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20 April 2013

FILM FESTIVAL: LISBON

IndieLisboa ’13

Having opened earlier this week, IndieLisboa has taken over the Portuguese capital for 10 days, screening 245 international films spanning from fiction and documentary to animation. Highlights include Lucien Castaing-Taylor and Véréna Paravel’s documentary Leviathan that follows a fishing boat’s battles with the elements on the east coast of the US, and also a homage to late Irish visual artist and filmmaker Patrick Jolley. On Sunday, we recommend heading to Cinema São Jorge to see Forbidden Room, Portuguese filmmakers Emanuel Nevado and Ricardo Almeida’s stop-motion animation version of the macabre traditional folktale Bluebeard.

Screenings take place at venues throughout Lisbon, see website for details. Until 28 April.
indielisboa.com

EXHIBITION: LONDON

Gert & Uwe Tobias

This weekend, the Whitechapel Gallery in east London is exhibiting the works of Romanian artists Gert and Uwe Tobias. Having collaborated since 2001, the twins – now based in Germany – are showcasing 37 pieces created since 2008. Their works are a childlike and playful take on dark and violent influences ranging from eastern European folktales such as Dracula to simply growing up under Communist rule. The floral motifs of their colourful, modernist paintings will be complemented by sculptures, woodcut patterns and eight ceramic pieces all characteristic of the brothers’ abstract style.

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street. Open Tuesday to Sunday 11.00-18.00, Thursdays 11.00 to 21.00. Until 14 June.
whitechapelgallery.org

ART FAIR: BRUSSELS

Art Brussels 2013

This year’s 31st edition of Art Brussels brings works from 182 contemporary art galleries from around the world to the Brussels Expo centre in the Belgian capital. Check out the latest from Turkey and Japan at galleries Nev Istanbul and Kyoto’s Super Window Project respectively, while Dubai-based Gallery Isabelle van den Eynde represents the brightest new talent from the UAE. Also attending to deliver talks on the contemporary art market are Hans Ulrich Obrist from Serpentine Gallery in London and Sabrina van der Ley of Oslo’s National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design.

Brussels Expo (Heysel) Halls 1 and 3, 1 Place de Belgique. Open Saturday and Sunday 12.00-19.00. Until 21 April.
artbrussels.be

SHOP: HONG KONG

Circa pop-up

London-based furniture dealers Circa bring an array of vintage pieces from the 1950s to the 1970s by the likes of designers Willy Rizzo, Romeo Rega and Maison Charles to Hong Kong’s laidback Sheung Wan neighbourhood this weekend. The week-long pop-up boutique at the The Space, a former meatpacking warehouse that now uses its roomy white interiors to host gallerists and entrepreneurs, features home accessories and lighting sourced from locations such as the US, Germany and Italy. Italian designer Rizzo once took commissions from the likes of Savador Dalí and Brigitte Bardot, so your second-hand coffee table is probably touched, not stained, by greatness.

Circa Hong Kong Pop-Up, The Space, 210 Hollywood Road, Sheung Wan. Open 11.00-19.00. Until 21 April.
circabattersea.com

MUSIC: GLOBAL

Thee Oh Sees: Floating Coffin

San Francisco’s psychedelic garage-rock quartet Thee Oh Sees grew from the wistful, one-man bedroom-folk musings of head “Oh See”, John Dwyer. The band have now evolved into one of the most prolific (and loud) rock’n’roll bands on the planet. But Floating Coffin, their fourth album in two years, retains a little of each of these two sides with frenetic, 1960s-indebted guitars scrawling around the soft, intensely melodic and intertwined vocals from Dwyer and co-vocalist Brigid Dawson. The sound is messy, chaotic fun that rarely pauses for a second thought – which is good news, as that’s how good thoughts get lost.

Floating Coffin is available to buy now.
theeohsees.com

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