Globetrotting

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 13 May, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 13 May, 2012, 12:00am

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Havana

The 11th Havana Biennial kicked off on Friday in the Cuban capital; this year's theme is 'Artistic Practices and Social Imaginaries'. The first edition took place in 1986 with the focus on Latin American and Caribbean artists. In 2009 an official restriction against 'non-third world' artists was lifted, opening the event to artists from all over the world. The biennial ends on June 11.

Munich

The 'Typography of Terror: Posters in Munich from 1933 to 1945' exhibition at the Munich City Museum comprises more than 100 posters - from cultural to political to economic - that were on display in the German city under the Nazis. It explores the posters' role in propaganda as well as their design aesthetics in regard to the emergence of the visuals of corporate design. The event runs until November.

Canberra

Friday also saw the opening of the second National Indigenous Art Triennial at the National Gallery of Australia. The event highlights the work of 20 artists who are considered pioneers in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary art. Artists include Michael Cook, Daniel Walbidi, Christian Thompson and Gunybi Ganambarr. After closing in July, the triennial will tour the country.

New York

The annual Met Ball at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Manhattan last week brought together big names in fashion and entertainment: think Anna Wintour (pictured) rubbing elbows with the cast of Glee. More than just a night out, the gala traditionally celebrates a new exhibition from the Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute. This year's is 'Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations'.

Danbury

Celebrated children's book author Maurice Sendak died on Thursday. Sendak was most famous for his books Where the Wild Things Are and In the Night Kitchen. He caused an uproar with his realistically childlike protagonists who could be wild, wilful and rude. He was not your typical children's author, but his uncompromising regard for childhood endeared him to generations of children and their parents.

Liverpool

The Liverpool Sound City Festival, the city's biggest music event, kicks off on Thursday with the Mystery Jets (pictured), Death in Vegas and Alkaline Trio. Friday will be headlined by The Temper Trap and also features Said the Whale and Bear in Heaven. Saturday winds up with James Vincent McMorrow, Space and Kids in Glass Houses.

 

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