There’s always so much going on in London that choosing what to see can be a challenge. In the last ten days I have been to two very different exhibitions, though both were thought provoking, witty, serious, humorous.
The first was Boticelli Reimagined at the V&A. You may have read reviews in the national press. I loved it. My attention was grabbed from the first room with the range of takes on his Venus Rising. I don’t think I had fully realised how well known this painting is. Boticelli comes over as remarkably well adapted to the C21. As co-curator Mark Evans is quoted as saying, “He goes nicely on a T-shirt.”
It’s fascinating how some images take such a hold on the collective imagination, and the reworkings in this exhibition show the whole gamut, from one I found fairly pornographic, though I believe the label described it as erotic, to Hello Kitty via a dress worn by Lady Gaga to promote a single.
There was too much for me to take in on one visit and I hope to go again before the exhibition closes in July. Continue reading