An exclusive opportunity to see the original drawings from the manga series Professor Munakata’s British Museum Adventure. Hoshino Yukinobu (b.1954) is the creator of Professor Munakata, one of Japan’s most famous manga characters. Millions of readers eagerly following his adventures in the fortnightly magazine, Big Comic.
Hoshino first visited the British Museum in 2009 and was inspired to work on a Professor Munakata mystery in the unique setting of the Museum. Japanese readers followed the series for five months, first published in Big Comic, before the thrilling mystery was bought to a close with a dramatic final scene that sees the Rosetta Stone in grave danger.
Coinciding with Building the Revolution , this exhibition explores the conception, vision and symbolism of Vladimir Tatlin’s unrealised monument to the Third International and reveals the intriguing process led by Jeremy Dixon to recreate a special scaled model of the tower in the Annenberg Courtyard at the Royal Academy.
Visionary, eccentric, populist and epic, John Martin was a controversial but key figure in nineteenth century art. Like his canvases, this wildly dramatic artist with his visions of heaven and hell, was larger than life.
The acceptance of the fact that Utopias cannot be realized is a statement of failure which is also, in a higher sense, a success. On the one hand, the “great longing for a great defeat”; on the other hand, confirmation that failure has become a speculative phenomenon. Defeat is celebrated like a victory, a victory as a defeat. If boredom is conducive to philosophizing, then melancholy is even more so, considering that melancholic spleen is a synonym for the dejection that we feel when contemplating unvarnished reality; this is particularly true of zealous champions of beauty and harmony, who include quite a few members of the political class and of economic elites. No wonder that hi-tech beauty has taken the place of low-tech one, once destined (according to Dostoevsky) “to save the world.” To enjoy the swap, one needs to “amen up” the various rips and chinks through which the gaze of a critically engaged artist can see the nakedness of the reality underneath.
Perched high above the city, this beautifully crafted space offers a unique and playful perspective on an area of London more commonly seen from river level. With an en-suite double bedroom, kitchenette, library and viewing deck, guests are invited to rest and reflect upon what they see and hear during their one night stay; logging their thoughts, observing cloud patterns, the character of the river and deeper undercurrents.
David Kohn Architects and artist Fiona Banner drew inspiration from the riverboat captained by Joseph Conrad whilst in the Congo in 1890, a journey echoed in his most famous work Heart of Darkness. The winning design for the Room was selected from over 500 entries in an open international competition set by Living Architecture and Artangel, in association with Southbank Centre. Living Architecture is a social enterprise that creates opportunities for the public to experience contemporary architecture at first hand and has commissioned five UK holiday homes designed by talented architects. A Room for London will be a visionary landmark for the city in the year of the London 2012 Games, presenting an opportunity, for those in London and beyond, to celebrate and connect to the capital and its cultural past, present and future.