The best spring events in London
Luke Jerram’s six-metre glowing sculpture has Nasainspired detail. It’s lighting up the Natural History Museum for the fiftieth anniversary of Apollo 11. We have lift-off!
The Crystal Maze Live Experience proved so popular in its Angel location that the owners are moving it to an even bigger, mazier home at the London Trocadero, opening March 29. It’ll have 32 brand-new challenges, more places to be locked in when you fail your task and a Maze Bar. Say it with us: ‘START THE FANS, PLEASE’.
The stunning glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly (the man behind the giant blue-green chandelier in the V&A's entrance hall) find their natural counterpart in the botanical wonderland of Kew Gardens. The artworks will be located across the whole of Kew, giving Londoners the chance to explore the gardens at the same time as discovering these beautiful artworks.
'Fair is foul, and foul is fair; Hover through the fog and filthy air'. Gather your newt eyes, fetch the cauldron and dust down the tarot cards: Wellcome Collection has a new exhibition exploring the magic of magic. If the revamp of Sabrina The Teenage Witch got you hot under the collar, this is the 2019 exhibition for you. But it does more than just celebrate the dark arts. This being the Wellcome Collection the interest is on how magic meets science, specifically psychology. Learn about the vital role of the female assistant to a magician ['Quick, look at the pretty lady! Ooooh where's the card gone?' etc.], study a ghost-detection kit and marvel at the head of a gorilla costume once worn by Derren Brown. A show to visit with your weird sisters.
Think you're clever? Be prepared for a bit of a knock to your confidence with this interactive exhibition at Barbican. The show brings together the latest in Artificial Intelligence, calmly showing how the cleverest (or maybe stupidest) thing humans have ever done is create machines that outwit us all.
Retrospective of the innovative abstract expressionist artist Lee Krasner. As the title suggests, one reason for buying a ticket is to check out Krasner's vivid, large-scale canvases that explode in fireworks of colour. But that not all. You'll also be able to see her superb charcoal drawings and some early self-portraits. The Barbican aims to stop Krasner always being mentioned in the same breath as her husband (also an artist). So we're not even going to say his name.
Let’s tackle the baby elephant in the room first: how does Disney’s new Dumbo look in a live-action movie? Happily, the teeny pachyderm is a suitably heart-melting presence in Tim Burton’s relatively orthodox redo of the 1941 animation classic. All giant expressive eyes and beach-towel ears, he’s a computer-generated creation that exudes picture-book warmth.
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