A few things on our art radar this month. Tragically Pigcasso doesn’t live in London, otherwise we'd be spending a lot of time with her...
Queer British Art at Tate Britain
We can recommend the new show marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England which opened at the Tate Britain this week. Alongside paintings from artists such as David Hockney, Duncan Grant, Simeon Soloman and Laura Knight, there’s Noel Cowards dressing gown and the door of Wilde’s cell in Reading Gaol, which tell poignant human stories of love over the years.
There for the private view, Belinda bumped into Ben Wishaw sporting a moustache for his role in Mary Poppins and enjoyed a joyful medley of tunes from @LdnGMC. Thanks for the invitation @gabriellehase.
Fear and Love at the Design Museum
We spent a blissful afternoon in Kensington, exploring the new Fear and Love exhibition at the Design Museum, followed by a walk around the tranquil Japanese Garden in Holland Park.
The exhibition explores how design is connected not just to commerce and culture, but also to urgent underlying issues that inspire fear and love. Our favourite piece was Fibre Market – an installation exploring the potential of recycling textiles. The multi-coloured conical piles of fluff made us want to dive straight in headfirst.
We were also mesmerised by Mimus, a giant industrial robot that’s curious about the world around her.
And finally, we’ve fallen in love with Pigcasso, the pig who was rescued from a slaughter house in South Africa and has now discovered her calling as an artist. Her ‘abstract’ pieces are selling for up to £1,600.