Manga at the British Museum
This week, the British Museum’s largest exhibition of manga ever held outside Japan is opening. A craft that started with the 19th-century artist Katsushika Hokusai’s drawings of people, animals and nature, manga is now a multi-million-pound industry that stretches around the globe. The exhibition explores the history, art and culture of manga – which means ‘pictures run riot’ – from its origins as traditional brush art, to the present day. There’s a rendering of the oldest surviving manga bookshop in Tokyo, you can be ‘manga-fied’ in a photo booth, and see the work of artists like Osamu Tezuka (Astro Boy and Princess Knight) and Fujio Akatsuka (Eel Dog).
Until 26 August 2019, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, britishmuseum.org
Food: Bigger Than The Plate at the V&A
The V&A’s latest in-depth exhibition explores what we’ll be eating in 50 years’ time. From edible plastic and insect sausages, to farming by AI, it examines the technology that’ll shape our dinners in the decades to come, as well as investigating the cultural and community shifts of mindset that will have to happen to make sure we all have a more sustainable and fair food future. You can even sample part of the exhibition itself in the V&A’s cafe, where oyster mushrooms are being grown from used coffee beans, and served up on the menu.
Until 20 October 2019, Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, vam.ac.uk
Zero waste Sunday lunches for Great Ormond Street Hospital
Chef Atul Kochhar is passionate about two things: helping Great Ormond Street Hospital, and reducing food waste. He’s combined these two goals with a series of three-course, zero-waste Sunday lunches that kick off on 26 May, with all proceeds going to GOSH. Dishes will revolve around off-cuts from Kanishka, Kochhar’s celebrated Mayfair restaurant, which are recreated into delicious dishes that have all of the chef’s signature flair with flavours, without the waste.
£25 per person, starts 26 May, Kanishka, 17-19 Maddox Street, London W1S 2QH, eventbrite.co.uk
Mohamed Melehi and the Casablanca Art School at the Mosaic Rooms
Mohamed Melehi is one of Morocco’s foremost modernist painters. This week marks the start of a two month-long exhibition of his work at the Mosaic Rooms, in which some of his key works of painting, photography and graphic design from the 1950s-80s are displayed. As a cornerstone of postcolonial Moroccan – and wider Maghreb – art, Melehi’s pieces are shown alongside some previously unseen archive material from the radical Casablanca Art School, which combined the teachings of Bauhaus with the abstraction of traditional Islamic designs to make highly politicised art. A fascinating glimpse into an art world that doesn’t usually get much air time in the Western world.
Until 22 June at Tower House, 226 Cromwell Road, Kensington, London SW5 0SW, mosaicrooms.org
Pissarro at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Head down to leafy Dulwich this week to catch a glimpse of Camille Pissarro’s painting of Dulwich College. Founded in 1619 by actor Edward Alleyn, the school’s New College, which was completed by architect Charles Barry Junior in 1870, was painted by the French impressionist a year later. On loan from the Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse, the exhibition is its first return to Dulwich since it was painted, to mark the 400 year anniversary of the school.
Until 4 August, Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7AD, dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
H&M Home on Regent Street
H&M Home’s first ever standalone store has just opened on Regent Street – and with a gargantuan 700 square metres of floor space over two storeys, its sheer size is as bold as the designs it sells. As well as the usual cushions, candles and throws, the concept shop also sells furniture (we suggest you take a look at the co-ordinating rattan chairs and occasional tables) and has an in-store organic cafe (in collaboration with It’s Pleat), florist and exhibition space in partnership with Christie’s. Considering this new store plays neighbour to Cos, Arket and Weekday, only an Ikea could make Regent Street even more Swedish right now.
208 Regent Street, London W1B 5BD, hm.com
Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition at the Design Museum
It’s been touring for 15 years, but Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition has finally landed in the city the visionary director called home. The exhibition explores his unique creative process as filmmaker, as well as giving visitors insight into how he created such genre-defining films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and A Clockwork Orange. Want to prep before your visit? We went behind the scenes with curator Adrienne Groen to discover more about his life and work.
Until 15 September, designmuseum.org
Chihuly: Reflections On Nature at Kew Gardens
Kew is great at all times of year, but never more so than in the spring. Head down this week to soak up both the new season blooms, and some awe-inspiring glass sculptures from artist Dale Chihuly. You’ll recognise his work from previous installations at places like the V&A, where his large sculpture of twisting glass tendrils dominates the entrance hall. His large-scale amorphous creations in vivid primary colours will be dotted throughout Kew’s extensive gardens until the autumn.
Until 27 October, Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3AB, kew.org
Back for its 11th year, the extensive Underbelly Festival is returning to the Southbank for five months of comedy, cabaret, concerts and live podcast recordings. There’s something on the bill for everyone, but The Jackal’s picks are a first look at Stephen K. Amos’s new stand-up show Bouquets and Brickbats, and The Thinking Drinkers’s intoxicating bar-hop through history.
Until 29 September 2019, underbellyfestival.com
Toast at The Other Palace Theatre
Based on everyone’s favourite literary chef, Nigel Slater’s, autobiography, Toast, this new play tells the story of his childhood in suburban England through the tastes and smells he grew up with. Fresh off a sell-out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, the play’s a must-watch for even the most casual foodie. Even better, the audience will be invited to try tastes from Slater’s childhood throughout the play.
Until 3 August 2019, The Other Palace Theatre, 12 Palace St, Westminster, SW1E 5JA lwtheatres.co.uk