They've got a few things on at the V&A, though annoyingly they're not offering a combined ticket so you have to pay full price.
The best one is only £5: Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography. Various artists who work from directly exposing film. There are lovely silhouettes of human beings, fast exposures of water and ice in lakes, and near-abstract patterns of light. Great reminder that art can still be beautiful.
There's a huge exhibition on Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes with costumes, set designs, backdrops and memorabilia from the legendary ballet company. Includes some work by Picasso. There was a bit of hype a while back over Picasso's biggest painting going on show there, but it's actually an enlarged version of another painting; and isn't very effectively displayed, dominating a small triangular room. Probably best appreciated by ballet fans, but there's enough cool stuff there to be appreciate even if you can't stand it. £10.
Imperial Chinese Robes from the Forbidden City is what is says: intricately-patterned and uncomfortable-looking robes. They all seem to have much the same shape: it all seems to have been about the pattern. Also some precarious wooden shoes elevated by a wooden block in the centre. £5.
Small but free: upstairs in Architecture they have "Underground Journeys: Charles Holden’s designs for London Transport" with plans, sketches and a model of the famous designer who created the look of the Tube. Interesting to see original designs for stations I see every day.
Finished work for the year. Flying to Venice for a few days from Tuesday. Weather forecast for Friday is "light snow" which could be interesting. Then back to London for a couple of days, then Xmas with the parents. Still not reading much.
Politics. Are the American people obsolete?
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