Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition, Cannon Factory, London, until 2 January
Here’s your chance to study the exquisite details of the Sistine Chapel without the Vatican scrum: life-size replicas of Michelangelo’s masterpiece have arrived in north London as part of a global tour. The originals have been reproduced using high-definition photos and a specialised printing technique, so you can get up close and personal like never before. From £11.
London Literature Festival, Southbank Centre, London, 21-31 October
Celebrate all things wordy at the capital’s biggest literary festival, which this year takes inspiration from Sally Rooney’s first novel, Conversations with Friends. Novelist Elizabeth Day, artist Ai Weiwei, poet and podcaster Musa Okwonga, comedian Jack Dee and many more will be exploring the ups and downs of friendships and the influence of social media. There will be performances, live podcasts and readings from the six novels shortlisted for the Booker prize. Many of the events are free.
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Houseago/Rodin, Gagosian, London, until 18 December
Classic meets contemporary in this exhibition of posthumously cast bronzes by Rodin and new sculptures by British artist Thomas Houseago, a collaboration with the Musée Rodin in Paris. The elegant curves of the French artist’s figures are juxtaposed with Houseago’s rugged, visceral creations. The show runs alongside Tate Modern’s The Making of Rodin exhibition (until 21 November), and Rodin’s Monument to Whistler has been installed on nearby Berkeley Square. Free.