The Agenda: August 30th

Find out what’s in the diary this week.

Art: Modigliani, Soutine et l’Aventure de Montparnasse
Jonas Netter’s collection is on display at the Pinacothèque in Paris. The collection features several previously unseen Modigliani paintings, along with works by Soutine, Valadon, Kisling and more. This is your last chance to see it – the exhibit will close September 9.
èque de Paris, Paris, France. Through Sept. 9.

Books: Leonardo and The Last Supper by Ross King
Da Vinci’s Last Supper is among the world’s most famous works of art, but it turns out it was something of an experiment for unreliable Leonardo – the piece was his first fresco. King chronicles the creation of this fresco, from the tumultuous events that surrounded da Vinci to the model who posed as Jesus Christ himself.
Available from Aug. 30 in bookshops everywhere.

Music: My Head Is an Animal, Of Monsters and Men
Those of us in London have had to wait months for the first outing from the Icelandic band (the album was released in 2011 in Iceland). It’s nearly impossible to get through the album without joining in the band’s infectious joy. This is pop, but it’s quality pop, with old-fashioned instruments and melodic voices and thankfully, no discernible Auto-Tune.
Of Monsters and Men, My Head Is an Animal, is on sale now.

Film: Shadow Dancer
Andrea Riseborough stars as Belfast woman who gets caught between her IRA sympathies and MI5. Riseborough’s would-be terrorist Colette McVeigh is caught attempting to bomb London’s Tube, then forced to choose between prison and a life as an informant for MI5. The thriller also stars Clive Owen and Gillian Anderson.

Check your local cinema for show times.

Dream Event: Venice Film Festival
Sadly, we won’t be working from this year’s Venice Film Festival, but we can dream. This year, buzzed-about films include Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist, based on Mohsin Hamid’s novel of the same name, and The Master by Paul Thomas Anderson. Watch out for another major Venice film Wadjda. This is the first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia, directed by Haifaa al-Mansoor, the country’s first female filmmaker to take the international stage.
Venice Film Festival, Venice, Italy. Aug. 29-Sept. 8.

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