Exhibition Road Quarter

Victoria and Albert museum
Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Image licensed for re-use under Creative Commons

The Victoria and Albert Museums’ new Exhibition Road Quarter will be the biggest construction project at the V&A since 1909. The project is set to provide a new entrance, courtyard and purpose-built gallery to accommodate the masses of visitors each year, and the design will compliment and sit naturally alongside the style of the V&A. The changes will open up a view to some of the sites original architecture; Aston Webb’s buildings, which visitors will be able to see from the courtyard. The courtyard will also reveal detailed sgraffito façade decoration which has not been seen by the public since 1873.

The Duchess of Cambridge will be opening will be opening the new entrance, courtyard and exhibition gallery on Thursday the 29th of June, and a commemorative plaque will be unveiled by the Duchess in the Sackler courtyard. As an Art History graduate I am sure this will be a very exciting event for her.


Review: America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930’s, RA.

A day out for me and my husband in London is a busy yet somehow relaxing one. We took a slow walk to Burlington House to see the new American art exhibition, then we took a stroll through Soho, saw the Tom Cribb pup, which I got ridiculously overexcited by after seeing it on David Olusoga’s BBC series, then we went to some comic book stores, and finally in the evening we saw Bill Bailey at the Leicester Square Theatre which was amazing.

Tom Cribb pub, Haymarket. Photo by ©Nocona

Anyhow, the exhibition by the Royal Academy, America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930’s tells the story of the East of North America and the industrial mid-West. This period of economic turmoil and social change was represented by some of the most emotive and atmospheric images of the 20th century. This exhibition included Georgia O’Keeffe, Alice Neel, Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, Jackson Pollock, Philip Guston and Charles Sheeler.

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