London was definitely in party mood...post Jubilee celebrations and pre-Olympics.
Everyone was smiling...and partying. Those Brits really know how to "git down".
Didn't get to Harvey Nichols...the closest I got was a drive past in one of London's black cabs.
Pina Bausch was BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT, BRILLIANT as I knew she would be.....and last night we had the best time listening to Reuben Wilson (a godfather of groove!) at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club...that famous jazz club that's hosted all the greats.
Pierre and I did manage to squeeze in a couple of exhibitions.....the Picasso Exhibition at the Tate Britain was wonderful.....and we spent a fab day snorkelling around Wallace House and taking in all those treasures that make up The Wallace Collection. If you haven't visited The Wallace Collection then you might like to put it on your "Must Do" list...it is the most wonderful place to visit......a jewel box filled with jewels!
As the Poms would say....we had a brilliant time in London.
(1) The Hotel....at Knigtsbridge
|Stayed at one of Kit Kemp's gorgeous hotels....next time you're in London,|
do yourself a favour and stay in one of her hotels.....
|That's our room...overlooking the Union Jack.|
|The drawing room for guests|
|The library......a fab spot for a vin rouge|
|The artworks in the hotel are all exciting. Kit sources|
them from local artists in and around London.
|Harrods was dressed up like the grand lady she is!|
|Harvey Nichols was in sale mode and the city in party mode.|
(2) The Wallace Collection......this was a wonderful discovery......the mansion is filled with treasures from France and England.
The collection, which can be traced back to Jane Seymour's brother, consists of 18th century artworks, porcelain, jewels, snuff boxes, furniture, armoury etc etc. The fabulous Vivienne Westwood describes it in this video.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oeks06DA6ZM
|The Wallace Collection is a must-see if you're interested in Art History....and it's free!|
|The detail on the Sevrés porcelain was exquisite.|
|There were Rembrandts, Bouchets, Fragonards, Canelettos, Reubens et al|
|Gorgeous Sevrés porcelain......in teal blues, pinks and midnight blue.|
|Fragonard's naughty painting of a beautiful lady|
on a swing
and a gentleman
enjoying 'the view'.....
very risqué for 18th century!
Here's more about it.... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Swing_(painting)
|The golden treasures just went on and on...|
|So many Canaletto's.....his details of Venice are extraordinary....and the canal reflections superb!|
|And I adored this beautiful tortoiseshell mirror with gold and brass inlay....|
no doubt, a royal lady (see the crown at the top)
would have used this for her 'toilette'.
|And when all the jewels get too much.....you can have a cuppa|
in the beautiful tearoom.
(3) The Picasso Exhibition....this was a superb exhibition at the Tate Britain which showed Picasso's influence on British artists like David Hockney, Henry Moore, Francis Bacon et al. Picasso was, quite simply, a genius and I could have visited this exhibition again and again....it was brilliant.
|Loved the collage walls as we walked into the exhibition...|
note to self......
gather up all those French vintage papers, stamps and postcards
and create a Parisian collage (soon)!
|She was so beautiful....Marie Therése...I love the way her face|
and her lover's face are one.
|Picasso....he turned Art on its head|
and many artists have followed his lead.
Space, line, colour and his unique style....all inspirational.
|The exhibition was held at the Tate Britain....right on the Thames....and a pretty place|
for a stroll after the exhibition.
Next month...we're off to Antwerp....can't wait.
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