Needless to say The Guvnor is a very cultured individual. When you’re out together, you should make sure to visit countless art events and exhibitions. Here’s where we recommend you head if you’re in London over the summer.
Until the 9th September, the Tate Modern is hosting a major retrospective of controversial yet iconic contemporary artist Damien Hirst. The first substantial survey of Damien Hirst’s work ever held in the UK, the exhibition sets out on a journey through two decades of Hirst’s work. Featuring over seventy of the artist’s pieces, the show includes key sculptures from the early 1990s, such as The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living, in which a shark is suspended in formaldehyde, and Mother and Child Divided, a four-part sculpture of a bisected cow and calf. Alongside these sculptures are paintings made throughout Hirst’s career from his spot, spin, butterfly and fly series. In addition, two major installations are also on display: In and Out of Love 1991, which includes a room full of live butterflies and Pharmacy 1992.
Ah Picasso, one of The Guvnor’s favourites. Until the 15th July, visit Picasso and Modern British Art, a major new exhibition at Tate Britain which explores the Spanish artist’s extensive legacy and influence on British art. The show brings together over 150 works, with over 60 stunning Picassos including Weeping Woman 1937 and The Three Dancers 1925. Alongside these iconic works, you’ll also enjoy show stopping pieces by Picasso’s most brilliant British admirers including Henry Moore, Francis Bacon, Graham Sutherland and David Hockney.
The Victoria & Albert museum is celebrating the opening of its newly renovated Fashion Galleries with an exhibition of beautiful ballgowns and red carpet evening dresses. Displayed over two floors, ‘Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950’ features more than sixty dresses. With designs created for social events such as private parties, royal balls, state occasions and opening nights; this just the sort of environment The Guvnor feels right at home in!
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
You and The Guvnor definitely can’t miss the largest exhibition ever of Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the human body. It features 87 pages from Leonardo’s notebooks, including 24 sides of previously unexhibited material. The exhibition tells the story of Da Vinci’s greatest challenge as he embarked upon a campaign of dissection in hospitals and medical schools to investigate bones, muscles, vessels and organs. Highlights include a striking image of a skull sectioned and staring straight out of the page produced in 1489, as well as a drawing of a child in breech position in the womb, c.1511.
The Museum Of London
We saved this one for last because it’s where you want to go with The Guvnor if you’re a true Lomography fanatic. From the 13th July 2012, The Museum of London will be displaying a huge 30,000 photo strong LomoWall! It will be Olympic themed and all the photographs were submitted by YOU!
What’s a LomoWall you ask?
A LomoWall is an actual physical wall covered in thousands of snap shot-sized analogue photographs. Famous for the distinctive waves of undulating colour the LomoWall’s abstract appearance comes from the thousands of printed images taken by fans of Lomography cameras from around the world. Close up, visitors are able to enjoy each photo individually, but when viewed from afar the LomoWall resembles a fascinating mosaic artwork in its own right!
With its amazing art, fantastic parties, and effortless style, London is very inspiring place for Lomographers. To honor this, Lomography proudly presents La Sardina & Flash The Guvnor Edition – a 35mm point-and-shoot camera with a fantastic wide lens and a cool sardine can design.