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Last updated : 23rd May 2001


Firepower is a new museum which tells the story of the scientific and technological developments in artillery over 700 years, the history of Royal Regiment of Artillery, and the secrets of ordnance manufacturing, which was carried out at the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich over the last 300 years. The displays include over 800 guns, 7000 medals (including 62 Victoria Crosses), several thousand personal artefacts and photographs, and over a million books and archive documents of those who manned the guns. Field Of Fire brings to life the sights, sounds and smells of 20th century gunnery in a multi-media presentation; the Real Weapon Gallery explains the science of ammunition and how it hits the target, and the Cold War galleries display larger equipment, vehicles and modern missiles. The opening event features appearances by the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, military bands, parachutists and a fun fair. Firepower, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich opening event 27th & 28th May and continuing.

Open City: Street Photographs Since 1950 charts the development of the street photograph over the last half century, and reflects how it has held a continuing fascination for photographers. The exhibition starts with the raw monochromes of Robert Frank, Garry Winogrand, William Klein and Lee Friedlander, which were instrumental in the development of a new approach to documentary photography, aided by the availability of increasingly portable cameras. It then moves on to the work of William Eggleston, who was one of the principal artists responsible for the acceptance of colour photography as an art form. The show contains a diversity of work ranging from Terence Donovan's advertising and fashion photography, through Nobuyoshi Araki's Tokyo visions of neon and naked flesh, to Susan Meiselas's images of war-torn Nicaragua, as well as new installations by Beat Streuli and Turner Prize winner Wolfgang Tillmans. Over 100 photographs by 19 international artists include the work of a younger generation, and also examine the way that contemporary practice continues to develop the tradition. Oxford Museum of Modern Art until 15th July.

The Architecture Of Fumihiko Maki: Modernity And The Construction Of Scenery is an introduction to one of Japan's leading architects whose work is little known in the west. Although a modernist enthusiast of concrete and glass, his buildings are nevertheless inviting, and are renowned for their fusion of eastern and western design traditions. Thus Maki's work has been described as "destined to survive mere fashion". This exhibition focuses on the Hillside Terrace project in Tokyo and other recent buildings. The development of Maki's modernist vocabulary, and his interpretation of internal and external space, is presented in a variety of media, including original sketches, drawings, scale models, and video. Victoria & Albert Museum until 22nd July.


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.


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. National Gallery until 17th June.

Dan Dare Got There First celebrates Britain's first and best known spaceman, whose exploits were regaled on the front page of the Eagle comic in the 1950s. It examines how remarkably accurate some of its predictions for the future were (and glosses over the absence of large green creatures with domed foreheads from contemporary life). Creator Frank Hampson's visions of satellite television, space shuttles, the channel tunnel and swing-wing aircraft are just some of the stuff of science fiction which have become science fact. The Ministry of Defence reputedly subscribed to the Eagle to see what he would come up with next. Displayed here are examples of original artwork, models of space ships used by Hampson as reference, and a recreation of the studio in which he worked. There is also collection of merchandise, with ray guns, walkie talkies, jigsaws, games and pop up books. Croydon Clocktower until 3rd June.

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. Imperial War Museum until 3rd June.