Our pick of this week’s art events: 5 – 11 June

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Published 5 June 2015

From live art performances directed by Lu Kemp to James Turrell’s high intensity illuminations at Houghton Hall, we guide you through this week’s top shows.

  • Lu Kemp: Have your Circumstances Changed?

    Archway Mall, London, 3 – 28 June 2015
    The commissioning agency Artangel has set the bar for site-specific art in Britain, enabling interesting artists to present new work in unusual spaces. This month sees theatre-maker Lu Kemp present a series of intimate performances in the former FADS shop in a derelict shopping centre in Archway, London. Three works staged at midweek evenings and weekends spotlight the daily routine of elderly men, exploring the realities of growing older and society’s duty of care.

  • Lu Kemp, Have Your Circumstances Changed?

    Lu Kemp, Have Your Circumstances Changed?, 2015.

    An Artangel commission.

    Photo by Manuel Vason. Actors in photo are Dudley Sutton and Mitchell Jelley.

  • Fig-2: Eva Rothschild RA & Joe Moran

    ICA, London, 8 – 14 June 2015
    London’s ICA is the venue for Fig-2, an ambitious curatorial project involving 50 week-long exhibitions throughout 2015. This Monday sees the 23rd show staged, a collaboration between the sculptor Eva Rothschild RA and choreographer Joe Moran, part of the Block Universe art performance festival. In true multidisciplinary fashion, the two present film and video works simultaneously in the ICA Studio, while the recently elected Academician makes sculpture for the ICA Theatre, as the setting for Singular (2011), Moran’s performance piece involved two pairs of dancers, one male, one female.

  • Eva Rothschild RA, XXX

    Eva Rothschild RA, XXX, 2015.

    Courtesy of the artist.

  • Joe Moran, Arrangement 1

    Joe Moran, Arrangement 1, 2015.

    ©David Edwards.

  • James Turrell Hon RA

    Houghton Hall, Norfolk, 7 June – 24 October 2015
    As well as one of the most mesmerically beautiful beaches in Britain, the north Norfolk coast is home to Houghton Hall, seat of the Marquess of Cholmondeley, a man with a love of contemporary art. The revered American artist James Turrell, maker of exemplary light installations that play with our perceptions of colour, atmosphere and space, is spotlit this summer in a major survey exhibition across the house and grounds. As well as representative works across the Honorary Academician’s career, Houghton presents a new site-specific piece that illuminates the entire west façade of the building at dusk.

  • James Turrell, Raethro Red

    James Turrell, Raethro Red, 1968.

    Projection Piece. © James Turrell. Photo: Peter Huggins.

  • Triumph and Disaster: Medals of the Sun King

    British Museum, London, 4 June – 15 November 2015
    The decadent reign of Louis XIV saw incredible patronage of the arts, its expression perhaps most memorable in the grand Baroque and proto-Rococo decoration he commissioned for his vast Palace of Versailles. But a new free exhibition at the British Museum looks away from the Sun King’s vaulted ceilings to an ambitious project on a smaller scale: the series of medals commissioned to celebrate Louis’ various virtues and triumphs – a history, real and imagined, of a monarch, produced in exquisite detail on small roundels of metal.

  • Designed by Jean Warin, Nec Pluribus Impar

    Designed by Jean Warin, Nec Pluribus Impar, 1672.

    Louis XIV as the sun warming the earth and the inscription means “not unequal to many” which was his motto.

  • International Trust For Croatian Monuments Concert

    Holy Trinity Church, Sloane Square, London, 9 June, 7.30pm
    The International Trust For Croatian Monuments protects and restores Croatia’s treasures of art and architecture, following their damage by war and years of neglect. Fans of Wagner and Strauss can help support this good cause this Tuesday, when singers from the Croatian National Opera, Dubravka Šeparovic Musovic and Ivana Lazar, and the Australian pianist Piers Lane, perform in a fundraiser at Holy Trinity Church. The church is worth a visit in itself, for its beautiful stained glass designed by William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones; tickets are £25 and can be booked through the Cadogan Hall Box Office.

  • Master Radovan, Angels carving on the Cathedral of St Lawrence in Trogir

    Master Radovan, Angels carving on the Cathedral of St Lawrence in Trogir, 1230.

    Photograph by Živko Bacic.