If you’re seeking to explore the creative products of the capital city, the following exhibitions are running:
Former Turner prize-winner Chris Ofili is exhibiting at the Tate Britain until mid-May. His artwork is colored with wealthy layering and shows an inventive chosen of mixed media, including glitter, resin, map pins and elephant dung. His work is noted for its references to his Nigerian history. Ofili won the Turner Prize in 1998 and was chosen in 2003 to represent Britain at the Venice Biennale, where his work for the British Pavilion was completed in collaboration with all the architect David Adjaye.
‘Victoria & Albert: Art & Love in London’ is the initial exhibition to focus on Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s love of art. The exhibition spans the length of their wedding and involves over 400 goods within the Royal Collection, almost all of which were exchanged amongst the pair as tokens to mark specialized occasions. The exhibition at the Queen’s Gallery runs until October.
The National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting over 60 portraits as piece of their ‘Indian Portrait’ exhibition. It involves portraits of Mughal emperors, courtiers, holy guys and some depictions of Europeans by Indian artists. This really is complemented by an exhibition of work, along with a trail, by the Singh Twins. The 2 London-born twin sisters are acclaimed British artists, and the exhibition can supply a modern reaction to the portrait exhibition. It runs until June.
Art fans interested in anything a little more quirky will enjoy ‘the Music of the Fans’ exhibition at the Fan Museum. It draws together a selection of intricately crafted fans featuring musical instruments and musical themes. The museum, heralded as 1 of London’s hidden jewels, is house to over 3,500 antique and modern fans dating within the 11th century on wards. The exhibition runs until July.
History buffs is drawn to the Ministry of Food exhibition at the Imperial War Museum. It explores the rationing of food which was introduced by wartime government 70 years ago. It shows how individuals adapted to the 14 year ration by growing their own food, striving different dishes and eating communally. It involves a wartime greenhouse, a grocer’s store, cookery demonstrations and family occasions and may run until 2011.