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25 May 2013


Festival des Métiers at the Saatchi Gallery

If you’re in London this weekend, stop by the Saatchi gallery for the Hermès Festival des Métiers interactive exhibition, which is providing a rare glimpse into the fine craftsmanship of the French house’s luxury products. Visitors have the opportunity to meet Hermès’ in-house artisans in an atelier-like setting and watch them work on new pieces. You can watch the craftsmen construct handbags, piece together fine jewellery and watches – and, of course, get a glimpse into the printing of that Hermès silk scarf.

Duke Of York's HQ, King's Rd. Open Saturday and Sunday 10.00-18.00. Until 27 May.


‘Something in the Air’ by Olivier Assayas

French director Olivier Assayas has produced some of his country’s most diverse and intellectually unpredictable cinema of the past few decades. His new semi-autobiographical offering, Something in the Air, debuts in the UK this weekend and follows the life of 16-year-old budding activist and high-school student Gilles during Paris’s revolutionary turmoil of the 1970s. Evocative and poignantly filmed, Something in the Air explores the emotional coming of age of a group of youths swept up in the cultural and political chaos of their time, all just trying to figure out what comes next.

‘Something in the Air’ is out at selected cinemas around Europe.


David Lieske at CAPC musée d'art Contemporain

Berlin-based artist David Lieske, founder of the Mathew gallery and record label Dial, has openly admitted his decision to stop creating art. Instead he has decided to become an art dealer, exploring the conditions of art’s presentation, production and distribution. As a result, Bordeaux’s CAPC exhibit Platitude Normale displays re-edits of Lieske’s previous creations, emphasising the highly speculative nature of exhibited artworks. One of his most striking pieces is mirrored self-portrait “Every Work of Art is the Fatal Enemy of Each Other Work of Art”, a vocal statement of Lieske’s self-narcissism.

Entrepôt 7, rue Ferrère. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 11:00-18:00. Until 8 September.

Photography: County Durham, UK

Tim Walker: ‘Dreamscapes’

From this weekend the ornate 19th-century Bowes Museum in County Durham will feature the work of British fashion photographer Tim Walker. The Dreamscapes exhibition will showcase a series of 26 photographs that capture Walker’s inimitable and sometimes unsettling artistic style. With influences as disparate as surrealism and British landscape painting, each photograph is meticulously choreographed using props and models that come together to create fantastic grandiose scenes. From floating beds to illuminated evening wear, this coloyrful and inventive collection is well worth the trip.

The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle. Open Monday to Sunday, 10.00-17.00. Until 1 September


Primavera Sound

If you’re around Barcelona this weekend it’ll be difficult to miss the closing festivities of Primavera Sound, the city’s annual music festival since 2001 that’s dedicated to pop, rock and the most underground tendencies of dance music. Over five days the streets of Barcelona are hosting free concerts and record markets, but this weekend head to Parc del Fòrum where you’d have the choice of over 100 artists spread over eight stages. On Saturday, check out folk-pop band Adam Green & Binki Shapiro or our favourite Dubliners My Bloody Valentine. Sunday’s highlights include LA’s psychedelic rhythm and blues band Allah-Las.

Parc del Fòrum. Until 26 May.


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