Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2021 – Best one in many years!

We’ve visited the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition religiously almost every year since we relocated to London from Munich respectively Sydney more than 15 years ago. It used to be our cultural highlight every year. We almost measured each year in art & culture as before-the-Exhibition and after-the-Exhibition. We’d say “Oh yes, that exhibition starts just six weeks before the Summer Exhibition’s deadline for submissions, doesn’t it,” or “We’ve got tickets for this show for a Friday night a month after the Summer Exhibition will have finished.”   WE ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE ROYAL ACADEMY SUMMER EXHIBITION With few exceptions we visited each Summer Exhibition several times, each time discovering new aspects of some of the artworks that we had previously missed. A painting that might have seemed merely shrill and hard on the eye suddenly revealed a political message. Sculptures that we might have deemed boring turned out to have required […]

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Henry Moore Studios and Gardens – The perfect way to spend an afternoon

A couple of months ago Ellie & I visited the Henry Moore Studios and Gardens, the  workplace and family home of world-famous 20th century sculptor Henry Moore. The vast estate stretches over 70 acres of land near Stansted Airport, about 2h20m (sic!) by public transport, or half that by car, from London. Spread all over the fields and gardens are more than 20 of the big man’s monumental sculptures. SIX HENRY MOORE STUDIOS While visitors are not permitted to enter the main building, you can have a close look at the six different studio spaces. One is for maquettes, another one for carving, one for etching, one for drawing, and so on. A lovely, perfectly restored 16th century barn is the only place in the world to see Moore’s unique tapestries.   EDMUND DE WAAL’S ‘THIS LIVING HAND’ AT HENRY MOORE STUDIOS At the moment, one of the larger side […]

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‘Van Gogh Alive’ – The Immersive Experience, Currently showing in Kensington Gardens

A few weeks ago, Ellie & I visited “Van Gogh Alive” in Kensington Gardens, just opposite the Royal Albert Hall. It will be showing in this location until 26 September. Bester, bigger, morer… oh well Over the past ten years, the show has been seen by over seven million visitors in 65 cities. This makes it the most visited immersive experience in the world. A lot of our friends had told us that they had booked tickets. Some of them had already seen the show somewhere on the planet and were full of praise. In short, especially with immersive experiences being the order of the day, it simply could not be avoided.   Two immersive Van Gogh experiences in London at the same time This show should not be confused with another Van Gogh Immersive Experience called not “Van Gogh Alive” but “Van Gogh – The Immersive Experience” and located […]

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London Never Dies at the London Cabaret Club – Great Show!

Last Friday, after my day of flyboarding and being stuck on South Western trains, I changed into my tux. Then Ms B & I checked out London Never Dies at the London Cabaret Club. The Club had offered us free Gold tickets to this Bond-themed show. Silver, Gold, Diamond, and Royal Gold tickets are the lowest category that include a full meal and they normally go for £90 per person. A rather reasonable price in our view for a three-course dinner and a show on the weekend in central London. Ticket prices range from £50 to £165.   No Slipknot or Slayer Ellie has always loved everything that involves nights out with music and dance, no matter if opera, ballet, musicals, or cabaret, so she was understandably super-excited to get to see this acclaimed show. I on the other hand don’t mind a bit of music, preferably heavy metal.   […]

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Exit The King with Rhys Ifans at the National – Soso..

I’m a huge fan of Eugène Ionesco and the Theatre of the Absurd in general. I had been looking forward to the performance of Oscar-nominated former stand-up comedian Patrick Marber’s adaptation of Ionesco’s play Exit the King at the National (until 6th October) with very high, perhaps overly high expectations. It’s the first time the National does Ionesco!! The 1h40m performance (no intermission) was decent by most accounts and, as usual for every London stage performance, received many 4 out of 5 and 5 out of 5 reviews (3 out of 5 by the Guardian). Without any doubt Rhys Ifans’ stage presence is super-intense and riveting, the performance of all the other actors, such as Indira Varma, also excellent. All photos (c) Simon Annand. The initial play is a manic mediation on death, which follows King Berenger, who is 483 years old, on his last day, while he is being […]

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