In the run up to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, our Curator of Paintings, Prints and Drawings, Pat Hardy, tells us more about a rather timely acquisition into the Museum’s collections. One of the delights of being an art curator is when people offer paintings to the Museum as a gift. It is an act of pure goodwill; there are often no tax advantages or conditions attached. They simply think that the work should be kept for future generations in the Museum of London so that others, apart from their own family, can enjoy and appreciate it. It’s even better when […]
In the run up to the opening of At Home with the Queen on 25 May, participant, Miles Landesman, tells us about the history of his Queen memorabilia (The Queen by artist Graham Dean) and what it means to him. I first saw The Queen, by artist Graham Dean, at Nicholas Treadwell‘s art gallery in 1975. At that time Treadwell was promoting Superhumanism amongst the artists working for him. Superhumanism defines any work that is urban and unorthodox, be it angry, humorous, quirky, or ironic. My father, Jay Landesman, was a man who appreciated unusual art. He bought the painting […]
Victorian hip hop artist, Professor Elemental, takes us through a brief history of Steampunk in advance of his performance at The alternative Diamond Jubilee at the Museum of London Docklands on Thursday 31 May.
Martin Scorcese is doing it, Justin Beiber had a bit of it and Philip Pullman is riddled with it. It’s Steampunk. Pretty much what all the kids are into these days. Well, not these days exactly, more in Victorian days…make-believe Victorian days.
To mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II the Museum of London will be staging an exhibition in June 2012. Celebrating the capital’s enthusiasm and affection, ‘At Home with the Queen‘, will feature Londoners photographed in their own homes with their cherished souvenirs of Queen Elizabeth II. Here, exhibition curator, Julia Hoffbrand, updates us on the search for people and souvenirs to feature: “Right. Just back from a very extended Christmas and New Year break. Mince pies and lie-ins behind me, I sit down, coffee in hand, to look at my inbox. Lots of enquiries, some general briefings for the […]
Wednesday August 4th Today was very exciting, we had to check what use the bees had made of the 4 litres of sugar solution that we gave them last week. To my amazement the feeder was dry, the bees had taken the lot! Brian was not in the least surprised, this was exactly what he had expected. Now that the summer is drawing to a close, we will need to give them sugar every week, to help them to make enough honey to see them through the winter. There won’t be any Museum of London honey for the humans this […]