Culture picks: Japan to Mexico to 'perfect' America
This article is from the July 2013 issue of Total Politics
China’s War with Japan
In the wake of increasing tensions between the two countries, Professor Rana Mitter lectures on how their delicate relationship has impacted upon the growth of modern China. In order to understand the Chinese drive for self-sufficiency and its hostility towards Japan, one must examine the history of long-standing conflicts between them. Mitter is professor of the history and politics of China at Oxford, and recently authored China’s War with Japan, 1937-1945: The Struggle for Survival. The talk is free, and entry is on a first-come-first-served basis.
10 July, Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, London
Mexico: A Revolution in Art
During the tumultuous Mexican Revolution of 1910 to late 1920, change was abundant, not just in the country’s politics, but also in its artistry. Mexico: A Revolution in Art will showcase what has been called the cultural renaissance that the revolution spawned, charting the progress of an artistic boom that lasted for 30 years. Significant national artists, including Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco, will be featured, as well as international artists such as Josef Albers and Edward Burra, who were influenced by their visits to Mexico during the period.
From 6 July to 29 September, The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Royal Academy, London
The Perfect American
Adapted from Peter Stephan Jungk’s 2005 novel of the same name, Philip Glass’ 2011 opera The Perfect American debuts at the London Coliseum this month. Performed by the English National Opera, the new work is a fictionalised biography of Walt Disney’s final years, imagined through the eyes of a disgruntled employee. The surreal opera made its world premiere at the Teatro Reál in Madrid earlier this year, and depicts the American animator as ‘a racist, misogynist megalomaniac’. British baritone Christopher Purves plays Disney, with soprano Janis Kelly taking the role of Disney’s nurse.
Until 28 June, London Coliseum