What to book this Easter !
Updated: Apr 8
We have been zooming all over town seeing heaps of new shows. These are the hot tickets we think you need to book up now.
⛪️ Ravishing Raphael ⛪️
Orphaned at the age of 11, a ‘Master’ at 17, died at 37. Just imagine what he could have gone on to create....
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance @nationalgallery to immerse yourself in utterly exquisite paintings, glorious tapestries, architectural designs and the most incredible sketches. Across 8 rooms there is so much to admire. Guaranteed to brighten any rainy day. Opens 9 April. Under 18’s free.
Football: Designing the Beautiful Game at the Design Museum
⚽️ Footie Fun ⚽️
And now for something completely different! ‘Football: Designing the Beautiful Game’ @designmuseum - footballs from the first World Cup, early boots (boys and girls), heaps of vintage kit, tech marvels, build-your-own stadium, design-your-own shirt, glorious images. Fascinating fun, especially for reluctant museum goers! Walking proof pictured of the perils of the beautiful game. Opens 8 April.
⚡️Superman⚡️was found by his adoptive parents; 🕸 Spider-Man’s parents died in a plane crash; 🦹 Batman’s were killed in a street robbery - so many inspiring characters in comics (and literature) begin their epic journeys as orphaned or abandoned children. We were lucky to have a look round @foundlingmuseum and explore the representation of foundlings, orphans, adoptees, and foster children in comics. The show stems from Lemn Sissay’s (the rightly admired poet who grew up in care) 2014 poem 'Superman was a Foundling' which is printed on the museum walls - don’t just rush by ✋ the long list of names is startling. Entry to the exhibition is included with admission so it’s a great time to visit this gem of a museum. Check out the FREE (🎟 must be pre-booked) superhero family workshops for 5+ over the Easter hols 🐣 Opened 31 March.
⭐️ Dandy Land ⭐️
Step into the FABULOUS world of men’s fashion @vamuseum flamboyant new show - ‘Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear'. A vast celebration of the colossal power of male attire. Artistry and appearance through legendary designers, classical sculptures, Renaissance paintings and LOADS of awesome 👏🏻 outfits. From Gucci to Harris Tweed with art from Hockney and Wiley and heaps of all-male dance performances it’s a joy for all. With over 100 looks along side 100 artworks across three galleries, Undressed, Overdressed and Redressed it’s honestly magnificent ! The last three show-stopping gowns worn by @harrystyles @theebillyporter @rupaulofficial are PERFECTION ⭐️ Opened 18 March.
🏰 Inspiring Walt Disney 🏰
How well do you know your Disney? Try and guess which two Disney movies feature homages to Fragonard’s The Swing. Head to the wonderful @wallacemuseum to see inspiration take flight. Straight from The Met in New York the show has transferred perfectly. New show, Inspiring Walt Disney
opened on 6 April - we loved it!
🌿 Green Friends 🌿
Discover how our leafy friends 🌿are so much more than a resource to be plundered @wellcomecollection new show Rooted Beings. Plants are sensitive creatures but there is still SO much they can teach us. A secret den build by @sop_sop_sop to shelter from Covid, an enormous passion flower and gigantic seaweed sculpture by @blodfrukten_fran_istiden and 5 futuristic totems by @patrixdominguez are just some of the sculptures on show 🤔 With other vibrant works and botanical archives from @kewgardens you will quickly lose yourself in the wilderness. Opens 24 March 🌱
🇯🇵 Samurai Warriors 🇯🇵
The first British ship 🚢 reached Japanese shores in 1613. Japan’s boarders might still be closed for travel 🧳 but you can still surround yourself with dazzling Japanese treasures at the Queens Gallery @royalcollectiontrust 🇯🇵 Kids will be fascinated by the awesome samurai armour and weaponry 🗡 on display 🏹 See over 150 works telling the story of 350 years of cultural exchange from James I to The Queen’s reign 👸🏻Opens 8 April.
✨Square Root✨ Opening 9–29 April @saatchi_gallery we were spellbound by @anthonyjamesstudio 12 transmorphic colour cubes controlled by a computerised ‘brain’ mimicking the root structure of a birch 🌳 tree. Free! Don’t miss them!
Returning for a second year we also really enjoyed the RHS Botanical Art & Photography Show. Incredible botanical art and inspiring photography. Show all running 9–29 April. 🎟️ from £5.
We have also heard great things about Picturing Pickwick: The Art of the Pickwick Papers at The Dickens Museum and Julia really enjoyed Life Through a Royal Lens at Kensington Palace.
Emily, Anya and Julia April 2022