Sunday 16 June 2013

#100London - May Update

Oops, this post is a little late coming especially as I managed to make great progress to my museum list in May.

So my first port of call for the month was the V&A to visit the David Bowie is exhibition. Considering I have a V&A membership I'm surprised I hadn't already visited this year. The exhibition was incredible and I totally recommend visiting whether you're a Bowie fan or not. You walk around with headphones which automatically change at each section so you can hear a variety of music and interviews. I loved how interactive it was!

On the May Day bank holiday Monday I rose early to queue for the final day of Light Show at the Hayward Gallery. Advanced tickets had sold out so my only option to see this exhibition was to arrive early and hope the the line outside the gallery wouldn't be too long. I was lucky and got a ticket and thank goodness I did because this was probably my favourite exhibition of the year so far. The gallery was full of different light installations, from neon signs to interactive mood altering rooms.

After the sensory delight that was Light Show I hot footed it over Waterloo Bridge to check out Becoming Picasso at the Courtauld Gallery. I get in free with my art fund pass which is always a winner but it was a nice little exhibition regardless focusing on the artists early years but alas it is over now. I then stumbled across the London Film Museum in Covent Garden so thought I'd quickly pop in. This museum is free and thankfully so because I really wasn't that blown away by it. I enjoy film but I am far from being a movie buff so a lot of the content I didn't find too appealing. Each area was a different theme with movie clips and a few props and even though it took up quite a large space I came away thinking I hadn't really learnt that much. I then met a couple of friends and after lunch at the new Bills in Covent Garden we went back to Somerset House to check out the Sony World Photography Awards exhibition. I was not impressed by this exhibition at all, I love photography but I was shocked by the quality of the photos and couldn't understand how some of them came to be such highly regarded. Anyway, the exhibition was more of an overpriced platform to advertise Sony's new products and I'm not sure I'll be returning in subsequent years. My final stop for the day was the National Portrait Gallery (yes I've already been this year so it doesn't count) to check out the Man Ray exhibition. I loved all the portraits on display but sadly this is another one that's over now.

The following weekend I had a busy day with a friend checking out all the little galleries around London Bridge. After a delicious lunch in Borough Market we managed to visit the Menier Gallery, Ceri Hand Gallery, the Wapping Project and Bankside Gallery before checking out the Lichtenstein exhibition at the Tate Modern. I'd only been to the Wapping Project before so it was nice to discover some new places and see work by less famous artists. On the walk back to Waterloo we popped into the National Theatre to see a photography exhibition. I hadn't originally included the theatre on my list when I visited earlier this year but I've decided now that I've visited twice for 2 different photography exhibitions it should count.

My final port of call for the month was the Frued Museum during Museums at Night. I went with a couple of friends to see a talk by Martin Creed. The museum was fascinating and the talk was bonkers, Creed spent an hour being awkward, playing music and chatting about his new work, it was a very interesting evening.

My count is now up to 26 which is better than the previous month but I still have a long way to go. I should be on 50 by the end of June but I know this won't happen but with summer approaching I'm going to do my best to take advantage of the nice weather and spend my weekends more wisely.

What great museums have you visited recently x

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  1. I loved The Light Show - so different to any other exhibitions I've been to. I've been pretty bad the last couple of months and have only managed the Twinnings Tea Museum as I had a day off work. x

  2. I really wanted to see the Bowie exhibition, is it still running?

    Maria xxx

    1. Yes it's on until August I think but tickets might be sold out


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