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Love Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’? Or his
mesmerizing ‘Starry Night’ painting? Then head for Tate Britain this Spring for these and many other famous Van Gogh
paintings will be on display in a special exhibition devoted to his work,
showing how he has influenced generations of artists.
This is just one of several fantastic
exhibitions being held in London this spring, providing the ideal opportunity
for a weekend break indulging in a spot of culture. The hardest part is deciding which ones to
visit, because there is something for everyone from film to art, manga to
The largest ever exhibition of manga art
outside Japan is set to open this spring at the British Museum. Many of the
items on display have never been seen in Western Europe before, having never
left Japan until now. Manga has become one of the most
popular forms of graphic art, influencing film, comics and books as well as
drawing styles. It has become a multi
billion dollar industry. So if manga art
is to your taste, then this is definitely an exhibition not to be missed. There are countless drawings and art work by
top Manga artists, film stills, and even an opportunity to enter a rendering of
the oldest surviving manga bookshop in Tokyo and meet manga editors. Try on
costumes and visit a special photo-booth.
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Enjoy a good breakfast at your Kensington hotel
restaurant and head over at the V&A
museum in South Kensington, the shining stars of Christian Dior and Mary
Quant shine out in two headline exhibitions.
Both designers have had a revolutionary impact on fashion and design,
albeit from different decades and different styles. From the romanticism of Christian Dior’s New
Look’s whirling florals and fluttery skirts, to the geometric designs and mini
skirts of Mary Quant, these two exhibitions provide a fantastic opportunity to
see how the designers created their garments, devised ideas and influenced
generations of fashionistas while enjoying the sight of hundreds of vintage
garments and accessories.
Also, just a short stroll from Park
City Hotel London in Kensington
is an exhibition devoted to another cultural shining star – Stanley
Kubrick. Iconic films like A Clockwork
Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey have been incredibly influential and he in
turn was influenced by the London places and locations he knew so well. Find out about his work, discover his
techniques and what made his work so iconic, as this exhibition at the Design Museum contains many props,
costumes and artifacts rarely seen in public.
mesmerizing and entertaining is the V&A’s
Museum of Childhood exhibition entitled Pirates Life for Me. Enjoy the activities of fictional pirates
like Captain Hook and Captain Pugwash, laugh at their adventures and admire the
artwork. Not far away at the Museum of London is another fun
exhibition, perfect for families and anyone who loves animals as this is where
you can discover the animals like lions, elephants, rats and pigeons that have
shaped the city and its beastly history.
Voicing the animals are actors like Nish Kumar, Joe Pasquale and
Angelica Bell ensuring that this is one of the most immersive and lively
exhibitions around this spring.