^^20/2020^^ a day in London

I rarely get to visit London, too rarely in fact, so going for two days in a row last week, felt like a big treat and reminded me that it’s not really that far and I should be more organised and less lazy and visit more often… Yes, it’s mad busy. Yes, I end up walking for too long… but it’s so vibrant and inspiring and buzzing.

Sigh.

This time I joined No 2 child’s art trip – who’s officially not a child because he’s driving! (watch out) – and had a fabulous time. (I did ask and was ‘allowed’ to go. Very gracious of him. He has great teachers and young people are fun to be with, AND me and No 2 had a lovely time too. Bonus. This post might end up being very photo-heavy… but it was that kind of day… visual stimulation galore.

First stop the Tate Modern.

I love this building…
Kara Walker ‘Forgotten Histories’

First exhibition: Dora Maar. She had a fascinating life… worth looking up.

she was, amongst other things, a photographer
and Picasso’s muse
and a painter in her own right…
oh, that’s my boy… don’t tell him I papped him!
… one of my favourite

She learnt her trade from Man Ray, she was a WWII photographer, a model… I mean… you name it. She’s done it. Awesome.

Next up, something totally different – which is why I love the Tate so much – June Nam Paik, one of the first ‘electronic’ artist… if that’s what you want to call him. He was a visionary, playful, deep… Fascinating to learn about him.

this is how he imagined the gardens of the future… endless screens showing a cacophony of images..
Buddha meditating on an image of himself shot in real time as he meditated…

We had some free time to wonder around the rest of the gallery…

… I love concrete buildings…

… and I popped in quickly to visit Ed Ruscha.

The view from the top terrace was glorious!

We then strolled along the Embankment, past the National Theatre…

…. to Somerset House

… to visit a ‘mushroom exhibition’. Not as daft as it sounds… but it was crazy crowded so hard to really enjoy.

AND THEN… to get the absolute most of our day we walked to the National Portrait Gallery to see the Taylor Wessing Photography Portrait Prize. Absolutely stunning.

And then it was time to go home…

… till next time, London!

1 thought on “^^20/2020^^ a day in London”

  1. Oh Monica, another stunning post. Love looking at London and everything you adore about it. I am reading this from London, Ontario so a little different and sitting in the snow during our winter time. Thank you for sharing and the lovely photos and commentary. Tis appreciation from this armchair traveler. (-:

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