Banksy’s Dismaland


Have you visited Dismaland yet?

No, this isn’t a typo – it’s Banksy’s new exhibition in Weston-super-Mare, which has gained a resoundingly positive response despite its grim ethos.

With the first visitors allowed in the park last week, it’s clear that the experience is not simply another work by the renowned street artist, but an interactive demonstration against the world we live in.

Recycling the typical trappings of theme parks and giving them a dystopian spin, Dismaland showcases the contributions of fifty artists – as well as miserable staff, a carousel on which the horses get turned into lasagne, and a post-apocalyptic ice cream van.

Take a glimpse – if you dare – at Dismaland here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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The London Blitz in colour


The Imperial War Museum has released rare colour photos of London during the Second World War.

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Blitz, the museum has revealed unique footage covering London life, from famous landmarks to everyday scenes, in full colour.

The photos reveal how the Blitz, which took place between September 1940 and May 1941, affected the capital city, from the patriotic hoarding on Nelson’s Column to the dramatic ruins around St Paul’s Cathedral.

These amazing photos are part of a larger exhibition called ‘Horrible Histories: Blitzed Brits’, which you can discover in Manchester’s Imperial War Museum until April 2016.

Take a look at these rare photographs here and tell us if you’ll be going to the exhibition.

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The Brutalist Playground


This summer, RIBA’s The Brutalist Playground will be open to the public as part of the London Festival of Architecture.

Designed as both a sculpture and an architectural installation, this immersive work of art is part of a new commission by the Turner Prize, architecture collective Assemble, and artist Simon Terrill.

The artists are inspired by the post-war playgrounds that now lie abandoned in parts of London like Pimlico and Paddington, images of which will be projected onto The Brutalist Playground’s concrete walls.

Assemble said: “the challenge of reconstructing elements of now forgotten Brutalist play structures within the RIBA gallery is an exciting opportunity for us to explore contemporary issues surrounding play, by looking at the often surreal objects from the past”.

Learn more about this exciting event here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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‘The Key in the Hand’ exhibition


A Japanese artist has unveiled an impressive memory-inspired work of art at the 2015 Venice Art Biennale.
 
Chiharu Shiota, who represents the Japan Pavilion, revealed ‘The Key in the Hand’, an exhibition with more than 50,000 unique used keys intertwined over two boats.

Visitors are encouraged to think about the importance of memories and the unknown when walking under the striking maze created by the artistic structure.

The artist said: “keys are familiar and very valuable things that protect important people and spaces in our lives. As I create the work in the space, the memories of everyone who provides me with their keys will overlap with my own memories for the first time.”

Take a closer look at Shiota’s work here and tell us if it inspires you.

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Italian city filled with Gormley statues


Florence is now filled with more than a hundred pieces of art by Antony Gormley, known for the Angel of the North, throughout his career.

The innovative ‘Human’ exhibition, which runs until the 27th September 2015, displays Gormley’s stunning work exploring the human body through ‘blockworks’ and more organic pieces like Critical Mass.

The 16th Century Forte di Belvedere is hosting most of the collection, with the rest, including ‘Critical Mass’, scattered around the historic fortress for a striking effect.

Have a closer look at ‘Human’ here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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‘Virtual Beehive’ at the Milan Expo 2015


An artist has created a unique piece of architecture for the Milan Expo 2015.

Wolfgang Buttress’ UK pavilion is a ‘virtual hive’, which gives visitors a ‘lasting flavour of the British landscape’.  

The 14-metre lattice structure, which is made from 169,300 pieces of aluminum and steel, is sure to impress visitors with an ‘immersive sensory experience’ of audio and visual effects that replicate the activity of a beehive.

Find out more about the pavilion here and tell us if you’ll be visiting.

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Giant slides to be installed in London


Carsten Höller has unveiled his new plans for the Hayward Gallery, which includes two giant slides.

The slides are part of Höller’s ‘Decision’ exhibition and will be open to gallery visitors as an exit.

Director of the Hayward Gallery, Ralph Rugoff, said: “’Decision’ will ask visitors to make choices, but also, more importantly, to embrace a kind of double vision that takes in competing points of view”.

Visitors will be able to experience the exhibition from June to September.

Have a look at the design here and tell us if you’ll be having a go.

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