elBulli: Ferran Adrià and The Art of Food
See it by September 29th 2013 £10 adults/£8 concessions
Daily 10am – 6p.m. (9p.m. on Thursdays)
Somerset House, Strand London WC2R 1LA
020 7845 4600/www.somersethouse.org.uk/
Charting the evolution of elBulli, the exhibition features an in-depth, multimedia display of each of the essential ingredients that make up the culinary creative mastermind of Ferran Adrià and his team: research (handwritten notes and hand-drawn sketches); preparation (plasticine models, which were made for all the dishes served as a means for quality control of colour, portion size and position on the plate, and the specially-designed utensils used); presentation (original tasting menus, cutlery laid on the tables and salivating shots of the creations taken from the catalogue to be published by Phaidon next year), and plaudits (original restaurant reviews and other press clippings). Combined with archive footage of the chefs and clientele, the exhibition’s ephemera are testament to Adrià’s abundant talent, genius and ambition.
Summer Exhibition 2013
See it by 18th August 2013 Admission £11.50, concessions available
Saturday – Thursday, 10.00–18.00
Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD
020 7300 8000
Even if the British summer weather has turned into a never-ending festival of cloud, the social season continues unabated. The Summer Exhibition at the RA is at the heart of this polite and ever so British orgy of elite sport and culture that is one of the defining characteristics of our nationhood. It’s worth going to crowd watch as much as for the art which this year is curated by Norman Ackroyd RA and architect Eva Jiřičná RA.
Highlights this year include El Anatsui’s wall-hanging sculptures covering the façade of Burlington House and Grayson Perry’s new series of six tapestries entitled The Vanity of Small Differences, telling the story of the rise and demise of Tim Rakewell, inspired by Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress.
Ellen Gallagher: AxME
The Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
020 7887 8888
Ellen Gallagher was born in Providence, Rhode Island in 1965 and is at the forefront of the North American contemporary art scene. “Gallagher brings together imagery from myth, nature, art and social history to create complex works in a wide variety of media including painting, drawing, relief, collage, print, sculpture, film and animation. The exhibition explores the themes which have emerged and recurred in her practice, from her seminal early canvases through to recent film installations and new bodies of work.”
Her work is held in many major public collections, including MoMA and Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris.