This weekend’s highlights include Japanese ideas in Berlin, Sundance Film Festival’s London debut,the new EP from Danish duo the Raveonettes.
1. ART: BERLIN
—Tokyo Directors Club Award
Gestalten – the Berlin-based international publisher of design and art titles – brings Tokyo Art Directors Club Award winners to the city this weekend. Since 1952, Tokyo ADC has been shaping and promoting professional art directors that set the high standard for Japan’s communication and advertising design worlds. Now at Gestalten Space are works by Tokyo ADC’s 2011 award winners and nominees including works of importance in print, broadcasting, graphic design and packaging.
Gestalten Space, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21. Open Sunday to Friday 12:00-20:00, Saturday 10:00-20:00. Closed on Tuesdays. Until 3 June
2. FILM AND MUSIC FESTIVAL: LONDON
Well-established as the world’s foremost independent film festival, this year for the first time Sundance ventures away from its traditional Utah home and comes to London. Fourteen of the films premiered at the main festival have been selected to show in London. Beside the highlights including Lian Lunson’s music documentary Sing Me the Songs that say I Love You (showing this Sunday at the O2 Arena), on the agenda are also performances by Rufus Wainwright and Tricky.
Peninsula Square. Until 29 April
3. EXHIBITION: NEW YORK
—Brancusi: The Photographs
While the Franco-Romanian artist Constantin Brancusi is best known for his sculpted works, his skill as a photographer is well-deserving of the exhibition opening this weekend at Bruce Silverstein’s gallery in Chelsea. Exhibiting over 40 original prints, the collection shows works brought together for the first time, all gathered from friends and family of the artist as well as collectors. Brancusi’s images incorporate a sense of radical lighting, shadows, and reflection as seen in other celebrated photographers like Man Ray and László Moholy-Nagy.
Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 535 West 24th Street. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00-18.00. Until 23 June
4. RETAIL: LONDON
—Nook Design Shop
This weekend Stoke Newington’s Church Street is welcoming Nook – a new interior design shop offering a nice selection of home accessories, stationery and tableware. Co-owners Jack Simpson, Katie Simpson and Gemma Ridgway will also be organising workshops and exhibitions in future where young designers can display new work. We have our eyes set on Matt Pugh’s signature Owl Range, recycled Grafika stationery, Donna Wilson’s colorful pillows, and the brushes from Iris Hantverk.
153 Stoke Newington Church Street. Open daily 10.00 – 19.00
5. MUSIC: GLOBAL
—The Raveonettes: Into the Night EP
How many times can you say you’re heartbroken to three chords? If you’re the Raveonettes, you can make a decade-long career out of it and still look cool. The Danish duo have been refining the well-trodden Phil Spector/Velvets/Mary Chain holy trinity template over eight albums now and this latest EP continues to show the subtly different variants of each new effort. This time they’re adding an electro-tinged fuzz compared to last year’s more sparse “Raven In The Grave” album. It’s the little differences with this band. And you should treasure every one of them.
Into The Night is available from record shops now