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Summer of culture

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Our round-up of some of this summer's cultural highlights
Issue 371

Total Recall
Out 3 August

The 1990 film adaptation of Philip K Dick’s short story “We Can Remember It for You Wholesale”, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as forgetful fugitive Douglas Quaid, was a huge hit.

This reboot of Total Recall stars Colin Farrell and will try to put some of the political punch back into Dick’s sci-fi romp.

Luke Fowler
Hepworth Gallery, Wakefield, until 14 October, free

Luke Fowler, a Turner Prize nominee, has made a new film based on archive film and research on the works of E P Thompson, Richard Hoggart and Raymond Williams and their links with working class life in northern England.

All Workers Go to Heaven
Stratford East, 7-11 July

Set in a “see-through factory”, Ioana Paun’s intriguing production is part live art and part social experiment.

The production promises to give participants in the imaginary factory the chance to work, resign, succeed, conform – or even strike.

Picasso Prints
British Museum,
until 2 September

The British Museum has purchased a complete set of the 100 Vollard suite of etchings by Picasso, which it is displaying over the summer.

Completed between 1930 and 1937 these are the only complete set in Britain and are named after the art dealer Vollard who commissioned them. They are arguably the most important series of prints of the 20th century.

They are being shown with Rembrandt etchings and Goya prints alongside classical sculpture – all of which influenced Picasso at the time.


Jeremy Deller’s artwork Sacrilege – a bouncy castle in the shape of Stonehenge – is going on tour across Britain over the summer as part of the artistic Olympiad.
It will be popping up in over 20 different places until September. Details of the times and places can be found on its website, Stonehenge-goes-on-tour.

Deller has also been chosen as Britain’s entry to this years Venice Biennale.

A Doll’s House
Young Vic, London, until 28 July

Henrik Ibsen’s play A Doll’s House created a storm of controversy when it originally hit the Copenhagen stage in 1879 – and for all the right reasons.

Nora Helmer is doted on by her well to do husband Torvald, who calls her his “little songbird”. What follows is a stunning indictment of women’s oppression as Nora spreads her wings and rejects the hypocritical bourgeois morals that have kept her caged.

If you’ve not seen this landmark play before, the Young Vic’s intimate space should be the ideal venue.

No Na Orelha
Album, out now

Criolo, the 35 year old Brazilian rapper, has been on his ascent to fame in Latin America for some years. Now his new album No Na Orelha (Knot in the Ear) is hitting the mainstream here too.

Some of the rave reviews of the album have talked of Criolo’s claimed allegiance to Afrobeat music and his variety of samba, mambo and rumba. It is true that some of his lyrics are truly poignant. In a description of São Paulo he raps, “São Paulo is a bouquet, bouquets are dead flowers, beautifully arranged.”

All well and good, but this misses the point. Criolo, who was born in a favela in São Paulo, has as his main targets police violence and racism and has as his inspirations Fela Kuti and Frida Kahlo.

Pushwagner: Soft City
MK Gallery, Milton Keynes, until 2 September, free

Hariton Pushwagner is a Norwegian artist whose work has been likened to Munch’s or to the dystopian writings of Huxley. Working in London and Oslo between 1969 and 1976, he produced Soft City, a graphic novel describing a dehumanised city plagued with pollution and populated by the “waking sleep”.

Having created this alternative world Pushwagner has since produced large-canvas, obsessive drawings and prints of this world. Lately he has portrayed a world of endless war with robot-like soldiers marching to death camps.

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