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United Artists For Europe

21—23 May 2019
London Ely House

Performance | Talks | Exhibition

UNITED ARTISTS FOR EUROPE

Inspired by a Manifesto Written by Bernard-Henri Lévy on European Ideals, Values and Culture

21 MayExhibition Opening - Artworks Donated by Artists Committed to the Cause
22 MayBernard-Henri Lévy's One-off Performance of Looking for Europe
22 MayHans Ulrich Obrist in Conversation with Novelist Adam Thirlwell 

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Join us for a highlight of the United Artists for Europe initiative, the one-off performance of Bernard-Henri Lévy's one-man play, Looking for Europe, at Ely House. Occurring one day before the European elections, the French philosopher will perform his final representation of the play surrounded by the United Artists for Europe artworks, following a successful tour of twenty European cities. Looking for Europe is rewritten for each show in order to address the political context of each European country, making it a one-of-a-kind performance. The play will be presented in French with English subtitles. 

TUESDAY 21 MAY, 6:30PM 
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 37 Dover Street, London
Opening cocktail and exhibition preview of artworks donated by the United Artists for Europe.

WEDNESDAY 22 MAY, 5-6PM
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 37 Dover Street, London
Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries, and novelist Adam Thirlwell will discuss literature as a multilingual art form, creolisation, portable Europes, and the construction of multiple identities.

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WEDNESDAY 22 MAY, 6:30-8PM
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 37 Dover Street, London
Bernard-Henri Lévy will stage a one-off performance of his new one-man play Looking for Europe.

THURSDAY 23 MAY, 12-4PM
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, 37 Dover Street, London

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Artists, thinkers and actors will create a forum for debate and discussion concerning the state of Europe today, and the place of art and culture within this context.

More than ever, Europe needs benchmarks so that people can recall not only its utility but its unity … More than ever, it is urgent to demonstrate that Europe is not only a place for the free circulation of ideas, people and goods but also for a shared artistic, aesthetic and cultural heritage. Bernard-Henri Lévy

Based on an original idea by renowned French intellectual Bernard-Henri LévyUnited Artists for Europe demonstrates artists’ devotion to European ideals, values and culture. So far over thirty contemporary European artists have committed to the cause by signing a manifesto written by Lévy and donating a work of art to be auctioned to raise funds to support arts-related European cultural projects.

On 3 June, the donated works will be auctioned by Simon de Pury at Maison Assouline, with all proceeds distributed by The Hexagon Society, organisers of United Artists for Europe.

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