What to see this week

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Eu­ge­nie Vron­skaya: River Ris­ing;

Ikonas­tas is at John Martin Gallery, 38 Albe­marle Street, London W1, June 29 to July 22 (020– 7499 1314; www.jm­lon­don.com) Through her po­et­i­cal com­bi­na­tion of draw­ing, tex­ture and pig­ment, the artist fur­ther de­vel­ops the im­agery she de­rives from her emo­tional and vis­ual re­sponse to her phys­i­cal sur­round­ings (right:

The Cross­ing). The ground for each paint­ing is mixed with earth col­lected from the land­scape around her home. They will be shown along­side a con­cep­tual ikonas­tas com­pris­ing 72 im­promptu por­traits that she was com­mis­sioned to paint to cel­e­brate the 25th an­niver­sary of the gallery, which is a key col­lab­o­ra­tor in this week­end’s May­fair Art Week­end (www.may­fairartweek­end.com)

Alphonse Mucha: In Quest of

Beauty is at the Walker Art Gallery, Wil­liam Brown Street, Liver­pool, un­til Oc­to­ber 29 (0151–478 4199; www.liv­er­pool­mu­se­ums.org.uk/walker) Key Aes­thetic Move­ment and Art Nou­veau works from the Mucha Foun­da­tion and the mu­seum’s own col­lec­tions ex­plore the work of the Czech-born artist Alphonse Mucha (1860–1939), who rose to fame in Paris in the late 1890s with his el­e­gant de­signs and il­lus­tra­tions for dec­o­ra­tive pan­els, posters and ad­ver­tise­ments. The tour­ing ex­hi­bi­tion in­cludes a can­vas from his mon­u­men­tal ‘Slav Epic’ se­ries and sculp­tures by his friend Rodin.

Por­tray­ing a Na­tion: Ger­many 1919–1933 is at Tate Liver­pool, Al­bert Dock, Liver­pool, un­til Oc­to­ber 15 (0151–702 7400; www. tate.org.uk) This show pairs paint­ings by Otto Dix with works by the pho­tog­ra­pher Au­gust San­der, both of whom cap­tured and doc­u­mented the rad­i­cal ex­tremes of Ger­man so­ci­ety in the in­ter-world War years of the Weimar Repub­lic.

Wil­liam Henry Hunt: Coun­try Peo­ple is at The Cour­tauld Gallery, Som­er­set House, Strand, London WC2, un­til Septem­ber 17 (www.cour­tauld.ac.uk/gallery; 020–7848 1194) This ex­hi­bi­tion is the first to in­ves­ti­gate Hunt’s ru­ral fig­ures of the 1820s and 1830s. Draw­ings by the ad­mired wa­ter­colourist de­pict coun­try peo­ple in their work­ing and liv­ing en­vi­ron­ments at a time of agri­cul­tural revo­lu­tion and rapid so­cial change. Cat­a­logue by Joanna Sel­borne (cu­ra­tor) and Christina Payne (Paul Hol­ber­ton; £12.95)

De­sign­ing the V&A is at the V&A, Cromwell Road, London SW7 un­til Jan­uary 7, 2018 (020– 7942 2000; www.vam.ac.uk) Orig­i­nal draw­ings and pho­tos chart the build­ing’s trans­for­ma­tion from the 1850s. Beau­ti­fully il­lus­trated ac­com­pa­ny­ing book by Julius Bryant

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