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Four very different exhibitions

miscellaneousPosted by Janette Sun, March 04, 2012 13:17:30

I have been lucky enough within the the space of just over a week to visit four very different exhibitions:

David Hockney RA - A Bigger Picture at the Royal Academy, was the first one, and an exhibition I may have easily let slip by. I could probably have recognised some of Hockney's work but previously I cannot say they held any particular appeal. However this new exhibition was a real eye opener and perhaps it is seeing the pictures in real life that made all the difference. If Leonardo was about detail, Hockney was about colour and space - and yet both of these exhibitions were about looking at the world around you. It was a reminder of how you do not have to go somewhere further than your own doorstep to find something to inspire, and it was a great reminder of how we are blessed in this country with our changing seasons. The exhibition continues to 9 April 2012; get a ticket if you can. www.royalacademy.org.uk

Articulated Materials: Bridging Waters was an exhibition by the group Material Girls joined by Canadian group, Articulation, which just happened to be exhibiting very close to my place of work. Despite only having a lunch hour spare it was an exhibition well worth seeing. Pieces on both side of the pond responded to themes around water with a variety of 2D and 3D pieces. Although now finished this exhibition gets a further showing at Horndon on the Hill in May and Maldon (both Essex, UK) in August/September this year before moving to Canada in 2013 - see the group's website for more information http://the-materialgirls.co.uk/

Then last Friday I managed two more exhibitions -

Quentin Blake, As Large as Life at the Foundling Museum, London (continuing until 15 April). Many may know Blake's work through his illustrations of children's books but this was a display of work relating to commissions from hospitals and care centres. Children in the alien world of the hospital (aka Planet Zog), elderly people enjoying circus antics, ordinary life for those with eating disorders and mother's and babies floating in water for a French maternity unit - it is surprising how a difference of line can make a change in style. The accompanying film where Blake talks about his work and techniques really gives an insight into this artist's methodology. www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk

And lastly I visited Royal Manuscripts, the Genius of Illumination at the British Library. It was a privilage to be amongst so many ancient and historic tomes. The low lighting meant you would often turn and catch a glimpse of gold, and to think you could get very close up to a book once held in the hand of Henry VIII, and see his comments written in the margin made this a really spectacular exhibition. The only drawback was trying to look at small images in a crowded room - the crowd moved more slowly than that at the Leonardo exhibition and the low lighting made it quite tiring to take in so many tiny details; in the end I made sure I saw all the highlights of the show and then wandered around randomly when there was space to see. Apart from the historic volumes, I think my favourites had to include the maps and the embroidered cover on an Italian book. This exhibition finishes on 13 March; catch it if you can. www.bl.uk

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