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Last updated : 29th December 1999


The Story Of Time is combination of art and science, reflecting the ways in which people and cultures throughout history have expressed their understanding of time. Artefacts loaned by the world's museums, libraries and art galleries include works by Titian, Poussin and Dali, displayed alongside a Navajo sand painting, Chinese ancestor portraits, the earliest known dated watch, a 14th century Book of Hours, manuscripts from as early as the 10th century and a 20th century photograph taken by the Hubble telescope. Now Greenwich may enter the 21st century as the home of Greenwich Electronic Time, a new world standard time on the internet. The Queen's House, Greenwich (part of the Royal Observatory) until 24th September.

The British Airways London Eye missed its VIP launch on New Year's Eve, but as soon as it is fixed we can all "enjoy" a 30 minute slow-moving "flight" over the heart of the capital in the 135-metre high attraction, which will remain on the river for five years. Booking on 0870 5000 600. Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, London

The Apocalypse and the shape of things to come is an exhibition of images inspired by the end of the world as described in the Book of Revelation. Illuminated manuscripts, books, single sheet prints and drawings from the 11th century up to the end of the Second World War, focus on particular episodes or apocalyptic phases which have often occurred at the end of centuries, and have always been rooted in historical and political circumstances. It is accompanied by an Apocalyptical event programme of concerts, lectures and a symposium. British Museum until 24th April.


100 Years Of Cartoons features original cartoons and illustrations by Ronald Searle, H M Bateman and E M Shepard amongst others, including works from the Punch archive, aimed at the present buying season. Although your budget may not run to the £1,000 required for some, others are less than £100 (although still too much for me). The Rae-Smith Gallery, London until 15th January.

Mark Power: Dome The Official Millenium Dome photographer Mark Power brings his visual document of the project up to date, with a new show of previously unseen photos taken in the last year, at the Zelda Cheatie Gallery. A selection of Power's images covering the whole three year process are also on show at the Museum Of London. Zelda Cheatie Gallery, London until 29th January. Museum Of London until 9th January.

Retrace Your Steps: Remember Tomorrow gives a new twist to an old museum. Often cited as the favourite "undiscovered" Victorian collection in London, Sir John Soane's Museum is staging an exhibition in which works by contemporary artists are placed strategically around the space. With so much crammed in already it's hard to imagine how this is possible, but go and hunt - many of the pieces have been created specially for this exhibition. Sir John Soane's Museum until 25th March.

Heaven: An Exhibition Which Will Break Your Heart brings together a group of international artists to reveal how religious and spiritual experience has changed this century. Celebrities and supermodels are now idolised and adored as once were saints and angels, a tropical beach resort has become most people's view of paradise, and we worship at the graves of the famous, at rock concerts and fashion shows. Jeff Koons' sickly sculpture of Michael Jackson, in a style usually associated with porcelain shepherdesses placed on tasteless mantelpieces, provides one of the show's modern icons. The Tate Gallery Liverpool until 27th February.

Gary Hume has been tagged as the "Painter of Now" for his hard, bright images, painted in gloss paint on aluminium panels. He is popular with both a young public, and the old Establishment codgers who chose him to represent Britain at this year's Venice Biennale. This exhibition is a surprise, consisting of a series of angels - but not of the Renaissance variety. These are more extraterrestrial, with kite like wings and mask like faces, and are ten feet tall, created by taking outlines from photographic images, blowing up certain details, and filling in the templates with bright commercial gloss. This is really what Changing Rooms should be about. Whitechapel Art Gallery, London until 23rd January.

Eileen Agar was born one hundred years ago in Buenos Aires, and on returning to Britain she retained a Spanish air of poetic flamboyance. Instead of settling for suburban respectability, she became a leading member of the surrealist movement, being the only female British artist to be included alongside Picasso and Miro in the 1936 London International Surrealist Exhibition. This show includes 120 paintings, collages, photographs, found objects - and some very strange hats. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh until 27th February.


The London Parade is the biggest annual street parade in Europe, when a million people come out onto the streets of the capital to watch this spectacular event. The Millennium parade will have up to 12,000 performers, including dozens of award-winning marching bands, thousands of America's top cheerleaders, theatrical groups, clowns, vintage vehicles, and specially created London Borough floats. Parliament Square to Berkeley Square from midday on 1st January.

Moonraker, Strangelove and other celluloid dreams: the visionary art of Ken Adam is the snappy title of a groundbreaking exhibition of work by one of the great film production designers. Twice winner of an Oscar, Adam is probably best known for his "bunker" interiors, such as the war room in Dr Strangelove, and the Bond villain lairs. This show presents more than two hundred drawings and extracts from many of his films, including Dr Strangelove, Sleuth, Barry Lyndon, The Madness of King George and seven of the James Bond series. The Serpentine Gallery until 9th January.

Claustrophobia explores the idea of "Home Sweet Home", as sixteen artists from around the world use photography, sculpture, painting, video, and installations of household objects to question the way we see our most familiar environments. The show includes works by Rachel Whiteread and Mona Hatoum from the UK and other artists from Australia, Germany, Columbia and America. It spans the mundane to the ethereal. Centre For Visual Arts, Cardiff until 16th January.