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A vision of Finland

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In the early years of the 20th century, Finnish painter Akseli Gallen-Kallela painted four nearly identical paintings of Lake Keitele, Finland. The paintings have become a symbol of Finland’s unspoilt natural beauty and are now on display in the National Gallery in London, UK, along with a few of his other works.

The journey of a pioneer

Asmundur Sveinsson museumIn Reykjavik, Iceland, there is an eerily white building with an apparently somewhat far-fetched architecture. It stands in a garden full of large, strange and not-so-strange sculptures and when you walk inside, it is light as the daylight filters through the geometrically-shaped windows and falls on yet more, but smaller sculptures. The building and the sculptures are a reflection of the journey made by its architect and the sculptor: Àsmundur Sveinsson, one of the pioneers of Icelandic sculpture.

Wild about tigers

Tiger Tiger by xx-Horsham Museum-2 Dec 2017-photoCRIn one of the smaller rooms in Horsham Museum currently runs a modest but interesting photo exhibition until 3 February 2018. Tiger Tiger displays a small but beautiful and endearing collection of photographs by local amateur photographer Michael Vickers.

Balenciaga – Shaping fashion

1505857635184Balenciaga’s approach to fashion relied less on sketching designs first but rather building the item of dress, starting with the characteristics of the fabric. This fabric-driven approach led to unique designs and influenced some of the world’s foremost fashion designer. The V&A Museum in London is exhibiting a selection of his work in its “Balenciaga – Shaping fashion” show until 18 February 2018. We take a look at what shaped his genius. 

Fleeing war-torn France

Claude_Monet-Houses of Parliament London“I must admit the climate is most unusual: the number of wonderful effects I’ve seen in the two months or so that I’ve been looking incessantly at the Thames is unbelievable” – Claude Monet 

The exhibition at the Tate Britain walks us through the hearts and minds of French artists during their exile in 19th century England.

Temptation in the Surrey Hills

As we know, temptation often comes in varied shapes and sizes and there was plenty of it during my visit to the Surrey Hills Sculpture Garden 2017. From the relaxed placement of some multi-coloured cows just outside the marquee which held the coffee shop and indoor exhibition to the formal gardens of the Birtley Estate near Guildford, it came in a variety of colour, shapes and materials. 

KaffeFassett07-IMG_3255-300x225A riot of colour 

Kaffe Fassett at Standen House, East Grinstead, UK

No quiet palette of pastels or demure whites in this exhibition. Bold, bright colours everywhere, beautifully combined – a riot without clashes.