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Thank God it’s Friday
Posted on September 25, 2015
Downton Abbey goes Broadway
My cultural picks for the 4th quarter of the year
Back from the 4th edition of our Touring Exhibitions Meeting in Istanbul, I went to our local market, where farmers from the region sell the fruits of the field on Saturdays. Cruising the market gave me that cosy early autumn feeling, when here in Europe (and a bit later in America) we will soon celebrate Thanksgiving for the blessing of the harvest. I’m sure that people all over the world enjoy similar celebrations to say “Thank You” for what Mother Nature is offering us. I wrote this pastoral introduction because I needed a bridge to say: The 4th quarter of 2015 is stuffed with cultural highlights like a stuffed Thanksgiving turkey. It brings us just about everything: Drama, beauty, love, action, childhood memories. You’ll love this quarter, and here’s my must-see list for it:
“The importance of exhibitions in cities” was the motto of our Touring Exhibitions Meeting, and this October 2015 is a feast for exhibition lovers. Let’s start in Leipzig where Yadegar Asisi opens his new monumental 360° painting Great Barrier Reef on 3rd October. From Leipzig it’s off to London, where Dressed by Angels opens just a day earlier at the Old Truman Brewery; inside, film fans can take a close look at famous costumes from Indiana Jones to Maleficent. This show marks the 175th anniversary of London costumiers Angels, founded by Daniel Angel as a second-hand clothing shop in 1840.
Costumes worn in the James Bond movies will be on display as well, while the likenesses of all six Bond actors – Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig – will appear for the very first time at Madame Tussauds in London (from 17th October). I’m sure that Mr. Bond will pay a visit to Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age (since 18th September) at London’s Science Museum, a show that “will reveal the most significant collection of Russian spacecraft and artefacts ever to be shown in the UK,” as the press release says.
These October exhibitions will set the stage for Spectre, the highly anticipated James Bond no. 24. Can’t wait? “There is no doubt that James Bond will always be synonymous with ‘shaken not stirred,’ but he is a man of the world, so it’s not surprising that a contemporary Bond might enjoy a Heineken beer occasionally,” a spokesperson of the brewery told the Guardian on Monday this week, introducing a highly entertaining commercial. Watch it here:
And Sam Smith‘s Spectre theme song Writing’s on the Wall came out today!
Listen to the theme song on Spotify
The final season of Downton Abbey started last Sunday in the UK. We at SC Exhibitions have an emotional attachment to “everything Downton,” because Highclere Castle, the location of the British TV series, is home of the Carnarvon dynasty, the family who financed the search and excavation for King Tut’s tomb.
The mastermind behind Downton Abbey is Julian Fellowes. He goes Broadway this winter with his book for Andrew Lloyd Webber’s School of Rock. This brand new musical opens 9th November at the Winter Garden Theatre. I admire Mr. Fellowes’ work; one day I hope we can make an exhibition with him as curator – I believe that he can tell stories not only for film, TV and the musical stage, but also for exhibitions. Opposite the Winter Garden Theatre is the funny, friendly and speedy citizenM hotel, my “home” in New York.
Maybe I’ll be lucky and my path will cross with Julian Fellowes on my way from the hotel to Fifth Avenue? Chances are given, since I will walk this way quite often in the coming weeks. Why? Our exhibition The Discovery of King Tut opens 21st November at Premier Exhibitions at 5th Avenue. This feels just great – we’ve had 6 million visitors across the globe in cities from Paris to Seoul, it’s about time that we brought our project to New York.
On 8th and 9th December, we will make our way to London for Remix London. SC Exhibitions is again a proud sponsor of this friendly and enlightening conference.
A long time ago in small town far, far away lived a little school boy. On the rare occasions when TV aired one of the three original Star Wars films, the little boy envisioned himself as Darth Vader, imitating the dark lord’s signature breathing for days. My teachers, my fellow school mates, my sisters and my parents were always annoyed, but it didn’t stop me from continuing to make the famous noises that Lucasfilm’s attorneys describe as “rhythmic mechanical human breathing created by breathing through a scuba tank regulator” in their description of this soundmark(!)
The Force Awakens in theatres on December 17th and 18th (depending on where you live). For us, the release of the 7th chapter of Star Wars will be especially exciting, since, on the day of the movie’s release, we have the honour and pleasure of being the local host of the exhibition Star Wars Identities at one of Europe’s most prestigious design museums, the MAK in Vienna.
Is it a coincidence that we at SC Exhibitions liaise this winter with the world’s two most famous masks: the golden one of King Tut in New York, and the black one of Lord Vader in Vienna?
Next FRIDAY will appear on 9th October.
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