October 2021

ARCHITECTURE/DESIGN: La Biennale di Venezia, 22 May–21 November

Have a first look (online): The British Council presents The Garden of Privatised Delights at the British Pavilion for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition: see here.

ARCHITECTURE: Mark Fisher: Drawing Entertainment, Tchoban Foundation, Berlin, 11 Sept 21–16 Jan 22

Mark Fisher (1947–2013) was the greatest entertainment architect of rock sets and spectaculars. He created dazzling shows for the tours of the most famous singers and groups of our time incl Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Pink Floyd, Lady Gaga, and Jean-Michel Jarre, as well as creating outdoor extravaganzas for Walt Disney World and Cirque du Soleil. The exhibition at Tchoban Foundation Berlin explores his career as an entertainment architect through nearly 100 of his drawings.

DANCE: Tanzgala Deutscher Tanzpreis with Claire Cunningham, 23 October 2021, Aalto-Theater Essen

As one of this year’s honourees at the German Dance Award UK dancer Claire Cunningham will perform as part of the German Dance Gala at Aalto-Theater Essen on 23 October.

EXHIBITION/PHOTOGRAPHY: Ffotogallery presents ‘Go Home Polish’, Kunstraum 34, Stuttgart, 18 Sept-15 Oct

In April 2018, Iwanowski set off on a 1900 km journey, on foot, between his two homes – Wales and Poland – a British passport in one hand, a Polish one in the other. He drew a straight line on the map, got a pair of good hiking shoes, and walked out of his Cardiff flat, facing east: Wales, England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Czech Republic. Poland. And where is home? The answer is elusive and complex, a riddle that transcends time and administration. More info here.

MUSIC: Jess Gillam, Hanover, 14 & 15 October

British star saxophonist Jess Gillam has her debut performance in Hanover with Joshua Weilerstein, 14. & 15. Oct, Hannover 

MUSIC: Max Richter Ensemble, 3 October, Konzerthaus Berlin

Contemporary British composer Max Richter presents a programme at Konzerthaus Berlin with British soprano Grace Davidson, featuring excerpts from two works combining electronic and acoustic sounds. Get your ticket here. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Bill Brandt, 27 September – 28 November 2021, München

Bill Brandt is considered one of the founders of modern photography. Exploring English society, landscape and literature, his images are vital to our understanding of the history of photography and the British way of life in the mid-20th century. Bill Brandt (born Hermann Wilhelm Brandt) was a British photographer of German origin. The Kunstfoyer exhibition at Versicherungskammer Kulturstiftung presents fine-art photographs across his entire oeuvre: documentary, portraits, nudes and landscapes.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Facing Britain, 4 Sept 2021–9 Jan 2022, Kunsthalle Darmstadt

The exhibition brings together around 250 photographs from 60 years, thus providing a unique overview of the past and present of British documentary photography. Positions that have long been forgotten or have only been rediscovered in recent years, such as those by John Myers, Tish Murtha or Peter Mitchell, are shown alongside works by world stars such as Martin Parr and David Hurn. All details here. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Jacky Longstaff: Cul-de-Sac, Werkstatthaus, Stuttgart, 23 September–23 October 2021

Cul-de-sac shows Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in Northumberland, UK, a tidal island accessed by a single road submerged by twice daily North Sea tides. Concentrating on atmospheric and seasonal change around the island’s causeway, Jacky Longstaff’s work offers a gentle reminder of rising sea levels and climate change. The work is part of Eurovision² Fotosommer Stuttgart 2021. More info here.