Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye

You can always rely on the Tate to bring out the big guns, and this show is no excpetion. Edvard Munch is, of course, most famous for The Scream – but he created many, many more iconic, boundary-pushing works in his lifetime, sixty of which will be on display at this grand exhibition in the famous gallery. On top of that, there’s film and photography to accompany the painting. All pretty amazing stuff.

Until 14th October
Tate, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
www.tate.org.uk

Irving Penn: Cigarettes

Back in 1975 Irving Penn‘s collection of prints of discarded cigarette betts entered artistic folklore when they were snapped up by John Szarkowski at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. But these were no mere snapshots of cigarette butts; Penn had printed them using a very complicated technique, by carefully arranging and preparing each set before taking the shots and in doing so created iconic images, elevating the discarded butts to a far higher status.

Until 17th August
Hamiltons Gallery,13 Carlos Place, London, Greater London W1K 2EU
www.hamiltonsgallery.com

Bloc Weekend

The first of many events to be held at London’s newest and most exciting venue, The Royal Pleasure Gardens, Bloc is relocating from its usual south coast location and hitting the capital in spectacular fashion. Featuring an eye-watering line-up that includes legends such as Steve Reich, Gary Numan, Snoop Dogg and Richie Hawtin, as well as dozens more, this is going to be one helluva weekend. And don’t even get us started on the party tanker…

From 6th to 7th July
Royal Victoria Docks, London, E16 2BS
www.blocweekend.com

Techno In My Fridge

The Dalston Superstore plays host to several rather good shindigs, including the brilliant Society (where house legend Robert Owens is a resident). This weekend sees them throw another of their great parties that will feature the talents of Ivan Smagghe, a Frenchman with skills on the decks that can only be described in superlatives. Make sure you check it out because it’s going to be epic.

6th July
Dalston Superstore, 117 Kingsland High St; Dalston; London E8 2PB
dalstonsuperstore.com