Raindance & BFI film festivals 2017

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Toothpicker

Anoushka Shankar performing live for the 1928 Indian silent film – Shiraz: A romance of Indian at the Barbican
 
I saw 8 engrossing films and documentaries in total at the Raindance and BFI film festivals this year, and I feel that the overall standard of the films I saw this year is exceptionally [...]

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London design festival 2017 at the V & A museum

Posted on September 23, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
After visiting Paris design week, I came back to London just in time for the London design festival. The scale of the festival is much bigger than the Paris one, which makes it harder to cover, hence I decided to focus on the main venue and the trade fairs.
My first stop was [...]

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Open House 2017: Highgate

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Toothpicker

Highgate's hidden gem – Omved gardens
 
Honestly, I am finding it harder to enjoy London these days, and it is partly due to the city being overcrowded. The worst time is June and July when tourists and school children from abroad flock over here – it is a nightmare. September used to be [...]

This post was posted in London, Architecture, British designs, Gardens & parks, Design, Modernist & Art Deco, Contemporary and was tagged with London, architecture, open house, Brutalism, contemporary architecture, modernist architecture, social housing


The power of flowers: Pierre-Joseph Redoute exhibition

Posted on September 15, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
There are many world-class art museums in Paris, but I tend to favour the lesser-known ones that are slightly off the beaten track. Located at the foot of Montmartre hill is Musée de la Vie romantique (The Museum of Romantic Life or Museum of the Romantics), a small and pretty hôtel particulier [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Nature, Paris, Art, Contemporary crafts, Botanical art, French art and was tagged with art and design exhibitions, nature, paris, contemporary crafts, botanical art, French art, Pierre-Joseph Redoute, Musée de la Vie romantique


Maison et objet (autumn 17)

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Toothpicker

Hall 6 at Maison et objet
 
The term 'enochlophobia' means fear of crowds, a phobia that I suspect I have – mildly. Although I don't experience blackouts or panic attacks in crowded places, I do feel overwhelmed, as if my energy is being sucked out of me, and I often feel exhausted afterwards.
This [...]

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Paris Design Week 17: Now! Le Off

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Toothpicker

 
I have to admit that I have not been keeping up with my blog writing this year, and there is a backlog of unfinished posts that are yet to be published; hence my new tactic is to reduce the amount of writing so that I can keep up to date with what [...]

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The Painted Hall ceiling tour in Greenwich

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Toothpicker

Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich
 
I don't often visit Greenwich, but if I have friends visiting from abroad, this famous World Heritage Site would be one of the must-see spots in London. Known for its maritime history and royal links, Maritime Greenwich has been a royal manor since the early 15th century. The [...]

This post was posted in London, Art, British art, British heritage and was tagged with London, heritage, British art, Greenwich, Old Royal Naval College, Painted Hall


Yorkshire sculpture park

Posted on August 26, 2017 by Toothpicker

Tony Cragg
 
I have long wanted to visit Yorkshire Sculpture Park, and my wish finally came true this summer. Like Hepworth Wakefield, the park also won the Museum of the Year award (back in 2014), and deservedly so. Sometimes high expectations may bring disappointments, but not in this case – the park is [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Travel, Nature, Art, Gardens & parks, Britain, British art, contemporary, Sculptures and was tagged with nature, British art, sculptures, sculpture park, West Yorkshire, yorkshire sculpture park, Tony Cragg


Art in Yorkshire: Hepworth Wakefield

Posted on August 21, 2017 by Toothpicker

The stunning concrete architecture is designed by David Chipperfield architects
 
Two years ago, there was a major retrospective exhibition of Barbara Hepworth's work at Tate Britain, which I found fairly disappointing and felt it did not do justice to the great sculptor. Luckily, there are two museum/art gallery in the U.K. dedicated to [...]

This post was posted in Exhibitions, Architecture, Travel, Art, Britain, Contemporary, British art, Sculptures and was tagged with British art, sculptures, Hepworth Wakefield, Barbara Hepworth, Howard Hodgkin, comtemporary architecture, David Chipperfield, West Yorkshire


Art in Yorkshire: Jiro Takamatsu at the Henry Moore Institute

Posted on August 18, 2017 by Toothpicker

Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
 
In July, I attended a talk on Japanese conceptual artist Jiro Takamatsu (1936-98), and the talk triggered my interest in the artist's works. The talk was an introduction to the artist's first solo exhibition outside of his home country of Japan, and it given by Takamatsu's Estate representative Yumiko [...]

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