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28 January 2012

This weekend’s highlights include an outdoor exhibition in São Paulo, a Dutch design special in Eindhoven and a re-release of a Hollywood classic.


—URBE – Mostra de Arte Pública

This weekend the Vale do Anhagabaú neighborhood of São Paulo hosts the URBE public art exhibit which showcases site-specific works by five different artists from Brazil, Argentina and Germany. Three installations, one video mapping work and one interactive video projection are spread throughout the city’s centre, in front of buildings such as the Banco do Brasil Cultural Centre and using the city’s landscape as a stage.

Throughout Vale do Anhagabaú, São Paulo. Until 29 January


—Rolling Thunder, dir: John Flynn

This 1977 film noir, a classic among revenge dramas is now being released on DVD. Based on Paul Schrader’s screenplay (most notably known for his scripts for Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Raging Bull), the plot follows Major Charles Rane (William Devane) on his quest for revenge on his return to San Antonio after eight years spent in a prisoner-of-war camp. The special edition DVD includes audio commentaries and new interviews with the cast.

Rolling Thunder is now out on dvd and blu-ray


—Connecting Concepts

Curator Ed van Hinte has taken the mammoth task of lifting the veil on what makes Dutch design special with this exhibition that arrives in its home country after touring cities in India, Turkey and China. Connecting Concepts lays bare the processes that create the objects that make Dutch design so special throughout the world.

Stadhuisplein 3, 5611 EM Eindhoven. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11.00-18.00. Until 20 May


—Leonard Cohen, Old Ideas

Some songwriters need no introduction, but let’s introduce Leonard Cohen anyway. The 77-year-old musical maestro of Montreal and general living legend, releases his 12th album of a 40-year career on Monday. Often miscast as a miserablist, Old Ideas continues and deepens Cohen’s embrace of rye, black humour that ducks the cynicism of his many imitators. It’s a relaxing listen, yet one that demands your attention on every word. He might be getting slower, but seems to get smarter with age.

Old Ideas is released on Monday


—The Universe of Finn Juhl

The Danish Embassy in Tokyo is celebrating Finn Juhl, who would have been 100 years old on Monday, by showcasing some of his iconic furniture designs. The legitimacy of Juhl’s legacy can be seen in his client base ranging from General Electric to the United Nations. The exhibition comprises of 25 pieces and is the first of many celebrations of Juhl’s work that his centenary year will see.

Shinjuku Park Tower 1F, 3-7-1 Nishi Shinjuku, Tokyo. Open daily from 10.30 – 19.00. Until 12 February


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