Art Activities you may enjoy during lockdown

There are so many ways to enjoy Art on the Internet.  (NOTE: they are all free of charge.) You will find listed below some ideas with details and information on how and when to access them. The suggestions are regularly updated. They include virtual tours of exhibitions, some of which had to close early, which have been made available to watch on YouTube; The Royal Academy has a website which is worth exploring; it is possible to make a virtual tour of the Lascaux Cave and its paleolithic paintings. Do not forget also BBC iPlayer e.g. “Museums in Quarantine.”
We have given other suggestions which might interest you –  ways of watching theatre, ballet and opera.  (Once again these are free of charge though in some cases it is suggested you might like to make a donation.) Details are provided about dates and how long these are available – which can vary from one night to one week to two weeks or even longer.  The National Theatre live streams a different play from its archives every Thursday night. BBC iPlayer is offering several Royal Shakespeare Company plays. The Royal Ballet and the English National Ballet are streaming past productions. The Royal Opera House Covent Garden is live streaming a different opera every other Friday night. The Metropolitan Opera in New York is offering a different opera every night.
‘The Arts Society Connected ‘ is a new site where you can join discussions and watch talks by our accredited lecturers.

 

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WEEK COMMENCING 10TH AUGUST
 
News from the arts world, followed by arts-related viewing available on the I/Net (all but one of which is free) as well as suggested television programmes.
 
A. ARTS NEWS
 
THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, Oxford – REOPENING Monday 10th August
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(Open daily 10 am to 5 pm. NOTE: timed tickets, including for Members, must be booked in advance online.)
“Young Rembrandt” (Mon 10th Aug to Sun 1st Nov) This critically acclaimed exhibition had to close in March. The Telegraph ****
“Scene Through Wood” (Mon 10th Aug end date TBC)
Celebrating a century of of wood engraving. Marks the centenary of the Society of Wood Engravers. The most outstanding works in the museum and loans from private collections. (Free display.)
 
THE BRITISH MUSEUM, London – REOPENING Thursday 27th August
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(Open: 10 am to 3 pm on 27th and 28th Aug; 10 am to 5 pm from Sat 29th Aug. Wed to Sun. Closed Mon and Tues.)
NOTE: Booking opens on Wed 12th Aug. Free timed tickets must be booked in advance online. Huge demand expected.
Initially most ground-floor galleries will be open. Some upper-floor galleries will open on 21st Sept.
“Edmund de Waal’s library of exile” (27th Aug end date TBC).
Two exhibitions will open in the Autumn:
“Tantra – enlightenment to revolution”  (24th Sept to 24th Jan 2021)
“Arctic – culture and climate” (22nd Oct to 21st Feb 2021)
TATE MODERN, London 
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(Open daily 10 am to 6 pm) NOTE: Online timed tickets needed for all visitors.
“Steve McQueen”   (ends 6th Sept)
The first major exhibition of this artist in the UK since he won the Turner Prize in 1999, spanning film, photography and sculpture. The Telegraph **** ‘Poetry and profundity for those brave enough to seek it.’
“Dóra Maurer”  (ends 24th Jan 2021)
Works across all media by this Hungarian visual artist born in 1937. Conceptual photographic work, colourful graphic work and striking geometric paintings. Free display.
V & A, London
(Until 27th Aug: Open Thurs to Sun from 11 am to 3 pm. After 27th Aug: Open Thurs to Sun from 11 am to 7 pm)
NOTE: Free timed entry tickets must be booked in advance online.
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“Collecting Photography: from Daguerreotype to Digital” (ends Fri 4th Sept 2020)
“The Art of Relief Print-Making” (ends Sun 13th Sept 2020)
OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE, Greenwich – OPEN 
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https://ornc.org/
https://ornc.org/our-story/royal-hospital/the-chapel/

(Open daily from 10 am to 5 pm: The Painted Hall and  The Chapel of St Peter and St Paul.)  NOTE: tickets need to be booked in advance online.
The Painted Hall has one of the most spectacular Baroque interiors in Europe. The ceiling and wall decorations are by British artist Sir James Thornhill (1675-1734). The Chapel altar piece is by Benjamin West (1738-1820) known as ‘the American Raphael’.
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY, London – OPENING IN THE AUTUMN
Plans are being drawn up for a full reopening in the Autumn. (See below: the collection can be explored online.)
COURTAULD GALLERY, London – REOPENING IN SPRING 2021
Major transformation project will make it possible to present a greater variety of works from The Courtauld Collection, which stretches from the early Renaissance into the 20th century. (See virtual tour details below.)
THE HOUSE OF ILLUSTRATION, London – REOPENING IN 2022
The King’s Cross site closed in March 2020, due to lockdown. The new redevelopment in Islington will begin in June 2021, with a tentative opening date of Autumn 2022.The name is being changed to ‘The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration’. It will be the largest art space in the world dedicated to illustration.
 
B. ARTS VIEWING
 
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, USA 
GOOGLE: ‘MFA Matisse for me it’s always new’
“Matisse: for me it’s always new” (1:28:36)
Lecture by Katie Hanson, Assistant Curator, Art of Europe. Matisse’s inventive techniques and his engagement with a wide range of sources, including the work of Courbet, Monet and Renoir.
 
OLD VIC THEATRE: IN CAMERA –  UPDATE Wednesday August 5th
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Andrew Scott is still recovering from minor surgery. All  performances to an empty auditorium of “Three Kings”  will be rescheduled.  Bookings will be honoured. New performances will be announced in due course.
Tickets available: £10/£30/£40. “Hilarious and heartbreaking: the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships.”
ROYAL ACADEMY, London 
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“Young Artists Summer Show 2020” Open exhibition submission for young people aged between 5 to 19 years. Browse the exhibition online.
NOTE: the exhibition will be displayed on-site at the RA in the Autumn.
 
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY, London
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The collection can be explored on line.
THE COURTAULD GALLERY, London 
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https://courtauld.ac.uk/gallery/about/3d-gallery-virtual-tour and click on ‘LAUNCH THE TOUR’

As stated above, the Courtauld Gallery will remain closed until Spring 2021. Click the screen, then hold and drag or use cursor keys on your keyboard to move around. To zoom in press the ‘a’ key on your keyboard, to zoom out press the ‘z’ key. Choose Room e.g.: Room 5 (Paul Cézanne) Room 6 (Degas, Renoir, Manet, Monet), Room 7 (van Gogh, Gaugin, Seurat, Picasso)
BBC iPlayer
“The Riviera : a History in Pictures” with Richard E Grant (first shown in 2013) Artists who have painted on the Côte d’Azur: Cézanne, Monet, Renoir and Matisse.
1.2 Painting Paradise (available until 24th Aug)
2.2 The Golden Era (available until 28th Aug)
BBC iPlayer
Shakespeare’s “The Tempest” from The Globe Theatre in London (available until 22nd Aug) Recorded in 2013.  Renaissance costumes. With Roger Allam and Colin Morgan.
BBC iPlayer
“BBC Proms 2017: Chineke! Orchestra” (available until end Aug)
Katie Derham introduces a Prom from the archives that made history when Chineke! became the first British majority BME symphony orchestra ever to take to the Prom stage. Includes music by Dvorak, Handel and Rimsky-Korsakov. Features British cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason (who won the BBC Young Musician award in 2016). Conductor Kevin John Edusei.
BBC iPlayer
Beethoven’s “Fidelio” from the Royal Opera House (available for 11 months). Shown on BBC 4 on 26th July 2020. With Lise Davidsen and David Butt Philip. Antonio Pappano conducts.
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
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GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”  (ends 5 pm Sun 16th Aug) David McVicar production. Captured live in 2005. With Danielle de Niese and Sarah Connolly.
Financial Times: “Handel returns in triumph to Glyndebourne.” The Telegraph: *****
Brett Dean’s “Hamlet” (5 pm 16th Aug to  5 pm 23rd Aug)) with Allan Clayton and Barbara Hannigan
An award-winning re-imagining of Shakespeare’s most famous play which premiered in 2017. The Telegraph **** ; The Arts Desk “fascinating but flawed new opera”; The Independent ****
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 22’ ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 22
Monday 10th August – Puccini’s “Manon Lascaut” (2008)
Tuesday 11th August – Bizet’s “Carmen” (2019)
Wednesday 12th August – Verdi’s “Rigoletto” (1981)
Thursday 13th August – Puccini’s “Turandot” (2016)
Friday 14th August – Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” (2008)
Saturday 15th August – Puccini’s “La Bohème” (2014)
Sunday 16th August – Verdi’s “Luisa Miller” (1979)
 
WEEK COMMENCING 3RD AUGUST

 

News from the arts and theatre world, followed by arts-related viewing available on the I/Net (nearly all of which is free) as well as suggested television programmes.
 
A. ARTS NEWS
 

NOTE:  Boris Johnson announced on Friday 31st July that rules on face coverings would be extended from Saturday 8th August, meaning people would be obliged to wear them in indoor venues, including museums and galleries and that there would be greater police enforcement of mask-wearing.

1. Local
THE SALISBURY MUSEUM – REOPENED Saturday 1st August
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(For the first month,  open 11 am to 4 pm Thurs to Sun, Café open 11 am to 3 pm. Closed Mon, Tues, Wed.)
NOTE: no mention of pre-booked tickets but perhaps a good idea to check.
Opening hours will be extended in September. Admission fees abolished for a limited period. Entry will be via donation. Queuing system in front forecourt. Signed one way system with separate entry and exit points.
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL 
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“Kings and Scribes: The Birth of a Nation” (Exhibition reopened 1st August)
(Open: Mon to Sat 11 am to 3 pm; Sun 12.30 pm to 2.30 pm; ends 31st Jan 2025)  A spectacular three-level exhibition in the south transept: 1,000 years of history. NOTE: capacity has been reduced inside the cathedral and shop. Possible need to wait outside. Separate entrance and exit. Refectory and shop open. Loos currently closed.
 
SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY – REOPENING Tuesday 4th August
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(Opening hours initially: Tues and Thurs 11 am to 3 pm, Sat 11 am to 4 pm. Closed Mon, Wed, Fri and Sun)
NOTE: Pre-booked timed tickets needed. Face coverings recommended.
“In Search of a New World – Open Exhibition” (opening Sat 15th August)
Part of the Mayflower 400 programme to coincide with the anniversary of the date the Mayflower and her sister ship Speedwell left Southampton. Residents of Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Wiltshire and Dorset were invited to create artwork.
UPDATE
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE – Drive-in Screenings, Wareham
Previously advertised screenings at the Luna open air cinema at Lulworth Castle, Wareham of “La Boheme” and “Swan Lake” have been removed from the website.
NOTE: to check other open air venues:
2. London
THE HAYWARD GALLERY, London – REOPENED Saturday 1st August
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(Open Wed to Sat 11 am to 7 pm, Sun 10 am to 6 pm. Closed Mon and Tues) Shop and some cafés and restaurants open.
NOTE: pre-booked tickets with time slot; Members and Supporters go free but need to book time slot.
“Among the Trees”
37 featured artists invite us to see the natural world with new eyes.
 
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London
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“Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age”
(Ends Sun 20 Sept; open daily 11 am to 6 pm except Fri 11 am to 9 pm)
NOTE: Free admission but online advance booking only. From paintings of historical and biblical scenes to scenes of everyday life and portraits.
The Arts Desk: “Beautifully observed vignettes ….of the theatre of domestic life in 17th century Holland.” Apollo Magazine: “…elucidates the pragmatic choices by an artist operating in a fiercely competitive environment.”
ROYAL ACADEMY, London
“Léon Spilliaert”
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(Wed 5th Aug – Sun 20th Sept)
NOTE: Pre-booking essential even for RA Friends.
(Open: Wed to Sun 11 am to 5 pm. Closed Mon and Tues)
Enigmatic self-portraits to dream like scenes of the North Sea coast by Belgian artist Léon Spilliaert (1881-1946). His work is characterized by dramatic perspective and a quiet luminescence.
The Evening Standard: “a haunted life realized in atmospheric and deeply sensitive work.” The Daily Telegraph, Alastair Sooke ***
REMINDER
V & A, London – LIMITED REOPENING Thursday 6th August
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(Open: Thurs to Sun 11 am to 3 pm; from 27th Aug 11 am to 7 pm)
NOTE: The Museum is still free but pre-booked and timed tickets needed. Entrance by Exhibition Road and exit by Cromwell Road. The following galleries/rooms will be open: Buddhism (17-20 and 47f), Cast Courts (46-46b), China (44 and 47e), Europe 1600 – 1815 (1-7), Fashion (40); Islamic Middle East (42), Japan (45), Korea (47g), Medieval & Renaissance (50a-50b), Sculpture (21-27), South Asia (Room 41), South East Asia (47a-47c).
OPERA HOLLAND PARK, London –  Friday 7th, Saturday 8th and Saturday 15th August
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“Hearts Delight” (6 pm Fri 7th Aug) An evening of light music and a journey through some of the most delicious comic operas from the Viennese, Parisian and London stages.
“Opera in Holland Park – Encore” (6 pm Sat 8th August) NOTE: Sold out – waiting list only.
“A Little Night Music” by Stephen Sondheim. Concert performance (6 pm 15th Aug) NOTE: Booking opens on Mon 3rd August.
REGENT’S PARK OPEN AIR THEATRE, London – OPENS Friday 14th  August
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Seventy live performances in August and September.

B. ARTS VIEWING

 
OLD VIC THEATRE: IN CAMERA –  ANNOUNCEMENT on Thursday 30th July 
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It was announced that Andrew Scott is in hospital “for minor surgery”. Some performances to an empty auditorium of “Three Kings” had to be postponed for a week and will now take place at 7.30 pm on Friday 7th, 3.30 pm and 7.30 pm on Saturday 8th August. (Bookings for previous Friday and Saturday will be honoured.)
Tickets available: £10/£30/£40. “Hilarious and heartbreaking: the unfathomable puzzle of human relationships.”
 
(NOTE: “Everything is going to be All Right” by Derek Mahon from ‘Selected Poems’. To listen to this short poem written in May 2020 read by Andrew Scott, GOOGLE: ‘Everything is going to be all right Andrew Scott’.)
 
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY
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Scroll down the page and click on arrow. To help navigate the exhibition, click on ‘read our handy tips’.
“British Surrealism: Virtual Exhibition”
The exhibition opened in March and closed three weeks later and is now available online.  Marking 100 years since the birth of the movement: over 70 eclectic works: Leonora Carrington, Paul Nash, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Ithell Colquhoun, Conray Maddox.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, USA
GOOGLE: ‘MFA Dutch Golden Age YouTube’
“The Dutch Golden Age – Contemporaries of Rembrandt and Vermeer” (58.08)
Lecture given by Jonathan Ribner, associate professor Department of History of Art and Archictecture, Boston University. Works by artists including Frans Hals, Pieter de Hooch, Jacob van Ruisdael, Willem Kalf.
BBC FOUR
“The Treasures of Ancient Rome” : 3/3  “The Empire Strikes Back” (59 mins) (Tues 4th Aug at 10 pm)
Alastair Sooke charts the decline and fall of the Roman Empire. (Repeat)
BBC iPLAYER
“The Treasures of Ancient Rome” 
1/3 “Warts ‘n All” (available until Sat 22nd Aug)
2/3 “Pomp and Perversion” (available until Thurs 27th Aug)
BBC iPLAYER
“Bought with Love: The Secret History of British Art Collections”
With art historian Helen Rosslyn. The stories of the people whose enthusiasm for art, sense of adventure and wealth built Britain’s national collection and shaped the history of the art of the nation. (Repeat)
1/3 “The Pioneers” (available until  Sat 15th Aug)
2/3 “The Golden Age” (available until Sat 22nd Aug)
3/3 “The Age of the Individual” (available until Sat 29th Aug)
BBC iPLAYER
“BBC PROMS – 27th August 2017” 
(available until Tues 18th Aug)
City of Birmingham’s Symphony Orchestra with Lithuanian conductor Mirga Gražinyté-Tyla who is currently Music Director of the CBSO. Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony and Leonore Overture No. 3, Stravinsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major. The concert opens with a world premiere by Irish maverick Gerald Barry performed by tenor Allan Clayton.
 
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET – Covent Garden, London
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OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
“The Sleeping Beauty” (ends Thurs 6th Aug) With Fumi Kaneko, Federico Bonelli
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
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GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” (ends 5 pm Sun 9th Aug) Captured live at the 2010 Festival. Designed by David Hockney, directed by John Cox. The Independent ****  “This production from 1975 is still widely regarded as the bench mark staging for this great but  difficult opera.”
Handel’s “Giulio Cesare”  (5 pm Sun 9th to 5 pm Sun 16th Aug) David McVicar production. Captured live in 2005. With Danielle de Niese and Sarah Connolly.

Financial Times: “Handel returns in triumph to Glyndebourne.” The Telegraph: *****

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 21’ ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 21
Monday August 3rd – Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” (2006) with Ying Huang, Erika Miklósa, Matthew Polenzani, Nathan Gunn, and René Pape.
Tuesday August 4th – Offenbach’s “Les Contes d’Hoffmann” (2015) with Erin Morley, Hibla Gerzmava, Kate Lindsey, Christine Rice, Vittorio Grigolo, and Thomas Hampson.
Wednesday August 5th – Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra” (1995) with Kiri Te Kanawa, Plácido Domingo, Vladimir Chernov, and Robert Lloyd.
Thursday August 6th – Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” (2016)  with Kristine Opolazis, Maria Zifchak, Roberto Alagna, and Dwayne Croft.
Friday August 7th – Wagner’s “Parsifal” (1992) with Waltraud Meier, Siegfried Jerusalem, Bernd Weikl, and Kurt Moll.
Saturday August 8th – Handel’s “Agrippina” (Feb 2020) with Brenda Rae, Joyce DiDonato, Kate Lindsey, Iestyn Davies, Duncan Rock, and Matthew Rose.
Sunday August 9th – Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (2016) with  Hibla Gerzmava, Malin Byström, Serena Malfi, Paul Appleby, Simon Keenlyside, and Adam Plachetka

 

WEEK COMMENCING 27TH JULY
 
News from the arts and theatre world, followed by arts-related viewing available on the I/Net (nearly all of which is free) as well as suggested television programmes.
 
A. ARTS NEWS
 
ST BARBE MUSEUM, Lymington – EXHIBITION ANNOUNCED
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“Seasons” (Fri 11th Sept to Sun 10th Jan 2021)
The joys of the seasonal cycle as captured by some of our leading artists over the last 100 years, including Laura Knight, Graham Sutherland, John Nash and Ivon Hitchens.
CITY ART GALLERY, Southampton – STILL CLOSED
(NOTE: the 2020 biennial Open Exhibition “In Search of a New World” will be in a new digital format, launching in mid August.)
ROYAL ACADEMY, London
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“Gaugin and the Impressionists” (Thurs 6th Aug to Sun 18th Oct)
NOTE: Pre-booking and timed slot essential, even for Friends of the RA.
Masterpieces from the Danish Ordrupgaard Collection. Sixty works many of which have never been seen in the UK before.
WALLACE COLLECTION, London
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Tickets now on sale. Pre-booking essential.
“Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company” 
(Wed 29th July – Sun 13th September)
Guest curated by renowned historian and writer William Dalrymple. The Telegraph **** Time Out ****
REMINDER
TATE BRITAIN/TATE MODERN, London – REOPEN on Mon 27th July
Click on: Tate Britain | Tate NOTE: Pre-booking and timed slot essential.
“Aubrey Beardsley”, (ends Sun 20th Sept). Largest exhibition of his drawings for 50 years.
Click on: Tate Modern | Tate NOTE: Pre-booking and timed slot essential.
“Andy Warhol” (ends Sun 15th Nov 2020) A new look at the work and art of the pop art superstar.
REMINDER
PALLANT HOUSE, Chichester – REOPENING Wed 5th August

Click on: Pallant House Gallery | Home

NOTE: Booking now open. Pre-booked tickets necessary.
“An Outbreak of Talent: Bawden, Marx, Ravilious and their Contemporaries” (Wed 5th Aug to Sun 1st Nov)

“Drawn to Nature: Gilbert White and the Artists” (Wed 5th Aug to Sun 15th Nov)

THE MINACK THEATRE, Porthcurno, Penzance, Cornwall
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“The Soldier’s Tale” by Stravinsky,
“Stones in his pockets” by Marie Jones, two actors play many parts in bittersweet tale.
“Educating Rita” specially adapted for The Minack Theatre by author Willy Russell.
THE BRITISH MUSEUM – REOPENING LATER IN THE SUMMER
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“Edmund de Waal* library of exile”. Artist, master potter and author of ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’.(The installation will be on display on re-opening in Room 2.)
(* NOTE:  See also The Arts Society Summer 2020 magazine, page 17:  ‘Of Porcelain and Pilgrimage’. Edmund de Waal interviewed by Sue Herdman.)
Two major exhibitions are planned for Autumn 2020. Dates still to be announced:
“Tantra: enlightenment to revolution”
“Arctic: culture and climate”
B. ARTS VIEWING
 
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Boston, USA 
GOOGLE: ‘MFA French Music 19th century YouTube’
“Listening in Paris – French Music in the 19th Century” (1:26:04)
Lecture given by Dr Elizabeth Seitz PhD, professor in music history at the Boston Conservatory. In the second half of the 19th century French composers strive to create a new kind of music.
THE OLD VIC, London – tickets start at £10
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NOTE: Booking opened online on 22nd July.
“Three Kings” (7.30 pm 29th July to 1st Aug and matinée at 3.30 pm on 1st Aug)
Old Vic: In Camera’ is a new artistic initiative. Captured live and streamed from the Old Vic Stage, performed to an empty auditorium. (Tickets will be capped at 1,000 for each performance.)
A new play by Stephen Beresford. “Hilarious and heart-breaking”. Starring  Andrew Scott (known for his award-winning role in the 2019 National Theatre production of Noel Coward’s Present Laughter, for the half-hour monologue Sea Wall and also for his role as Moriarty in BBC television’s Sherlock.) 
 
BBC FOUR
“Egyptian Journeys 1/6: Secrets of the Tomb Builders”  (7 pm on 27th July)
Documentary by Dan Cruickshank (Repeat) NOTE: 2/6 to 4/6 will be shown Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week.
BBC FOUR
“A History of Art in Three Colours: 3/3 White “ (12.40 am 7th July and afterwards on BBC iPlayer)
The last in this three-part series with Dr James Fox. (Repeat)
BBC iPlayer 
“A History of Art in Three Colours: 1/3 Gold” (available until 12th Aug)
“A History of Art in Three Colours: 2/3 Blue” (available until 19th Aug)
Documentary with Dr James Fox (Repeat)
BBC iPlayer
“Gaugin – a dangerous life” (59 mins) (available until 19th Aug)
Documentary first shown in December 2019. A 21st-century view of a 19th- century wild man.
 
BBC iPlayer
“Dames of classic drama at the BBC” (59 mins) (available until 3rd Aug)
From the archives : the early work and career of Judy Dench, Maggie Smith, Diana Rigg and Helen Mirren.  (Repeat)
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET, Covent Garden
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OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
Gounod’s “Faust” (ends Thurs 30th July) David McVicar’s production set in Second Empire Paris. Michael Fabiano, Irwin Schrott.
“The Mad Hatter’s Tea Party” (Fri 31st July) Zoo Nation’s show is a take on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. First created in 2014 for the ROH’s studio theatre.  The Independent in 2017 **** “The show’s sweetness and energy are irresistible.”
“The Sleeping Beauty” (ends Thurs 6th August) With Fumi Kaneko, Federico Bonelli
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
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GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Verdi’s “Falstaff”(ends 5 pm Sun 2nd August) Captured live in 2009. Richard Jones’s production updated to 1946. With Christopher Purves
Stravinsky’s “The Rake’s Progress” (5 pm Sun 2nd Aug to 5 pm 9th Aug) Captured live at the 2010 Festival. Designed by David Hockney, directed by John Cox. The Independent ****  “This production from 1975 is still widely regarded as the bench mark staging for this great but  difficult opera.”
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE ‘WEEK 20’ ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 20
Monday 27th July – Donizetti’s “Lucia di Lammermoor” (2011) Natalie Dessay, Joseph Calleja
Tuesday 28th July – Puccini’s “Tosca” (2009) Karita Mattila, Marcelo Alvarez, George Gagnidze
Wednesday 29th July – Verdi’s “Rigoletto” (1977) Ileana Cotrubas, Placido Domingo
Thursday 30th July – Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” (2011) Sondra Radvanovsky, Dolora Zajick, Marcelo Alvarez, Dmitri Hvorostovsky
Friday 31st July – Dvorak’s “Rusalka” (2017) Kristine Opolais, Katarina Dalayman, Jamie Barton, Brandon Jovanovich and Eric Owens
Saturday 1st August – Verdi’s “Ernani” (1983) Leona Mitchell, Luciana Pavarotti, Sherrill Milnes and Ruggero Raimondi
Sunday 2nd August – Wagner’s “Die Walküre” (2019) Christine Goerke, Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jamie Barton, Stuart Skelton

 

WEEK COMMENCING 20th JULY 2020
 
News from the art world about reopening after the lockdown, followed by arts-related viewing available (free) on the I/Net and some suggested television programmes.
 
A. ARTS NEWS
THEATRE, MUSIC AND PERFORMANCE VENUES – from 1st August
“Theatre, music and performance venues can open with social distancing from beginning of August”, Boris Johnson has announced. Jon Morgan, the Head of Theatres Trust, has said it would not be economically viable to reopen with reduced capacity.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London – OPENING HOURS EXTENDED
From Wednesday 22nd July, the Gallery will be open daily from 11 am to 6 pm (previously 11 am to 4 pm), Fri 11 am to 9 pm.
NATIONAL TRUST – 7 Houses and 130 Gardens: OPEN
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Details given on how to plan and book visits:
Pre-booked timed entry tickets. NOTE: not all cafés and other facilities open, so check in advance. “The start of a careful and steady plan to reopen houses over the coming weeks.” Now open: Kingston Lacy (Dorset), Petworth (W. Sussex), Barrington Court (Somerset), Lyme (Cheshire) , Oxburgh (Norfolk), Packwood (Warwickshire) and The Argory (County Armagh).
WHITECHAPEL GALLERY, London – OPEN
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http://www.whitechapelgallery.org, Email: info@whitechapelgallery.org
Timed entry, pre-booked tickets. Nearest underground station: Aldgate East. (Open Tues to Sun 11 am to 6 pm, except Thurs 11 am – 9 pm. Closed Mon.)
“Radical Figures – Painting in the New Millenium” (until 30th August)
Ten contemporary artists from around the world.  The Daily Telegraph art critic Alastair Sooke: “an intoxicating experience”.
V & A Museum, London – LIMITED REOPENING 6th AUGUST
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(Initially open Thursday to Sunday 11 am to 3 pm; from 27th August 11 am to 7 pm.) NOTE: The Museum is still free but pre-booked and timed tickets needed; entrance by Exhibition Road and exit by Cromwell Road. The following galleries/rooms will be open: Buddhism (17-20 and 47f), Cast Courts (46-46b), China (44 and 47e), Europe 1600 – 1815 (1-7), Fashion (40); Islamic Middle East (42), Japan (45), Korea (47g), Medieval & Renaissance (50a-50b), Sculpture (21-27), South Asia (Room 41), South East Asia (47a-47c).
ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM, Oxford – REOPENING Monday 10th August
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News announced 17th July. Tickets not yet available but pre-booked timed tickets will be needed. More details to be released later.
“Young Rembrandt” exhibition will reopen. Limited tickets.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE, London – Ballet and Opera Drive-in Screenings
Screenings at Luna open air cinemas.
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Lulworth Castle, Wareham, BH20 5QS
9th August, doors open 8.45 pm, film 9.15 pm: “La Bohème”
16th August, doors open 8.30 pm, film 9.30 pm: “Swan Lake”
(Other venues from 26th July include: Blenheim Palace, Warwick Castle, Allianz Park, Tatton Park, Knebsworth House and Harewood House.)
THE GLOBE THEATRE, London – STILL CLOSED
After the Culture Secretary’s announcement that outdoor theatres can reopen, the theatre has said it will not be reopening as it is not economically viable to open to socially distanced audiences. (“The Tempest ” from The Globe is available on BBC iPlayer.)
SOUTH BANK CENTRE, London – CLOSED UNTIL AT LEAST APRIL 2021
Hayward Gallery and Royal Festival Hall and home to eight orchestras.
B. ARTS VIEWING
 
RYEDALE FESTIVAL ONLINE from 20th – 26th July
The Times newspaper describes the Ryedale Festival as “the jewel in Yorkshire’s cultural crown”. Superb musicians perform in beautiful Ryedale venues.
Click on or copy and paste into search bar:
https://ryedalefestival.com/ryestream/ and scroll down to Online Festival Events. Click on chosen event and then click on ‘play’ on video. To see details of the programmes click on ‘browse our Online Programme 2020 here’. NB: Remember to watch in full screen by clicking on icon bottom corner.
OR
GOOGLE: ‘Ryedale Festival YouTube’ and follow instructions above.
PROGRAMME: (NOTE:  each concert will be available on YouTube until 16th August)
Rachel Podger, Violin – Chapel of Castle Howard (Mon 20th 11 am)
Matthew Hunt, Clarinet with Tim Horton, Piano – Long Gallery of Castle Howard (Tues 21st July at 1 pm)
Anna Lapwood, Organ – St Michael’s Church, Coxswold (Wed 22nd at 11 am)
Abel Selaocoe, Cello – All Saints’ Church, Helmsley (Thur 23rd July at 6 pm)
Rowan Pierce, soprano with Christopher Glynn, piano – All Saints’ Church, Helmsley (Fri 24th at 9 pm)
Tamsin Waley-Cohen, violin with Christopher Glynn, piano – All Saints’ Church, Helmsley (Sat 25th at 3 pm)
Carducci Quartet and Streetwise Opera – Great Hall Castle Howard (Sun 26th July at 6 pm)
PALLANT HOUSE, Chichester
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“Eric Ravilious – Wood Engraving” (Lecture: 55 minutes)
NOTE: although without images, this lecture might interest anyone intending to visit Pallant House, when it opens on 5th August, to see the exhibitions: “Drawn to Nature: Gilbert White and the Artists” and “An Outbreak of Talent: Bawden, Marx, Ravilious and their Contemporaries”.
 
THE BRITISH MUSEUM, London
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The museum is still closed but the website offers various ways to visit its collections online. For example: The Ringlemere Cup (Bronze Age)  is one of the oldest treasures discovered in the UK. Celebrating Rembrandt : the museum holds one of the most important collections of Rembrandt prints and drawings in the world.
BBC FOUR: “The Golden Age of Liners: Timeshift”
(Mon 20th July at 8 pm) With Paul Atterbury, specialist in art, architecture, design and decorative arts from the 19th and 20th centuries.
BBC FOUR: “The Treasures of Ancient Rome”: 1/3
(Thurs 23rd July at 11 pm ). Another chance to see this three-part documentary with Alastair Sooke, art critic of The Daily Telegraph.
BBC FOUR: “Art Passion and Power – The Story of the Royal Collection” 
(Thurs 23rd July at midnight.) (Afterwards on BBC iPlayer.)
Another chance to see this four-part documentary with Andrew Graham-Dixon.
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
(NOTE: This will be the last play to be streamed from the National Theatre.)
then click on: ‘Watch …’ (yellow writing at top of screen on left)
OR
GOOGLE: ‘National Theatre at home’ and follow instructions above.
“Amadeus” (ends 7 pm Thurs 23rd July) Peter Shaffer’s life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillan. The Daily Telegraph ***** “a riveting psychodrama”
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET, Covent Garden
Click on or copy and paste into search bar: http://roh.org.uk/streaming
OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
“Romeo & Juliet” (ends Thurs 23rd July) Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan. With Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball
“The Sleeping Beauty” (Fri 24th July to Thurs  6th August) With Fumi Kaneko, Federico Bonelli
Gounod’s “Faust” (ends Thurs 30th July) David McVicar’s production set in Second Empire Paris. Michael Fabiano, Irwin Schrott.
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
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GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Rossini’s “The Barber of Seville” (ends 5 pm Sun 26th July) Captured live in 2016. With Danielle de Niese, Alessandro Corbelli and Björn Bürger.
Verdi’s “Falstaff”(5 pm Sun 26th July to 5 pm Sun 2nd August) Captured live in 2009. Richard Jones’s production updated to 1946. With Christopher Purves
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 19 ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 19
Monday July 20th – Rossini’s “Il Barbiere di Siviglia” (2014) Isabel Leonard, Lawrence Brownlee, Christopher Maltman
Tuesday July 21st – Wagner’s “Tannhäuser” (1982) Eva Marton, Tatiana Troyanos, Richard Cassilly
Wednesday July 22nd – Verdi’s “Macbeth” (2008) Maria Guleghina, Dimitri Pittas, Zeljko Lucic.
Thursday July 23rd – Gounod’s “Roméo et Juliette” (2007) Anna Netrebko, Roberto Alagna
Friday July 24th – Verdi’s “Falstaff” (1992)  Mirella Freni, Barbara Bonney, Marilyn Horne
Saturday July 25th – Strauss’s “der Rosenkavalier”(2010) Renée Fleming
Sunday July 26th – Puccini’s “la Fanciulla del West” (2018) Eva-Maria Westbroek, Jonas Kaufmann

 

WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 13TH JULY 2020
 
Arts-related news about reopening after the lockdown, followed by arts-related viewing available (free) on the I/Net and suggestions for television.
A. ARTS NEWS – LOCAL, LONDON, E.SUSSEX, CORNWALL
 
(a) LOCAL
REMINDER:
ST BARBE MUSEUM, Lymington : OPENED LAST WEEK
(Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 4 pm) Café and shop also open.
“Open Sesame”  (ends 30th August) Open Exhibition
Young people up to the age of seventeen submitted artworks 20 cm x 25 cm in any medium they liked: a collage, painting or textile.
NOTE. Private sessions for those who are shielding or vulnerable before and after these times. Telephone 01590 676969 for details.
SALISBURY CATHEDRAL : OPEN
(Open Mon to Sat 10.00 am to 4 pm. Sunday open for worship only.)
Pre-booked tickets online for worship and visits. One way system for visitors. Bell Tower Tea Rooms open. Refectory and shop closed.
“Celebrating 800 years of Spirit and Endeavour”  – Works by Grayson Perry, Henry Moore, Antony Gormley, Eduardo Paulozzi.
 
WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL – PHASED REOPENING

Click on (or copy and paste into search bar) Cathedral Re-opening – Winchester Cathedral

Email:  cathedral.office@winchester-cathedral.org.uk
(Open to visitors daily from 10 am to 4 pm. The Refectory is open for refreshments daily 10 am to 4 pm. Public worship on Sundays at 8 am and Wednesdays at 12 pm.)
NOTE: “Kings and Scribes – The Birth of a Nation”: This exhibition is not yet open. Website says: check back soon for re-opening dates.
ROMSEY ABBEY
Click (or copy and paste into search bar) https://www.romseyabbey.org.uk/
Public worship resumed 12th July.
Music in Romsey AbbeyLunchtime Recital Programmes : Suspended.
 
RUSSELL-COTES Art Gallery & Museum, Bournemouth : OPEN
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Pre-booked tickets only. Open Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday and Wednesday 10 am to 5 pm) Collection of arts and artefacts amassed on the world travels of Sir Merton and Lady Russell-Cotes.
MOTTISFONT HOUSE and GARDEN : GARDEN ONLY OPEN
(Open Mon-Sun 10 am to 5 pm)
Book in advance for visiting the garden. Some restrictions and one-way routes, including in the walled rose garden.
THE SALISBURY MUSEUM : REOPENING LATE JULY
In the early stages of planning. Current plan is to reopen  in late July.
MOMPESSON HOUSE, Salisbury : CLOSED
National Trust 18th century town house, Salisbury Close.
ARUNDELLS, Salisbury : CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
Prime Minister Edward Heath’s house in Salisbury Close.
SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY :  CLOSED
WILTON HOUSE, Wilton, Salisbury : CLOSED UNTIL EASTER 2021
Click on (or copy and paste into search bar)  https://www.wiltonhouse.co.uk/
Both the house and the grounds are closed until April 2021.
(b) LONDON
 
THE QUEEN’S GALLERY & THE ROYAL MEWS, London : REOPENING 23rd July 2020

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(Closed Tues and Wed. Open Thurs to Mon 11 am to 6.30 pm)
Timed pre-booked tickets only.
“George IV – Art and Spectacle” (until 1 November 2020)
(NOTE: also reopening 23rd July: Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh.)
V & A, London : CLOSED   
BRITISH MUSEUM, London : CLOSED
THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, London : CLOSED UNTIL 2023
NOTE: The NPG is closed until Spring 2023 for essential building works.
 
(c) EAST SUSSEX
 
GLYNDEBOURNE, Lewes – GARDEN EVENTS: SOLD OUT
Contact Box Office for returns. T: 01273 815000
Afternoon concerts (21st July to 9th August.) Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
Out door opera (12th to 28th August.)  Part 1 London Philharmonic Orchestra; Part 2 Offenbach “Mesdames de la Halle” one-act French farce.
(d) CORNWALL
 
MINACK THEATRE, Porthcurno
Click (or copy and paste into search bar) https://www.minack.com/whats-on
NB Pre-booking essential. All shows scheduled for the 2020 season have been cancelled but a few ‘one man’ shows being rescheduled.
B. ARTS VIEWING
 
THE NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY, London
“The BP Portrait Award 2020”
This year the Gallery received 1,981 entries from 69 countries. After digital and physical judging rounds, the final exhibition comprised 48 works, including the four prize winners. Images of each portrait with a commentary are on the website. A virtual tour of the exhibition is available.
WIGMORE HALL, London
GOOGLE: ‘Wigmore Hall YouTube’ and scroll down three rows to ‘Past Live Streams’
“Wigmore Hall’s lunchtime concert series”
(Still available to watch on YouTube)
Live recitals which ran throughout June (to an empty auditorium) featured artists including Alina Ibragimova, Angela Hewitt, Stephen Hough and Iestyn Davies. 
e. Fly through the Museum’s Sepulchral Chamber a
SOUTHAMPTON CITY ART GALLERY
Virtual tour available:
“John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape”
John Hitchens was born in Sussex in 1940.The landscape of the South Downs has remained a major influence on his work: painting, found-object installations, sculpture and photography.
BBC FOUR
“Being Beethoven” 2/3 (Monday 13th July 9-10 pm)
Three-part series, then available on iPlayer for over a year
BBC FOUR
“Nigel Kennedy at the BBC”  (Friday 17th July  7-8 pm)
A compilation of the violinist’s performances from the BBC archive.
BBC iPlayer
“Apples, Pears and Paint – How to make a still life painting” (89 minutes)
(Available until early August)
A history of still-life painting from the earliest mural paintings found at Pompeii to the cubist masterpieces of Picasso. Another chance to see this documentary first shown in 2014.
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
Click on: National Theatre at Home while we’re closed | National Theatre on YouTube and NT Collection then click on: ‘Watch …’ (yellow writing at top of screen on left)
OR
GOOGLE: ‘National Theatre at home’ and follow instructions above
 Lorraine Hansberry’s powerful work: colonialism in S. Africa from all sides
“The Deep Blue Sea”  (ends 7 pm Thurs 16th July) Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece with Helen McCrory. The Daily Telegraph ****
“Amadeus” (from 7 pm Thurs 16th July at 7 pm Thurs 23rd July) Peter Shaffer’s life of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Lucian Msamati and Adam Gillan. The Daily Telegraph ***** “a riveting psychodrama”.
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden
OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
“Romeo & Juliet” (ends Thurs 23rd July) Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan. Yasmine Naghdi, Matthew Ball
Puccini’s “La Bohème”  (ends Thurs 16th July): Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano
Gounod’s “Faust” (7 pm Friday 17th to 30th July) David McVicar’s production set in Second Empire Paris. Michael Fabiano, Irwin Schrott.
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE

Click on:  http://www.glyndebourne.com/openhouse/ and click on image

OR
GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Benjamin Britten’s “Billy Budd” (ends 5 pm Sunday 19th July) Captured live at Festival 2010.
The Telegraph ***** :  “stupendous production”. Financial Times ****
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 18 ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
WEEK 18
Monday July 13th Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut” (2016)
Tuesday July 14th Verdi’s “La Traviata” (1981) Cotrubus, Domingo
Wednesday July 15th Puccini’s “Turandot” (2009)
Thursday July 16th Berg’s “Wozzeck” (2020)
Friday July 17th Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” (2009)
Saturday July 18th Mozart’s “Le Nozze di Figaro” (2014)
Sunday July 19th Puccini’s “La Bohème” (1982) José Carreras
WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 6TH JULY 2020
 
Arts-related viewing available on the I/Net and television, beginning with news about art exhibitions reopening in London, as well as at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester and St Barbe in Lymington.
A. NEWS UPDATES
 
ST BARBE MUSEUM & Art Gallery, Lymington – REOPENING 7th July
(Tuesday to Saturday 10 am – 4 pm)
“Open Sesame”  (7th July to 30th August) Open Exhibition
Young people up to the age of seventeen were invited to submit an artwork 20 cm x 25 cm in any medium they liked: a collage, painting or textile.
Private sessions for those who are shielding or vulnerable before and after these times. Telephone 01590 676969 for details.
 
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London – REOPENING 8th July
Open daily 11 am to 4 pm, Friday until 9 pm. Advanced booking only. Pre-booked time slots. Face coverings recommended. NB To visit the gallery, a choice of three Routes : A. Some of the earliest works; B. Domestic interiors; C.  From Venice to the English countryside.
“Titian – Love, Desire, Death”  (ends 17th January 2021).  The Telegraph *****: “seven paintings: blazing masterpieces, phwoar factor.” 
THE BARBICAN, London – REOPENING 13th July 
The Art Gallery and the Conservatory will reopen. Restaurants, cafés, bars will remain closed. Pre-booked online tickets with timed entry slots.
“Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography” 
Mon- Fri 11 am to 7 pm, Sat-Sun 10 am to 7 pm (ends Sun 23rd August)
 
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London – REOPENING 16th July (9th July for Friends of the RA)
Thurs to Sun 11 am to 4 pm.  Closed Monday to Wednesday. Courtyard café open. Pre-booking, timed entry. Face coverings essential.
“Picasso and Paper” (ends 2nd August)
“Gaugin and the Impressionists” (7th August to 18th October)
“Summer Exhibition” (6th October to 3rd January 2021)
TATE BRITAIN, London – REOPENING 27th July
Timed entry tickets will be available to book soon as well as guidance about visits.
“Aubrey Beardsley” (ends 20th September)
 
TATE MODERN, London – REOPENING 27th July
Timed entry tickets will be available to book soon alongside guidance about visits.
“Andy Warhol” (ends 6th September)
PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY, Chichester – REOPENING 5th August
Pre-booked tickets on the phone (tel: 01243 774557) or online. Booking opens on Fri 25th July (on Mon 20th for Friends). Open Tues-Sat 10 am to 4 pm, Sun/Bank Hols 11 am to 4 pm. Last entry 3 pm.
“Drawn to Nature: Gilbert White and the Artists” (Wed 5th Aug – Sun 15th Nov 2020)
“An Outbreak of Talent: Bawden, Marx, Ravilious and their Contemporaries” (Wed 5th Aug – Sun 1st November 2020)
“A Life in Art: The Muriel Wilson Bequest”  (Wed 5th Aug – Sun 1st Nov 2020)
B. ARTS VIEWING:
 
TATE BRITAIN, London
“Aubrey Beardsley” (7:19 minutes)
Room by room virtual tour with the curator.
NATIONAL GALLERY, London
GOOGLE: ‘YouTube Caravaggio life and style National Gallery’
“Caravaggio: his life and style in three paintings” (30:50 minutes) Curator of Later Italian, Spanish and French 17th C paintings, Letizia Treves guides you through his tumultuous life.
REMINDER:
THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS, London
Two virtual tours still available:
“Picasso and Paper – Virtual exhibition tour” (39:21 minutes)
GOOGLE : ‘RA Leon Spilliaert Virtual tour Facebook’
“Léon Spilliaert – Virtual Tour” (22:30 minutes)
REMINDER:
LASCAUX CAVE, Dordogne Périgord (Highly recommended)
Explore these extraordinary Paleolithic wall paintings, estimated to be 20,000 years, old that cover the walls and ceilings of a complex of caves: Hall of the Bulls, The Bear, Red Cow Followed by Her Calf etc.
Click on MENU and click on:  ‘A visit to the cave’. As the tour begins, you will see white explanatory labels e.g. ‘The Unicorn Panel’. Click on the grey arrow to explore the panel; click on the eye symbol on each animal for a close up.  For more details, click again on MENU e.g. ‘The Parietal’ (term for art in caves) Art section explains raw materials, lighting used and techniques.
BBC FOUR
“Being Beethoven” New series 1/3 (Monday 6th July at 9 pm).
Three-part series to mark the 250th anniversary of  Ludwig van Beethoven’s death.
 
BBC FOUR
“Royal Opera House – the Reopening” (Friday 10th July at 7 pm)
A limited reopening at this stage. No audience.
BBC iPLAYER
“Talking Heads” by Alan Bennett
Twelve monologues available for eleven months.
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
Click on http://www.national.org.uk/nt-at-home, then click on: ‘Watch …’ (yellow writing at top of screen on left)
OR
GOOGLE: ‘National Theatre at home’ and follow instructions above
“Les Blancs” (Thurs 2nd July at 7 pm – Thurs 9th July at 7 pm)
 Lorraine Hansberry’s powerful work: colonialism in S. Africa from all sides
“The Deep Blue Sea”  (Thurs 9th July  at 7 pm – Thurs 16th July)
Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden
OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
“Woolf Works” (ends Thurs 9th July) Choreography by Wayne McGregor. Award-winning triptych based on the works of Virginia Woolf, created in
2015.
“Romeo & Juliet” (10th to 23rd July) Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan
Puccini’s “La Bohème”  (ends Thurs 16th July): Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
OR
GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
Strauss’s “der Rosenkavalier”  (ends Sun 12th July at 5 pm)
The Telegraph *** Easier on the ear than on the eye. WhatsOnStage*****
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams Metropolitan Opera’;  scroll down to UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 17 ; click on name of opera available for free that day. 

(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
Monday July 6th – Puccini’s “La Bohème” (2018) Yoncheva, Fabiano
Tuesday July 7th – Verdi’s “Il Trovatore” (1988) Marton, Pavarotti
Wednesday July 8th – Mozart’s “Così fan tutte” (2014)
Thursday July 9th – Zandonai’s Francesca da Rimini” (2013) Westbroek
Friday July 10th – Tchaikovsky’s Eugene Onegin” (2013) Netrebko
Saturday July 11th – Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly” (2019)
Sunday July 12th – Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” (1999)

 

WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 29TH JUNE 2020
 
Some encouraging signs that London museums and art galleries are planning to reopen, followed by arts viewing available on the I/Net and television.
News update !
THE WALLACE COLLECTION, London: REOPENING on 15th July
The museum has announced that it will reopen to the public on Wednesday 15th July.  (NOTE: 11 am to 3 pm. Tickets to be booked in advance.)
 
News update ! 
THE ROYAL ACADEMY, London:  
Not yet open but details of exhibitions have been announced:
“Léon Spilliaert”  will now continue to mid-September
“Gaugin and the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection” will open and run until mid October
“Summer Exhibition 2020”  has been rescheduled for the Autumn
News update !
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London
Not yet open but some details of future exhibitions have been announced. (NOTE: timings may alter while schedules are being re-planned)
“Titian: Love, Desire and Death” (extended date still to be announced)
“Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age” (extended date TBA)
“Sin: Conversations with God: Copernicus by Jan Matejko”  (2021)
“The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Raphael”  (rescheduled for  2022)
NB This exhibition is currently at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome: see below.
SCUDERIE DEL QUIRINALE, Rome
“Raffaello 500 : 1520-1483”   (12:56 minutes. English subtitles)
GOOGLE: ‘Walk through the Exhibit Raffaello YouTube’
Click on the icon in the bottom right corner to open to ‘Full Screen’

NOTE:  This exhibition is coming to London in 2022.

To mark the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death starting in 1520, working back in time to his youth: over 200 works from museums around the world. The exhibition reopened in June and will close on 30th August
BRITISH MUSEUM, London
“Germany: Memories of a Nation”  (26 minutes)
GOOGLE: ‘British Museum Germany Memories of a Nation YouTube’
Streaming a tour of the 2014 exhibition with the British Museum Director Neil MacGregor.
BBC FOUR (afterwards on BBC iPlayer)
“Art of Persia” 3/3 
(Monday 29th June at 9 pm).
Daily Telegraph *****5/5: “rare chance to gasp at Iran’s many splendours”
 
BBC iPlayer
“Looking for Rembrandt”
Three-part series first shown in April 2019.
BBC iPlayer
Benjamin Britten’sPeter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach” 
This landmark open-air production was filmed at the Aldeburgh 2013 Festival (available until 11 July)
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
Click on http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk/nt-at-home, click on: ‘Watch …’ (yellow writing at top of screen on left)
OR
GOOGLE: ‘National Theatre at Home’ – then follow instructions above.
“A Midsummer’s Night’s Dream” (until 2nd July). High-wire antics in an immersive, mould-breaking and role-reversal production, staged at the Bridge Theatre by Nicholas Hytner.
“Les Blancs” (2nd July at 7 pm until 9th July at 7pm) by Lorraine Hansberry: powerful work presenting colonialism in S. Africa from all sides
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden
OR
GOOGLE:  ‘ROH streaming’; click on ‘What’s On – Royal Opera House’; click on ‘Watch Now’
BALLET
“Woolf Works” (until 9th July) Wayne McGregor’s award-winning triptych based on the works of Virginia Woolf created in 2015.
OPERA
Mozart’s The Magic Flute (until 3rd July) Production by David McVicar
Puccini’s “La Bohème” (3rd to 16th July): Nicole Car, Michael Fabiano
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
OR
GOOGLE: ‘Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne’. Click on ‘On Screen’ and then on the appropriate image.
“Ravel Double Bill” : “L’heure espagnole” et “L’enfant et les sortilèges” (2012) (until Sunday July 5th at 5 pm)
(The Telegraph: Four stars **** “Polished”; Financial Times “Pure Magic”.)
GARSINGTON OPERA
http://www.garsingtonopera.org, scroll down, click on blue label ‘Watch…’
OR
GOOGLE: ‘The Turn of the Screw Garsington Opera’; scroll past two Ads.
Benjamin Britten’s “The Turn of the Screw”  (2019) (until December)
(The Times: Five stars *****, “hauntingly great show, brilliantly performed.”)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
GOOGLE: ‘Nightly Met Opera Streams’;  scroll down to ‘UPCOMING SCHEDULE WEEK 16’ ; click on name of opera available for free that day.(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm in New York and finish at 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference, so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day).
Monday June 29th – Donizetti’s “La Fille du Régiment” (2019) 
Tuesday June 30th  – Wagner’s Die Walküre” (1989) 
Wednesday July 1st – Shostakovich’s “The Nose” (2013) 
Thursday July 2nd – Bizet’s “Carmen” (2014) 
Friday July 3rd – Mozart’s “Don Giovanni” (2011) 
Saturday July 4th – Donizetti’s “Don Pasquale” (1979) 
Sunday July 5th – Rossini’s “La Donna del Lago” (2015)
WEEK COMMENCING MONDAY 22ND JUNE 2020
THE WALLACE COLLECTION, London
“Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company”
GOOGLE:  Wallace Collection Indian Painting YouTube. Click on 9:16 min video; scroll down to find PLAY FULL VIDEO
Curator William Dalrymple introduces the exhibition. There is also a room- by-room written description accompanied by images on the website.
BBC FOUR (afterwards on BBC iPlayer)
“Art of Persia” 2/3  (Monday 22nd June at 9 pm)
(Daily Telegraph ***** 5/5:“rare chance to gasp at Iran’s many splendours”)
The first part shown on Monday 15th June is now on iPlayer. A new three-part series filmed last year: Front Row’s Samira Ahmed goes to Iran to discover the origins of Persian culture, from calligraphy to architecture, in landscapes rarely seen by western visitors.

BBC iPlayer

“The High Art of the Low Countries” with Andrew Graham-Dixon

Another chance to watch this BBC4 three-part series.

CHALKE VALLEY HISTORY TRUST
1. Chalke Valley History Festival 22nd – 28th June 2020
Control and click on http://www.cvhf.org.uk
(Premieres nightly from 7.30 pm and then available thereafter.)
The festival has been cancelled but has been reorganized online in seven episodes with speakers, historians and materials from the archives.
2. “Salisbury Ancient and Modern” with Tom Holland (30 minutes)
GOOGLE Chalke valley history trust on Vimeo. Scroll down to Salisbury Ancient and Modern
To mark the 800th birthday of Salisbury Cathedral, the award-winning historian talks about the history of the area including its archaeological richness, going back thousands of years before Stonehenge.
 
THE GLOBE THEATRE
GOOGLE: Shakespeare’s Globe YouTube. Click on Video
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” (2013) with Michelle Terry (until 28th June)
NOTE: this is a far more ‘traditional’ production than the Nicholas Hytner one at the National Theatre (see below)
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
Click on: Watch…….(yellow writing at top of screen on left)
OR
GOOGLE: National Theatre at Home – then follow instructions above
“Small Island”  (until 25th June) Adapted from Andrea Levy’s award-winning novel  published in 2004 about the ‘Windrush’ generation.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream”  (from 7 pm on 25th June to 2nd July) High-wire antics in an immersive, mould-breaking and role-reversal production, staged at the Bridge Theatre by Nicholas Hytner 
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET
Ctrl + click on: On Screen – English National Ballet; click on What’s On and Scroll down to ON SCREEN
OR
GOOGLE English National Ballet YouTube Channel
 Manon” (from 24th to 26th June) Choreography by Kenneth MacMillan
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden
Cntrl + click on www.roh.org.uk/streaming  Scroll down, click on appropriate Watch Now label.
BALLET
“La Fille mal gardée/The Wayward Daughter” (until 26th June)
Choreography by Frederick Ashton. With Carlos Acosta and Marianela Núñez
“Woolf Works” (26th June to 9th July) Wayne McGregor’s award-winning triptych based on the works of Virginia Woolf
OPERA
Mozart Magic Flute (until 3rd July) David McVicar’s production
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
OR
GOOGLE: Glyndebourne Open House Glyndebourne. Click on On Screen and then on appropriate image
A different opera every Sunday at 5 pm, available for one week..
Handel’s “Rinaldo” (until Sunday 28th June 5 pm)
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
http://www.metopera.org and click on WATCH NOW on top image
OR
GOOGLE: Nightly Met Opera Streams – the Metropolitan Opera; avoid Ad for Opera North, click on second option and scroll down  to UPCOMING SCHEDULE  Week 15;  click on name of opera available for free that day
(NOTE: Performances are free online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm (NY) and finish 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference,so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day.)
Monday June 22nd – Verdi’s “La Traviata “(2017)
Tuesday June 23rd – John Adam’s “Doctor Atomic” (2008)
Wednesday June 24th – Saint Saëns’s “Samson et Dalila” (2018)
Thursday June 25th – Massenet’s “Manon” (2019)
Friday June 26th  – Donizetti’s “L’Elisir d’Amore” (1991)
Saturday June 27th – Massenet’s “Cendrillon” (2018)
Sunday June 28th – Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (2017)
Added on 15th June 2020 
 
NEWS UDATE! – THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London: Acquisition of first painting by Joaquín Sorolla 
The Drunkard, Zarauz (1910) by Joaquin Sorolla has been purchased for £325,000 with a legacy left by the architect David Medd. The acquisition follows the success of the gallery’s “Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light” exhibition in 2019, visited by more than 167,000 people.
NEWS UPDATE! – PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY, Chichester – Two exhibitions “on hold”
Pallant House is hoping to reopen “later in the year” with the current season of exhibitions that are “on hold” including: Barnett Freedman: “Designs for Modern Britain” and also “Drawn from Nature: Gilbert White and the Artists”– The natural world as seen through the eyes of Eric Ravilious, John Nash, John Piper and other artists
THE BRITISH MUSEUM, London
“Vikings Live”
OR
GOOGLE British Museum Vikings Live
(Scroll down to Premiers 27 May)
Virtual tour of the blockbuster 2014 exhibition “Vikings: life and legend”. Presenters Michael Wood and Bettany Hughes. Guests include the exhibition Curator and Neil MacGregor.
BBC FOUR (afterwards on BBC iPlayer)
“Art of Persia” 1/3
Monday 15th June at 9 pm
Three-part series filmed last year: Front Row’s Samira Ahmed goes to Iran to discover the origins of Persian culture, from calligraphy to architecture, in landscapes rarely seen by western visitors.
BBC FOUR (afterwards on BBC iPlayer)
Blood and Gold: The Making of Spain”
Another chance to see Simon Sebag Montefiore’s three-part documentary. Wednesdays at 10 pm then on BBC iPlayer.  Part 2 on 17th June.

BBC iPlayer – “British Painting 1910 to 1975”

Repeat of BBC4 three-part series with Art Historian James Fox (each part available for four weeks) 
 
NATIONAL THEATRE AT HOME
The NT continues to stream online for free on Thursdays at 7 pm and then available for seven days.
“The Madness of George III” starring Mark Gatiss (until 18 June)
“Small Island” adapted from Andrea Levy’s Windrush novel (18-25 June)
YOUTUBE – Dance
“Le Cygne” (The Swan)
GOOGLE: Swans for Relief YouTube
6-minute film: 32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform Le Cygne variations sequentially; music by Saint-Saens, performed by cellist Wade Davis. (In support of Swans for Relief.)
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET
Control + click to follow link:  http://www.ballet.org.uk/onscreen
OR
GOOGLE English National Ballet YouTube Channel
Kenneth McMillan’s “Song of the Earth” (from 17th June for two weeks)
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET Covent Garden
Control + click to follow link http://www.roh.org.uk/streaming
OR
GOOGLE: Live streaming from Covent Garden
“Live from Covent Garden” (until 3 July)
First live performance since closing on 17th March. An empty auditorium. A celebration of ballet and opera.
BALLET
La Fille mal gardée/The Wayward Daughter”  choreography by Frederick Ashton. With Carlos Acosta and Marianela Núñez (until 26 June)
OPERA
Puccini’s “Il Trittico” (until 19th June)
Mozart Magic Flute (19th June-3rd July)
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
14th to 21st June – Samuel Barber’s “Vanessa”
 
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE, New York
GOOGLE: nightly met opera streams Week 14
Scroll down to WEEK 14 (and click on title of chosen opera)
Performances start at 7.30 pm (New York) and are available for 23 hours
Monday June 15th – Rossini’s “Armida” with Renée Fleming (2010)
Tuesday June 16th – Rossini’s “Semiramide” (2018)
Wednesday June 17th – Gluck’s “Iphigénie en Tauride” with Placido Domingo (2011)
Thursday June 18th – “Verdi’s “La Forza del Destino” with Leontyne Price (1984)
Friday June 19th – Philip Glass’s “Akhnaten” (2019)
Saturday June 20th – Philip Glass’s “Satyagraha” (2011)
Sunday June 21st – Verdi’s “La Traviata” Sonya Yoncheva, Michael Fabiano, Thomas Hampson (2017)

 

Suggestions added on 9th June 2020
 
 
THE NATIONAL GALLERY, London – NEWS UPDATE !
“TITIAN: Love, Desire, Death” –  Extended:   new closing date to be announced in due course.

(This was one of several exhibitions which had to close when lockdown was announced.) For the first time in over four centuries, the exhibition reunites all six paintings from Boston, Madrid and London in the Classical myths Metamorphoses series.

THE STAY AT HOME MUSEUM – (Still available and highly recommended)
Four excellent virtual tours of exhibitions lasting 25 minutes each available on YouTube.
GOOGLE: The Stay At Home Museum
1. JAN VAN EYCK (Episode 1)
2. BRUEGEL (Episode 2)
3. RUBENS (Episode 3)
4. ENSOR (Episode 4)
 
VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM, London
Cntrl + click to follow the link  http://www.vam.ac.uk/blog/pandemics-objects
OR
GOOGLE: V & A
Scroll down to:
Pandemic Objects” and click on Read More to learn about objects that have taken on a new meaning during the Covid-19 pandemic.
 
ART UK 
Control + click to follow the link http://www.artuk.org
OR
GOOGLE: Art UK
The Art UK website is the online home for every public art collection in the UK. Featuring 250,000 artworks.  It is well worth exploring.
One suggestion:
The Art of Hairdressing – a curation of twelve art works (e.g. Edgar Degas La Coiffure/Combing the hair) that capture the art of hairdressing at a moment when a visit to the hairdresser is uppermost in people’s minds…!
OR
GOOGLE: Art UK, click on Art UK/Home
Scroll down to CURATION “The Art of Hairdressing”.
NOTE: Click on each painting to enlarge
REMINDER – STILL AVAILABLE ON BBC iPlayer
The four-part series ‘Museums in Quarantine’ (available for several months):

1.1   Andy Warhol Exhibition at Tate Modern (four months)

1.2   Young Rembrandt at The Ashmolean (four months)

1.3   The Tate, London (ten months)

1.4  The British Museum (four months)
NATIONAL THEATRE, London
Control + click to follow link: http://www.nationaltheatre.org.uk
OR
GOOGLE: National Theatre at home while we’re closed.
At the top, click on (yellow) writing e.g. Watch Coriolanus on YouTube for free
The National Theatre continues its weekly streaming every Thursday, available for 7 days
Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus”, searing political revenge tragedy, Tom Hiddleston (until 11 June at 7pm)
Alan Bennett’s “The Madness of George III” with Mark Gatiss (11 June at 7pm  –  18 June 7pm)
 
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET, Covent Garden
Control + click to follow link: http://www.roh.org.uk/streaming
OR
GOOGLE: Streaming ROH, scroll down and click on red label Watch Now
BALLET
“Romeo & Juliet Beyond Words” (5-21 June) Choreography Kenneth MacMillan, music by Prokofiev, A gripping film version.
Men at the Barre (9-25 June)
“La Fille mal gardée”/”The Wayward Daughter”  (12-26 June) Choreography Frederick Ashton with Marianela Nunez & Carlos Acosta
Live from Covent Garden (Saturday 13 June)
OPERA
Puccini “Il Trittico” (5-19 June)
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
Cntrl + click to follow the link http://www.glyndebourne.com/event
OR
GOOGLE: Glyndebourne Open House
Mozart’s “Così fan Tutte” (7-14 June)
 
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
Cntrl + click on http://www.metopera.org
OR
GOOGLE: nightly met opera streams
Scroll down to WEEK 13 (and click on title of chosen opera)
NOTE: performances start at 7.00 pm (New York) and are available for 23 hours
Time difference is four hours, so performances start at 11.00 pm (UK) and are available here util 10.00 pm next day 
Monday 8th June – Mozart’s “La Clemenza di Tito” (2012)
Tuesday 9th June – Tchaikovsky’s “Iolanta” and Bartok’s “Bluebeard’s Castle” (2015)
Wednesday 10th June – Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel” (2008)
Thursday 11th June – John Corigialano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles”(1992)
Friday 12th June and Saturday 13th June“At Home Gala”: 40 artists perform from their homes. (25 April 2020)
Sunday 14th June – Handel’s “Rodelinda” (2011)
Added on 2nd June 2020
PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY, Chichester
Listen to:
“Gilman’s influences: van Gogh, Gaugin and Cézanne”
Harold Gilman (1876 – 1919) was a British painter of interiors, portraits and landscapes and instigator of the ‘Camden Town Group’. Illustrations of his work on the website.
“Ivon Hitchens: Space Through Colour”
Painter of landscapes (1893 – 1979) and part of the ‘London Group’ of artists. Illustrations of his work on the website.
DUTCH NATIONAL BALLET
(Free)
“Mata Hari” (until 6th June)
“Grimm” (from 7 pm on 6th June for one week)
GLYNDEBOURNE OPERA OPEN HOUSE
(Free)
Mozart’s “Don Giovanni”  (until 5 pm on 7th June)
Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte” (from 7th to 14th June)
 
THE METROPOLITAN OPERA, New York
(Free)
Google: Nightly Met Opera Streams – the Metropolitan Opera
Scroll down to ‘UPCOMING SCHEDULE – Week 12’
(NOTE: Performances are online for 23 HOURS. They begin at 7.30 pm (NY) and finish 6.30 pm (NY) the next day. There is a FOUR HOUR time difference,so performances begin at 11.30 pm in the UK and continue until 10.30 pm in the UK the next day. hours.)
June 1st – Bellini’s I Puritani (2007)
June 2nd – Berg’s Lulu (2015)
June 3rd – Gluck’s Orfeo ed Eurdice (2009)
June 4th – Puccini’s Tosca (1978)
June 5th – Thomas Adès The Exterminating Angel (2017)
June 6th – Verdi’s Otello (2015)
June 7th –  Massenet’s Thais (2008)
ADDED 28th May 2020
 
THE MUSEUM OF IMPRESSIONISM: 
GALAXIE DES IMPRESSIONISMES (in English)
Explore the works of over seventy artists from the Impressionist Movement (including in museums in the USA). These are organized under headings e.g. “Spanish Revival”, “Japanese Inspirations”, “The Soul of Scandinavia”,”The Nabis”, “Colour Unleashed” etc.
The website has been organized as a moving ‘Galaxy’. Click on START.  Click on TUTORIAL to see how to navigate by clicking on either the large ‘planets’ or the large ‘white diamonds’. (NB Click on each to enlarge.)
e.g. To explore Actually Impressionist“:  click on the appropriate large, white diamond in the Galaxy and click on SEE STORY.  (NB Click on the partial pictures on the edges to enlarge and click on small white arrow to see all the pictures on the page.) Then press NEXT – you may need to ‘drag’ the screen up in order to find this button at the bottom of the screen -to see Edouard Manet, then NEXT to see Edgar Degas and then BACK TO GALAXY and start again.
LASCAUX CAVE, Dordogne Périgord (Highly recommended!)
Explore these extraordinary Paleolithic wall paintings, estimated to be 20,000 years, old that cover the walls and ceilings of a complex of caves: Hall of the Bulls, The Bear, Red Cow Followed by Her Calf etc.
Click on MENU and click on:  A visit to the cave. As the tour begins, you will see white explanatory labels e.g. The Unicorn Panel: click on the grey arrow to explore the panel; click on the ‘eye’ symbol on each animal for a close up.  For more details, click again on MENU e.g. The Parietal (term for art in caves) Art section explains raw materials, lighting used and techniques.
Added 22 May 2020
THE ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST
Exhibition: “Painting Paradise – The Art of the Garden.” Explore online
Google: The Royal Collection Trust Painting Paradise
ADDED 21ST MAY 2020
 
BRITISH MUSEUM 2013 Exhibition: Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum
 
Google: Pompeii Live from The British Museum YouTube
90-minute broadcast exhibition now available on YouTube. Presented by Bettany Hughes and Peter Snow;  includes interviews with Mary Beard.
ADDED 19 MAY 2020
THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE/ROYAL BALLET
Scroll down and click on red arrow
OPERA
Verdi’s “La Traviata”  2009 with Renee Fleming, Joseph Calleja and Thomas Hampson(until 8th June)
Massenet’s “Cendrillon”  2011 with Joyce DiDonato (22nd May at 7 pm until 4th June)
Puccini “Il Trittico”  2012 (from 5th June at 7 pm)
Mozart’s “Magic Flute”  2017 (from 19th June at 7 pm)
BALLET
“The Cellist”  2020: choreography Cathy Marston (from 29th May at 7 pm)
“La Fille mal gardée” 2005:  choreography Frederick Ashton (from 12th June at 7 pm)

Discover Manet’s portraiture

Each week we’re closed, we’re coming straight to your inbox with a dose of art, inspiration and escapism.

This week, we take you behind the scenes of our exhibition, Manet – Portraying Life. Back in 2013, our Main Galleries were filled with the paintings of this enigmatic — and sometimes controversial — artist.

Manet’s portraits of friends, family and famous figures of the day give us a glimpse into 19th century Paris.

Discover more and find out what it takes to put on an exhibition like this, in this feature length film courtesy of Exhibition on Screen.

Test your knowledge

Quiz: great women artists

Katy Hessel of @thegreatwomenartists took over our Instagram last weekend for an art-inspired quiz. In case you missed it, we’ve put it on the blog too.

Perfect for your next pub quiz zoom?

Hear from the artists

Artists in Isolation: John Maine RA

John Maine talks us through the process of making a huge, stone sculpture for Salisbury town centre – and what happened when lockdown was announced in the middle of its construction.

In case you missed it

A virtual visit to Monet’s garden

Sit back and be transported to the water lilies of Giverny in this feature length documentary courtesy ofExhibition on Screen.

For a shorter trip, join curator Ann Dumas as she visited other Impressionist gardens here.

FROM 14th May 2020
 
  • A. ROYAL ACADEMY:
The website offers: Picasso from home – watch the tour
“Picasso and Paper Exhibition” – virtual tour (40 minutes)
  • C. THE ROYAL COLLECTION:
The Throne Room, The Grand Staircase and The White Drawing Room
  • D. NATIONAL THEATRE
Website offers: Click here to watch….
Every Thursday a different production (available for one week)
  • E.  ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
The website offers a different opera on alternate weeks starting every other Friday at 7 pm (available for three or four weeks)
  • F. ROYAL BALLET
The website offers a different ballet on alternate weeks starting every other Friday at 7 pm.
“The Winter’s Tale” (available from 1st May)
 
BBC 4 – AVAILABLE ON IPLAYER (NB for one month)
“The Beauty of Books”  1. Ancient Bibles 2. Medieval Masterpieces 3. Illustrated Wonderlands 4. Paperback Writer
  • The National Portrait Gallery

Explore the Collection on Line

Short Listed Artists Announced – BP Portrait Award
Virtual Gallery Rooms
  • Two documentaries on Johannes Vermeer, both on YouTube.
YOUTUBE
Google: Vermeer Master of Light Complete Documentary
Google: Johannes Vermeer Light Love and Silence Documentary
MORE SUGGESTIONS: 
 
Virtual Gallery: Prints and Drawings
Virtual Gallery: Oceania
Virtual tour: Renaissance masterpieces
Virtual reality tour of the Sainsbury Wing
 
‘This House’ by James Graham
(Streaming from 7 pm Thursday 28th May until 4th June)
A moving and funny insight into 1970s British politics
 

 

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