Thursday, 14 April 2011

Somerset House

There were quite a few reasons why I started this blog, one major one was that I needed to open my eyes and (re) discover this city again: Can you imagine, I have not yet been to Somerset House ....  a neo-classical building right in the centre of London, between the Strand and the river. There you can enjoy fountains in the summer and ice skating in the winter  and an amazing amount of art, music, fashion ... here is my very short selection for the coming days and weeks (so it won't feel too depressing if we won't manage all or more):

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Outdoor exhibition by artist and social activist Ai Weiwei , from 12 May -  26 June - his first outdoor public sculpture installation, a Circle of Animals / Zodiacs Heads in London.


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In response to the news about the detainment and disappearance of Ai WeiweiGwyn Miles, Director of Somerset House Trust, said:
Like everyone who admires and respects the work of Ai Weiwei we are dismayed and aggrieved by the news that Ai Weiwei has been detained by Chinese authorities. The artist’s whereabouts are still unknown. We deplore these actions that threaten Ai Weiwei’s freedom and right to speak freely. We hope he is unharmed and will be released immediately. Ai Weiwei has chosen and approved the installation set up for 'Circle of Animals' at Somerset House and the works have already been shipped to the UK. The sculptures will be installed as planned and 'Circle of Animals' will open to the public on 12 May.

Take the kids to one of their holiday drop-in Workshops, the next one is this coming Saturday and all about Birds of Paradise.

And till Sunday you can still see the first solo exhibition by furniture maker John Makepeace
Zebras, a pair of cabinets, 2009 Oak and holly. Courtesy: John Makepeace Furniture
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