Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna
It’s been a century since Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele met their untimely ends, in the decaying of splendour of post-First World War Vienna. A hundred years on, the Royal Academy has partnered with the Albertina Museum in Vienna to create this never-before-seen dual retrospectives of the young, daring and extraordinarily talent stars of Vienna’s early 21st century art world. While Klimt was the established darling of fin de siècle Vienna, Egon was the enfant terrible, and Klimt’s protégé. Together, they were fascinated by eroticism, sensuality and the female form, and led the early Modernist art movement with their groundbreaking drawings. This new exhibition at the Royal Academy explores their artistic relationship, as well as their differing creative processes through their decade-long friendship. An exhibition well-worth an afternoon of your weekend.
From £16, royalacademy.org.uk
After Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave, whatever Steve McQueen did next was sure to pull a punch. Never one to stick within the limits of genre, the British director has upgraded the traditional heist movie with Widows. The film starts with a police shootout, which leaves four thieves dead attempting an armed robbery. Left with a debt to pay following their husbands’ deaths, the wives must team up to pull off a heist to free themselves from it. With a stellar cast including Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, Widows is a thrilling, adrenaline-fuelled and intelligent update of the somewhat tired heist movie genre. One to set your pulse racing this weekend.
Widows is in cinemas now
Lady Celeste at Queen of Hoxton
Every six months the Queen of Hoxton’s rooftop undergoes a dramatic transformation. From now until April 2019, it will be the decadent, debauched and generally fabulous home of Lady Celeste, a fictional Parisian showgirl who has set up her home on the roof. Complete with a Moulin Rouge-esque windmill, velvet canopies and plenty of twinkling lights, it’ll transport you back to the drama and excess of La Belle Époque. There is, of course, an absinthe bar, as well as a tempting list of cocktails, like the delicious ‘Hot Buttered Tarte Tatin Rum’, which comes with spiced rum, lashings of caramel, and apple and cinnamon flavours. Food-wise, the menu is a real winter treat: think charcuterie with pickles and potatoes covered in raclette and served with French baguette, or the ‘Moulin Ooze’, a toasted sandwich with gruyere, raclette, Lady Marmalade onions and Dijon mustard. A rather glamorous way to get into the swing of winter.
Open now until April 2019 queenofhoxton.com