Gingerbread advent, the Queen’s picture gallery and a really really short history of Europe all feature in my Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week.
Exhibition of the Week – part 1
Buckingham Palace is undergoing a bit of facelift with the electrics and plumbing being updated in the Picture Gallery. All sixty five paintings that usually hang in the gallery are being taken down. Then for the first time ever they all going to be on public show together in a public gallery, the Queen’s Gallery from 5 December. In the meantime take a look at the Picture Gallery being prepared.
Exhibition of the Week part 2
Portraits depict people or pets. Lynette Yiadom-Boakye specialises in portraits but is no ordinary portrait artist, her paintings depict imaginary people. Who the paintings are and what the people would be like is left to us. I am really looking forward to seeing and imagining the maybe people in her paintings at the Tate Britain from 2 December 2020 – 9 May 2021.
Christmas Fair of the Week
Christmas Shopping at the Garden Museum’s Beautiful and and Useful Fair is always a source of beautiful gifts. No jaunt to Vauxhall this year as the fair is going online. You can browse the stalls ahead of time but selling goes live over the weekend 4 – 5 December
Advent Calendar of the Week
The Gingerbread City is one of my highlights in the run up to Christmas. This year the architectural bakers are keeping their creations at home. As consolation the Museum of Architecture who organise the Gingerbread City have an online advent calendar with highlights from previous cities and activities for each day.
Talk of the Week
The Imperial War Museum has an online conversation this weekend looking at Christmas at War and Paintings in the 1940’s. Two of the museum’s experts will be chatting about how families coped with wartime separation at Christmas and how London was depicted. Sounds fascinating. You can buy tickets on the Imperial War Museum website.
Museum Membership of the Week
The National Portrait Gallery is shut for the next two years for a major overhaul. That might make now seem like an odd time to take out membership but if you buy it now you get three years for the price of one. You will get access to the collection online, 20% off in the shop (and it is a great shop), special online events, a magazine and you will be first in line to see the brand new galleries when they reopen.
Book of the Week
My teens love a good bookshop and the last time they were let loose in one they bought my birthday presents. This week I finally got round to reading the final book … The Shortest History of Europe by John Hirst. As its title suggests it is a slender volume that tells the history of Europe from Ancient Greece to the modern day. An excellent primer for understanding how our continent came to be as it today.
If you click on the link and buy a book from Waterstones I will receive a small amount of money.
Where will you wander with Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week?