Our pick of this week’s art events: 19 - 27 September

RA Recommends

Published 19 September 2014

From fifteenth century China at the British Museum to Raqs Media Collective’s new exhibition at Frith Street Gallery.

  • Ming: 50 Years That Changed China

    British Museum, London, until 5 January 2015
    Following Edinburgh’s major Ming show this summer, our review of which you can read here, London’s British Museum now turns its attention to the Chinese dynasty that has most captured Western imagination. The exhibition focuses on the first 50 years of the fifteenth century, and features truly jaw-dropping objects of artistry, including a table whose entire surface is exquisitely carved in lacquer, Xia Chang’s transcendental scroll paintings of bamboo (a wonderful discovery for me), and finely wrought gold filigree, in the form of two hairpins once worn by a princess.

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    Crown, c. 1380.

    Leather, woven bamboo, lacquer and semiprecious stones. Shandong Museum, excavated from the tomb of Zhu Tan (1370–1389), Prince Huang of Lu at Yanzhou, Shandong province. Image courtesy of Shandong Museum.

  • Roman Ostia: Ancient Ruins, Modern Art

    Estorick Collection, London, 24 September - 21 December 2014
    And anyone yearning for Roman art following the British Museum’s standout show last year, Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum, should visit Islington’s Estorick Collection, where many sculpture, mosaics and other antique items excavated near Rome travel to London for the first time. These works are juxtaposed with paintings and sculptures by the 20th-century-born Italians Umberto Mastroianni and Ettore De Conciliis.

  • Umberto Mastroianni, Ida's Dream

    Umberto Mastroianni, Ida's Dream, 1984.

    Tempera and pastel on scratched card. 84 x 150 cm. Courtesy of Il Cigno GG Edizioni.

  • The Great Gallery reopens

    Wallace Collection, London, from 19 September
    As the British Museum praises the ingenuity of Asia, the Wallace Collection presents its vision of a very European type of grandeur: the Great Gallery, sumptuously restored over the last two years, and now rehung and opening to the public today. I’ve yet to see it in its new form, but those who have say it’s breathtaking – and the paintings, of course, include great works by Titian, Hals, Poussin, Velázquez and Rubens that are worth repeated visits whatever the context.

  • The Great Gallery, 2014

    The Great Gallery, 2014

    © By kind permission of the Trustees of the Wallace Collection

  • Constable: The Making of a Master

    Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 20 September - 11 January 2015
    Fred Cuming RA writes in the latest issue of RA Magazine that John Constable is an “elusive inspiration”; the V&A’s exhibition puts plenty of flesh on the enigmatic Englishman’s artistic bones, with a show of his landscape paintings, prints and drawings paired with other artists who influenced him. We see Suffolk’s finest artist inspired by figures such as Poussin and Ruisdael, taking their sense of light, colour and composition and, with his own brushwork, making them his own.

  • John Constable RA, Stonehenge

    John Constable RA, Stonehenge, 1835.

    Watercolour. 38.7 x 59.7 cm. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Given by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

  • Cerith Wyn Evans

    Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, until 9 November 2014
    “Lights appear to inhale and exhale, replicating the rhythm and cadences, intervals and textures of a score.” So says the Serpentine’s press release for Cerith Wyn Evans’s new installation in the Sackler Gallery space, where light tubes and filaments wind their way across the interior in free-standing sculptures, chandeliers and text works. As well as the body and music, the Welsh-born conceptualist’s works are charged with a range of other references, but whether they carry or not, one enjoys his objects’ refined forms.

  • Cerith Wyn Evans, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

    Cerith Wyn Evans, Installation view, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London

    Photo © 2014 Lewis Ronald, Courtesy Cerith Wyn Evans / White Cube

  • Raqs Media Collective

    Frith Street Gallery, London, until 31 October 2014
    New Dehli-born collaborators Jeebesh Bagchi, Monica Narula and Shuddhabrata Sengupta – known collectively as Raqs Media Collective – are artist-historians, the works on view in their show at London’s Frith Street (titled Corrections to the First Draft of History) comprised of material such as archived newspapers and a video re-enactment of a run on a Shanghai bank, which took place during the Chinese Civil War and was captured by Cartier-Bresson.

  • Raqs Media Collective, 'Re-run' (still), 2013

    Raqs Media Collective, 'Re-run' (still), 2013

    Courtesy the artist and Frith Street Gallery, London