The seventh annual Designs of the Year exhibition comes to London’s prestigious Design Museum on the 26th March. The modern museum is located on the banks of the Thames and boasts two main galleries containing collections tracing the development of design, from its origins to contemporary works.
This year’s 76 nominees include not only familiar brands and well-known designers such as David Chipperfield and Miuccia Prada, but also smaller names and student projects. The exhibition offers something to suit a variety of artistic tastes with its seven different categories, which are architecture, digital, fashion, furniture, graphic design, transport and product design. A high-profile judging panel will choose the shortlisted nominations, which will then be exhibited in the museum from the 26th March. The overall champion of the competition will be announced in May, and the winner will hold the ‘Design of the Year’ title for a full 52 weeks.
The exhibition opens its doors on 28th March, and runs until 7th July. Tickets cost £12.40 for adults, or £9.30 for students or the unemployed, and are available from the Design Museum website. Why not come over to DUKES London after checking out the finalists at the exhibition, for a luxurious meal cooked by our talented chef Nigel Mendham? Reservations can be made via the DUKES London website.
This winter, the Dulwich Picture Gallery in London will be exhibiting a variety of paintings by American-born, British-based artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler, in a special exhibition entitled ‘An American in London.’ Born in America and raised in Russia, Whistler came to London in 1859, and his early paintings of this period marked one of his most successful and profound impacts on the art scene.
Whistler is best-known for his attitude of adversity towards morals and sentimentality in art, and was in favour of the principle ‘art for art’s sake.’ The artist is best-known for the portrait of his mother named ‘Whistler’s Mother’ and his signature, which is signed in the shape of a butterfly – a reflection of his love of Asian art. Deemed ‘captivating, erudite and unexpected’ by the Financial Times, the ‘An American in London’ exhibition includes a variety of paintings of Chelsea and the Thames as well as prints, drawings, watercolours and pastels. The exhibition provides a detailed examination of Whistler’s composition, subject and technique and how it developed over the years. The highlight of the exhibition is a number of Whistler’s iconic Nocturnes, including Blue and Gold – Battersea Bridge (1872-1877.) Although the selection is small, with a widely varied selection of his works, the ‘American in London’ exhibition contains something for all types of art-lover.
After soaking in the cultural offerings of the Whistler exhibition, why not come over to DUKES London and spoil yourself with our Winter Warmer package, including complimentary upgrade and a full English breakfast before you leave.
Eykyn Maclean, one of London’s prestigious private art galleries is hosting a new and exciting exhibition entitled: ‘Van Gogh in Paris’, exploring the artist’s life throughout the period in which he lived and worked in the city, 1886-1888. Appropriately, the ‘Van Gogh in Paris’ exhibition will be held amongst the works of his contemporaries, including key pieces by French masters: Monet, Pissarro and Gaugin, many of which are privately owned and rarely displayed in public.
It is noted that Van Gogh’s distinct style was formed from the influence of these major contributors to the impressionist and post-impressionist eras. Van Gogh’s transition from living in the Netherlands to France is clearly demonstrated through his paintings, from his sombre Dutch style works, to the more colourful pieces like Sunflowers, for which he is renowned.
Highlights of the exhibition include a self-portrait of the painter which co-owner Maclean states is: ‘Essentially the first proper self-portrait he produced.’ Deemed ‘A small but perfectly formed exhibition’ by The Independent, the event is not to be missed by art and history enthusiasts alike. After soaking up the culture at Eykyn Maclean, why not drop into DUKES London to relax and enjoy our delicious afternoon tea.