Category: LONDON

National Gallery does Paula Rego’s Crivelli’s Garden

People gathered around front door of National Gallery Trafalgar Square

The National Gallery in London is set to showcase an upcoming exhibition that pays tribute to the works of the late Dame Paula Rego. Titled “Crivelli’s Garden,” the exhibition centers around Rego’s public commission of the same name, which was created for the Sainsbury Wing Dining Room in 1990. The exhibition will unite the massive artwork with the 15th-century altarpiece by Carlo Crivelli that inspired it. Rego’s life studies of National Gallery colleagues that feature in the final painting will also be on display. The monumental 10-metre-long painting reimagines the narratives of powerful women, including female saints and mythological women, surrounded by a maze-like Portuguese garden. Rego was inspired by depictions of women she encountered in the National Gallery Collection, and also used models that included friends, family members, and Gallery staff for her work. The exhibition will delve into the layers and storylines that Rego incorporated into the artwork, exploring both the art historical references and personal touches she included. “Crivelli’s Garden” was an innovative work for Rego, signaling a new direction for her career, and exploring the representation of women in paintings, as well as their role in society and religion. Despite the challenges posed by her residency, Rego approached her work with boundless energy, and much of the work presented in the exhibition is a testament to her determination and spirit. Though she was invited to produce new artworks inspired by the collection during her residency, the murals she created in that period have remained some of her most celebrated works to… Read More

See Saint Bartholomew by Bernardo Cavallino at National Gallery

Saint Batholomew art painting

Bernardo Cavallino’s Saint Bartholomew is an awe-inspiring Baroque masterpiece that will be on display in The National Gallery this April 2023. This painting, acquired at a Sotheby’s auction in New York and costing $3.9 million, is the only life-size work of the artist to be in a public collection. Cavallino, dubbed ‘the Poussin of Naples’ for his poetic handling of his subjects, was one of the leading Neapolitan artists of the first half of the 17th-century. No doubt influenced by Jusepe de Ribera’s naturalism as well as by Anthony van Dyck and Peter Paul Rubens, Cavallino was renowned for his small, sensitive paintings. His style is characterised by harmonious colours and virtuoso brushwork with stylised compositions. At 178.8 x 127 cm, Saint Bartholomew has been described as one of Cavallino’s best works – indeed it can be said to represent the full glory and emotionality of the Neapolitan Baroque school led by Caravaggio at its height. With its exhibition in Room 32 alongside other masterpieces from Italian Baroque artists such as Artemisia Gentileschi and Orazio Gentileschi, visitors can appreciate how vital a part this painting plays in telling the story of 17th century Italian art. The gallery already has another work by Cavallino – Christ driving Traders from Temple – but it does not have such a grand scale nor show off with quite so much emotional power as Saint Bartholomew does. 30 years after we last saw it go on public display (at Metropolitan Museum in New York), let us rejoice now that we… Read More

London’s Southbank: Circa Contemporary Circus will premiere Humans 2.0

Humans circus

Based in Australia, international circus company Circa Contemporary Circus will bring the London premiere of Humans 2.0 to the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall from 12 – 16 April 2023. A circus in every sense of the world, they’ll take over London’s Southbank, right in the heart of town, to showcase their feats of balance, muscular control and teamwork. Humans 2.0 is a deeply primal show that showcases the beauty and mechanics of acrobatics. With a minimalist set, the show is aesthetically led by the physicality of the human body. A troupe of ten acrobats push their physical limits to the extreme with feats including hand-to-hand acrobatics, human towers and banquine, using the sheer human body as swings, climbing frames and supports. Themes that shine through are teamwork and trust, and the show asks; Can we ever find a perfect balance, or is adapting to constant change the only way forward?  Created by circus visionary Yaron Lifschitz, the production blends theatre with circus and dance. The score is created by one of the founding fathers of the techno scene in Israel, composer Ori Lichtik. For more info and to get a ticket, head to the Southbank Centre website

The only Australian photographic art you need for your walls

Through Our Lens wall art

Backpacker, traveller, expat of just lover of Australian scenery, this one’s for you. If you’re looking for something to fill the overwhelmingly empty surfaces of your four walls, then I’m pleased to introduce you to Through Our Lens by Australian based photography partners Edger Pudans and Norah Nguyen. They take the beauty that lies in around and under the Australian landscape and turn it into a moment you can dip into at any time, at your convenience, through photographic art pieces. Their story is sweet; they met in Uni and discovered their mutual love for photography and producing quality imagery of their surroundings. They honed their skill and these days, provide portals into Australiana to their global client base of people like you and I: locals, travellers and fans of the rugged beauty-come-urban centres that comprise one of the greatest countries on Earth; Australia. Especially our favourite coastal wall art! To take their words from their website, “For landscape photographers, a certain level of planning will always be a necessity. Being at the mercy of natural light and other elements like wind and cloud cover, it can be tricky to ensure you’re in the right spot at the right time to capture that perfect shot. But thanks to modern technology, Edgar and Norah don’t have to leave things up to chance. We use advanced applications like Sky Candy, designed to demonstrate the direction of sunlight during an allocated time of day. Based on the location of the shoot, this will help us determine the time… Read More

New London food and drink hub: Iyoki opens this December

Iyoki men chef

Ikoyi will welcome guests to its new home within London’s new space for the creative industries, 180 The Strand on London’s Northbank. And the time to get excited is now. With a dedicated entrance on the corner of Surrey Street, the larger restaurant and kitchen space will afford its co-founders, Jeremy Chan and Iré Hassan-Odukale, the freedom to focus on the future evolution of their pioneering restaurant.  You could describe the new Iyoki as “a restaurant beyond definition” and the core identity of Ikoyi will persist: a true form of global modernism that is placeless, free, unfixed and personal whilst symbolising the energy of its international city home. With an open kitchen, a larger dining space, an outdoor terrace, and a private dining room, the pair commissioned the acclaimed Danish architect and designer David Thulstrup, to help them create a cohesive union of all four spaces. This will be Thulstrup’s first hospitality commission in Britain. His aesthetic and practice of a contemporary approach to the Scandinavian values of simplicity and humility with a dash of boldness will be fully embraced at Ikoyi. See more at the Iyoki Instagram

London’s V&A hosting never-before-seen Renaissance master Donatello works

Donatello Florence southwest painting

Early in 2023, the UK will play host to a very distinguished guest: Renaissance master Donatello. In the first major UK exhibition to explore the exceptional talents of the Renaissance master, Donatello. It will offer a fresh vision of the artist and his impact on both the cultural and artistic development of this crucial time in the history of art. On show at London’s Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum, the exhibition Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance will take you on a journey of works that have never been on display in the UK. The exhibition will explore Donatello’s innovations, collaborations and inspirations within the vibrant artistic and cultural context of fifteenth-century Italy, and his influence on subsequent generations of artists.  The exhibition will showcase works never seen before in the UK including Donatello’s early marble David and bronze Attis-Amorino from the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence, as well as the spectacular reliquary bust of San Rossore from the Museo Nazionale di San Matteo, Pisa, and bronzes from the High Altar of the Basilica of St Anthony in Padua.  Comprising around 130 objects, the exhibition will also incorporate a significant number of objects from the V&A’s own collections – including the most extensive holdings of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside Italy – notably from the Medieval & Renaissance Galleries. Tickets $20 The exhibition runs 11 February – 11 June 2023 For more and to book a ticket to visit, head to the V&A website Who was Donatello? Arguably the greatest sculptor of all time, Donatello (c.1386-1466) was in the vanguard of a revolution… Read More

See the Lucien Freud exhibition at the National Gallery London – and pay what you wish

Lucien Freud

Until 22 January 2023, Lucien Freud is awaiting your visit at the National Gallery at Trafalgar Square, bringing one of the most iconic artists’ work to your doorstep. And the best bit is, as a response to the cost-of-living crisis the National Gallery is to introduce its first Pay What You Wish scheme for an exhibition. On Friday evenings throughout the run of The Credit Suisse Exhibition – Lucian Freud: New Perspectives visitors will be able to pay as much or as little as they like in an excellent method of keeping art as accessible as ever. How can you see the Lucien Freud exhibition? For slots between 5.30pm and 9pm on Fridays, tickets for the exhibition, which opens on 1 October 2022, can be booked from today in advance online (, on the phone or in person for a minimum payment of £1. Visitors will also have the opportunity to attend Gallery Friday Late talks and events and enjoy later opening hours at the Gallery’s shops, bars and restaurants.     This landmark retrospective is being staged by the National Gallery to mark the centenary of the birth of the major 20th-century artist (1922-2011.)  Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, London, says: “The cost of an exhibition ticket can sometimes make it difficult to visit. While most of our temporary exhibitions are free, the Pay What You Wish scheme will enable practically anyone who wants to see the Freud centenary show to do so.”  For more info and to get planning, head to the National Gallery website Feature… Read More

Hallyu! The Korean Wave: a journey through Korea at the V&A

Psy Gangnam style

London’s V&A this year – until 25 June 2023 – are taking us on a first-hand tour of the culture and soul of Korea with its newest exhibition, Hallyu! The Korean Wave. A first for the museum and of its kind, the exhibition will celebrate the colourful and dynamic popular culture of South Korea, following its early origins to its place on the global stage today.  From Psy (‘Gangnam Style’) to K-pop and Korean cinema, the exhibition will showcase the elements of the culture that have taken the world by storm. From K-pop costumes and a newly revealed interactive K-pop dance challenge, to K-drama and cinema props and posters, alongside photography, sculpture, fashion, video and pop culture ephemera, the exhibition invites visitors to delve into the phenomenon known as ‘hallyu’ – meaning ‘Korean Wave’. Hallyu rose to prominence in the late 1990s, rippling across Asia before reaching all corners of the world and challenging the currents of global pop culture today.  For more and to get a ticket, head to the V&A website

National Gallery London: see Lucian Freud ‘New Perspectives’

Lucien Freud Reflection

Get your tickets into the world of Lucian Freud (same name; not the psychologist you’re thinking of), the artist celebrity has often overshadowed approaches to the artist’s work and the historical contexts in which it was made. This exhibition at London’s National Gallery at Trafalgar Square seeks to present new perspectives on Freud’s art, focusing on his tireless and ever-searching commitment to the medium of painting. Sponsored by Credit Suisse, the exhibition will give visitors the opportunity to see the astonishing range of work and the remarkable artistic development of one of Britain’s finest figurative painters. Think renowned pieces like HM Queen Elizabeth II  (2001, lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection), Girl with Roses (British Council Collection) from the 1940s; to Reflection with Two Children (Self-Portrait) (Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid) in the 1960s and right through to his famous late works, such as The Brigadier, 2003-04 (Private Collection.) As ever at the National Gallery in London, will be an exhibition to journey for and a deep dive into the mind and technical skill of one of surreal expressionists of history. Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, said: ’The Freud centenary exhibition at the National Gallery offers the opportunity to reconsider the artist’s achievement in the broader context of the tradition of European painting. He was a frequent visitor to the Gallery whose paintings challenged and inspired him.’ For more and to book tickets, head to the National Gallery website

Men’s underwear subscription UK: Pants & Socks is a package for your package

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It’s all-too-easy to fall into the trap of wearing the same underwear totally to death that before you know it, you’re removing and hanging out to dry these threadbare pieces of elastic and what was cotton, thinking they’ll still pass. Sound familiar? Save your bits from yourself and consider – if nothing else, going to the shops – investing in the UK’s Pants & Socks. An online retailer that provides exactly what you’d imagine: pants and socks. Delivered regularly to keep you stocked up. Pants & Socks is a great subscription or gift. It’s easy to join the club in three little steps. Plus, for those who crave a bit of personalization, check out Custom Sock Lab, where you can design your own unique socks to add a touch of individuality to your wardrobe. Pants & Socks is a great subscription or gift. It’s easy to join the club in three little steps. 1– Find your ideal Pants & Socks with their finder. – Use the Pants & Socks finder to filter your choices to a few perfect selections or browse their online shop. 2 – Choose your subscription frequency & save 20% off every order. When you’ve chosen your perfect Pants & Socks and you’re ready to commit, select size, colour, and delivery frequency. 3– Keep getting stocked with FREE UK shipping! You’re ready to checkout! You’ll be billed each time your new Pants & Socks are delivered fresh to your door. With all of your favourite brands. Pants & Socks have curated the crème de la crème… Read More