Thursday, August 18, 2011

London's Museums

My roommate and I decided to go to the Tate Modern Museum this past Monday. Tate Modern is a national gallery of international modern art here in London. Currently the museum houses a special exhibit featuring the work of surrealist painter, Miro. The museum is a great place to find the works Picasso, Pollock, and Dali. As a design and merchandising major, going to see the works of these great visionaries was most beneficial. I have only learned about maybe a quarter of these great artists, and to actually see their work in person was really amazing.

Visiting the Tate museums while in London is just something you must do. They offer such a wonderful variety of art and such incite into British culture as well as the evolution of art. The Victoria and Albert Museum is another of my favorites. This building is most impressive with a beautiful collection of various types of art from cultures throughout the world and time. This museum is sectioned into cultural areas. While walking around you are suddenly transported from a garden of roman sculpture to the delicate oriental decorations of the Chinese Empire. This museum also offers one of the best gift shops I have ever shopped in. featuring various collections relating to specific parts of the museum. These collections showcase artists of today as well as offering merchandise specifically based of off the treasures found throughout.

Victoria and Albert Museum- Garden of Statues 
Tommy Nutter
I also went to visit the Museum of Textile and Fashion. Although this museum is peculiarly small, it features just one designer---Tommy Nutter, the ‘Rebel on the Row’ and his collection of menswear designs. The exhibition explores Nutter’s style and showcases designs made for Mick Jagger, Ringo Starr, Etlon John and even Twiggy. This bespoke designer is most interesting taking on intern John Galliano! It was fascinating to learn that this was the man to whom Galliano first had his intro to the industry. The gallery offered an exciting collection, but in all only featured two rooms. Unfortunately the limited selection was most disappointing.

Other fun museums are scattered throughout the city, others I visited included the Natural History Museum where visitors get a hands on look into some of the earth’s greatest gifts, the Science Museum, and the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising. All are worth exploring!! 

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