Weekend agenda, 2/3 June - Monocolumn | Monocle


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2 June 2012

This weekend’s highlights include the DVD release of Lena Dunham’s indie flick Tiny Furniture, a retrospective of pop art from Tom Wesselman and the ever-entertaining Primavera Sound music festival in Barcelona.


—Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary

This weekend South Kensington’s stately Victoria and Albert Museum plays host to the first dedicated exhibition of innovative architect-cum-designer Thomas Heatherwick. His design studio, founded in 1994 is responsible for some of contemporary architecture’s most innovative and iconic public sculptures and monuments. Visitors will be invited to share Heatherwick’s vision of uniting sculpture, art, architecture and design within a single discipline and celebrate a career that has ranged from rethinking London Buses to his breathtaking Seed Cathedral at Shanghai’s 2010 Expo.

The V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road. Open 10.00-17.45 daily, 10.00-22.00 on Fridays. Until 30 September


—Tiny Furniture

Out this week on DVD is Lena Dunham’s semi-autobiographical indie pic Tiny Furniture. It premiered in 2010 at the South by Southwest film festival and scooped the best narrative feature award, in spite of being filmed in her own home. Quirky, funny and at times a bit too up-close-and-personal (Dunham spends plenty of time in her underwear talking about love and the purpose of life with her mother), the film is all about the confusions, humiliations and disillusions of post-University life. We’ve all been there.

Tiny Furniture is available on DVD around the UK


—Beyond Pop Art: Tom Wesselman

Montréal’s Museum of Fine Arts is currently hosting the first major retrospective of works by pop art legend Tom Wesselman. Brilliantly presented in a chronological perspective, the exhibit follows the Wesselman’s career from his early collages to the iconic “Sunset Nudes” for which he is best remembered. There are also a number of preparatory drawings on show, in addition to the full range of paintings. An added bonus is a presentation of Wesselman’s largely unknown country-style songs.

Montréal Museum of Fine Arts, 1379-1380 Sherbrooke Street West. Open 11.00-17.00 Tuesday to Friday, 10.00-17.00 Saturday and Sunda, closed on Monday. Until 7 October


—The Vulpine Cycling Fete

If you are an avid cyclist, check out The Vulpine Cycling Fete on this bank holiday weekend. The event is hosted by Vulpine, the fashion brand for urban cyclists, and will take place on Monday at The Balham Bowls. The festivities include a charity auction of a Vulpine stainless steel bike, designed by Richard Feather.

7-9 Ramsden Road. Open Monday, 16.00-23.00. 4 June


—Primavera Sound at Parc del Fòrum

Spain’s most eclectic yet consistently brilliant festival returns this year, with an array of musical names ranging from the scrappy garage rock of LA’s Bleached to the highly accomplished (yet still pretty scrappy) main headliners the Cure. The festival has been rumbling along by the sea since Wednesday at Barcelona’s Parc del Fòrum leisure site, but continues Saturday and Sunday with performances from Washed Out, Saint Etienne and Beach House, to name just a few. And if you find the bursting lineup too much, the city setting means Barcelona’s culture and relaxing walkways are only a short cab ride away.

Parc del Fòrum, Plaça de Llevant. Until 3 June


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