I haven’t blogged for a while, I’ve been totally swamped at work and had to sort out my house a little. Have a few things to catch up on: holidays in Naples and Dublin, Christmas and few exhibitions.
I’ve been rushing recently to see all the autumn shows before they finish and was left slightly underwhelmed. The only one that I really really liked was Francis Bacon at Tate Britain, went to see it three times. Very dark, aggressive, sad but beautiful pictures. Lots of emotions, lots of drama. In addition to this while in Dublin I went to the Hugh Lane Gallery where Bacon’s studio is recreated, more about it soon.
Tate Modern’s Rothko and Cildo Meireles exhibitions were ok, nothing to rave about though (to be perfectly honest I cannot get too excited about Rothko’s paintings so take no notice). Meireles’ show included two rooms with limited amount of visitors allowed and the queues were up to 1h for both, I lost interest. I did like the Babel tower and the crazy clock/measuring tape room but didn’t quite get what did the artist mean by the latter one. Conceptual art doesn’t do it for me.
The Turner Prize show was very disappointing, I went twice to see if any of the work will grow on me – it did not.
V&A runs two more exhibitions – Fashion v Sport (which is probably finished now) and Magnificence of Tsars. The latter one is worth the visit. It shows some amazing pieces from 1720 to 1917: coronation clothes, casual wear and army uniforms. All stunningly made, fantastic craftsmanship.
Royal Academy tempted me with Byzantium – unfortunately another disappointment. There were few interesting objects like the amazing micro-mosaics and pretty little boxes but overall the show lacked something, it was really hard to compare the works, see how art developed over the period of over thousand years. Besides I had a feeling of being ripped off – the tickets were £12 per person and lots of the works came from British Museum and the V&A.
I just wonder, are we so spoiled by the choice in London and become too picky?