Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Great Exhibitions

You know when you have those days when you surf the net finding lots of places you'd rather be and things you'd rather be doing? I had one of those yesterday. I happened across the website of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. There is an exhibition of quilts there until 4th July. I'm particularly interested in Tracey Emin's contribution below:



Here are some more:



If you can't make it to the exhibition, you can order quilting squares online, made from reproductions of fabrics from the quilts in the exhibition:


If that isn't enough, there will be another exhibition from 17 April - 26 September entitled "Grace Kelly: Style Icon". Here's what it says about it on the website:

"The spectacular wardrobe of Grace Kelly will be on display at the V&A. Tracing the evolution of her style from her days as one of Hollywoods most popular actresses in the 1950s and as Princess Grace of Monaco, the display will present over 50 of Grace Kelly's outfits together with hats, jewellery and the original Hermès Kelly bag. Dresses from her films, including High Society, will be shown as well as the gown she wore to accept her Oscar award in 1955. These will be accompanied by film clips and posters, photographs and her Oscar statuette. The display will also include the lace ensemble worn by Grace Kelly for her civil marriage ceremony to Prince Rainier in 1956 and 35 haute couture gowns from the 1960s and 70s by her favourite couturiers Dior, Balenciaga, Givenchy, and Yves St Laurent".

Also, from 3rd July till 8th January 2010, there will be an exhibition of illustrations from the "Peter Rabbit" books by Beatrix Potter. I think Londoners are pretty lucky. Meanwhile here in the colonies, people are queuing for two and a half hours at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra to see the last week of the Collection from the Musee D'Orsay. I've chosen to avoid that one. It doesn't seem quite fair does it?
All images courtesy of Victoria and Albert Museum website.
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