London has a huge variety of museums, art galleries, and cultural events. Here were some of the highlights from my visit.
The British Library had a “Propaganda – Power and Persuasion” exhibit. As an American I didn’t really appreciate that Uncle Sam was their exhibit #1 for propaganda but I did find some portions of the exhibit interesting, such as their examples of leaflets dropped onto enemy combatants to get them to surrender and the well-made films from Frank Capra under the “Why We Fight” banner about the Allies entry into WW2.
Chris Levine is an artist with a gallery display at the Fine Art Society in London. This is a photo from one of his installations. He has a prominent model in an artistic but NSFW pose, as well (not pictured).
The “David Bowie is” exhibit at the Victoria and Albert Museum was an excellent multi-media display, containing movies and videos from Bowie’s early years culminating in a giant screen concert of him through the years. Tickets were hard to get and the exhibit was packed requiring patience. As you went through the exhibit the music would automatically change on your headset when you neared certain displays which made the process of following along much easier. This photo above is from the cafeteria at the museum rather than during the exhibit since photography was not allowed and it wouldn’t do it justice, anyways on my iPhone. One minor nit for me is that they rarely mentioned Bowie’s band members that played a critical part of his success including Mick Ronson, Carlos Alomar, and Robert Fripp (on “Heroes”). While doing a bit of digging for this post I read that “Heroes” didn’t even make the US “Hot 100″ when it was released which in hindsight is astonishing.
This is a photo from the London Transport Museum which was much more entertaining than I would have expected. You can go at night and have a drink and walk through the displays with the history of the tube and many examples of older buses and trains that you can sit on and touch. They also have a fantastic gift shop attached if you’d like to buy a souvenir.
Cross posted at LITGM