Wednesday 15 August 2018

Art Shows in London and Chichester

Garden Museum, Lambeth
Flower Fairies: Botanical Magic
To Sept 30
Original artwork for Cicely Mary Barker's Flower Fairies books. Children wearing stylish 20s outfits made of petals, leaves and stamens pose in front of botanically accurate paintings of garden flowers, wildflowers and trees. Young visitors can dress up, and there are demonstrations of cooking with edible flowers.

Pallant House, Chichester
Virginia Woolf: An Exhibition Inspired by Her Writings
To Sept 16
The paintings and sculpture are by Virginia Woolf's circle, but their connection to her writings is tenuous. The important thing about this show is that all the artists are women: Barbara Hepworth, Vanessa Bell, Gwen John, Dora Carrington, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Prunella Clough and some lesser-known names. Look out for a reflective muddy pool; a fugitive, wintry view of St Ives harbour; and an chintz sofa by Ethel Sands, empty but for a ray of sunlight. Vanessa Bell's paintings are pleasant, but are overshadowed by the skills of Carrington and John. Never mind the division into misty concepts like "the self in private" and "a room of one's own" – look at the pictures.

Tate Britain
Edward Burne-Jones
24 October 2018 – 24 February 2019
Late Victorian fantasy art, peopled by pallid maidens inspired by Leonardo da Vinci.

Tate ModernPierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory
23 Jan – 6 May 2019
Colourful paintings of the artist's home, his breakfast-table and his wife, who spent a lot of time in the bath.

Centre Pompidou, Paris
17 Oct 2018 - 25 Feb 2019
The short-lived movement, led by Picasso and Braque, flourished in the early years of the last century, but had a lasting effect on painting, illustration and design, fizzling out in art deco light fittings and "jazzy" carpets. The artists, while claiming to create a new kind of pictorial space, recorded their bohemian studios with bottles of wine, guitars and fragments of stuck-on newspaper.

The scientific Crick Institute next to St Pancras Station has a café and there is always some art on show – at the moment an interactive display pondering the news. Fake or real?

Nîmes has a new Musée de la Romanité (Roman Museum).

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