In order to give ourselves some time in London before catching the Eurostar go over to Lille, in France, Gorgeous Husband and I decided to stay overnight in the Big City and tootle around a bit. Although we have been in London lots of times, this time we decided to amuse ourselves almost exclusively by going to the British Museum. What a treasure house that place is! A real visual feast --a complete banquet for the eyes. Thank goodness I couldn't buy any of the pieces or I'd be broke!
The atrim of the British Museum
This is a ram in a thicket, an Egyptian piece from 2500 B.C.
Some more of her fabulous jewellery.
I forgot to note where this is from, Mesopotamia, I think. Love it!
This fabulous brass horse was used on a horse harness, and comes from Bologna, 750-700 BC.
Gorgeous Husband and I were all agog at the incredible craftsmanship and also the great age of the pieces. We loved the Egyptian gallery, looking at the items put in the graves, the jars for the internal organs, the mummies, and the elaborate decorations that were painted within the wooden sarcophagus itself. All beautifully detailed and as colourful as if they were just finished, yet had been sealed up for thousands of years. Slightly spooky! I can hardly imagine the excitement the first Europeans would have felt when they unearthed the coffins.
After we had worn our feet out at the British Museum, we decided to take in an art exhibit that we had chanced upon, which was in the crypt of St. Pancras Church. It seemed a bit appropriate after looking at all the grave finery in the museum.
This exhibiton was called "Dare to Wear" which was a wildy exuberant, colourful display of "outsider art" (for want of a better term.) It was curated by Sue Kreitzman and incorporated the works of 26 individual artists who embraced colour and energy and verve and pizzazz as if they were no tomorrow. Indeed, the sign outside did warn: "Don't wear beige, it might kill you!"
For myself, it was like unexpectedly meeting a rock star. I had seen the works of Sue Kreitzman on the internet, and to meet her in person, was like, well, wow! (This also stands for Wild Old Women, so a pretty appropriate all round description of my experience!)
This is the link to Sue's website: www.suekreitzman.com. (Once again, I hope I had managed to add the link correctly.)
Here I am with Sue Kreitzman, which was a real thrill for me. I loved the fabulous coats, both the one on the mannequin and the one Sue is wearing.
This is what Sue Kreitzman wrote in the catalogue about the exhibit, DARE TO WEAR:
Don't leave art to lanquish on the walls.
Wrap yourself, festoon, engulf and adorn yourself.
Glory in texture, colour and spectacle.
Erupt into the world: brash, glittering, bejewelled, and multicoloured.
Dare to be a graffito, a collage, an assemblage.
Burst into art, and you will change your world forever.
Wow! What a concept!! Talk about kicking the idea of the timid older woman wearing pastels into next week.
Here are some more images from the exhibition, which runs at St. Pancras Church, Euston Road, London, NW1 2BA until November 4, 2012 (closed Mondays). If you want to have your eyes electrified with colour, by all means go. No, really, I mean it: GO! If you're brave enough, there is a special evening event on November 1 (Dia de los Muertos-- the Mexican Day of the Dead) from 6:30 til 9:00. It should be a riot!
It certainly boggled my mind, and with the grave imagery from the museum still whizzing around in my head along with the art exhibit, I found it difficult to get to sleep! Too much excitement for one day!