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Garden Of One’s Own
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Hydra Beauté
How perfectly peachy. Get set, simply glow for it, by addressing the day-to-day stressors that hassle our faces with the sumptuous science of CHANEL Hydra Beauty. READ MORE
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The Black Panther
Ten movies and two miniseries with themes of racial politics, social injustice and Black power to kickstart your Black history habit on-screen. READ MORE
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O Rio De Janeiro
Nature, organic shapes, geometric abstraction and Brazilian genius meet hot hot hot sunshine in the exuberantly Modernist urban design of Lucio Costa and Robert Burle Marx READ MORE
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Compulsory Lessons
Get some clarity about the pervasiveness of racism in our collective thinking, as well as our institutions. We’re starting with this dynamic dozen. READ MORE
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1936: The Buenos Aires Affair
THE BUENOS AIRES AFFAIR: Could you be the most beautiful room in the world? Why Jean-Michel Frank’s interiors for the Kavanagh Building in Buenos Aires bring tears to the modernist aesthete’s eyes. READ MORE
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Primavera, Spring Beauty
Cherry blossoms explode upon a deserted boulevard as tufts of green sheathe the trees to announce a brand new season, just like clockwork. READ MORE
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La Nouvelle Bourgeoise
Feline and fickle, she’s on the prowl—up and down the bougie boulevards and in and out of the boîtes de nuit. She playfully types Cinéma Gaumont, Champs Elysées, 1973 into her Uber’s destination box, but it protests with null results. Paris never really changes, and neither must you, Françoise. READ MORE
The Discerning Wo/man Menswear
Gangs of Seoul
Episodes of corruption and dark morality, starring hard-boiled mobsters straight outta Watanabe Katsumi’s records of lowlife Tokyo, or classic Hong Kong cop flicks of the 1980s. It’s the chaos of cool, as Seijun Suzuki evangelised. READ MORE
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Claroscuro
When darkside games meet classical purity, we’re betting on forbidden fruits for the win. Up the ante, play your ace and observe, come morning, that pearly beauty and perfection come hand in hand with corruption. READ MORE
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Blow Up
What do we Quant?The experimental shapes and hopeful colours of 1960s fashion! When do we Quant it? Now! Postwar yet pre-hippie, the radical elegance of miniskirted mods is a pendulum that just keeps swinging… READ MORE
Hero/Heroine Cover Story
Comme Un Garçon
You say Cary Grant, I say Fran Lebowitz. You say Arthur Miller, I say Inès de la Fressange. When boundaries between man and woman dissolve, the modern epicene flourishes. Binaries, opposites and a whole load of contradictions map out the wo/man. READ MORE
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La Pause
Theatrical fantasy and inimitable glamour are offset by blasé nonchalance, and the mood is louche. In an unexpected landscape backdropped by seas of dunes, the essence of an indefatigable iconoclast is restored sporting anything but neutral. READ MORE
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CIAK!
Filmed after World War II, Federico Fellini’s acclaimed satire, La Dolce Vita, hints at an exasperated offspring of repressed female expression. Her contemporary: all about contrasts—sharp and soft, playful but pragmatic, blasé and quick-witted at the same time. READ MORE
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Fall 2021 Ready-to-wear show
Dior

Dior presents its Fall 2021 show live from Shanghai Fashion Week, in one of the first physical fashion shows since the start of the pandemic. Shanghai’s Long Museum has been transformed into an immersive pop-inspired disco space, playing host to 1,000 lucky guests. The collection, inspired by the legendary Dior muse Mitzah Bricard and designer Elio Fiorucci, fuses classic Dior silhouettes with 80s glamour, with Fiorucci’s infamous leopard print taking centre stage.

Monday 12 April 2021; 3pm CEST / 1pm BST
Watch on Dior YouTube | Dior.com | @dior
#DiorFall21

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In Conversation
John Waters

Join John Waters, the filmmaker behind the 1988 film Hairspray and a raft of cult classics, as he sits down for a conversation via Zoom with Viktor Wynd. The interview, brought to us by The Last Tuesday Society’s Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, will delve into the life and work of the legendary director, exploring his eclectic interests and unique artistic sensibilities.

Saturday 17 April 2021; 8pm BST
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The Unintended Beauty of Disaster
John Akomfrah

The Lisson Gallery is soon to play host to a hotly anticipated multimedia exhibition by the artist, filmmaker and writer John Akomfrah. The exhibition will feature a series of new photo-texts, alongside a three-screen centrepiece video installation. The work will offer a reflection on our collective consciousness, exploring ideas of race, ecological crisis, and the ideology of monuments.

Open Tuesday 13 April – 5 June 2021
Schedule Your Visit
Lissongallery.com | @lisson_gallery

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Toklas Restaurant
Frieze

This summer, Frieze founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, are set to launch their first restaurant, Toklas. The restaurant, which takes its name from the American avant-garde cookbook writer and partner of Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, will be situated at 180 The Strand, adjacent to Frieze’s London HQ. Toklas will specialise in fresh and unpretentious fare, and will be accompanied by an in-house bakery and deli.

Henri Matisse, La Tristesse du Roi (1952)
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The London Drawing Group

Learn how to create like Henri Matisse with the London Drawing Group. By mimicking some of the art world’s most renowned abstracts, this class will show you how to combine experimental painting techniques with simple cut out work, just like Matisse. Whether you’re aged 2 or ninety-two, this online tutorial is an easy-going lockdown pastime.

Saturday 3 April 2021
Book tickets
You will need: scissors, paper (coloured paper, magazine, newspaper or wrapping paper), an interestingly shaped object

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Allez La France!
The Burlington Arcade

With retail due to reopen this April, the historical Burlington Arcade has partnered with the Saatchi Yates Gallery for a three month pop-up exhibition. The first to exhibit, Allez La France!, shares the works of four emerging artists Jin Angdoo, Hams Klemen, Kevin Pinsembert and Mathieu Julien, who explore French painting traditions whilst reflecting on shared experiences as young artists in Paris and Marseilles.

Open to the public Monday 12 April – 15 May 2021
View the Allez La France! Exhibition online

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Sample a Taste
Native at Browns

Browns introduces its first restaurant in collaboration with ethical dining pioneers, Native. This award-winning and zero-waste menu by Native will be available to dine al fresco this summer at Browns’s secret Courtyard garden in Mayfair. To sample a taste of these highly anticipated dishes ahead of the opening, order from Native At Home – a finish-at-home set menu for two, and remember to save space for Native’s specialty dessert, Marrowmel.

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And Women Created Dior
Dior Untold

Episode two of Dior’s podcast series, Dior Untold, transports listeners to Christian Dior’s childhood home in Granville to meet some of the women that influenced Dior’s future aesthetic. It was during Christian Dior’s childhood that his fascination of elegance and femininity grew, with female figures like his mother Madeleine and muse Mitzah playing a formative role in driving his creative vision.

Listen on Dior.com | Spotify | Apple Podcast | YouTube
@Diorparfums | #DiorUntold #DiorParfums

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The World’s First Virtual Museum
VOMA

The Virtual Online Museum of Art (VOMA) is a free online art space curated by museum director Lee Cavaliere and artist Stuart Semple. Currently showing in Gallery One is Breaking into Colour – a celebration of colour and abstraction in modern and contemporary art, featuring works by Mark Rothko, Yves Klein, Piet Mondrian and more.

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#GucciArtWall
Gucci X Artolution

To mark World Refugee Day in June 2020, Gucci partnered with Artolution to create a series of Art Walls across Milan, New York, Hong Kong and Shanghai. Now the Florentine fashion house has unveiled a new #GucciArtWall in Milan’s Largo La Foppa. Inspired by the stylings of recent Gucci collaborator and ‘fashion gardener’, Ken Scott, the Art Wall is adorned with oversized botanical patterns and clashing colours. And best of all, it’s free for all to see.

More info
Gucci.com | @Gucci
#GucciArtWall #GucciKenScott

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April 12, 2021 Shanghai, Asia
Fall 2021 Ready-to-wear show
Dior

Fashion & style—Under the creative direction of Maria Grazia Chiuri, Dior presents its pop-inspired Fall 2021 show live from Shanghai Fashion Week.

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April 17, 2021 Online
In Conversation
John Waters

Entertainment & media—Join John Waters, the filmmaker behind the 1988 film Hairspray and a raft of cult classics, as he sits down for a conversation via Zoom with Viktor Wynd.

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London, England
The Unintended Beauty of Disaster
John Akomfrah

Art & design—The Lisson Gallery is soon to play host to a hotly anticipated multimedia exhibition by the artist, filmmaker and writer John Akomfrah.

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London, England
Toklas Restaurant
Frieze

Food & drink—This summer, Frieze founders Amanda Sharp and Matthew Slotover, are set to launch their first restaurant, Toklas.

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Painting with Scissors
The London Drawing Group

Art & design—Learn how to create like Henri Matisse with the London Drawing Group.

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London, England
Allez La France!
The Burlington Arcade

Art & design—The historical Burlington Arcade has partnered with the Saatchi Yates Gallery for a three month pop-up exhibition.

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London, England
Sample a Taste
Native at Browns

Food & drink—Browns introduces its first restaurant in collaboration with ethical dining pioneers, Native.

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Online
And Women Created Dior
Dior Untold

Podcast—Episode two of Dior’s podcast series, Dior Untold, transports listeners to Christian Dior’s childhood home in Granville to meet some of the women that influenced Dior’s future aesthetic.

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Online
The World’s First Virtual Museum
VOMA

Art & design—The Virtual Online Museum of Art (VOMA) is a free online art space curated by museum director Lee Cavaliere and artist Stuart Semple.

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Italy, Europe
#GucciArtWall
Gucci X Artolution

Art & design—Gucci has unveiled a new #GucciArtWall in Milan’s Largo La Foppa. Inspired by the stylings of recent Gucci collaborator and ‘fashion gardener’, Ken Scott.

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The neodadaist Ben Vautier born in 1935 in Naples was particularly known by his “écritures – scriptures”: painting with sentences and statements which reflect his world view. Later they moved into the large collections and museums around the world. With the “Joker” he claims not only the comedian role for himself and his art, but demands at the same moment, the art – wherever one can meet it – to admit absolute priority.