I’ve been having a great time in London over Christmas, but one of the highlights was the Sky Garden. The three-floor space is London’s highest landscaped public garden and offers fantastic views of the city, along the Thames.
I just saw a fantastic Ai Weiwei exhibition at the Royal Academy. The Chinese contemporary artist and political activist has investigated corruption and the Chinese government’s views on human rights for many years. This substantial retrospective includes comments on surveillance, craftsmanship, social media and traditional Chinese life.
It’s worth a visit!
I had a wonderful day out in Richmond (the borough in South-West London) this weekend. We went to Petersham Nurseries, a garden centre with a delicious cafe and then walked along the River Thames to Ham House. Built in 1610, the house was given to William Murray, who held the role of the whipping boy to King Charles I. The house remained in the family until 1948 when it was given to the National Trust.
I just saw the Alexander McQueen exhibition, Savage Beauty, at the Victoria & Albert Museum and it was fabulous! As quoted in The Telegraph, “the exhibition brilliantly displays McQueen’s button-pushing, zeitgeist-shaping show clothes in all the bum-revealing glory: the metal body corsets, coats made from hair, Latex-fused skirts that look as though they’ve emerged from some primordial swamp…McQueen, who died in 2010, was never remotely interested in conventional representations of beauty.”
The exhibition is on until August 2, and I would highly recommend it if you are in London!
I went to the Tower of London over the weekend to see the poppy installation marking one hundred years since the first full day of Britain’s involvement in World War I. There are 888,246 ceramic poppies which encircle the Tower and each one represents a British military fatality during the war. It’s a spectacular, moving and beautiful display!
I’ve recently seen the Light Show at the Hayward Gallery in London which was great. Here are just a few images from works by Carlos Cruz-Diez and Olafur Eliasson.
“Light has the power to affect our state of mind as well as alter how we perceive the world around us, and Light Show includes some of the most visually stimulating artworks created in recent years.”
I recently went to the Tim Walker exhibition at Somerset House, which was great. The British born fashion photographer uses extravagant staging and creative motifs to create eye-catching images. His work is unmistakably contemporary but there is a sense of nostalgia in his strange world. The exhibition is fun, flamboyant and beautiful! And, Thames & Hudson have published a fantastic book to accompany the exhibition.