…I’d take him to a museum, hang him on the wall, criticize him, and leave.
– Jarod Kintz
If you live in London or you’re staying here at the moment and don’t hate going to museums too much, here are some wonderful current exhibitons that are mostly free!
I am planning to go to all of them over the next few weeks/months and I will keep you posted, if they were as good as they sound!
#1 Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair – It’s free!!
National Portrait Gallery – Room 33 (Trafalgar Square)
29 September 2012 – 24 March 2013
I LOVE the Portrait and the National Gallery and go there regularly.
I really can’t believe that I didn’t manage to go see the beautiful Marilyn yet! (My obsession strikes once again..!)
Update: I went there last week and have to admit I was a little disappointed. I know the gallery well and expected it to be a small exhibition of max. 2 rooms, but actually this time it was only one single wall of no more than 20-30 pictures. But the pictures were beautiful (mostly magazine covers).
#2 Hollywood Costume Exhibition
Victoria and Albert Museum
20 October 2012 – 27 January 2012
“…explores the central role costume design plays in cinema storytelling. Bringing together over 100 of the most iconic movie costumes from across a century of film-making, it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see the clothes worn by unforgettable and beloved characters such as Dorothy Gale, Indiana Jones, Scarlett O’Hara, Jack Sparrow, Holly Golightly and Darth Vader.”
Doesn’t that sound amazing? Lord Vader, Captain Jack and Holly Golightly totally got me hooked! It’s fairly expensive (about ₤40) and you have to book a ticket (November weekends already sold out).
I found a rather nice review by someone who already went and saw the exhibition.
Update: I got the tickets for that exhibition for Christmas (yay!). We spent about two hours in the 3 rooms/halls. It was amazing! I can only recommend it. The only really important movie costumes I missed there were the one from Lord of the Rings.
Highlights: Darth Vader, Jack Sparrow, the Black Swan, Anna Karenina, Holly Golightly, Sugar Cane, and many many more!
#3 Landscape Photographer Of The Year – It’s free!!
Lyttelton Foyer of the National Theatre
12 November 2012 – 12 January 2013
Just look at the pics preview.
I have to go there!
Update: I’ve been there yesterday and it was awesome. About a hundred really great pictures I all wanted to take home!
#4 Museum Of Curiosity – It’s free!
15 Bateman St, W1D 3AQ
only until Christmas!
“…This exhibition harks back to those days with taxidermied albino cobras and the heads of a two-headed calf on display. And that’s just the beginning as the surreal and disturbing artworks of well known artists such as Nancy Fouts, Tessa Farmer and Candice Tripp add to the creepy oeuvre…”
And I just stumbled upon this:
“Living is like tearing through a museum. Not until later do you really start absorbing what you saw, thinking about it, looking it up in a book, and remembering – because you can’t take it in all at once.”
— Audrey Hepburn