The Diary in July

Our pick of events happening this month or coming up

Words by Sophie Tolhurst

Serpentine Pavilion 2019 by Junya Ishigami
21 June – 6 October
Serpentine Pavilion, London

Seeking harmony between architecture and nature, Ishigami’s pavilion focuses on the ‘roof’ – an essential provision for shelter. His surreally lightweightlooking canopy of layered slates emerges from the landscape, offering refuge within. (Less harmoniously, Ishigami has been criticised for using unpaid interns, a practice since banned by the Serpentine for all projects.)

Michael Rakowitz
3 June – 25 August
Whitechapel Gallery, London

Credit: Michael Rakowitz,The Invisible Enemy Should Not Exist (Room Z, Northwest Palace Of Nimrud), 2018, Middle Eastern Packaging And Newspaper Courtesy Of The Artist

With his work currently occupying Trafalgar Square’s fourth plinth, across London is the Iraqi-American artist’s first European survey. Ancient monuments are replicated with everyday items – date syrup cans and newspapers – to highlight the cultural loss that occurs among conflict, colonisation, modernism and globalism.

Australian International Furniture Fair
18 – 21 July
Melbourne Exhibition Centre, Australia

Encompassing the Vivid Design Awards, the International Seminar Series, and AIFF Homemade (celebrating Australian design talent), AIFF, Australia’s largest fair of its kind, offers a number of opportunities for networking, buying, and discovering the exciting new products, people and ideas that shape the design.

Balkrishna Doshi: Architecture for the People
30 March – 08 September
Vitra Design Museum, Germany

Credit: Vitra Design Museum / Norbert Miguletz

This is the first retrospective outside of Asia for the 2018 Pritzker Prize laureate. Combining modernism, Indian tradition and humanist philosophy, Doshi’s pioneering and vital output ranges from grand buildings to low-cost housing – Chandigarh with Le Corbusier, to 150,000 energy-conscious dwellings that use ancient planning principles.

Cindy Sherman
27 June – 15 September
National Portrait Gallery, London

Prosthetics, make-up and costume combined with myriad cultural references transform self-portraiture into astonishing and ambiguous photographic images. These works from the Seventies to the present, some on public display for the first time, show Sherman’s powers of visual manipulation, a world away from a Snapchat filter.

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