Centre, York continuing.

Paolozzi And Music examines how Eduardo Paolozzi explored the use of his famous interlocking geometrical forms to express musical ideas. Paolozzi developed a passion for the innovative music of American composer Charles Ives, who collaged sounds such as revivalist hymns, folk songs and brass band tunes, and experimented with space, rhythms, polytonality and dissonance. The centrepiece of this exhibition is Calcium Light Night, a suite of nine large screen prints created in Ives centenary year of 1974, which illustrate Paolozzi's use of form and tone in response to his music. Dean Gallery, Edinburgh until 28th October.

The Millennium Galleries, a £15m centre for the visual arts, craft and design in Sheffield has opened, combining four individual galleries under one roof. Its brief is to house a display of local domestic and decorative metalwork, a collection of paintings, drawings and prints by John Ruskin, visiting exhibitions from national collections, and new work by contemporary artists and crafts workers. Designed by Pringle, Richards and Sharratt it is predominantly constructed of white concrete and glass, rising in a succession of beams, vaults and columns. Built on two levels, the Galleries have an internal Avenue (not unlike the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern) whose vaulted roof is made of translucent glass blocks, which flood the space with natural light. In contrast the exhibition spaces have been designed to control the level of daylight with an automated system of blinds which can redirect natural light reflected from the roof. Precious, the opening visiting exhibition comprises over 250 items from the Victoria and Albert museum collection, ranging from historic pieces from the ancient Chinese Hang Dynasty to recent acquisitions of contemporary design. It explores what people have regarded as precious in different ways and at different times throughout history. The Millennium Galleries, Sheffield - Precious until 24th June.

Annie Leibovitz: Nudes is an exhibition of the great American photographer's recent non-commissioned works. Leibovitz is probably best known for an annual Hall Of Fame series of portraits of movers and shakers in their milieu, published in Vanity Fair each year at Thanksgiving. These have been criticised as "book jacket portraits" which reinforce the sitter's desired image. Over the last decade Leibovitz has been creating much freer and more interesting work at her studio in upstate New York shooting female nudes with dancers and unknown models. These images allude to historical art, from classical Greek statuary to 20th century surrealists, but all show a personal point of view and voice an opinion lacking in the formal commissioned work. Shine Gallery, London SW3, 020 7352 4499 until 3rd June.

Creative Quarters: The Art World In London traces how artists have been drawn to particular districts of London at different times over the last 300 years. It also examines the nature of these creative quarters and the interaction of artists with other trades and industries. Starting with William Hogarth in Covent Garden in 1685, the eight locations include Willam Blake and Barbara Hepworth at different times in Hampstead, J M W Turner in Chelsea, and Francis Bacon in Soho, and arrive in the East End today. The exhibition locates a total of 132 artists in their time and place, and includes works by Lucien Freud, Henry Moore, William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and James McNeill Whistler. These depict the artists themselves, and the studios and streets in which they worked, and are shown alongside rare contemporary objects. The Museum Of London website has an accompanying online exhibition. Museum Of London until 15th July.


The 1940s House Exhibition recreates 17 Braemar Gardens - the pre-war suburban "semi" featured in a Channel 4 television series The 1940s House, to be shown in January. The series explores how a present-day family would adapt to life on the home front during the Second World War by observing a real family living under wartime conditions for two months. The house is furnished and equipped as it would have been in the 1940s. Visitors can tour both floors and part of the garden with a "Dig for Victory" vegetable patch and an Anderson Shelter. The exhibition includes an introductory section on the making of the television series, a reconstruction of part of a wartime grocer's shop and displays about life on the home front ranging from the Blitz to the blackout. Special events to accompany the exhibition will focus on rationing, popular music, cookery and entertainment, and films about life on the home front are also scheduled. Imperial War Museum until 3rd June.

Magic, Murder And The Weather: Tracey Holland takes ancient folk tales as the starting point for new photographic work. Holland's technique, of arranging and lighting ordinary objects and people to create a skewed view of the world, is fused with the often surreal imagery of children's fairy stories.

Now Wait For Last Year: Penny McCarthy features a series of large black and white drawings developed from postcards, dictionaries, astronomical and medical imagery. Each has contained within it a number of layers, or pictures within pictures, pointing up connections between the seemingly unconnected. In the installation Why A Woman's Hair Is Like Water, rose petals are laid out in a line beneath glass. The petals are inscribed with minuscule script and annotated diagrams that can only be seen clearly through a magnifying lens.

Magic, Murder And The Weather/ Now Wait For Last Year at Leeds Metropolitan University Gallery until 2nd June.

Matsuri - Japan In The Park launches the Japan 2001 festival with a free weekend carnival in Hyde Park, celebrating the sights, sounds and sensations of Japanese culture ancient and modern. Events will include Yabusame - the sport of horseback archery, live pop music performances by Rinken Band and DFO, street fashion, Taiko drummers, martial arts displays, Kabuki style face painting and the arts and crafts of origami, calligraphy, ikebana, shodo and shiatsu. There will also be a Japanese village providing the opportunity to try an array of food and drink, and to join in the Awa-odori fools dance. Further information can be found on the Japan 2001 web site via the link opposite. Hyde Park 19th and 20th May.