Art: in bottles, on bumper cars and bringing midcentury New York to life
00:00 / 00:00
26 May 2017
Photo: The Other Richard
Matt Alagiah is joined in the studio by Matt Wolf, theatre critic for the ‘The New York Times International Edition’, and Nancy Durrant, commissioning editor for ‘The Times Arts’, to discuss the week in London theatre and art. Plus: we take a dodgem ride around an arts festival by the Thames and we take a whiff of some olfactory art.
26 May 2017
Photo: The Other Richard
Matt Wolf takes us to the theatre for Richard Twyman’s much-praised take on ‘Othello’ at Wilton's Music Hall and Trevor Nunn’s ode to his late friend, the playwright Peter Shaffer, with a new production of ‘Lettice and Lovage’ at the Menier Chocolate Factory.
Share chapter 1
Down by the Thames in London, the annual arts festival Merge Bankside is currently taking place. Boasting all sorts from an installation on dodgems to Latin and jazz music performances and a classroom full of robots, Merge borrows elements of art, music and performance to create an entertaining line-up that explores the area’s rich history. Monocle 24’s Holly Fisher meets some of the people behind it and gets behind the wheel of their bumper cars.
Share chapter 2
Photo: The Art & Olfaction Institute
Olfactory art is becoming more, shall we say, visible. There’s Hugo Boss prize-winner Anicka Yi’s ‘Life is Cheap’, currently at the Guggenheim in New York, which integrates smell into complex conceptual installations. Or Peter de Cupere’s ‘Smoke Flowers’, a site-specific work that ran the opening week of the Venice Biennale. This art isn’t perfume, though perfumers may create it. As the discipline develops, questions about composition, categorisation and collection arise. Susan Stone met some in the olfactory art world recently in Berlin who are working on the answers.
Share chapter 4
Want more radio episodes like these in your inbox?
Sign up to Monocle's email newsletters to stay on top of news and opinion, plus the latest from the magazine, radio, film and shop.
The Monocle Arts Review - latest episodes
We meet the man behind a project giving people with dementia a voice. Plus: Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood on mastering coffee, Christopher Lord on the Midori House Mixtape and the famous Joe Allen’s new location.
Matt Alagiah sits down with theatre critic Matt Wolf and book reviewer John Mitchinson. Plus we speak to Sean Mathias who is directing the stage version of ‘The Exorcist’ and find out the top five songs in Switzerland.
We discuss the surprising partnership between Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp and Clemency Burton-Hill tells us why we should all love classical music. Plus: we discover kefir, part of the Russian health-food revolution…
Monocle Culture editor Robert Bound is joined in the studio by Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, and DJ and broadcaster Georgie Rogers to discuss this month’s album releases. Plus: restaurant…
We preview Cheltenham Literature Festival, the oldest literary festival in the world. Meanwhile, Henry Rees-Sheridan says the long goodbye on the Midori House Mixtape. Plus: Maja Lunde wants to save the bees on our Weekend…
Film critic Jason Solomons and TV editor for ‘London Live’ Toby Earle join Ben Rylan to discuss this month’s big and small-screen entertainment. Plus: we meet the UK singer who has adopted the French chanson style of music…
Sprinkle some poetry throughout your life as former film and television star Allie Esiri talks us through her latest collection. Plus: Monocle 24’s Holly Fisher on why the Yeah Yeah Yeahs play an important role in her life…
As the Barbican’s much-anticipated ‘Basquiat: Boom For Real’ exhibition opens its doors we discuss the life and work of the prodigious artist. Plus: we attend a funeral for the ‘Cassini’ space probe and find out how to put…
We learn all about Russian Film Week and follow our noses to Pitti Fragranze; we also find out all about life in rural Transylvania with author Mike Ormsby, while Bill Leuty plays us Richard Dawson on the Midori House…
Matt Alagiah is joined by writer Mark Mason and online editor for 'The Bookseller' Sarah Shaffi to discuss this month's book releases. Plus: we head to Buenos Aires to learn about cumbia music and Go-Betweens band member…
We hear all about the new award-winning play ‘Oslo’ that’s coming to the National Theatre, Stanley Trollip tells us about his latest novel and Georgina Godwin tells us about the time she met Abba on the Midori House Mixtape…
In the studio this week are Will Hodgkinson, chief rock and pop critic for ‘The Times’, and Alice Vincent, arts and entertainment writer for ‘The Telegraph’. They talk music and television with Monocle’s Tom Edwards. Plus…
We look at the news that North Korea has successfully tested a a nuclear weapon. We learn about the drink that’s making coffee more sustainable, Tot Taylor tells us about his latest novel and Melkon Charchoglyan talks…
Ben Rylan is joined by film critics Karen Krizanovich and Anna Smith in the studio to see what’s on at the cinema this week. We also head to Amsterdam for Uitmarkt Festival, meet the artist Molly Parkin ahead of her new…
We find out what makes a Ghanaian brunch, speak to the people behind the Migrate photography exhibition in London, and Tom Hall plays us ‘Automatic Midnight’ in the Midori House mixtape. Plus: the journalist and author…