As is often my style, I've booked a solo trip to London just before Christmas in order to take in the city's holiday atmosphere. (Any Love Actually fans out there? This is serious stuff!) I thought it would make a nice treat to myself after the completion of my first term of grad school (even though I'll still be knee-deep in essay writing, but a leisure trip to my favorite city is simply necessary!). I'll maybe do a bit of gift-shopping and check out some of the first-rate art shows and performances going on. And in true art student fashion, I hope to hit every single one of the events I've listed below, but of course I may end up getting stifled a bit... already looking at sold-out tickets for some things, but c'est la vie, right? It's London! There are always a million things going on! Duh!
I've got the hotel and train booked already, and I've got a running list of all the amazing events, markets, exhibitions, and festivals going on for the holidays... not to mention that just seeing Harrod's with their Christmas lights up will be worth it. I'm staying just off Hyde Park, so I'll definitely see Winter Wonderland and check out whatever the Serpentine Gallery has on.
I thought I would share a portion of my list of go-to artsy things that I will try my very mightiest to attend while in London. In any event, anything I do get to/see/am inspired by I will surely share on the blog!
--Top 10 artsy London events to check out before Christmas!--
1. Richard Serra, Drawings for the Courtauld - at The Courtauld Gallery
until 12 Jan 2014
Twelve of Serra's recent drawings which he created specifically for the Courtauld.
2. Paul Klee - at Tate Modern
until 9 Mar 2014
It's obviously about the artist Paul Klee, but what you might not know is that I did a massive senior research paper on Klee as an undergraduate at Wisconsin. I spent a lot of time studying his use of spiral motifs... but now I'm pretty pumped to see this large-scale exhibition at one of my favorite art museums.
3. Beyond El Dorado - at The British Museum
until 23 Mar 2014
Power and gold in Colombia... did someone say "gold?"
Restored rotunda, new cafe, reopened riverside entrance... I'm there. Not to mention they reopened their national collection of British art from 1500 back in May and I've wanted to see it ever since. Now's my time!
5. Body Language - at Saatchi Gallery
until 16 Mar 2013
At the contemporary art gallery, an exhibition devoted to art of the human body.
6. Coriolanus - at Donmar Warehouse
from 6 Dec 2013 to 8 Feb 2014
Tom Hiddleston stars in the title role of this Shakespearean tragedy.
7. Barbican Design Market - at Barbican Centre
from 28 Nov to 22 Dec 2013
A selection of designers and top-notch craftspeople selling unique items that will make unexpected gifts this holiday... and if anything, at least worth a look at what all these designers are up to!
8. Spitalfields Winter Festival - Spitalfields Market
6-17 Dec 2013
Music! Music in Spitalfields!
9. Pop Art Design - Barbican Art Gallery
until 9 Feb 2014
An exhibition focused on the role that design played in Pop Art, which burst onto the art scene in the 1960s. Over 200 works are represented by household names like Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Claes Oldenburg and the Eames brothers, among others.
10. Elizabeth I & Her People - at the National Portrait Gallery
until 5 Jan 2014
An exhibition exploring the Elizabeth I and Elizabethan merchants, explorers and nobility through portraiture, their lives and history.
Planning on going or are already in London? Anything you would suggest seeing? I LOVE recommendations! Comment below with anything from the must-see to the quirky to the 'hey, why not?'
I can't wait to revisit London, and I can't wait to share what I see.