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Last updated : 29th August 2001

Commencing

Nike - Design For Movement salutes the inventor of the trainer Bill Bowerman, the company's co-founder, who poured liquid rubber into his waffle iron and changed the course of human history. Inspiration struck in the 1970s while Bowerman was seeking a way to create a sole that would give runners more traction yet still be lightweight. The grid like sole continues to be the basis of all trainers made today. This exhibition traces design innovations in movement of all kinds from the waffle sole onwards, including collaboration with NASA, Cathy Freeman's Olympic Swift Suit, the Formula 1 car inspired Shox, the Michael Johnson Gold shoe, and the Jordan range. Design Museum until 30th September.

Experiment Experiencia: Art In Brazil 1958-2000 endeavours to capture the spirit of experimentation and dynamism of Brazilian art in the second half of the 20th century. Its vibrancy and colour is expressed in paintings, sculpture, film and installation by three generations of artists. Early abstract experiments of the Brazilian avant-garde led by Lygia Clark and Helio Oiticica moved outside the frame to embrace 3-D constructions suspended from the ceiling and audience participation - including performances by children from the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. In the 1960s and 1970s the work of artists such as Antonio Dias and Antonio Manuel became increasingly politicised in the repressive years of military dictatorship. The diverse art of recent times includes Jose Damasceno's floating black suit and Lygia Pape's curtain of ripening bananas (you had to be there). Museum Of Modern Art, Oxford until 21st October.

The Beautiful And The Damned: The Creation Of Identity In 19th Century Photography looks at the social and cultural context of the development of the new medium of portrait photography from 1860 to 1900. The origins of the celebrity portrait, and the vogue for carte-de-visite - a small photographic portrait mounted on a piece of card - fuelled a fashion for collecting and classifying photographs of the face. It went hand in hand with a belief in the 'science' of physiognomy (which postulated that the face reflected the character), the study of genetics, and the belief systems and aesthetics of social Darwinism. This display juxtaposes images that celebrated eminence, beauty and intellect, with those representing the criminal, mentally unstable, and socially undesirable. Thus Lillie Langtry, Sara Bernhardt, scientists and artists, appear alongside images of murderers and the insane, as well as suffragettes (in essence the first use of the surveillance photograph),. National Portrait Gallery until 7th October.

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Dan Flavin was one of the world's foremost sculptors of light, and this is the first major exhibition of his work in Britain, comprising twenty two works spanning his thirty year career. In the early 1960s, Flavin and his contemporaries Carl Andre, Donald Judd and Sol Lewitt became known as the founders of Minimal art, for their use of industrial materials in geometric configurations. Flavin was best known for his installations of ordinary fluorescent tubes and fittings, transformed into dazzling structures of luminous colour, always with a mysterious electric hum. The pieces have been selected by Michael Govan, director of Dia Center for the Arts in New York, specifically to engage with the interior architecture of the gallery, as Flavin always endeavoured to do. Serpentine Gallery until 23rd September.

Lie Of The Land: The Secret Life Of Maps poses the question "Can you rely on a map to tell you where you are?" What we see on a map is rarely the same as the land under our feet. Some maps deliberately set out to deceive, many show a selective view, reflecting only the interests of the people who made them. Since all are a representation of a three dimensional world in a two dimensional form, they can only be an interpretation of the truth. This exhibition contains over a hundred examples in a variety of forms, from all over the world, spanning five centuries of mapmaking. Highlights include: Roman Britain mapped out - a forgery that fooled academics for over a hundred years; Paradise found - the Garden of Eden and the Tower of Babel discovered in the Middle East; the earliest surviving terrestrial globe made in China in 1623 by two Europeans; the Red Lined Map used in the negotiations to end the American War of Independence; the first jigsaw ever produced in the form of a dissected map of Europe, made in 1766 by John Spilsbury; and World War II escape maps, made under the nose of the enemy. British Library until 7th April.

Paula Rego brings together a group of recent works, including several displayed for the first time, from large scale pastels and paintings to more intimate preparatory works on paper. Most important among the new pieces is Celestina's House, which represents the latest ideas and imagery in Rego's work, together with The Interrogator's Garden and The Wide Sargasso Sea. All tell a story and are crowded with her idiosyncratic character studies, which, though she now lives and works in Britain, are derived from her Mediterranean roots. Certainly they are not what you expect to find in the Lake District. As she progresses towards a final image, Rego produces sketches, drawings and watercolours in which her ideas develop and crystallise. A number of these works are included in the exhibition, showing Rego's process of weaving stories and narratives in paint and pastel, which are multi-layered, lyrical, often disturbing, and explore the depths of human experience. Abbot Hall Gallery, Kendal until 7th October.

75 Years Of Creativity: A Rambert Dance Company Retrospective charts the creative highlights of the company that was founded by Marie Rambert in the classical tradition in 1926, but moved to a modern non-narrative repertoire in the 1960s. It draws on artefacts, designs and other materials from both the Rambert archive and the museum's permanent collection.

Margot Fonteyn Costumes celebrates the acquisition of five of the ballerina's costumes, in which she danced the roles of Aurora, Odile, Chloe and Juliet, which are on display for the first time, together with photographs of her in other roles.

Taking Shape is a journey through a landscape of changing shapes where everyday materials are transformed into animated worlds inhabited by the creations of Sue Buckmaster. Visitors can interact with moving sculptures and puppet characters, made out of anything from paper to metal, some from Buckmaster's past productions, and some made specially for this exhibition. The Theatre Museum until 28th October.

Reporting The World: John Pilger's Great Eyewitness Photographers explores the close association of journalist and documentary film maker John Pilger with some of the world's greatest reportage photographers. The exhibition includes Philip Jones Griffiths photographs of Vietnam, documenting the devastating effects of the war; Steve Cox's pictures of violent struggle for independence in East Timor; and Nic Dunlop's images of the Burmese opposition, including portraits of Aung San Suu Kyi. John Pilger's collaboration with photographers Matt Herron and Ken Regan highlights a life long interest in America. Matt Herron's photographs of the civil rights campaign, the arms race, and effects of the Vietnam War on American families, reflect a less well-known side of American life. Ken Regan's work on the campaign trail with Pilger resulted in definitive images of Richard Nixon, Jimmy Carter and George Wallace. Barbican Centre Gallery until 30th September.

Forgery - The Artful Crime charts the history of the continuing struggle of the Bank Of England against the ingenuity of those who sought to counterfeit its wares - a crime which at one time was punishable by hanging. The exhibition shows examples of attempts at forgery of the Bank's notes, and the resulting action taken to foil them. The Bank is the longest continuous issuer of paper money in the world, dating back to its foundation in 1694, and the increasing complexity of bank note design and production over that period are illustrated and explained. There are also demonstrations of engraving and coin minting. The continuing display includes currency in all its forms, with gold bars, coins and notes, medals and commemorative issues, and documents relating to its famous customers from Horatio Nelson to George Washington. There is also a simulated foreign currency dealing desk, which gives visitors a chance to try to make a killing on the Exchange market, without actually breaking their own bank. An accompanying booklet is freely downloadable from the Bank Of England web site, which can be found via the link from the Heritage section of ExhibitionsNet. Bank Of England Museum until 10th October.

Concluding

Day-Tripper is a sideways look at the crucible of Britain's 'post industrial' industries of Tourism, Heritage and Performing Arts - where else but Stratford upon Avon. It's the place where everything is half timbered (even, as Dame Edna once instanced, the cars), and where the locals hate both the tourists and (especially) the theatre, while at the same time making their fortune from them. In this exhibition Tim Brennan has put together an alternative Shakespeare library, from the pencil marks of students in the margins of their texts; Navin Rawanchaikul has imagined a meeting between the Bard and a taxi driver, visualised in comic book style; Janet Hodgson has carved her thoughts on what she has seen into the pavements; and Jim Medway has caricatured tourist behaviour, by portraying them as cats. The Gallery, Stratford Leisure & Visitor Centre, Stratford upon Avon, 01789 268826 until 16th September.

The Maize Maze, created by Adrian Fisher, the world's leading maze designer, has a path network of over three miles, and is one of the largest and most intricate puzzles in the world. It is a unique design, which will last for only eight weeks, and will never being repeated. Designs in previous years have included a dragon, a pirate ship and a castle. The maze incorporates a refreshment area half way round, observation towers, and large gallery bridges that offer scenic views across the Sussex countryside. Those visitors who find their way out can enjoy other attractions, such as a turf labyrinth, six minute mazes, the barrel train, tractor trailer rides, and a straw mountain. Fisher first developed the Maize Maze concept as a world record attempt in American in 1993. Tulley's Farm, Crawley until 16th September.

Vermeer And The Delft School presents the work of the artistic community which emerged in the Dutch town of Delft in the late 1640s. Although Johannes Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch are the best known, there were also many other painters, as well as tapestry-makers, silversmiths and faiencers - creators of blue and white Delftware porcelain. This exhibition features 13 paintings by Vermeer and 11 by De Hooch, plus 50 works by 26 other artists, including Gerard Houckgeest's church interiors, portraits by Michiel van Mierevelt, Paulus Potter's landscapes, Leonaert Bramer's interpretations of biblical stories, and the flower still lifes by Balthasar van der Ast. As it attracted over 550,000 visitors during its previous ten week appearance at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, opening hours are extended to 9pm at weekends. National Gallery until 16th September.