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On from 28 Nov 2009 till 29 Nov 2009
All Around Town
by Caroline Wiseman
Genre(s): New Writing


First Performance of the Play: Book Launch


Art today is out of balance. Because the current ‘ism, conceptualism, stresses the importance of the idea over the visual, the resulting art is bound to lack that essential ingredient, emotion. This is the discovery of the Leonardo Question, the new book and play by Caroline Wiseman, which has its first public performance this weekend.

The School of Saatchi's somewhat limited approach to the question, 'Who will be the next modern master?' assumes the continuation of conceptualism. The Leonardo Question, in contrast, answers the question with historical insight. We are taken on an enlightening and entertaining journey through the story of modern art from Cubism to now.

The key players in the history of modern art re-enact, in their actual words, the important moments of the story of modern art. We meet the artists: Picasso, Duchamp, Pollock, Warhol, Bacon, Gilbert and George, Barney, Koons, Murakami, Hirst and Emin as well as the influential people around them including the legendary Peggy Guggenheim and the powerful Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Always present on this journey is the timeless wisdom of Leonardo da Vinci, invited by the narrator to be the guide through this 'divine comedy.'

Caroline Wiseman says, 'The Leonardo Question revolutionizes the art world because, by re-living art history, we can understand it. Then, rather than feel perplexed as so many do, we can dare to have an informed opinion on this intriguing question, relevant to us all. We are planning for this play to be performed in restaurants, theatres and museums all over the UK during 2010. The premiere will be in January 2010, TBA.'

The press performance is on Tuesday 24th November at 6.30pm. Performances at 75-77 Cowcross Street, Clerkenwell, EC1M 6EL. Tickets are complimentary for the press but RSVP is essential. Signed books (also complimentary to the press) are available at £8 per copy.

Public performances on Saturday 28th November and Sunday 29th November at 2.30pm and 6.30pm each day. Tickets £3 each, contact: or 020 7622 2500.

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