Alice In Wonderland at The V&A
As Truly Alice is an ongoing successful collection for us at Talking Tables, I was keen to visit this exhibition – delayed from 2020.
The exhibition exceeded my expectations in its breadth and relevance to today’s social causes (challenging authority; female empowerment; being curious as an attribute and even the current vogue for alice head bands..).
The initial rooms opened with how the author, Charles Dodgson had told the story to his neighbour’s young girls on a sunny afternoon of rowing. The neighbour’s daughter, Alice Liddell, begged him to turn it into a story book which he did under the name of Lewis Carroll. He collaborated with the illustrator, Tenniel, who had also done work for Punch magazine. As a true polymath, these early rooms shared with us Dobson’s interests in maths, theatre, science, and art which become mirrored in the story of Alice in Wonderland via the dodo, telescope, numbers and so on.
The mantra for curiosity, independence and learning has engaged many other fields which were reflected in the exhibition, including:
- Surrealists, such as Max Ernst and Salvar Dali.
- Sixties artists such as Peter Blake
- Films including, of course, Disney, but also the likes of Jonathan Miller. We saw some very early movie clips from 1930’s.
- Fashion designers such as Vivienne Westwood
- Chefs such as Heston Blumental
- And some much more contemporary photography inspired by the Mad Hatter’s tea party.
I left excited that characters such as Charles Dobson, fittingly in the grand Victorian building of the V&A Museum, remain relevant today to so many.
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The Art Of Bankys Exhibition
On Friday Culture Club headed to London’s bustling Covent Garden, to see the Art Of Banksy exhibition. As a household name artist we were excited to get to see some original and iconic pieces. The exhibition is in a warehouse in Covent Garden’s Seven Dias and took us on a journey through the years, with art dating back to 1997 up to 2008, a time period known as Banksy’s ‘golden age’.
We saw instantly recognisable pieces such as ‘Girl With Balloon’, ‘Flower Thrower’ and ‘Rude Copper’, as well as many pieces we had never come across before. Chatting afterwards some of us agreed that we had no idea he was so humorous, with some of the work making us laugh out loud. We particularly liked reading about and viewing some of his controversial public stunts, such as the shredding of a painting at auction, and defacing pound notes.
Following the exhibition we ventured into Seven Dials market for a drink. We were so impressed by the array of different food stalls on offer, particularly the cheese bar upstairs.. There’s a lot of cheese fans at Talking Tables!