1. Oscar Niemeyer, concrete poet

    As part of its coverage of the World Cup 2014, the Guardian today publishes its rundown of the 10 best buildings by Brazilian modernist architect Oscar Niemeyer, the ‘king of the curve’.

    Bend it like Niemeyer: 10 of the best buildings in Brazil

    (pictured: the Niterói Arts Centre, 1996)

  2. Scottish Brutalism

    Scottish Brutalism is a website set up by Ross Brown to accompany his research project into Brutalist architecture at the University of Strathclyde Department of Architecture. The project

    aims to map, document and critically assess Brutalist architecture across the Strathclyde region of Scotland, UK. Illustrated articles and building studies, periodically published on scotbrut.co.uk, demonstrate the quality and variety of Brutalist architecture built across Strathclyde between the late 1950s & early 1980s.

    (Pictured: Anniesland Cross Housing, Glasgow, Jack Holmes & Partners, 1969)

  3. Saloua Raouda Choucair


    Opening tomorrow at Tate Modern is the first major museum exhibition of the diverse work of pioneering Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair. Based in Beirut, she was taught by traditional landscape painters, but carved out a unique modernist vision of her own, influenced by Islam and western abstract art.

    The Saloua Raouda Choucair retrospective runs from 17 April – 20 October 2013.

    (Pictured: ‘Composition in Blue Module’ 1947–51, © Saloua Raouda Choucair Foundation)

  4. Brutalism in the UK

    An ongoing series by architectural photographer Andy Spain.

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  5. London Underground 150th anniversary stamps

    As part of the celebrations for London Underground’s 150th anniversary, the Royal Mail is to release stamps featuring famous artwork created for the network. More information at the CR blog.

    (Pictured: stamp designed by Hat-Trick featuring a poster illustration of Boston Manor tube station by Tom Eckersley)

  6. George Nelson in two dimensions


    Design critic Alexandra Lange visited the retrospective of modernist furniture designer George Nelson and found herself even more interested in the graphic design output of his associates than in the furniture itself.

    (Pictured: Modern Management Group advertisement (1955) via George Nelson Foundation)

    (Source: observatory.designobserver.com)

  7. The Modernist magazine

    The Modernist is ‘a quarterly publication about 20th century modernist architecture and design, with a view from the North of England’. You can buy recent issues or subscribe via the Modernist website, but the first four issues are now available to view online for free at Magpile.

  8. Landmarks: mapping the landscape of modern music

    Kicking off tonight at Turner Sims in Southampton and continuing at London’s Southbank Centre is London Sinfonietta’s Landmarks, a series of concerts which explores some of the most important moments of twentieth century music. The concerts are presented in collaboration with Netia Jones/Lightmap, whose video projections between and alongside the music will map and uncover the context in which each work was conceived.

    Olivier Messiaen: Quartet for the End of Time
    The first concert in the series looks at Olivier Messiaen and his Quartet for the End of Time, premiered in 1941 at Stalag VIII-A prisoner of war camp where the composer was incarcerated.
    Olivier Messiaen: La Colombe; Plainte Calme; Theme and Variations; Quartet for the End of Time.

    Webern and the Second Viennese School
    The composers of the second Viennese School, and not least Anton Webern, influenced many of the composers of the second half of the 20th century championed by the London Sinfonietta today.
    Anton Webern: 3 Lieder; Six Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 6; Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 10; Three Traditional Rhymes, Op. 17; Symphony, Op. 21; Three Small Pieces for Cello and Piano, Op. 11; Concerto for Nine Instruments, Op. 24.
    Arnold Schoenberg: Five Pieces for Orchestra, Op. 16.
    Alban Berg: Four Pieces for Clarinet and Piano, Op. 5.

    Repeating Patterns: The Start of US Minimalism
    An introduction to the world of minimalism, tracing its origins in 1960s New York loft apartments and art galleries to a cult musical movement in the 70s and beyond.
    La Monte Young: Composition 1960 #7; X for Henry Flynt.
    Terry Riley: In C.
    Steve Reich: It’s Gonna Rain; Clapping Music; Violin Phase.
    Philip Glass: 1+1; Knee Play 2.

    More details at the Landmarks page on the London Sinfonietta website.

  9. Design and Paper, No. 13 (Controlled Visual Flow) and No. 19 (Shape, Line and Color) Reprints, 2003 (via Display | Design and Paper, No. 13 and No. 19 | Modern and Rare Graphic Design Books), designed by Ladislav Sutnar.
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    Design and Paper, No. 13 (Controlled Visual Flow) and No. 19 (Shape, Line and Color) Reprints, 2003 (via Display | Design and Paper, No. 13 and No. 19 | Modern and Rare Graphic Design Books), designed by Ladislav Sutnar.

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  10. Modernism series at Southbank Centre

    Continuing today and running throughout the autumn at London’s Southbank Centre is a series of events, curated by Will Self, which explores the legacy and provocation of literary Modernism on contemporary writing.

    Events today:
    • Leading novelist and literary critic Gabriel Josipovici asks whether contemporary fiction has lived up to the experimentation and verve of earlier Modernist writing
    • A discussion of the life of experimental British writer B S Johnson, with Jonathan Coe, author of Like a Fiery Elephant: The Story of B S Johnson, along with Julia Jordan and Philip Tew, joint editors of Johnson’s work

    Other events in the series include:
    • An evening exploring the legacy of David Foster Wallace’s writing, with his biographer D T Max and writer and comedian David Baddiel
    • Jacqueline Rose, one of the great contemporary writers on the subjects of literature, psychoanalysis and politics, examining the issue of subjectivity in a lecture entitled The Unfinished Project of Modernism
    • John Gray discussing Enlightenment dreams and Modernist nightmares with Will Self
    • Slavoj Žižek discussing his new book The Year of Dreaming Dangerously, an analysis of the riots and revolutions that swept the world last year

    More information on the series at the Southbank centre website