[ London art trip ]

3 - 4 -5 march 2020


tripping on art in London ~ day 1

St Pancras International, is a central London railway terminus for Eurostar services from London to Belgium, France and the Netherlands.

tripping on art in London ~ day 1, act 0 @ Eurostar

  • preparing the London trip on the Eurostar from Brussels to St Pancras.

  • arty-farty.fun's opinion: ****
    Starting our journey with Eurostar to the centre of London in no time with free Wi-Fi on board in style and lots of legroom for a comfier journey.

A (my :-) room with a flabbergasting view @ CitizenM Tower of London hotel

tripping on art in London ~ day 1, act 1 @ CitizenM Tower of London

  • Lodging & dining @ CitizenM Tower of London hotel.
    our flabbergasting basecamp for the first day, tripping on art in London. Located on top of Tower Hill Underground Station and close to the Tower of London. all info @ www.citizenm.com/destinations/london/tower-of-london-hotel

  • arty-farty's opinion: ***** perfume genious
    BIG fun to experience a hotel with a mission: a new breed of hotel giving modern travellers what they want: affordable luxury. free Wi-Fi, comfortable furniture, and a great bed to crash in at the end of a long day ,for a correct prize.

Tate Britain

Tate Britain is an art museum on Millbank in the City of Westminster in London. It is part of the Tate network of galleries in England, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It is the oldest gallery in the network, having opened in 1897. It houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation. It is one of the largest museums in the country.

tripping on art in London ~ day 1, act 2 @ TATE BRITAIN.

  • Tate Britain (opened in 1897) is an art museum on Millbank in the City of Westminster in London. It houses a substantial collection of the art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times, and in particular has large holdings of the works of J. M. W. Turner, who bequeathed all his own collection to the nation. Tate Britain is one of the largest museums in the country.

  • arty-farty's opinion :*** arty farts
    Tate Britain, an institute, a Titanic from the pré-digital world. absolutely great to visit but they have no connection with their visitors. we planned to visit Tate to see the works of J. M. W. Turner, we saw his film, read his biography ... the exhibition was closed for paint job. nobody was informed, and nobody from the security could give us any information. bureaucracy. what a downer.

AUBREY BEARDSLEY 1872-1898
Exhibition until 25 may 2020 @ TATE BRITAIN

Isolde ~  Printed 1899 ~ Colour lithograph and line block print on paper

Turning again to Wagner for inspiration, Beardsley depicts the tragic heroine, Isolde, on the brink of drinking the fateful love potion. She stands against a stage curtain, bright red in the original design and equally bold in the orange used for this first printing. Beardsley asserted, 'I have no great care for colour, but [in posters] colour is essential. This design was published as a colour lithograph supplement in The Studio in October 1895.

Victoria and Albert Museum

tripping on art in London ~ day 1, act 3.
AUBREY BEARDSLEY @ Tate Britain.

  • Exhibition until 25 may 2020 @ TATE BRITAIN

  • Few artists have stamped their personality so indelibly on their era as Aubrey Beardsley. He died in 1898 at the age of just 25 but had already become one of the most discussed and celebrated artists in Europe. His extraordinary black-and-white drawings were instantly recognisable. Then, as now, he seemed the quintessential figure of 1890s decadence. No other artist captured the danger and the beauty, the cynicism and brilliance of the age as Beardsley did with pen and ink. Beardsley worked at a hectic pace: he created well over a thousand illustrations and designs in just five years.

  • This exhibition offers a rare chance to see many of Beardsley's original drawings. It also sets Beardsley in his social and artistic context. Works by other artists punctuate the exhibition, showing how he absorbed diverse artistic influences but always retained his own style.

  • arty-farty's opinion: **** arty farts
    Great to see how the Victorians were disrupted by slinky black-and-white drawings filled with sex and death – Beardsley’s soft porn caused a fair amount of scandal. He influenced us all.

Henry Moore 18981986 Draped Seated Figure 1957-8
Bronze 
Draped Seated Figure was originally commissioned by the German city of Wuppertal.
In 1962 the London County Council purchased a cast of the work for the Stifford Estate, Stepney as part of their drive to bring modern art to urban areas and to promote Britain's post-war social recovery. The maquette nearby is its model. The theme of the seated figure on steps originally related to a commission for UNESCO headquarters in Paris, for which Moore finally chose a reclining figure (a version of this is on display in the chronological circuit). The style of drapery on this sculpture was seen in Moore's Shelter Drawings (1940-1) and derived from such ancient Greek sculptures as the figures from the Parthenon at the British Museum.

tripping on art in London ~ day 1, act 4. HENRY MOORE @ Tate Britain.

  • In 1938 the Director of the Tate Gallery, JB Manson, declared that 'over my dead body will Henry Moore ever enter the Tate'. Today there are 634 works by Henry Moore in the Tate collection ranging in date from 1921 to 1984, and including drawings, prints, and sculptures in wood, stone and metal. The most recent show in 2010 re-affirmed Moore's status as one of the leading artists of the twentieth century.

  • arty-farty's opinion: **** arty farts
    Henry Moore once said "Everything I do is intended to be big". this exhibition in Tate is grand.

TATE BRITAIN. The home of Wiliam Turner. The Clore Gallery. Empy. only 5 works on display. Where is he????

This was the goal of our "tripping on art" midweek to London :-(

tripping on art in London ~ day 1, act 5. WILLIAM TURNER @ Tate Britain.

  • the CLORE GALLERY @ Tate Britaine was ..... CLOSED :-(

  • Tate Britain is (the now hidden) home to the largest collection of works by Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851). A master of history, landscape and marine painting, he challenged the style of the old masters. Turner often shocked his contemporaries with his loose brushwork and vibrant colour palette while portraying the development of the modern world. It is no wonder that Turner became the most celebrated painter in England.

  • arty-farty's opinion: * arty fart
    no comment ☹ shame on you, Tate bureaucracy

WADDINGTON CUSTOD Gallery
4 march - 18 april 2020

BARRY FLANAGAN
ALCHEMY OF THE THEATRE

Presenting acclaimed and playfully mischievous bronzes by Barry Flanagan (1941-2009). Alchemy of the Theatre explores the theatrical elements of Flanagan's sculptures, beginning with their dramatic conception from molten bronze in the furnaces of the foundry. Taking an exuberant, irreverent, and often humorous approach to his subjects, Flanagan injected a palpable new energy to bronze, subverting a medium steeped in tradition. At the heart of the exhibition are Flanagan's well-loved hares, which captured in various poses of dynamic movement, reflect the vast depth and breadth of the human condition. The works brought together here provide a means to explore a full spectrum of emotion and human experience: from delight to boredom, melancholia to pure, unbridled joy.
Complementing Flanagan's signature works, the exhibition looks beyond bronze, to include experimental drawings, collages and dynamic stone sculptures, providing a broader survey of the artist's practice. Alchemy of the Theatre commemorates forty years since Flanagan's first solo show at Waddington Custot, then Waddington Galleries, which took place in 1980.

tripping on art in London ~ day 1, act 6.
BARRY FLANAGAN @ WADDINGTON CUSTOD Gallery.

  • ALCHEMY OF THE THEATRE exhibition runs 4 march - now temporarily closed due to ...

  • Presenting acclaimed and playfully mischievous bronzes by Barry Flanagan (1941-2009). Alchemy of the Theatre explores the theatrical elements of Flanagan's sculptures, beginning with their dramatic conception from molten bronze in the furnaces of the foundry. At the heart of the exhibition are Flanagan's well-loved hares. This show commemorates forty years since Flanagan's first solo show at Waddington Custot, then Waddington Galleries, which took place in 1980.

  • arty-farty's opinion: **** arty farts
    Barry Flanagan, his relatively traditional bronzes of exuberant, loose-limbed hares are very funny. Even more when you realize that the penis of the hares needed to be reduced in size (half) to make them acceptable for the art market:)

tripping on art in London ~ day 2

Kennedys
25 Fenchurch Ave, Langbourn, London EC3M 5AD, UK
https://maps.app.goo.gl/S5ohBH62k1HMGYev5

tripping on art in London ~ day 2, act 1:
strolling through the TOWER neighbourhood.

  • arty-farty's opinion: **** arty farts
    admiring the skyscrapers "the Gherkin”, the Trelis, the Bischopgate, Heron Tower, the Cheesgater and having a pint in a local pub

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) 
La Ghirlandata 1873

Oil on canvas No. 1059 Purchased, 1927

tripping on art in London ~ day 2, act 2: GUILDHALL ART GALLERY

  • The Guildhall Art Gallery houses the art collection of the City of London. The original gallery was built in 1885 to house art collections from the City of London Corporation. After the original building was destroyed in The Blitz in 1941, a new facility was completed to house the collection, which includes about 4,000 items, in 1999. The centrepiece of the collection, John Singleton Copley's huge painting depicting The Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, was placed in a prominent position in the entrance hall of the gallery.

  • arty-farty's opinion: **** arty farts
    the Guildhall Art Gallery is a hidden gem in London. face to face with La Ghirlandata 1873 by Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882): flabbergasted

The Natural History Museum in London is a natural history museum that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The Natural History Museum's main frontage, however, is on Cromwell Road.

The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. The museum is a centre of research specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Charles Darwin. The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons and ornate architecture—sometimes dubbed a cathedral of nature—both exemplified by the large Diplodocus cast that dominated the vaulted central hall before it was replaced in 2017 with the skeleton of a blue whale hanging from the ceiling. The Natural History Museum Library contains extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections linked to the work and research of the scientific departments; access to the library is by appointment only. The museum is recognised as the pre-eminent centre of natural history and research of related fields in the world.

tripping on art in London ~ day 2, act 3: NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM

  • The Natural History Museum in London exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history. It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum. The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 80 million items within five main collections: botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons and ornate architecture. The museum is recognised as the pre-eminent centre of natural history and research of related fields in the world.

  • arty-farty's opinion: **** arty farts
    great to see the museum kept their original setting and did not lose its 'Indiana Jones' identity.. swell atmosphere to come back with your kids and grandchildren to tell them stories. afterthought: shame on us Belgians, that we rejected our roots while rebuilding the Africa museum in Tervuren.

The Exhibitionist Hotel 
8-10 Queensberry Pl, South Kensington, London, UK. 
https://maps.app.goo.gl/GkfqVnxg8rwFgvu97

tripping on art in London ~ day 2, act 4: The Exhibitionist Hotel

  • Since opening, The Exhibitionist Hotel Kensington has been the hotel leader in style, chic and cool in Kensington. A place where one can get inspired by an art exhibition in an intimate and easy-going atmosphere.

  • arty-farty's opinion *** arty farts
    old fashioned boutique hotel, great location. grateful that we discovered Eli Castelli and his "There is no F in art" book.

tripping on art in London ~ day 3

The Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens:

One of London's most ornate monuments. It commemorates the death of Prince Albert in 1861 of typhoid.

The Albert Memorial is located in Kensington Gardens on Albert Memorial Road opposite the Royal Albert Hall. It is one of London's most ornate monuments, designed by George Gilbert Scott.

Unveiled in 1872, The Albert Memorial commemorates the death of Prince Albert, Queen Victoria's husband, who died of typhoid fever at the age of 42.

Influenced by the series of 13th Century Eleanor Crosses (Charing Cross perhaps being the most famous) and other statues in Edinburgh and Manchester, the Albert Memorial in Kensington Gardens is one of the grandest high-Victorian gothic extravaganzas anywhere.

Officially titled the Prince Consort National Memorial, it celebrates Victorian achievement and Prince Albert's passions and interests.

tripping on art in London ~ day 3, act 1. KENSINGTON GARDENS

  • soaked visit of both Serpentine Galleries in London, strolling through Kensington Gardens in a pooring March rain.

Simone Farresin of Studio Formafantasma  (right) gives a 1 on 1 guided tour to arty-farty.fun 's Etienne Verbist  (left)

Exhibition
Formafantasma: Cambio
@ Serpentine Sackler Gallery
4 Mar 2020 to 17 May 2020

Formafantasma are an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam. Their work looks at design's ecological and political responsibilities, while probing the global industries that consume natural resources.

Formafantasma (Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin) are designers who dissect the ecological and political responsibilities of their discipline. Their holistic approach reaches back into the history of a particular material used by humans, out towards the patterns of supply chains that have developed to support and expand its use, and forward to the future of that material’s survival in relation to human consumption.

Cambio, from the medieval Latin cambium, ‘change, exchange’, is an ongoing investigation conducted by Formafantasma into the governance of the timber industry. The evolution of this form of commerce over time, and its tentacular expansion across the globe, has made it difficult to regulate. It grew out of the bioprospecting that took place throughout colonial territories during the nineteenth century, becoming one of the largest industries in the world both in terms of the revenue it generates and the impact it has on the planet’s biosphere.

The earliest objects in the exhibition are samples of rare hardwoods first exhibited in the Great Exhibition of 1851, a few hundred metres from this building, which represent trees logged to the point of extinction. The newest are the exhibition display furniture and seating designed by Formafantasma, all of which were made from a single tree blown over in a storm in northern Italy in 2018. Contained in every piece of wood is an archive of climatic change and the movement of natural materials around the world.

Cambio also references the cambial layer, a membrane that runs around the trunk of trees, producing wood on the inside, a record of the tree’s past, and bark on the outside, enabling it to keep growing. Like the rings of a tree, the central spaces of the exhibition present data and research in the form of interviews, reference materials and two films made by Formafantasma in response to their research, while the perimeter spaces offer a series of case studies that provide insight into the way wood is sourced and used. Each of these investigations represents a collaboration with experts from the fields of science, conservation, engineering, policymaking and philosophy. Together, they move from a microscopic analysis of wood and its ability to store carbon dioxide, to a metaphysical understanding of trees as living organisms.

This multidisciplinary exhibition highlights the crucial role that design can play in our environment, and its responsibility to look beyond the edges of its borders. The future of design can and must attempt to translate emerging environmental awareness into a renewed understanding of the philosophy and politics of trees that will encourage informed, collaborative responses.

tripping on art in London ~ day 3, act 2: FORMAFANTASMA:CAMBIO @ Serpentine Sackler

  • 1on1 guided tour of the exhibition by artist Simone Farresin of Studio Formafantasma, of the current Exhibition "Formafantasma: Cambio" @ Serpentine Sackler Gallery, 4 Mar 2020 to 17 May 2020. Formafantasma are an Italian design duo based in Amsterdam. Their work looks at design's ecological and political responsibilities, while probing the global industries that consume natural resources. Cambio, from the medieval Latin cambium, ‘change, exchange’, is an ongoing investigation conducted by Formafantasma into the governance of the timber industry.
    check their video on Facebook

  • arty-farty-fun's opinion: *** arty farts
    Serpentine is the Mecca for contemporary art lovers and fashionistas. with Cambio, by the studio Formanfantasma, they show creative ways to expose myths about wood’s sustainability.

Arty-Farty.fun's Etienne Verbist (L) meets Eli Castelli (R),  author of the world's bestselling 'Art' book THERE IS NO F IN ART @ Chucs Cafe Serpentine

tripping on art in London ~ day 3, act 3. meet 'n greet with ELI CASTELLI

  • after reading the book in the hotel, the evening before, and 1 Instagram post, we made contact with the writer. the next day, at noon, we had a meet & greet @ Chucs Cafe Serpentine with Eli Castelli, author of the world's bestselling 'Art' book THERE IS NO F IN ART: a valuable insight into the world of conceptual art and written to provoke thought, rather than blindly accept what is sold to us as art. There is No F in ART (is there?) is an irreverent, tongue in cheek view at some of the Art world’s foibles. Pop culture and iconic artworks re-hashed are used to illustrate.

  • arty-farty.fun's opinion: ***** perfume genius
    Chucs Cafe at Serpentine Galleries designed by Zaha Hadid, a place to put on everybody's bucket list. Meeting Eli Castelli, author of the world's bestselling arty book "THERE IS NO F IN ART" was a revelation, buy the book!

Tracey Emin light sculpture "I Want My Time With You" at St Pancras International Station

tripping on art in London ~ day 3, final act

  • last pint @ Saint Pancras International.

  • Charmed by Tracey Emin's light sculpture "I Want My Time With You" and Paul Day's "The Meeting Place".