Today was spent at the British Museum. I wanted to see the Vikings: Life and Legend exhibition before I left, plus it’s an easy place to meet my friend and do some sketching. As it was the first day of the Vikings, it was packed and the unexpected fire alarm did not help when letting people back in, but there were some fabulous items to peruse. On the other hand, the Germany Divided drawings and prints display was blissfully empty(ish) with many intriguing drawings and prints, such as a selection of George Baselitz’ inverted works in his distinctive expressive style. Both are definitely worth a visit if you are in and around Holborn.
Today I met up with a friend who treated me to “The 39 Steps” at the Criterion Theatre, as a delayed birthday present. It was rather funny and we both enjoyed it. Prior to meeting said friend, I spent a couple of hours in the National Gallery, primarily to see the double “Sunflowers” exhibit, but also to have maybe a final wander. They have been busy rehanging, what with the new Bellows on display plus some others that I haven’t seen before. Then, of course, there were old friends, like Mr Gainsborough’s daughters and their cat….
I’ve been trying to plan “the big trip home”, of which one segment will be a first time on a cruise ship (remember NY ambitions…do things that scare me). So if I am going to send myself mad in a confined space on the high seas, I’d better make sure it has a nice view as well…and may be slightly more modern vessel than this.
I took time out from my busy schedule of slacking to go and see a few exhibitions in town today. First up was “Paul Klee: Making Visible” at the Tate Modern followed by the “Court and Craft” and “A Dialogue with Nature” at the Courtauld Gallery, where I did this spread.
I like Gainsborough’s drawings, he has a lovely way with pen and ink. Samuel Palmer’s drawings from the early 1800s are a mixed media delight. I’m so used to drawings of that period being one, maybe two media, but these look more like something John Piper produced. Fabulous.
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