Reaction Weekend

Culture Digest

Reaction Weekend brings you the best of this week's art and culture

BY James Hardie | jejhardie   /  6 July 2018

Rembrandt: Britain’s Discovery of the Master

This major exhibition puts works by the Dutch painter alongside those Brits who he influenced so much, including Hogarth, Reynolds, Raeburn, Bellany, and Auerbach.

7 July to 14 October, Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh

Naseer Shamma Quartet: Spirits

The world’s leading players of the tabla, Flamenco guitar, oud and sitar join together to bridge their unique musical traditions for an evening. It will be a truly boundary-breaking performance directed by Shamma, a UNESCO Artist for Peace.

11 July, Barbican Centre, London

Barry Humphries’ Weimar Cabaret

Barry Humphries, perhaps better known as his ageless alter-ego Dame Edna Everage, has helped put together this enticing programme of cabaret entertainment from Berlin in the 20s and 30s. Meow Meow joins him to give these forgotten songs of debauchery an outing.

11-29 July, Barbican Centre, London

Don Giovanni

A chance to see the Royal Opera House’s production of this classic Mozart/Da Ponte masterpiece from the comfort of your local cinema. Es Devlin gas designed the set, Kaspar Holten directs, and Marc Minkowski conducts.

12 July, selected cinemas nationwide

Carducci String Quartet

This Anglo-Irish Quartet pairs two works by Haydn (Op. 17, No. 1 and Op. 50, No. 2 by Béla Bartók’s brooding, funereal String Quartet No. 2, which was given its premiere 100 years ago in Budapest.

12 July, Wigmore Hall, London


Sam Pritchard directs the ever-experimental Rory Mullarkey’s second play for the Royal Court. His latest state-of-the-nation takes a seemingly normal day in market square. Atrocities quickly ensue.

12 July – 11 August, Royal Court, London

Patrick Heron

Tate St Ives has just won ArtFund’s gallery of the year and it’s £100,000 prize, so go and revel with them and see this major retrospective while you’re there. It displays Heron’s work from the 1940s onwards, giving a broad view of his development as an abstract painter not afraid of bold colours.

Until 30 September, Tate St Ives, Cornwall 

Frieze Sculpture 2018

John Baldessari, Tracey Emin, Barry Flanagan, Monika Sosnowska, and Dan Graham are amongst the 25 contributors to this year’s summer exhibition, which includes 15 new works, with plenty of messages about Mother Nature and the animal kingdom.

Until 7 October, Regent’s Park, London