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24 October 2014


Zaha Hadid

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery is presenting Baghdad-born, London-based architecture icon Zaha Hadid’s first large-scale solo show in Japan. Paintings and drawings from both current and previous projects are on display that include plans for The Peak Leisure Club in Hong Kong (that never came to fruition due to budget concerns) alongside her latest designs for the New National Stadium of Japan – commissioned for the 2020 Olympic Games. This exhibition, which covers the entirety of Hadid’s career, serves as not only a celebration of her groundbreaking works and status as a global architecture heavyweight, but is also a tantalising glimpse at future projects to come.

Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, 3-20-2 Nishi-shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku. Open Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday, 11.00-19.00; Friday and Saturday, 11.00-20.00; closed Mondays. Until 23 December.


Listen Up Philip

Montréal’s Phi Centre is screening US filmmaker Alex Ross Perry’s third feature, Listen Up Philip, this weekend. The comedy revolves around the many simultaneous relationships of pompous titular character: author Philip Lewis Friedman (played by Jason Schwartzman). Whether interacting with mentors, his girlfriend or the other players in his life, the one thing that unites all situations is Philip’s infuriatingly self-serving attitude throughout. Fans of Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach will appreciate Perry’s smart dialogue and the film’s satirical portrayal of the urban artistic-elite, creating not only an excellent film but also providing an impression of what it'd be like to read one of Philip’s own novels – if anyone can stand to.

Phi Centre, 407 Saint-Pierre Street. Screening Friday to Monday, 19.30-21.00. Until 27 October.


Sebastião Salgado

In celebration of Brazilian documentary photographer Sebastião Salgado’s 30-year career, Sundaram Tagore gallery in Hong Kong is showing a selection of striking black-and-white images. Over the course of three decades, Salgado has travelled to more than 100 countries for his work, which has captured the changing face of globalisation unfolding internationally, among other themes. More than 35 photographs have been selected from five different series including “Workers and Migrations”, which documents the mass displacement of populations as a result of social, economic, environmental and political disparities. Although these are major themes underpinning Salgado’s images, each shot also represents a humanistic view of its subjects and the landscapes within it while providing a window into the lives of others.

Sundaram Tagore Gallery, 57-59 Hollywood Road, Central. Open Monday to Saturday, 10.00-19.00; Sunday, 11.00-19.00. Until 31 December.


Nour Festival

Head down to Nour Festival this weekend – London’s annual celebration of Middle-eastern and North African contemporary culture, food and music held across Kensington and Chelsea. For five weeks Nour transforms the area into an artistic treasure trove, featuring everything from music events at The Royal Albert Hall by artists such as Algerian singer Souad Massi to poetry readings at the Chelsea Theatre and Bahraini street food at Portobello Road Market. This weekend catch The Future Rewound & The Cabinet of Souls at The Mosaic Room by Tunisian artist Nadia Kaabe-Linke, which explores how geographic elements shape both individual and collective identities.

At venues across Kensington and Chelsea, see website for details. Until 30 November.


Dorian Concept: Joined Ends

As a music city, Vienna gets strangely downplayed on the global scene – admittedly it doesn’t pack the clubbing punch of a location like Berlin but recent acts coming from Vienna such as Sohn and now Dorian Concept prove that the tunes didn’t dry up with Mozart (or Falco). Dorian Concept aka Oliver Thomas Johnson’s second album Joined Ends is a woozy trip through electronic music’s more jazzy, freeform pools punctuated by strong melodies that keep things firmly dancefloor-orientated. Having collaborated with bright lights of today’s scene such as Cinematic Orchestra and Flying Lotus, Johnson is probably not too fussed about living up to any sense of his home city’s musical legacy. But Mozart might be resting a little easier now he can be sure things are in good hands.

‘Joined Ends’ is available now.


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