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Reading comprehension 1

INVICTA GALLERY

LONDON

January – March

Tomorrow Now!

Contemporary painting

A selection of groundbreaking works of art by today’s stars of the future. Already a hit with the critics at the preview show, this is a great way to start the New Year. With echoes of the colorful abstract action painting of the 1950s and 60s, this is sure to be popular with collectors and art lovers everywhere.

April – June

Shaping the World

An exhibition of sculpture

A retrospective of the work of the great American sculptor Cynthia Marlow, from her early ceramics to the later imposing stone statues, together for the first time with her bronze masterpiece Woman. Includes an opening day talk and audio guide by the artist herself.

July – September

Forever Autumn

Landscape paintings

A fascinating look at the season through the eyes of 18th – and 19th – century European landscape painters. Including works in oil and watercolor, this exhibition is all about color and light. The very finest in romantic and realist painting.

October – December

The Start of the New

The story of Modern Art

The much talked – about and long – awaited exhibition finally arrives in this country. A sometimes controversial look at the end of realism and the beginnings of Modern Art in the late 19th and early 20th century. The exhibition brings together examples of the many movements which shocked the public and helped define the idea of “Modern Art”. Includes a thought – provoking series of lectures on “The origins of modernism”.

Basement bookshop and café with:

Easy on the Eye – some of the world’s most famous film and TV stars feature in this permanent display of candid portrait photography.

For more information, go to: invictagallery.org.uk
Be seeing you!
Pratice 1

Question 1 to 7: Choose the correct answers.
Which exhibition(s) is / are most suitable for a person who likes...


1
to attend talks about art?
 
A. Tomorrow Now!
 
B. Shaping the World
 
C. Forever Autumn
 
D. The Start of the New
 
E. Easy on the Eye
2
art which is up – to – date?
 
A. Tomorrow Now!
 
B. Shaping the World
 
C. Forever Autumn
 
D. The Start of the New
 
E. Easy on the Eye
3
paintings of the countryside?
 
A. Tomorrow Now!
 
B. Shaping the World
 
C. Forever Autumn
 
D. The Start of the New
 
E. Easy on the Eye
4
to see the work of a single artist?
 
A. Tomorrow Now!
 
B. Shaping the World
 
C. Forever Autumn
 
D. The Start of the New
 
E. Easy on the Eye
5
pictures of people?
 
A. Tomorrow Now!
 
B. Shaping the World
 
C. Forever Autumn
 
D. The Start of the New
 
E. Easy on the Eye
6
art objects made from different materials?
 
A. Tomorrow Now!
 
B. Shaping the World
 
C. Forever Autumn
 
D. The Start of the New
 
E. Easy on the Eye
7
to see contemporary abstract paintings?
 
A. Tomorrow Now!
 
B. Shaping the World
 
C. Forever Autumn
 
D. The Start of the New
 
E. Easy on the Eye
Reading comprehension 2
Strange as it may seem arranged marriages are common in Asia, where people often repeat the saying: “In the West you marry the one you love, in the East we love the one we marry.” You learn to love the person you marry because the people who selected that person chose very well. Parents and close relatives are the people who know you better than anyone else, so why not let them choose something as important as a life partner?
Now the British Television (BBC) hopes to bring this philosophy into our homes and hearts with a new show: “Arrange Me a Marriage”. The idea is to help lonesome singles to find the partner of their dreams using the principles of an Asian arranged marriage. The TV show which airs next month is conducted by Aneela Rahman, a British Pakistani TV star. Ms Rahman believes that the key to successfully finding a life partner is by matching up class, education, family background, life goals and earnings. So, compatibility is crucial for her. Ms Rahman is a living proof that this kind of marriages work, she’s been married to her husband Gurwinder for 15 years and they have two children. That’s why she is convinced that in the European society, where more people live alone unhappily, this Asian tradition may be exactly what we need.
Nevertheless, Aneela doesn’t want people getting together in the show if they are not interested in each other. Her way of arranging marriages is pragmatic, focusing on the following factors: shared goals, education, values and financial potencial, but love and attraction cannot be left aside. She believes that there is a chance of making a successful marriage if as many of these key factors as possible are taken into account. Geeta Singh, the UK head of the global matrimonial website Shaadi.com, does not only agree with Aneela but she adds one more argument: “Because an arranged marriage is supported by a family from the start, when you go on a bad patch, you still have the support of the two families that proposed that marriage in the very first place.”
In her opinion many British people have trouble with the idea of an arranged marriage because they confuse it with a forced marriage. Geeta says: “The majority of arranged marriages are not forced in any way, you can often spend a few months with somebody the family has chosen and at the end of it just decide what you want.” But Geeta also recognises that nowadays many young Asians increasingly believe that the concept of an arranged marriage is incompatible with living in the modern world. They strongly believe that arranged marriages are simply too artificial for modern times because in an arranged marriage both future partners only show their best side so you don’t get to know the real person. In a love relationship, they think, you already know everything you have to know about your partner before you get married.
Pratice 2

Question 8 to 14: Choose the best answer.

8
What is TRUE about Arranged marriages?
9
What is the objective of “Arrange Me a Marriage”?
10
According to Ms Rahman’s, what is the key for the perfect marriage?
11
Which factor is not considered by Aneela as important for a successful marriage?
12
What does Geeta Singh affirm in an arranged marriage?
13
According to Geeta Singh, What is TRUE?
14
What do young people in Asia believe in arranged marriages?
Reading Translation 1

INVICTA GALLERY

LONDON

Future exhibitions – the year ahead
January – March
Tomorrow Now!
Contemporary painting
A selection of groundbreaking works of art by today’s stars of the future. Already a hit with the critics at the preview show, this is a great way to start the New Year. With echoes of the colorful abstract action painting of the 1950s and 60s, this is sure to be popular with collectors and art lovers everywhere.
April – June
Shaping the World
An exhibition of sculpture
A retrospective of the work of the great American sculptor Cynthia Marlow, from her early ceramics to the later imposing stone statues, together for the first time with her bronze masterpiece “Woman”. Includes an opening day talk and audio guide by the artist herself.
July – September
Forever Autumn
Landscape paintings
A fascinating look at the season through the eyes of 18th – and 19th – century European landscape painters. Including works in oil and watercolor, this exhibition is all about color and light. The very finest in romantic and realist painting.
October – December
The Start of the New
The story of Modern Art
The much talked – about and long – awaited exhibition finally arrives in this country. A sometimes controversial look at the end of realism and the beginnings of Modern Art in the late 19th and early 20th century. The exhibition brings together examples of the many movements which shocked the public and helped define the idea of “Modern Art”. Includes a thought – provoking series of lectures on “The origins of modernism”.
Basement bookshop and café with:
Easy on the Eye – some of the world’s most famous film and TV stars feature in this permanent display of candid portrait photography.
For more information, go to: invictagallery.org.uk.
Be seeing you!
Reading Translation 2
Strange as it may seem arranged marriages are common in Asia, where people often repeat the saying: “In the West you marry the one you love, in the East we love the one we marry.” You learn to love the person you marry because the people who selected that person chose very well. Parents and close relatives are the people who know you better than anyone else, so why not let them choose something as important as a life partner?
Now the British Television (BBC) hopes to bring this philosophy into our homes and hearts with a new show: “Arrange Me a Marriage”. The idea is to help lonesome singles to find the partner of their dreams using the principles of an Asian arranged marriage. The TV show which airs next month is conducted by Aneela Rahman, a British Pakistani TV star. Ms Rahman believes that the key to successfully finding a life partner is by matching up class, education, family background, life goals and earnings. So, compatibility is crucial for her. Ms Rahman is a living proof that this kind of marriages work, she’s been married to her husband Gurwinder for 15 years and they have two children. That’s why she is convinced that in the European society, where more people live alone unhappily, this Asian tradition may be exactly what we need.
Nevertheless, Aneela doesn’t want people getting together in the show if they are not interested in each other. Her way of arranging marriages is pragmatic, focusing on the following factors: shared goals, education, values and financial potential, but love and attraction cannot be left aside. She believes that there is a chance of making a successful marriage if as many of these key factors as possible are taken into account. Geeta Singh, the UK head of the global matrimonial website Shaadi.com, does not only agree with Aneela but she adds one more argument: “Because an arranged marriage is supported by a family from the start, when you go on a bad patch, you still have the support of the two families that proposed that marriage in the very first place.”
In her opinion many British people have trouble with the idea of an arranged marriage because they confuse it with a forced marriage. Geeta says: “The majority of arranged marriages are not forced in any way, you can often spend a few months with somebody the family has chosen and at the end of it just decide what you want.” But Geeta also recognises that nowadays many young Asians increasingly believe that the concept of an arranged marriage is incompatible with living in the modern world. They strongly believe that arranged marriages are simply too artificial for modern times because in an arranged marriage both future partners only show their best side so you don’t get to know the real person. In a love relationship, they think, you already know everything you have to know about your partner before you get married.
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