Art: The EY Exhibition – Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy

Hi Everyone 🙂

I hope you are all having a great week so far! As promised, the latest update on the Pineapple Chicken Blog is the Picasso 1932 exhibition at Tate Modern. I believe that this has hit London by storm. I wanted to see it the first week it opened but did not manage to get any decent times to visit, so I decided to go at the earliest entrance at 10am on a Sunday morning – as you do 🙂

I love perusing museums and art galleries in peace, so I would go the extra mile to ensure that I go at a relatively quiet time, i.e. anything before 12pm on a weekend. However, there was already a queue to enter and this happened in space of the gates opening to the Tate and me travelling up the escalators!

At the entrance there is a chance to buy an audio guide. I rarely use them but for some reason I decided to spend £4 on the “not so trendy” devices. But alas, IT WAS THE BEST DECISION EVER! I noticed throughout the exhibition there was little to no description for each of the paintings. Most just gave the name of the painting or sculpture. Note, you will be handed a little booklet upon entering the exhibition. A tip for all those who visit, you do not need to read what is on the wall in each of the rooms as it is copied verbatim in your booklet. Spend more time admiring the art! :). The audio guide provided insight into how each painting was produced as well as the economy and society at the time. Honestly, £4 really well spent!!

The exhibition was curated to show most of the artwork produced by Picasso in the year of 1932. It is debated how the artist dated each of his works, so I would argue that 1932 is loosely used subject title. However, this was a period of intense creativity for Picasso and he was clearly a prolific painter. The exhibition had a vast array of paintings shown in the same space for the first time. Indeed, many of the paintings are in private collections. It was exciting to see some of his most infamous paintings in the flesh, such as the “The Dream”. During this time, he used his secret mistress, Marie-Thérèse Walter, as the focus of many of his paintings. They were intense and loving studies, and I am grateful for the curators Achim Borchardt-Hume and Nancy Ireson for bringing this to London.

Personally, I am a big fan of Picasso, whereas, I have known others who don’t really like his work. The exhibition provided further evidence of Picasso’s phenomenal creativity and his broad spectrum of styles from classicists to cubism is draw dropping. I think you can tell from my glowing review, the exhibition earns, of course, 5/5 pineapples!

I am not sure where I will be off to this weekend as I will be celebrating my anniversary with my other half (not married but we like to celebrate little milestones). However, the weekend after I will be off to Cancun, Mexico! SO EXCITED! Really looking forward to sharing more photos and things to do then! Remember, I love comments, so feel free to like or comment below!

With Sweet & Sour Love,

Pineapple Chicken x

Tickets will be available until 9th September and priced at £22 for adults or half price with the Art Fund card.  

An apology and revival!

To my dearest readers,

I cannot believe that it has been so long since my last post. I wish I could give an awesome excuse as to why I stopped writing – like trying to save the world and didn’t have enough time to go on the internet. However, as some of my followers on Instagram knows, this is an absolute lie.

Unfortunately, life happened and, very much so, a lack of self-discipline. One of my best friends moved away from London (due to the draconian immigration laws in the UK) so I spent most of it trying to share time with her (this is not an excuse btw). She was also my inspiration for my blog and re-introduced me to the world of art and culture through the Art Pass.

I had forgotten how much I loved all this stuff and how much London has to offer. The blog was to get me off my butt and do something different. Whilst my best friend is wandering the beautiful streets of Paris, I have been inspired to post on my blog again because I really love sharing my experiences with you all. If you can share a bit of love and beauty in this world – that can’t possibly be a bad thing.

Therefore, I would like to say SORRY to all my readers. I don’t think I should make any more promises, as I feel I will be lining myself for failure. Maybe we should all try and bet how long I can keep this up for! Do leave a comment below, I would love to see the range of guesses 🙂

Though I have not been blogging, it does not mean that I have not been keeping busy! Below is a quick round-up of all the exhibitions I have been to in 2018 and that is currently still open. Take a deep breath – this is going to be a whistle-stop tour!

  • Royal Academy of Arts (RA)
    • Charles I: King and Collector, available up to 15 April SO HURRY!!!!. 4/5 Pineapples. It is the first time since the 17th century that all these pieces have been reunited. It provided an extensive look into how art was shaped during the time of Charles I, and it is always great when there is a bloody history as part of the story.
  • Southbank Centre, Hayward Gallery
    • Andreas Gursky, available up to 22 April 2018 (SO HURRY). 4.5/5 Pineapples. Again, being a budding photographer, I always get excited about photography exhibitions. Gursky is famous for selling one of the most expensive photos in history. If you google it, it does not look like much … but the size of his works and the detail – truly phenomenal. It is also located in the spacious Southbank Centre, which is always worth visiting for its Brutalist architecture. This was one of my favourite exhibitions this year.
  • Natural History Museum (NHM)
    • Venom: Killer and cure, available up to 13 May 2018. 3.5/5 Pineapples. This was an interesting exhibition and the first time I have seen that there is a live animal on display. There are some really awesome animals in the collection and I always learn loads 🙂
    • Wildlife Photography of the Year, available up to 28 May 2018. 4.5/5 Pineapples. I love this exhibition and I go every year so this might be a biased review but this year there is a great portfolio of photos.
  • Barbican Centre 
    • Another kind of life:  Photography on the Margins, available up to 27 May. 5/5 Pineapples. This was one of the most humbling experiences. I went very early in the morning and it was so quiet and I think it resulted in a very different experience. The exhibition was just truly beautiful and curated very well. There are a variety of photographers on display, I probably should write a separate post on this for those who are interested. but ultimately, it was really worthwhile – a true eye-opener. This was also one of my favourite exhibitions this year.

You have done it, you have reached the end! Now you can breathe out 🙂

As you can see, it has been a busy first quarter of 2018 and I really looking forward to sharing it with you all. Next stop will be Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern.

Until then, with Sweet & Sour Love,

Pineapple Chicken x