The Weekend Wander #16 A Summer of Art


Summer is now established and there are lots of new exhibitions around London on which to feast our eyes.  Too often I read about an exhibition, decide I want to see it, notice  its on for whats seems like ages, and  yet still fail to get around to seeing it until a few days before it finishes.  This weekend  I intend to try and be a bit more organised and get some dates in the diary for those exhibitions I don’t want to risk missing.  I thought I would share with you a few which have caught my eye.

The Summer Exhibition

This yearly exhibition at the Royal Academy is always lots of fun to visit.  Theres something for everyone with the opportunity to buy anything which takes your fancy too. It runs from 13th June to 20th August so there really is only limited time to catch it.

Sargent: The Watercolours

This launches at the gorgeous Dulwich Picture Gallery on the 21st June.  Its the first UK show in nearly 100 years devoted to watercolours by the Anglo-American artist, John Singer Sargent.  The Dulwich Picture Gallery is a great place to visit on a summers day.  The gardens and the cafe are perfect for some post gallery relaxing and cake eating. Sargent: The Watercolours opens on the 21st June and runs until 8 October 2017.

Perfume – A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent

This new exhibition at Somerset House promises to “take you on an olfactory journey through a series of rooms designed to reflect the inspirations of the scents, from the Moroccan desert a Catholic confessional, a water theme park to a lover’s boudoir”.  I love perfume and am very drawn to this tactile exhibition.  It runs from 21st June to 17th September.

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity

This exhibition is a representation of domestic life in antiquity and how it related to the personal domestic circumstances of the artist Alma Tadem I confess to knowing nothing about Alma Tadem before I read about the exhibition recently.  I was drawn to the article initially because the painting featured in the article was so beautiful.  Also, Leighton House Museum where it is being shown is one of my favourite hidden London gems. Tucked away behind Holland Park, I need little excuse to visit it.  It doesn’t open until 7th July but runs until 29th October so theres plenty of time to see this one.

Enjoy the weekend and I hope you have time to make some fun summer plans.

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