Cultural Wednesday Wishes

Welcome to Wednesday Wishes. Excitement, apprehension and wardrobe uncertainty these are the emotions that are swirling around my head at the moment.  On Monday commercial galleries can reopen and outdoor cafés.  Now I just have to remember where my Oyster card is.  Actually think about what I am going to wear.  Then Mayfair, the gallery epicentre, beckons.

Houghton Hut by Rachel Whiteread concrete cast of garden shed in woodland glade
Houghton Hut by Rachel Whiteread

Exhibition of the Week

Rachel Whiteread takes everyday objects and makes you look at them in a whole new light.  The Cultural Teens were particularly taken with her cast garden shed at Houghton Hall last summer.  Gagosian is staging an exhibition of her latest works at their Grosvenor Hill gallery.  Internal Objects will see more cabin like structures but this time ones she has constructed using found objects.  Ordinarily you can just turn up to Mayfair galleries but now you just need to go online to schedule a visit, still free, but a few extra clicks needed. This is where you’ll find me.

Exhibition at Home of the Week

When travel becomes possible again a weekend in The Hague mooching round galleries, striding out across the beach and eating cake beckons.  In the meantime you can now experience the latest Mauritshuis exhibition at home.  Fleeting – Scents in Colour explores the way that smell is depicted in Dutch art.  You can now book an online curator tour, a beautiful box arrives in the post with four vials of scent that you spray at the appropriate moment.  The smells are amazing I confess that I was sceptical that the aroma of a 17th century Amsterdam canal could be captured but it is amazing and does make the painting come to life.  Other more appealing smells include a grocer’s shop, a commander and bleaching fields.  You can order your box on the Mauritshuis website.

Auction of the Week

In a city as expensive as London how do the next generation of artists manage to afford work spaces?  The Koppel Project is a charity that supports early and mid career artists with affordable work and gallery spaces in London.  This week there is an auction of work that captures the Spirit of London with proceeds going to support the Koppel Project.  Head over to The Spirt of London website to see you you fancy placing a bid before the virtual gavel falls on April 12.

Book of the Week

Imagine London besieged by Plague, The Plague Letters by V L Valentine does just that. Not such a big stretch given all that we’ve been through in the past year but when V L Valentine sat down to research and write The Plague Letters what now seems timely was then fantastical.  We are in London, 1665, people are fleeing London, the dead are piling up.  Rector Symon Patrick sees that some of the bodies are covered in burns and tied with twine, the hunt for a murderer is on.  As you know I love an historical detective novel and this one has the added attraction of maps that show the steady spread of the Plague from Covent Garden in the West eastwards toward the City of London.  

For more lockdown reading inspiration check out my Best Books 2020 and Summer Reads guides.

Contains affiliate links if you click a link and buy a book it will cost you the same but I will get a small payment.  Thank you to Headline for an advance copy of The Drowned City.

Where will you wander with Cultural Wednesday Wishes this week?

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