Victoriana: The Art of Revival

From the macabre to the quaint, the sensational to the surreal, ‘Victoriana: The Art of Revival’ is the first ever exhibition in the UK to offer a major examination of Victorian revivalism in all its forms.’ – Guildhall Art Gallery

Victoriana: The Art of Revival showcases work of artists from the last twenty years who have been inspired by the 19th century. The 19th century was an era of industrial revolution, exploration and social change, these aspect led to a great development in society and as a result great art and design can be found from that period. Continue reading


The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure

What is the The Young Dürer: Drawing the Figure?

Don’t miss your chance to see outstanding early works by Dürer as well as rare drawings and prints by his contemporaries, many of which have never been seen in the United Kingdom.’ – The Courtauld Gallery

This exhibition at The Courtauld Gallery explores Albrecht Dürer’s art during the years of 1490 to 1496, where he was travelled widely throughout Europe looking at the new influences around him and allowing experimenting with his art until he was able to reinvent his own artistic approach. Continue reading

Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan

What is Souzou: Outsider Art from Japan?

more than 300 works for the first major display of Japanese Outsider Art in the UK. The 46 artists represented in the show are residents and day attendees at social welfare institutions across Japan. The wonderfully diverse collection comprises ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and drawings.

‘Souzou’ has no direct translation in English but a dual meaning in Japanese: written one way, it means creation, and in another it means imagination. Both meanings allude to a force by which new ideas are born and take shape in the world.’ Wellcome Collection

This is the 2013 spring exhibition for the Wellcome Collection, it features over three hundred pieces of outsider art from Japan.

The exhibition is split into six parts (language, making, representation, relationships, culture and possibility) and explores and questions our perception of Outsider Art in an attempt to guide us in understanding the diversity of Outsider Art.


The space was well laid out and different sections were clearly labeled. There was a change in the coloured clips used to display information when the section changed and I thought that the little details like that were nice.

On entering the exhibition you are greeted by an information board which puts the exhibition in context, immediately following is the language section which I am not to sure about as it wasn’t the most engaging of sections to start off with. After that the exhibition improves towards the middle/end as the middle section has the most interesting and engaging content.

I have worked on a similar exhibition before so I had some understanding  of  Outsider Art however art is still something I struggle to understand so the information that was provided to me helped me a great deal as the artefacts exhibited were not always technically amazing. Further information and an extended introduction is given in the free leaflet and makes a reflective light read on this exhibition.


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Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901

What is Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901?

Discover the remarkable story of Pablo Picasso’s breakthrough year as an artist –1901. ‘ – The Courtauld Gallery

This ‘tightly focused small’ (The Independent) exhibition focuses on the year that Picasso, aged nineteen, launched his career in Paris. This exhibition would name him the breakthrough artist of the year as well as set him on course to becoming a household name.

Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 reunites the major paintings from Picasso’s debut exhibition – The paintings show a development process that draws influence from Picasso’s life and the other artists who were around at the same time.

The second half of this exhibition  shows works from the  ‘blue period’ – This occurred in the latter half if 1901 after  the suicide of a close friend. Picasso produced a group of  paintings with melancholic figures as the focus.


I don’t usually go for this type of exhibition as art has never really interested me. However I wanted to have look, after all it was free entry with my Arts Pass.

I really liked this exhibition. It was limited to two rooms, the art on display was limited to a certain period of time in Picasso’s life and they were labeled nicely with what were the driving forces and meaning/possible meaning behind each painting. The context and story behind each paint was important for me as like I mentioned before, I don’t really get a lot of the symbolism that paintings have.

I really am glad I went. I also had a chance to go around Somerset House and look at other paintings by other artists, as well as appreciate what a beautiful building Somerset House actually is on the inside.


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