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November Culture Round-Up

Soak up some culture in galleries and museums alike. Here’s what’s not to miss this month of November.

by Siska Lyssens

Rotterdam 

Twenty years ago, Rotterdam`s museum Boijmans Van Beuningen staged the first exhibition on Maison Margiela, the legendary Belgian fashion house founded by Martin Margiela in Paris in the late Eighties. A documentary on the brand’s beginnings. Titled ‘We Margiela’, an allusion to the label’s collective frame of mind, the documentary will be shown in various cinema’s, museums and retail spaces around the world. A must watch! 
Me Margiela - Photography by Harley Hughes

Paris

New York’s MoMA, who still have their ‘Items: Is Fashion Modern’ exhibition going on as we speak, is branching out to the City of Light. Celebrating the role of the influential institution in the 20th and 21st century, over 200 works crossed the Atlantic to be exhibited at the Fondation Louis Vuitton – a Frank Gehry masterpiece that epitomises modernity and optimism. With names like Warhol, Sherman, Hopper and Magritte spread over three floors; it’s a blockbuster show in a blockbuster building – grand, immersive and diverse. 
Cindy Sherman. Untitled Film Still #21. 1978. Courtesy of the artist and Metro Pictures, New York. © 2017 
Andy Warhol, Double Elvis. 1963.© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Agadp, Paris 2017

Abu Dhabi

The United Arab Emirates can add another imposing building to their list, with the completion of a sister museum of Paris’ Louvre opening its doors this month. Designed by the French starchitect Jean Nouvel, the Louvre Abu Dhabi is a futuristic structure that references Arabic art through its patterned latticework. The first of its kind in the region, the institution is the culmination of a 10-year strong cultural with France.
Louvre Abu Dhabi - Photo Courtesy Mohamed Somji

London  

There’s more to the UK than just London, even when it comes to fashion sense. Travelling from up North – Liverpool to be precise – to London, an exhibition looks at the culture of industrial towns like Manchester and their impact on fashion. The show at Open Eye Gallery includes interviews with milliner Stephen Jones and stylist Simon Foxton, amongst others, and imagery by Jamie Hawkesworth and Glen Luchford to paint a picture of Northern identity as expressed through personal style, music, and fashion garments.
Derrin Crawford and Demi Leigh Cruickshank in The Liver Birds, LOVE magazine, Liverpool, 2012 © Alice-Hawkins