We LOVE Art Galleries and museums and London has more than it’s fair share!
2018 is all about Art & Culture for me and to kick off the art vibe we hit the The Tate Britain to check out their current exhibition:
As the Tate itself says “All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.
It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades” Click here to read more on the Tate Britain website…
The exhibition runs from 28 February – 27 August 2018 and adult prices start at £16.
(Please note Tate Britain is free but this exhibition is ticketed).
Mum & daughter time
I travelled to the Tate with my mum Rosellina Avoscan, an incredibly talented Italian artist. I was fortunate enough to not only be spending the day as mum and daughter (particularly as we live in different countries) but also because of her knowledge; it felt like a private guided tour. We walked around independently absorbing the powerful paintings to ourselves and frequently came to find each other standing in front of a powerful piece. My mother explaining and analysing the artist, methods and techniques, teaching me as we meandered around and myself appreciating the emotions they each evoke. We must have spent 4-5 hours in this exhibition alone and I am keen to get back and see more of what Tate Britain has to offer!
So, excited about sharing this with our followers, I managed to get a few photos of my favourite pieces but if you have the ability there is nothing like a visit in the flesh! Get booking…
In the few days leading up to our visit I had been watching the recent documentaries on Stephen Lawrence; televised in tribute to the anniversary of his death. Stephen’s was a news story that dominated much of my teenage years growing up in London and continues to resonate within the London community and beyond. By pure coincidence our visit fell on the 25th anniversary of his death. In fitting conclusion to the ‘All Too Human’ exhibition we took our time to appreciate the tribute by Chris Ofili ‘No Woman, No Cry‘ and pay our own respects to Stephen and the changes brought about by his tragic death. Teresa May also announced that Stephen Lawrence Day will be held every April 22nd to commemorate him.
Tate Britain is on the Thames in Millbank, London (close to Chelsea College of Arts University).
Tips: The closest train station is Vauxhall and the closest Tube station is Plimico
London is fantastic for free art galleries and museums but occasionally paying the extra for a unique collection of work really pays off. As an appreciator of art, with very little art history knowledge, I REALLY enjoyed my visit to ‘All Too Human’. This exhibition caters for the established and renowned artists, as well as the general public and art lovers like myself. The strong imagery in this memorable exhibition and the selection of artists chosen by the curators are well worth a visit!!
Tate Britain itself is free 🙂 – The home of British art from 1500 to the present day
Tate Modern – International modern and contemporary art
National Gallery – The story of European art, masterpiece by masterpiece
National Portrait Gallery – Discover the most extensive collection of portraits worldwide
Wallace Collection – a national museum in an historic London town house with unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury
Serpentine Galleries – contemporary art including artists such as Henry Moore to Andy Warhol
and many many more to discover in London!
If you are travelling around England there are two more Tates in Cornwall and Liverpool too…
Tate Liverpool – British and international modern and contemporary art
Tate St Ives – Visit the iconic Tate St Ives gallery, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean
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