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Keith Haring at Tate Liverpool

A major new exhibition opened at Tate Liverpool last night. Keith Haring was an artist and activist in New York throughout the eighties. Initially famed for chalk outline drawings on subway advertising boards he quickly moved on to much larger pieces, making commentary on the issues of the day. Highlighting the spread of AIDS and promoting safe sex whilst railing against the media, racism, homophobia and neo-nazis.

The work is incredibly vibrant and has a great sense of movement and depth. I had been familiar with some of his work for some time, his stylized stick men will be known to many, but was unaware of how deep and varied his work was. It really is a fantastic body of work, brought into focus by his untimely death in 1990 aged just 31.

The exhibition features 85 artworks and includes video, music and photographs and runs until 10th November. Go see!

 

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Terracotta Warriors v Jacob Epsteins Genesis is no match today!

Not so long ago the Bluecoat Arts Centre, School Lane, held an exhibition with the Jacob Epsteins sculpture ‘Genesis’ described by the Liverpool Echo at the time in 1931 as “one of the most beautiful sculptures in the world”.
55,00 people in 1931 visited the sculpture in just a few days. I passed the exhibition many times during its month long stay but seldom saw a visitor viewing the sculpture. How times have changed.

Today Liverpool World Museum has a magnificent exhibition that’s pushed that figure well over and still has a run till the 28th October for visitors to view the China’s First Emperor and the Terracotta Warriors.

Showcasing objects from one of the world’s greatest archaeological discoveries, this unmissable exhibition spans almost 1,000 years of Chinese history; from the conflicts and chaos of the Warring States period, to the achievements and legacy of the Qin and Han Dynasties.

I found the whole magical experience fascinating and informative, well worth viewing this once in a lifetime display. For over 2,000 years, this underground army of life-sized terracotta warriors secretly guarded the tomb of China’s First Emperor, Qin Shi Huang, until a chance discovery in 1974 unlocked the mysteries of a vanishing empire.

As you wander the exhibition, you are caught up in the magic of the times and intrigued by the versatile technology, art and beauty of the objects on display. The finale of the exhibition comes at the end when you are immersed in a screened electronic visual light show blending the past into the future right before your eyes. All praise goes to the curators of this high tech presentation and the managers who brought this to Liverpool.

Spending a lot of business time now in China so this has opened the door to a whole new world of education for me, all right here on my doorstep. Home from home, so I was pleased to browse the gallery shop with a range of gifts and toys inspired by the Terracotta Warriors collection and purchased several souvenirs from this unique experience.
Favourite purchase….. a teacup with a lid! It really keeps your cuppa hot!
Book tickets via liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/warriors and save some time.

Japan Day Sat 20th August 10.30-5.30pm

Busy on Saturday 20th August?
Are you interested in Japan?
Its people?
Its culture?
Its language?
Looking for a very special holiday surprise for the children?
Look no further and your dreams will come true.
You can spend a very exciting day of Japanese culture courtesy of the co-organiser……. the Embassy of Japan.

Try this FREE admission day out at the Liverpool Guild of Students 160 Mount Pleasant.
Full details….. JapanDay.org.uk with performances on the main stage starting 10.30am.

The special festival of Japanese Culture will be a showcase showing both old and new Japanese culture and will be the birth of exciting new ventures in Liverpool, in the future.

On display will be martial arts demonstrations of Kyudo, Kendo, Aikido and Ju-Jutsu which will certainly excite the children and adults alike.

There will be exhibitions featuring Japanese swords and armour, Ikebana, origami, kimono, bonsai, railways, braiding, Go, calligraphy, crafts, kanzashi and exquisite embroidery.

Be entertained by Japanese folk songs, Koto and the deafening beats of the Taiko drumming which will get the hairs on the back of your head standing on end!

View and take part in the modern Japanese culture associations of Cosplay, Manga and the visual Anime.

Live entertainment on the main-stage with Diane Kichijitsu who will give a performance of “Rakugo” the traditional Japanese art of storytelling….10.55 Awa Odin dance……1.30 SOAS Min’yo Group performance and many more booked on the website for you to arrange and time your visit so that you will get the most out of this jam packed exciting cultural event.

Be early and you will not miss the delicious Japanese food sushi, obento and Oh!…… those sweets!!!!!

‘A Festival of Japanese Culture’

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