Action = life: art, medicine and HIV/AIDS in the USA

Action = life: art, medicine and HIV/AIDS in the USA

Saturday 3 June 2017, 15.00 - 16.15
BP Lecture Theatre
Free, booking essential

Physician and artist Dr Eric Avery, whose work is included in the exhibition The American Dream: pop to the present, argues that desperate diagnoses call for desperate beauty.

In conversation with Professor John Howard, King’s College London, Avery will discuss growing up gay in small-town Texas, treating early HIV/AIDS patients outside metropolitan centres, providing end-of-life psychiatric care, and making emotive politicised art as a desperate measure in Reagan’s America. 


British Museum presents Hokusai

British Museum presents Hokusai

Sunday 4 June 2017, 15.00-16.30
BP Lecture Theatre
£12.50, Members/concessions £10.00

This fascinating new cinema event is a groundbreaking documentary made to accompany the exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave.

Filmed in Japan, France and the UK, the film focuses on Hokusai’s work, life and times in the highly developed urban culture of Edo (modern Tokyo) in the early 1800s.

Using extraordinary close-ups and groundbreaking ultra HD 8K video technology, Hokusai’s paintings and prints are examined by world experts including Exhibition Curator Tim Clark and Roger Keyes, whose 90-volume catalogue raisonné is being digitised.

Hokusai spent his life celebrating and studying our common humanity as well as exploring the natural and spiritual worlds, using the famous volcano Mount Fuji as a talisman of immortality. He knew much tragedy, was once struck by lightning and lived for years in poverty, but never gave up his constant search for perfection in his art.

As Japan emerged from isolation, Hokusai found recognition in the west. The Great Wave and other works changed modern art, inspiring artists from Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso to Hockney and Baselitz. Hokusai is the only artist with an emoji, the father of manga, and still a vital inspiration to artists today.

The screening will be followed by an exclusive Q&A with Producer Patricia Wheatley, Head of Broadcast at the British Museum, and Exhibition Curator Tim Clark.

Presented in collaboration with Japan House. 


Exclusive demonstration: Japanese woodblock printing

Exclusive demonstration: Japanese woodblock printing

Thursday 1 June 2017, 15.00 - 16.30
Sackler Rooms
Free, booking essential

This is an exclusive opportunity to see master Japanese printmaker Yukiko Takahashi of the esteemed Takahashi Atelier at work.

Takahashi’s assistant Noriyasu Sōda will demonstrate each stage of printing a traditional colour woodblock print, using unique tools, materials and skills identical to those employed in Hokusai’s day.

The demonstration will be narrated by Takahashi herself (in Japanese) and explained in English by British Museum Curator Alfred Haft. 


Group Booking

Group Booking

Every day
Enter through King Edward entrance on Montague Place
Free, booking essential

Due to the significant increase in tour group visitors and to make the visitor experience pleasant for all visitors, it has become necessary for all tour groups to book their visit to the museum at least seven days in advance.

If bookings are not made in advance, groups may be denied immediate entry to the museum.

All tour groups must enter the museum using the King Edward entrance on Montague Place. This entrance provides space for group visits and dedicated coach parking.

Please be advised that if you wish to avoid the busiest times for tour group visits, you should not book for the 10:00, 14:00, or 15:00 time slots.

During the booking process please specify the number in your group and also if the majority of your visit will involve any one area of the Museum's collection. If you will be visiting many areas of the Museum but not one specific area in depth please put your group number in the 'General admission' category during the booking process.

If the people in your group are aged under 18, please use this ticket category regardless of area visited. If you are a UK school and are looking to make use of the Ford Centre for Young Visitors or book any of our workshops/galleries please do not book in via this link but visit the 'Learning' section of the website for further booking information

If any of your group have specific access needs please see the 'Visiting' section of the Museum's website for more information on all facilities available. This is also where you will find details of our full Visitor Regulations. 


Highlights Tour: around the world in 90 minutes

Highlights Tour: around the world in 90 minutes

Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 11.30 and 14.00 Tours meet at the Information Desk £12 per person

Explore the British Museum’s most famous treasures with an illuminating 90-minute guided tour. Discover the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen and the Parthenon sculptures, as well as some lesser-known but fascinating objects, with expert guidance that will take you to the heart of the Museum’s collection.

This tour is designed for an adult audience and is not recommended for children under the age of 12. Please note that the tour will visit a number of galleries on different floors of the Museum and involves a considerable amount of walking. 


Members’ late night viewing

Members’ late night viewing

Monday 19 June 2017
18.00-19.30
Room 35

Free for Members’ but must be pre-booked.

The Members-only late night viewing of Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave will allow Members to enjoy the beautiful and sublime works of one of Japan’s greatest artists, after our normal opening hours.

Due to popular demand, all Members will need to book in advance of their visit for exclusive late night viewings of Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave (please note, this does not apply to visiting during normal opening hours).

You are welcome to wait in the Museum until your allotted time slot (the Member’s Room will not be open for the duration of the evening and will close at 17.30, however you can wait in the Great Court or visit the Great Court Café) 


Old masters: creativity and the ageing brain

Old masters: creativity and the ageing brain

Friday 30 June 2017, 18.30-20.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£5, Members/concessions £3

Hokusai passed away at the age of 89 with some of his best work created in his later years. Michelangelo lived and practised until the age of 89, Monet until 86, O’Keefe 98, Louise Bourgeois 99 and Titian 86. Case histories such as this point in one direction – the extraordinary flowering of artistic genius in old age.

Drilling down into the subjects of lifelong creative endeavour, the neuroplasticity of the older brain and the correlation between ageing and heightened risk-taking, this panel discussion explores ageing and creativity across global art history, as well as the enduring example of Katsushika Hokusai, the self-declared 'old man, crazy to paint'.

Chaired by Dame Joan Bakewell, the panel includes writer and art critic Martin Gayford, Professor of Neuroscience Lorraine Tylor, and Angus Lockyer, SOAS and Assistant Curator of the exhibition Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave. 


Stiff competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List

Stiff competition: an evening of comedy with the Z List Dead List

Monday 10 July 2017, 19.30-22.00
BP Lecture Theatre
£19.00 Members
£21.00 Non-Members

Take an irreverent and amusing look at the not-so-famous people who have been unfairly consigned to the dustbin of history.

Comedian Iszi Lawrence (creator and host of The Z List Dead List podcast and show) is joined by four (currently) notable people who will highlight their unsung historical heroes.

Lucy Porter (QI, Mock the Week, Have I Got News for You), Mitch Benn (musician, comedian and regular contributor to The Now Show), QI elf Stevyn Colgan and a yet-to-be-announced curator from the British Museum will battle it out to win the approbation of the audience (that’s you) for their unsung historical hero.

You can’t pop into the Museum without being assaulted by all manner of objects honouring some celebrated stiff. But what of the forgotten heroes – the weird and wonderful characters that are a mere footnote in the annals of history? Hoping to snatch them from the jaws of obscurity, the four advocates of these overlooked overachievers will plead their case to the assembled public (that’s you). At the end of the show, you’ll vote for the person who is most deserving of our recognition.

What Members said about previous Stiff competition evenings:
'I laughed plenty'
'I laughed out loud!'
'So much fun'
'Iszi was an excellent compere'
'More of this style of event please!'
'Really enjoyed this evening. My wife who was sceptical came away very enthusiastic and we would definitely come again'
'It was well organised and great fun'

Members may purchase tickets for up to six guests.

 


The Crick Crack Club presents The Son of the Buffalo Woman

The Crick Crack Club presents The Son of the Buffalo Woman

Sunday 11 June 2017, 14.30-17.15
BP Lecture Theatre
£8, Members/concessions £6

Myths retold is a series of performances of some of the greatest stories in the world, presented in collaboration with the Crick Crack Club. Enter a flickering cave of wonder for a wild exploration of epic and myth.

Hunters, kings and women of power become entangled in prophecy, mythology, shame, pride and insult in one of the most exciting birth-of-a-hero tales in the world – The Birth of Sundiata Keita, legendary founder of the great Malian Empire of West Africa.

Internationally acclaimed storyteller Jan Blake and long-term collaborator drummer John Predare bring an epic performance to the British Museum. This inspiring tale reaches across the centuries, from its origins in medieval Africa to the conflicts in our own time when its telling is forbidden. Expect an exhilarating collision of wild song and heroic story.

Powerful and bold, Jan Blake is the Queen of Afro-Caribbean Storytelling. An outstanding storyteller, she performs in theatres and festivals the length and breadth of Europe. Jan was born in Manchester to Jamaican parents. Inspired by recordings of 'Miss Lou' (Louise Bennett) she came to telling stories in 1986, and rapidly gained an international reputation for witty and exhilarating performances. Specialising in folktales from West Africa, North Africa, the Arab world and the Caribbean, her repertoire is full of tales of powerful women and her versions of Ananse’s exploits are definitive. In 2004 Jan took the American National Storytelling Festival at Jonesborough, Tennessee by storm and in 2011 she was awarded the Thüringe Märchen Preis for devoting her life to this art form.

‘One of the world’s greatest storytellers.’ André Naffis-Sahely 


Young Friends' sleepover Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Young Friends' sleepover Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

22-23 July 2017, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Discover the amazing culture of Japan through craft, storytelling and interactive activities. Spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by gods and kings. Then enjoy breakfast in the Great Court before visiting the exhibition before it opens to the public the following morning.
Young Friends Only. Tickets £45. Booking required. 


Young Friends' sleepover Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

Young Friends' sleepover Hokusai: beyond the Great Wave

24-25 June 2017, 18.15 - 09.00
Registration in Room 4
£45.00

Discover the amazing culture of Japan through craft, storytelling and interactive activities. Spend the night sleeping in the Egyptian and Assyrian galleries surrounded by gods and kings. Then enjoy breakfast in the Great Court before visiting the exhibition before it opens to the public the following morning.
Young Friends Only. Tickets £45. Booking required.