Over the Christmas break, we visited lots of exciting exhibitions around the city and internationally. Here are four of our favourites:
Anselm Kiefer’s Walhalla, White Cube
I studied Kiefer’s works whilst at University, so I’m familiar with his dramatic paintings and installations. Walhalla is a deeply emotive exhibition, which focuses on the central corridor space, from which the other works thematically depart. It was Kiefer’s clever transformation of the space that interested me most actually. Turning the normally bright white space into a dark, long, narrow room which is lined with rows of fold-up steel beds and draped with dark grey crumpled lead sheets and covers.
The side rooms hold an array of sculptures, paintings and installations which hold as much impact as the entrance, so head down to the White Cube Gallery to experience it for yourselves.
Visit White Cube Bermondsey, 144 – 152 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ
Ruth || Marketing
The Wallace Collection is a national museum packed full of wonderful works of art collected in the 18th and 19th centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard’s widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.
I spent a lovely afternoon wandering through the family’s London property, admiring not just art but furniture, ceramics and fantastic armoury and I’d highly recommend it to anyone.
Find them at Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN between 10am – 5pm
Sarune || Interiors
Robert Rauschenberg, Tate Modern
Robert Rauschenberg revolutionised the meaning of art in the second half of the twentieth century. The Tate’s landmark exhibition celebrates his extraordinary six-decade career, taking you on a dazzling adventure through modern art in the company of a truly remarkable artist.
Each room captures a different moment of this rich journey, from Rauschenberg’s early response to abstract expressionism to his final works saturated in images and colour. Seeing the variety of works together, makes you realise that Rauschenberg rethought the possibilities for art in our time.
The Tate gives you a chance to see these major international loans together in one place, while discovering the full story of an inspirational and much-loved artist whose influence is still felt today.
Visit them at The Eyal Ofer Galleries until the 2nd April 2017.
Ruth | Marketing
Museo Della Carta e della Filigrana, Fabriano
On a recent trip to Italy (to see the future in-laws) I was taken to the Museo Della Carta e della Filigrana, which translates to The Museum of Paper and Watermarking for us non-Italian speakers.
Arabs brought the principles of paper making and watermarking over to Italy in the 13th century and it remains the town’s best known export to this day.
The tour takes you through all of the processes to make paper and lets you have a go yourself. It was all in Italian so I picked up half of the stories around the history of paper making. Something about an English man, a Scottish man and a French man? Anyway, the final note of the tour was that Italy still produced all of England’s paper money until recently when we created our own silly plastic ones – I sensed this was maybe a bit of a sore point!
Oli | Graphic Designer