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PUBLISHED: 14:10 29 February 2008 | UPDATED: 13:13 24 August 2010

Art on show at the British Library

Art on show at the British Library

The British Library

by Will Davies An exciting revolution in art, design, photography, literature, theatre, music and architecture in Europe can be explored at the British Library. All the fascinating aspects are on show in the fantastic exhibition Breaking

by Will Davies

An exciting revolution in art, design, photography, literature, theatre, music and architecture in Europe can be explored at the British Library.

All the fascinating aspects are on show in the fantastic exhibition Breaking the Rules: The printed face of the European Avant Garde 1900 - 1937 is on until March 30.

Avant Garde is French for novel or experimental or works, in art, culture and politics, and encompasses a variety of artistic styles and each is traditionally regarded as a movement.

Breaking the Rules brings these movements together for the first time and explores common themes and the creative transformation which took place at the time and the continuing impact of the Avant Garde on contemporary culture.

The Avant Garde was characterised by its exploitation of the printed medium and Breaking the Rules draws upon the British Library's incredible collections of literary manuscripts, sound recordings, flyers, posters, manifestos, artists' books, and photobooks from across Europe.

Not to be missed: to compliment the main exhibition is an events programme to celebrate the achievements, legacy and the spirit of the European Avant Garde 1900-1937. It includes performances, talks, film, discussions, comedy, cabaret and more in a feast of thrilling, unexpected and sometimes shocking explorations of culture on the wild side.

TS Eliot's The Waste Land. Special edition of The Josephine Hart Poetry Hour dedicated to Eliot's masterwork. March 3, Conference Centre. £7.50 (concessions £5)

Peggy Guggenheim - Mistress of Modernism. Incredible life and many loves of Peggy Guggenheim, the eccentric art collector whose New York City wartime gallery showed new American painters like Jackson Pollock, which shifted the centre of the art world from Paris to New York City. March 4, 6.30 to 8.30, Conference Centre. £6 (concessions £4)

Cindy Oswin is Gertrude Stein in A Salon With Gertrude and Alice. Cindy Oswin, in the lively and heady 1920s atmosphere of a Paris Salon in the 1920s, explores the life and prolific output of the Avant Garde writer Gertrude Stein, an American by birth. Stein and her life partner Alice B Toklas were hosts to numerous significant artists, including Picasso, Hemingway, Thornton Wilder, and Henri Matisse. This is a return journey to the era, complete with drinks and food recreated from the renowned Alice B Toklas Cookbook. March 5 from 7.30 to 9. Conference Centre. £7.50 (concessions £5).

w.davies@archant.co.uk

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