The conservation department at the Tate had an “away day” trip to the seaside. It was an excellent chance for me to get to know conservators outside of the sculpture department. The trip began at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. The pavilion was designed in the 1935 by architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff and was the UK’s first public building in the Modernist style. We had tea on the roof and then headed down stairs to see a show of Catherine Yass’s work. Yass is a contemporary photographer and film-maker. Here is a link to the show’s web page. After viewing the exhibit, we sat by the sea and ate fish and chips. Then, it was off to Hastings, where we played a round of mini golf before heading home.
I finally made it to the Victoria and Albert Museum. The exhibition of Yohji Yamamoto’s (a contemporary fashion designer) work was a highlight because visitors were allowed to touch the clothes! It felt so wrong to be touching museum displays, but the tactile experience really added another dimension to the show.
My classmate Erin and I went to the Hayward Gallery to see a retrospective of Tracey Emin’s work. Honestly, it wasn’t our favorite show – her work wasn’t to our taste. However, it was an experience visiting the Southbank Centre.
Tom Savage, Winterthur’s Director of Museum Affairs, was in town leading a trip for Winterthur’s Collector’s Circle. He graciously invited me drinks at a private residence and then dinner in the private dining room of Green’s Restaurant and Oyster Bar. It was a wonderful evening with exceptional company.
On a non-art related side note, Wimbledon is going on in London! Being a tennis fanatic, I had to go to the All England Club to catch a little tennis and have a Pimm’s Cup.