Talks in London Friday 13 April

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Yayoi Kusama exhibition13 AprilYayoi Kusama is probably best-known for her repeating dot patterns. Since 1977 this intriguing artist has spent much of her life living in a psychiatric institution, and her work has been touched by obsession and a desire to escape from psychological trauma.

“An Instinct For Kindness”, at Trafalgar Studios13 April“An Instinct For Kindness” is a difficult, but ultimately rewarding show which follows the experiences of Chris Larner. In November 2012 he accompanied his terminally ill partner to Switzerland, so she could end her life at ‘Dignitas’. He returned home with an empty wheelchair, and a story to tell.

“Migrations” exhibition — Tate Britain13 AprilCutting through 500 years of history, the exhibition will include works by Lely, Kneller, Mondrian, Bomberg and more. It was also explore the 16th and 17th-century Dutch and Flemish artists who came over in search of new patrons for their landscape and still-life work.

Captain Scott’s Antartic Expedition13 AprilCaptain Robert Scott’s expedition to Antarctica in 1910-1913 was one of the most famous expedition’s of all-time. This extraordinary exhibition commemorates the centenary by collecting together artefacts used by his team, alongside a life-size representation of Scott’s base-camp, which still survives in Antarctica.

“Blood Brothers”, at the Phoenix Theatre13 April“Blood Brothers” has been packing them into the West End for two decades now. It tells the story of a single mum who is forced to give away one of her new-born twin sons after she can’t afford to keep him. Despite growing up on opposite side of the tracks their lives become hopelessly enmeshed, and ultimately end in tragedy.

See the London Olympic medals, at the British Museum13 AprilThe British Museum will be hosting a small exhibition showcasing all the medals that can be won at the London Olympics. Also on show will be medals from the 1908 and 1948 London Olympics. The display will tell the complete story of the medals from start to finish, from the mining of the metal to the creation of the designs, to the final casting at the Royal Mint.

Legendary soul star, Ben E. King13 AprilThe legendary souls star Ben E. King is coming to London to 3 nights at the Jazz Cafe. As a member of The Drifters, Ben sang lead on classics like “Save The Last Dance” and “I Count The Tears”. But it was when he split with the band in 1960 that he truly hit the heights. Songs like “Spanish Harlem” and “Stand By Me” have become all-time classics.

Damien Hirst exhibition — Tate Modern13 AprilDamien Hirst first came to attention in the 1980s and has gone on to become one of the most influential artists of his generation. This exciting exhibition will bring together key works from his first twenty years, including many of his iconic sculptures, medicine cabinets and spot and spin paintings.

Lucian Freud’s Portraits13 AprilThis major new exhibition will focus on Lucian Freud’s portraits — a central theme throughout his career. It will be divided into broad themes from particular periods. For example, paintings of Freud’s lovers, close friends and family will be used to demonstrate the psychological drama and intensity of his work.

Buckingham Palace — Exclusive evening tour13 AprilThis Exclusive Evening Tour of Buckingham Palace offers the visitor a very special insight into the history and use of the State Rooms, and the works of art on display. The tour takes place in the company of an expert guide and includes a copy of the official guidebook and glass of champagne served in the Bow Room.

The King’s Speech13 AprilNow an Oscar-winning movie, “The King’s Speech” tells the story of Bertie, aka the Duke Of York, who becomes King George VI upon his brother’s enforced abdication. While the country lumbers towards World War II the king struggles to overcome a speech impediment which threatens his broadcast to the nation.

Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany13 AprilThe Saatchi Gallery is hosting an exhibition of new art from Germany called “Gesamtkunstwerk”. It will include pieces by Dirk Bell, Matti Braun, Andre Butzer, Max Frisinger, Thomas Helbig, Volker Hueller, Thomas Kiesewetter, Josephine Meckseper, Kirstine Roepstorff, Julian Rosefeldt, Markus Selg and Thomas Zipp.

“Dickens and London” exhibition, at the Museum of London13 AprilThe Museum of London will be marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth by putting on a major new exhibition, taking you on a journey through Victorian London to discover the city that inspired his writings. Paintings, photographs and the original manuscripts of ‘Bleak House’ and ‘David Copperfield’ will bring to life the author’s world.

Antarctic photography, from Scott’s expedition13 April“The Heart of the Great Alone” is a remarkable exhibition of photographs from Scott’s Antartic expedition in 1910 and Shackleton’s visit in 1914. The dramatic images include some extraordinary icescapes and shots of the ships towering above the ice.

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