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Breaking the Rules: The Printed Face of the European Avant Garde 1900 – 1937

9 November 2007 – 30 March 2008

Events (March 2008)

Talks, films, discussions, comedy, music and more: celebrating the spirit of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937
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TS Eliot's The Waste Land

Monday 3 March 2008

Dedication to Ezra Pound in The Waste LandThe Waste Land has become a familiar touchstone of modern literature.

Eliot explores the possibilities of dramatic monologue, but it is perhaps the disjointed nature of the poem, the way it jumps from one adopted manner to another, the way it moves between different voices and makes use of phrases in foreign languages, that is the most distinctive feature of the poem's style.

The 434-line modernist masterpiece, which opens with the line 'April is the cruellest month', is one of the most widely-quoted, and best-known pieces of poetry to have been written in the 20th century.

This event is part of the Breaking the Rules events programme.

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Readers will be Damian Lewis and Harriet Walter.

Please note that this event is sold out, although return tickets are occasionally available on the night.


Peggy Guggenheim – Mistress of Modernism

Tuesday 4 March 2008

Peggy Guggenheim photographed by Man RayMistress of Modernism tells the incredible life, and many loves, of Peggy Guggenheim, the eccentric art collector whose New York City wartime gallery showed new American painters like Jackson Pollock, effectively shifting the centre of the art world from Paris to New York City. Mary Dearborn, currently a New York City Scholar at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University, is also the author of biographies of Norman Mailer and Henry Miller.

Supported by the Eccles Centre for American Studies, The British Library
www.bl.uk/ecclescentre

Event time: 18.30 – 20.00
Location: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)
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Cindy Oswin is Gertrude Stein in
A Salon with Gertrude and Alice

Wednesday 5 March 2008

Cindy OswinIn the lively and heady atmosphere of a Paris Salon in the 1920s, Cindy Oswin explores the life and prolific output of the Avant Garde writer Gertrude Stein, an American by birth and famous for her quote "A Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose". Stein and her life partner Alice B. Toklas were hosts to numerous significant artists of the period, including Picasso, Hemingway, Thornton Wilder, and Henri Matisse. 'A Salon with Gertrude and Alice' is a complete journey back to the era, complete with drinks and food recreated from the renowned 'Alice B.Toklas Cookbook'

Cindy Oswin is a writer, performer and director who has worked with many innovative theatre companies, as well as writing for opera and film. Her long term project 'On the Fringe' - a personal history of British Experimental Theatre from the sixties to the eighties, was presented at the British Library in 2006 and will return there in 2008.

Supported by the Eccles Centre for American Studies, The British Library
www.bl.uk/ecclescentre

Event time: 19.30 – 21.00
Location: Main Building, British Library
Price: £7.50 (concessions £5.00)

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Tickets are available for a preview performance taking place on 29 February at Arts Admin, Toynbee Studios, Commercial Road, London E1.


Russian Futurism and Constructivism

Tuesday 11 March 2008

Breaking the Rules logo Discover more about Breaking the Rules by coming along to a gallery talk given by one of the exhibition's curators.

This talk is given by Peter Hellyer, Slavonic and East European Collections. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Spaces are limited. These talks are not seated.

Event time: 18.00 – 18.30
Location: In the Breaking the Rules exhibition
Price: free
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Music of the Russian Avant Garde - A revolution in sound?

Tuesday 11 March 2008

ShostakovichMarina Frolova-Walker will explore how Russian composers tried to break through into new sound worlds at a time of historical cataclysms. Scriabin, in his apocalyptic works, searched for a chord to represent the world's "totality", while Stravinsky and Prokofiev challenged tradition through barbaric primitivism and grotesque irreverence. After the October Revolutions of 1917, the sounds of the new Soviet world found their way into the music of Mosolov and young Shostakovich, while inventors of electric instruments dreamed of extending the technological revolution to music. Rarely heard masterpieces and abortive experimental projects will be presented side by side to offer a representative picture of this revolutionary era's extraordinary dynamism.

Event time: 18.30 – 20.00
Location: Conference Centre, British Library
Price: £6.00 (concessions £4.00)
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This event is part of the Saul Seminars: Studies in Recorded Music lecture series.


Kassak and the Hungarian Avant Garde

Tuesday 18 March 2008

Breaking the Rules logoDiscover more about Breaking the Rules by coming along to a gallery talk given by one of the exhibition's curators.

This talk is given by Ildiko Wollner, Hungarian Collections. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Spaces are limited. These talks are not seated.

Event time: 18.00 – 18.30
Location: In the Breaking the Rules exhibition
Price: free
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A Futurist Banquet
A celebration of La Cucina Futurista as proposed by F.T Marinetti (1932)

Tuesday 18 March 2008

In 1932 the Italian Futurist artist Filippo Tommaso Marinetti turned his radical glare onto the sacred world of Italian bourgeois cuisine. His revolutionary Futurist Cookbook excitably proposed the incorporation of countless new sensations into food: speed, technology, colour, sculptures, bizarre stagings, noises and tactile pleasures and railed against the evils of pasta!

This event aims to re-enact an extraordinary Futurist Banquet, presenting an array of the remarkable, innovative dishes, combined with thrills and sensations to tempt all five senses. Consulting on the menu and overseeing preparation of the food is Giorgio Locatelli, chef, food writer and proprietor of his restaurant Locanda Locatelli. The banquet will be laced with surprises: scents, sounds, live music and Futurist readings.

This event is part of a programme of events accompanying the Breaking the Rules exhibition. Find out more

19.15- 22.30 (with additional tours of the Breaking the Rules exhibition and screenings from 18.30)

To book please phone the Box Office on +44 (0)1937 546546. Not available to book online.


France–Italy

Tuesday 25 March 2008

Breaking the Rules logoDiscover more about Breaking the Rules by coming along to a gallery talk given by one of the exhibition's curators.

This talk is given by Chris Michaelides, Romance Languages Collections. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance. Spaces are limited. These talks are not seated.

Event time: 18.00 – 18.30
Location: In the Breaking the Rules exhibition
Price: free
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