Tuesday, 30 April 2013

What's on at Somerset House in May
© Hélène Binet
Nicholas Hawksmoor: Methodical Imaginings
15 May – 1 September 2013
Terrace Rooms, South Wing
Free admission
The British baroque architect Nicholas Hawksmoor built a series of important London churches during the early part of the 18th century and this exhibition focuses on seven of these. The key distinguishing features of Hawksmoor’s churches are their spires, each designed with different qualities, which rose throughout the city and became urban markers. Curated by Mohsen Mostafavi, photography by Hélène Binet.
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Blumenfeld Studio: New York, 1941–1960
23 May–1 September 2013
East Wing Galleries, East Wing
Free admission
Berlin-born Erwin Blumenfeld was one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. This exhibition celebrates the output of his New York studio during the Second World War and post-war boom years, including fashion photography, advertising campaigns, personality portraits, ‘war effort’ propaganda posters and experimental work.
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© Ernest Goh, Singapore, 2nd Place, Nature & Wildlife, Professional Competition 2013
Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
Until 12 May 2013
West Wing Galleries, West Wing
Offering a snapshot of the world in 2012, this exhibition showcases the award-winning and shortlisted entries of the Sony World Photo Awards. It presents international contemporary photography from both professionals and amateurs in the fields of fashion, travel, wildlife, landscape, portraiture and current affairs. Including work by iconic American photographer William Eggleston, who receives theOutstanding Contribution to Photography award.
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Editions: Contemporary Rugs for Collectors

2 May–30 June 2013
Great Arch Hall, South Wing
Free admission
Following the successful After Bloomsbury exhibition in 2012, the work of Christopher Farr returns to Somerset House. Editions is a collaboration between Farr and other designers and artists, including Anni Albers and Lara Bohinc, to develop and produce rugs in limited editions.
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Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901
Until 27 May 2013
The Courtauld Gallery, North Wing
"This show is not to be missed." The Times.
Last chance to see this critically-acclaimed exhibition and discover the story of Picasso’s breakthrough year as an artist. Experience Picasso’s first masterpieces and the paintings that mark the beginning of his famous Blue period.
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Free Drop-In Workshop: Frieze Frame
Saturday 4 May 12.00-15.00
Meet at Seamen's Hall Info Desk, South Wing
Join us for a 3-D modelling workshop creating sea creatures inspired by the watery sculptures around Somerset House. For families with accompanied children aged 6-12.
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The Syngenta Photography Award 2013
17–21 May 2013
West Wing Galleries, West Wing
Free admission
A culmination of the finest work from both the Professional Commission and Open Competition categories of a new international photography competition launched with the aim of stimulating dialogue around key global challenges through compelling imagery. The theme for the inaugural year of the award is ‘Rural-Urban’.
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