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13 April 2013

EXHIBITION: BUENOS AIRES

Histórias at the Margins: Adriana Varejão

Buenos Aires’ MALBA (Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires) hosts Histórias at the Margins – the first ever exhibition of contemporary Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão in Argentina. Featuring a wide selection of ceramic works and colonial iconography from China to Brazil, the show is blurring the boundaries between painting and sculpture. Taking inspiration from the Baroque and full of ornamentation, drama and exuberance, Varejão’s 40 works on display play with religion-inspired themes and abstract cubism alongside traditional Portuguese azulejos (ceramic tiles).

MALBA, Fundación Costantini, Avenida Figueroa Alcorta 3415. Open 12:00-20:00 Saturday and Sunday. Until 10 June.
Image courtesy Malba - Fundación Costantini. Photo: Jorge Miño

EXHIBITION: LONDON

Boyd and Evans Paintings: A 40-year survey

Saturday is your last chance to enjoy the work of British husband-and-wife collaborators Fionnuala Boyd and Les Evans at the Flowers Gallery in east London. Having worked together since 1968 (and exhibited together at the gallery’s previous premises in 1972), the couple’s large-format painted landscapes of the UK and vast expanses of the American Southwest are more representational than realistic – often including solitary figures facing away from the painter. Featuring work from the 1970s to the present day the collection also includes the couple’s forays in photography, stenciling and spray-painted acrylics.

Flowers Gallery, 82 Kingsland Road. Open Saturday 10.00-18.00.
flowersgallery.com

ART: AMSTERDAM

Rijksmuseum

Reopening this Saturday after a 10-year hiatus, the Netherlands’ national museum this weekend unveils its new-look interior to an expectant public. Re-roofed by Spanish architects Cruz and Ortiz and rebranded by Dutch graphic designer Irma Boom, it chronologically curates 800 years of art through 8,000 objects over its 80 galleries. Painstakingly chosen from the museum’s collection, this weekend includes Rembrandt’s “The Night Watch” (the only picture that survived the overhaul and will return to its original position) and Jan Asselijn’s “The Threatened Swan”. For more check out April’s edition of Monocle.

Rijksmuseum, Museumstraat 1. Open daily 09.00-18.00; Saturday 11.30-18.00.
rijksmuseum.nlPhotographer: Tina Hillier

EVENT: PALM SPRINGS

Desert Gold at Ace Hotel

Throughout this year’s two Coachella weekends kicking off on Saturday, Ace Hotel & Swim Club in sunny Palm Springs, California are hosting the fifth annual Desert Gold, an opportunity for festival goers to take a break from the crowds and relax poolside. Jack White’s record label Third Man Records will be onsite hosting live recorded music sessions, complete with a mobile analogue-recording studio to capture the sounds for later release. Any good pool party should have some toys too, so composer and designer (and legendary Devo frontman) Mark Mothersbaugh will be on hand to create custom-designed pool toys for the weekend. All events are free and open to anyone old enough to hold a cocktail.

Ace Hotel and Swim Club, 701 E ast Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs. For a full schedule of the events see website.
acehotel.com/desertgold

MUSIC: GLOBAL

The Knife: Shaking the Habitual

Stockholm and perhaps the world’s sharpest electronic duo return after a break of seven years since 2006’s Silent Shout pushed their accessible take on leftfield electronica into the mainstream. On Shaking the Habitual, siblings Karin Dreijer Andersson and Olof Dreijer return with more icily percussive, synth-laden pop but are insisting on going a little weirder still. Centrepiece of the album is a 19-minute ambient drone which probably won't be troubling many singles charts. But there’s also plenty of shorter, punchier experiments on the outskirts of pop to get lost in too, such as “Stay Out Here”, at a breezy 10 minutes 42 seconds.

Shaking the Habitual is available to buy now.
theknife.net

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