I am planning a weekend in London in a few weeks and am already thinking about the exhibitions I will see there. I have always found London very innovative when it comes to museum practices and curation and now that I am not living there anymore, I am looking forward to check the new things out.
The first on my list is Staging Jackson Pollock at the Whitechapel Gallery. 2018 marked the 60th anniversary of Pollock’s premiere in the UK : a touring show arrived at the Whitechapel Gallery in 1958. It was beautifully designed by Trevor Dannatt who transformed the gallery into a white cube which was innovative at the time. Plus, it was said that the show was funded by the CIA who used abstract expressionism to market US’ freedom of expression in a soft, cultural cold war. For the occasion, the gallery put a small exhibition together revisiting the historical show with some comments on its organisation and administration, some archive materials and an exclusive recent interview of Dannatt. We can also see Summertime 9A (1948), one of Pollock’s masterpieces, which was already featured in the 1958’s exhibition. For a Pollock’s fan like me, it promises to be exciting.
The second exhibition I’d like to see is Swinging London : A Lifestyle Revolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant at the Fashion and Textile Museum. Focusing on the Chelsea Set, a group of young architects, designers, photographs, who redefined the concept of youth in London in the 50s, 60s and 70s. Fashion designers Mary Quant and designer Terence Conran were part of this group and are the focus of the exhibition. Swinging London presents fashion, furniture, textiles, … stating the cultural significance of the period and the cultural but also socio-economical transformation that happened during that time. I miss London and this show will allow me to reconnect with the London vibe I use to love so much.
Last but not least: Videogames: Design / Play / Disrupt at the Victoria & Albert Museum. I missed Behing the Game at the Gaîté Lyrique in Paris, the exhibition about the video game Assassin’s Creed which was a journey into the design process that produced the game. I thus cannot miss V&A’s current exhibition. The show gives insights into the design process behind several famous video games. It presents concept art, prototypes and also interactive exhibits and immersive installation. It’s exciting on paper and promises to be an experience. Hopefully, it will be at the museum.
Three for a weekend is quite enough but is there any other exhibition I shouldn’t miss? A must-see? Any advice?
Staging Jackson Pollock, Whitechapel Gallery, 4 Sept. 2018 – 24 March 2019.
Swinging London : A Lifestyle Revolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant, Fashion and Textile Museum, 8 February – 2 June 2019.
Videogames: Design / Play / Disrupt, Victoria and Albert Museum, until 24th February 2019.