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Art & Exhibition

Reviews of art exhibitions in London.

Horniman Museum, Frederick Horniman, Quirky Museums London, World Gallery, anthropology museum London, natural history

Horniman Museum – A London Cabinet of World Curiosities

I’ve never understood why so many Londoners have never been to, let alone heard of, one of my favourite places: the Horniman Museum. I know it’s located in the leafy suburb of Forest Hill, but you could hit two birds with one stone and visit the Dulwich Picture Gallery. I promise, it’s worth the trek….

Splendours of the Subcontinent, Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Splendours of the Subcontinent – Queen’s Gallery

When I went to India, I came back with a couple of silk rugs and my most treasured collection of Ganesha statues. Shame I didn’t know any Maharajas, as I might have returned with some souvenirs the likes of which you have never seen. That is, until now. In a new exhibition, The Queen’s Gallery,…

New Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, RA exhibition

Behind the Scenes of the new Royal Academy

  The Royal Wedding isn’t the only big event in London on Saturday 19 May. The Royal Academy opens its newly buffed doors to a new two-acre campus with 70% more public spaces and a bridge linking Burlington House on Piccadilly to 6 Burlington Gardens in Mayfair. And to mark its 250 year-anniversary, there’s a…

William de Morgan, Guildhall Art Gallery, Sublime Symmetry, Arts and Crafts, Victorian artist

The Art and Craft of William De Morgan

He was the leading ceramic artist of the Victorian age, and his works still adorn Leighton House in Kensington, the Tabard Inn in Chiswick and Postman’s Park in the City of London. Fantastical beasts, parading peacocks, and gleaming flora make an appearance in some of the 80 works on display at the Guildhall Art Gallery,…

Azzedine Alaïa, Design Museum, azzedine alaïa the couturier, azzedine alaia exhibition

Azzedine Scissorhands

He was small in stature, but he was an exalted giant in the world of fashion. Azzedine Alaïa was the wizard who fashioned wearable works of art for the likes of Greta Garbo, Grace Jones, Michelle Obama, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga and the Crazy Horse girls.  And an exhibition, Azzedine Alaïa : The Couturier, co-curated…

Erotic London, Erotic Art London, Erotic Art in London, Erotic Art Exhibition, Art exhibitions London, British art

In the Flesh – Erotic Art in London

As Cupid sharpens his arrow for Valentine’s Day, it’s time for me to take you on another fleshy tour of saucy London. I can reliably inform you that In the Flesh is the most popular post on Diary of a Londoness.  Which of course makes me laugh and wink right back at you. So follow me,…

Turner House, Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, Turner Twickenham, Turner in London, JMW Turner

A Tour of JMW Turner’s House in London

You won’t see Joseph Mallord William Turner’s famous seascapes in Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham, but you will be in the presence of the only three-dimensional work of art he left behind: the home he designed in west London.  A £2.4 million conservation programme has recently been completed on the Grade II listed house museum, during…

Monet and Architecture, National Gallery, London, Art exhibitions London, Monet

Monet and Architecture at the National Gallery

Has there ever been a pilgrimage like it: Paris, London, Rouen and Venice seen through the eyes of Claude Monet? And what an impression it left: I swooned and swayed as I was transported back to my childhood in a warm cocoon of cobalt blue and vermilion nostalgia. The National Gallery’s latest mega-blockbuster art exhibition,…

Picasso, Tate Modern, surrealism, Picasso 1932, Le Reve, art exhibition London

Sex, Lies and Paint – Picasso 1932 at Tate Modern

Pablo Picasso’s output in 1932 was so prolific that Tate Modern was unable to list all of these in the seven-page chronology for its formidable new exhibition, Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy, which opened today. I am greeted by a quote when I enter the first room: “the work that one does is a…

Charles I at the Royal Academy

Drum roll please, I am about to tell you about an exhibition worth curtsying for, a show fit for royalty. It has pomp, it has circumstance, and its hero is the bad boy of the British royal family, the king who takes the prize for being the first, and last, to have his head chopped…

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