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Issue No. 1998

White Sand, Red Millet, Many Flowers by Anish Kapoor in the Sixty exhibition

White Sand, Red Millet, Many Flowers by Anish Kapoor in the Sixty exhibition


Sixty
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield
Until 25 June
www.ysp.co.uk

The Arts Council’s free exhibition to celebrate its 60th birthday brings together 60 sculptures from 1946 onwards.

This includes early pieces by Barbara Hepworth and Anthony Caro’s brightly coloured industrial sculptures.

Other highlights of the Yorkshire exhibition include Tony Cragg’s rainbow coloured installation made from discarded everyday objects, and Anish Kapoor’s sculpture featuring heaps of coloured pigment.


Gotterdammerung (Twilight of the Gods)
Royal Opera House
Directed by Keith Warner
In repertory until 6 May

The German composer Richard Wagner’s four part cycle The Ring of the Niebelung reveals a corrupt old order dominated by the gods and a world torn between the search for wealth and the need for love.

Wagner’s music is among the most powerful and moving in the romantic operatic canon. The new production at the Royal Opera House is vivid and imaginative, though the third act is at times visually overloaded.

There are some fine performances, particularly from Lisa Gasteen as Brunnhilde, and John Tomlinson as Hagen, Alberich’s son.

Sabby Sagall


Fallout: The human cost of nuclear catastrophe
Oxo Tower, London
Open 11am–6pm daily until 14 May
www.oxotower.co.uk

Twenty years since the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, Dutch photographer Robert Knoth documents the human legacy of Chernobyl and other nuclear accident sites in the former Soviet Union.

Portraits of people whose lives have been blighted by radiation exposure combine with haunting landscapes of deserted and contaminated villages and scenes of everyday life in the radioactive ruins.

Attempts by the nuclear industry to play down the extent of the Chernobyl disaster are confronted head on by these powerful photographs and the human tragedies they represent.


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Sat 29 Apr 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1998
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