Springtime cultural indulgence London 2019
Indulge in a little culture this spring. There are some fascinating exhibitions to be enjoyed all over London, from cats to Dior, Space Odessey to Edward Munch. Enjoy the springtime with family visiting the various events while a resident at any holiday apartments in London. Whatever your interest, there is guaranteed to be an exhibition to enjoy. Lovers of fashion will revel in the designs of Mary Quant and Christian Dior at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Two new exhibitions are opening this spring.
The Work of Mary Quant contains over 200 garments and accessories created by this revolutionary British designer who transformed the way women dressed. A decade earlier, Christian Dior had a similar impact bringing in the New Look in the aftermath of WW2. The narrow waists and vast gathered skirts were almost fairy-like in design, and he became one of the most influential designers of years.
Fancy some art? Then head for the Tate Modern to take a look at the works of Pierre Bonnard, a contemporary of Henri Matisse. Bonnard’s worked from memory, using colour in unconventional ways to capture landscapes and people. Van Gogh is the headline exhibition at Tate Britain, focusing on the way he was inspired by Britain and his influence on British artists. Take the opportunity to see some of his most famous works such as Sunflowers and Starry Night on the Rhone.
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If your preference is for more traditional art styles, then the Royal Academy has an exhibition on Renaissance Nudes, while over at the National Portrait Gallery there is a selection of superb miniatures by Tudor artist Nicholas Hilliard which includes images of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake.
A rare opportunity to see some of the incredible Faberge items held in the Royal Collection including a legendary Faberge egg and wonderful little animals is to be found at the Queen’s Gallery adjacent to Buckingham Palace that is quite near to Presidential Marylebone Mayfair London. Royalty & the Romanovs looks at the links between the British and Russian royal families, and the artwork that resulted from that relationship.
Film buffs will enjoy the Stanley Kubrick exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington High Street. Best known for his films 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Shining and Clockwork Orange, the exhibition promises insights into his techniques, how he used London as a location for films as well as the props, costumes and models that helped bring his films to life.
And what of those cats? The British Library has an entertaining Cats on the Page exhibition looking at how cats have been portrayed in books and arts. Equally family friendly is the exhibition over at the V&A Museum of Childhood focusing on pirates including Captain Pugwash and Captain Hook.