The Diary in October

The pick of events happening this month or on the horizon

Words by Sophie Tolhurst

Takis: Sculptor of Magnetism, Light and Sound
Until 27 October
Tate Modern, London

Greek artist Takis assembled salvaged materials of warfare into meditative works: objects poised mid-air, and musical devices emitting eerie sounds, dragging the laws of physics into the contemplative space of art.

18 – 27 October,

DESIGNART TokyoImage Credit: XXX

Transforming the ‘whole of Tokyo into a museum’ for 10 days, DESIGNART Tokyo celebrates Japanese and international design and art by recognising and supporting the culture industry. Public art and discussion will take place across the city under the theme of ‘Emotions’.

Bridget Riley
23 October 2019 – 26 January 2020
Hayward Gallery, London

Hayward GalleryImage Credit:  Bridget Riley 2018. All Rights Reserved

Organised with the artist and the National Galleries of Scotland, the retrospective covers key points of Riley’s 70-year career, such as the origins of her perceptual paintings, her only 3D work (Continuum, 1963), and wall paintings created specifically for the exhibition.

Hogarth: Place and Progress
21 March – 9 Feb 2020
Sir John Soane’s Museum, London

Hogarth: Place and ProgressImage Credit: Andrew Edmunds Prints, London

The exhibition unites Hogarth’s surviving painted series and his engraved works for the first time. The satirical, moral tales reveal the hidden vice of Hogarth’s London – grotesque scenes in recognisable settings with their invocations of human nature.

Dutch Design Week
19 – 27 October

Dutch Design WeekImage Credit: Gijs Kast

This annual design event claims the title of the biggest in Northern Europe. While participants come from across the world, DDW is centred on a notion of ‘Dutch Design’ – not a specific aesthetic but a wider, more inclusive reflection on the Dutch culture and mentality.

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