Hope you had a lovely break and Happy New Year to you.
Art galleries are the perfect day or night out in January. One of these events is free - perfect if the purse strings are a little tight after a festive Christmas! I’ve listed a few of the exhibitions that I’m excited to go to this month:
Tate Modern: Uniqlo Tate Lates
25th January 2019 at 18:00-22:00
I’ve been to a Tate Late before and they’re really great. Walk around the museum after-hours with a drink in your hand - what’s not to love? Tate Modern runs this event on the last Friday of every month with a mix of art, music, film and workshops. You’re not allowed to take drinks into the art galleries, but they have a lot of events between the galleries that you can get stuck into, as well as a DJ in the bar area if you want a dance.
This is a great event to take those friends that may not see the appeal of a normal art gallery, but fancy getting creative. The January Tate Late has the amazing Guerilla Girls member Aphra Behn talking through her latest publication. PUSH/PUSHBACK gives an inside look at the posters, protests, fax blitzes, speak-outs and street theatre actions used by the Guerilla Girls to attack and expose sexism and racism in the arts.
While this event is free, you have to book into some of the talks ahead of time.
Tate Modern: Pierre Bonnard
23rd January 2019-6th May 2019
Henri Matisse is one of my all-time favourite artists. Matisse once described Pierre Bonnard as ‘the greatest of us all’. However, Bonnard is often forgotten. You can see the impressionist influences in his work, but uses colour in the most amazing way. One of the trends of 2019 is predicted to be how we use colour to create a unique voice within brands. Pierre is another amazing resource to inspire colour palettes, patterns and creativity within graphic design. I’m so excited for this exhibition.
RA: Klimt / Schiele: Drawings
4th November 2018-3rd February 2019
I have such a soft spot for the Royal Academy of Arts. A few years ago, my godmother gave me an art pass, which allowed myself and a guest to visit the events for free. I have such a habit for meaning to go to see exhibitions, but before you know it they’re over and you’ve missed it. Having the art pass meant that we were more committed to going. Every exhibition was amazing and reestablished my love for them. I did a previous post about my trip to see the Ai Weiwei exhibition, which you can read here:
The Klimt / Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna exhibition has been running since November and ends in early Feb so this is a priority for me. Klimt paintings, especially, are quite famous but I don’t know much about Schiele at all so hopefully it’s a good introduction. This exhibition explores over 100 drawings produced by both artists. It includes the first sketches of Klimt’s ‘Standing Lovers’, one of his most famous paintings.
National Gallery: Courtauld Impressionists
Now-20th January 2019
While The National Gallery is not always my favourite museum (simply because it offers more classical and renaissance paintings that aren’t too my taste), the Impressionist era is one of my long-time loves. I saw the Monet Water Lilies last year and they were absolutely incredible. This smaller exhibition celebrates some of the major Impressionist paintings, including works by Cezanne, Manet, Degas and Renoir - a perfect introduction to the era.
Museum of Brands
£9 for Adults
I’ve just heard about a small museum near to Portobello Road, called ‘Museum of Brands’, which celebrates 150 years of brands, packaging and advertising though the permanent exhibition the ‘Time Tunnel’ created by consumer hisotrian Robert Opie. Looks really interesting!