January 11, 2012

An amazing exhibition at British Museum

Lasts weeks  I went to British Museum with my friends and we visited an exhibition which is named  Grayson Perry: The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman. Every object is very beautiful and in my opinion I really love it.
Grayson Perry long cherished an ambition to show his own art – his own 'civilisation', as he calls it – alongside the great civilisations of the world, but little dreamed the British Museum would agree to his proposal
Perry brings together beautiful pieces including Buddhist votive offerings, Polynesian fetishes, Japanese portable shrines, and intricate embroidery next to his own tapestries, organised into themes of the sacred, "magick", maps, sexuality and gender, patina and texture.

 I like this badges
More of the badges Perry has chosen to put on show. They date from 1913 to 2001

the artworks are so wonderful!

Perry was involved in all aspects of the enterprise, including design, marketing, special events and even visually impaired access. This is a headscarf he designed for the gift shop entitled 'Friendly Giant'
A detail from one of Perry's cloths

 Perhaps one of the most impressive works on show is Perry’s Map of Truths and Beliefs, (above) an immense tapestry laden with images of pilgrimages, religious and secular. More interesting still though, is the exhibit Perry has chosen to sit opposite his stitched masterpiece, a souvenir hand towel from Japan, featuring two Hello Kitty characters dressed in traditional pilgrim attire.

A detail from the tapestry 'Map of Truths and Beliefs'

A 1990s Mexican figurine from Metepec chosen for inclusion by Perry
                                            Perry's The Rosetta Vase, 2011

Finally I brought two postcard, I 'd like buy it after I visited an exhibition. it’s a fascinating show created by a thoroughly nice chap.

A visit for our group presentation : Miracles & Charms

Because we must to do a group presentation, so we decided to go to Welcome Collection and visited the exhibition: Miracles & Charms.
Infinitas Gracias: Mexican Miracle Paintings  is like no exhibition we’ve seen before. It collects together over 100 votive paintings, each showing a desperate situation eased by the intervention of a saint. If, say, you fall off a ladder in Mexico and pray to your saint of choice, you’d be honour-bound upon your recovery to create or commission a votive painting by way of gratitude.

The little mircale paintings which I found to be intriguing and captivating ---each painting was accompanied with the story behind the Votive, the miracle that saved the person. The miracle paintings depict the moment of  disater when an individual asks the saint for help ---there seemed to be a lot of people saved from accidents, and even a few thanking the Saints for saving livestock.

 Another exhibition is Charmed LivesThe second half of the exhibition on Miracles and Charms at Wellcome Collection looks at 400 amulets which have been collated by artist Felicity Powell from Henry Wellcome's collection. Ranging from coins, carved shells, dead animals to elaborate notes, the original collection was started by the folklorist Edward Lovett, which bought the curios from various Londoners, including barrowboys and sailors, before selling them onto Wellcome.

Every people must be like Childhood Museum!!

I visited the Childhood Museum many times. But I always feel very happy everytime.There are a huge selection of toys and games on display,From dolls houses passed down generations within the aristocracy to modern day play things and mechanical toys. which certainly brought back some memories .
We drawing and happying inside.

also I bought one postcard 

A visit : V&A ‘ Postmodernism:Style& Subversion’ exhibition

Last Oct 21, We went to V&A with our tutor and a group of classmates and visit an exhibition---‘ Postmodernism:Style& Subversion’. That is really good exhibition.The exhibition explores the radical ideas that challenged Modernism; overthrowing purity and simplicity in favour of exuberant colour, bold patterns, artificial looking surfaces, historical quotation, parody and wit and above all, a newfound freedom in design. See over 250 objects across all areas of art and design and revisit a time when style was not just a ‘look’ but became an attitude.

But there is not allowed to take pictures , so I just make some notes and just do some drawing to record.Below:

I really like Leigh Bowery and his arts.
Bowery is considered one of the more influential figures in the 1980s and 1990s London and New York art and fashion circles influencing a generation of artists and designers. His influence reached through the fashion, club and art worlds to impact, amongst others, Alexander McQueen, Lucian Freud, Vivienne Westwood, Boy George, Antony and the Johnsons, John Galliano, the Scissor Sisters, David LaChapelle, Lady Bunny plus numerous Nu-Rave bands and nightclubs in London and New York which arguably perpetuated his avant garde ideas.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leigh_Bowery)