City guide: Beijing

Updated: 2012-04-16 10:47

(China Daily)

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Music of the past

Spanish musician Jordi Savall, who has been one of the major figures in the field of Western early music since the 1970s, will give a concert titled Sunrise Ends Grief.

A viol (viola da gamba) performer, conductor and composer, Savall, who is also the director of the Mexican Tembembe Ensamble Continuo, will lead the prestigious music group Herprion XXI to perform intoxicating pieces from 18th-century Spanish repertoire during the concert.

7:30 pm-10 pm, May 5. Forbidden City Concert Hall in Zhongshan Park, Northwest of Tian'anmen Square. 010-6559-8285

Treasury of films

A Window on the British Film Institute National Archive, spotlighting one of the world's richest collections from films and television, will allow movie aficionados to learn the behind-the-scene stories about how the archive acquires and preserves those old movies.

Robin Baker, head curator at the archive, will also explain how people can help it find lost movies.

A long-lost silent movie by Alfred Hitchcock that was recently rediscovered will be shown during the event.

7-8:30 pm, April 27. UCCA art cinema, Jiuxianqiao Lu, 798 Art Zone, Chaoyang district. 400-810-1887

Mimicking Balthus

Japanese photographer Hisaji Hara has recreated the strange paintings of adolescent girls by Polish-French painter Balthasar Klossowski (more commonly known as Balthus), who was one of the most revered artists of the 20th century.

Time and Light Symphony, an exhibition featuring Hara's mimic of Balthus' art works, is to show a variety of black and white imagery that are awash with a sense of nostalgia.

Although the similarities are evident in the painterly quality of the photographer's works, a modern twist is added into Balthus' paintings as Hara introduces new settings and characters.

10 am-6 pm, April 21-May 31. Three Shadows Photography Art Center, 155A Caochangdi, Chaoyang district. 010-6432-2663

Lawyer turned artist

Woman artist Kong Ning presents her solo show with more than 40 oil paintings and a video work. Growing up in the upheaval period of the "cultural revolution" (1966-76), Kong experienced a series of ups and downs before she turn to art. She qualified as a lawyer in 1989, however the job did not suit her, and she finally found happiness in fine arts. Her works feature unconstrained strokes and bright colors.

10 am-6 pm, until May 6 except Mondays. Red Star Gallery, 798 Art Zone, 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang district. 010-5762-3070

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