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Travel Attention! Banksy in Paris – Exhibition Opening extended to 31st December 2020

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The World of Banksy The Immersive Exhibition opening has been extended to December 31st 2020.  It is situated at Espace Lafayette-Drouot, with three late night openings on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until 10pm.  Social distancing is observed.  The nearest Metro is 7 Le Pelletier. 
Official Website . Over 100 works are shown, some of which are from private collections. Upstairs is the original Banksy’s Kissing Coppers. Then there are stunning reproductions by street artists of some of his most famous works.
When you have visited the Exhibition, there is still plenty of Banksy to see – his work is all over Paris!  Fifteen minutes’ walk from the Effel Tower is a street drawing of a couple of rats admiring it from afar.  The nearest metro station is Passy Bir Hakeim. While there you may enjoy a pleasant walk by the Seine along the Allee des Cygnes. 
 
A rat flying through the air on a champagne cork can be seen on a staircase, near the Sacre Coeur in the Montmartre district of Paris! 
These are just two of the rodents depicted by Banksy in the streets of Paris and others appear in sometimes hidden corners.   The nearest
Metro Station is Jules Joffrin. 
Possibly these rats are signatures left by Banksy, as he is thought to have depicted himself as a rat in an artwork, now missing from the Pompidou Centre.
 A serious work of art is the stencil sprayed onto the fire escape door at the Bataclan concert hall. It shows a Mourning Girl left to commemorate the people, who died there in 2015
Metro Station: Oberkampf Filles du Calvaire Saint Ambroise 

In the nineteen sixties I worked in London stores. Worked as an Insurance Clerk in the City of London during the nineteen seventies. Divorced in the nineteen nineties. Now I am a retired Civil Servant, managing home and garden and escaping onto social media whenever possible.

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Don’t miss this exhibition if you like the Tudors

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Hopefully, this exhibition dedicated to commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold should begin on May 19th and continue until September 5th.

For the uninitiated it was an 18-day meeting between King Henry VIII and King Francis of France I. Inside huge temporary palaces in Belgium, under tents made of luxurious gold fabrics or on the purpose-built courtyard , the two kings and their courtiers, hosted large banquets and exchanged expensive gifts.

The reason was to try to impress the other king. It was practically a war of luxury, music and delicious food. Both kings wanted to be seen as men of the Renaissance, refined and with good taste.

The exhibition not only explains what the political situation was like then but shows many fabrics, tapestries, clothes and vestments used during this long meeting. The name of the meeting comes from the luxurious and often golden fabrics that had been put on display. The exhibition is held at Hampton Court Palace and is included in the palace entrance ticket.

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London, exhibition of royal portraits in Greenwich

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Postponed due to the pandemic, this exhibition is expected to open on May 28, 2021 and will continue until October 31. It will be  at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich and tickets cost £ 10. The Tudors to Windsors exhibition will feature works by some of Britain’s most prominent artists, from court painters Sir Peter Lely and Sir Godfrey Kneller to photographers Cecil Beaton and Annie Leibovitz and artists such as Andy Warhol. This major exhibition brings together works from the National Portrait Gallery, Greenwich Royal Museums and private collections.

Taken separately, these paintings are massive and impressive, but gathered together here the differences between the portraits become more pronounced. In fact, we pass from a majestic Victoria reign, an equally majestic and fat Henry VIII to the portrait of Prince Charles showing the heir to the throne with a sweater and riding boots. Obviously, it was only from the Tudor era that portrait painters had learned techniques to make portraits realistic. Of the previous kings and queens we have a vague idea of what they were really like.

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From David Bowie to Raphael, virtual exhibition at the V&A

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The Victoria & Albert Museum in London has launched a series of online collections that you can visit for free with thousands and thousands of objects on virtual display.

There you will find a bit of everything for all tastes from glassware to ceramics, from Mary Quant’s dresses to Alexander McQueen’s. You can also visit collections of glasses, shoes, undergarments and much more besides the usual collections of Chinese, Arabic, Japanese and of course European art.

The beauty of these exhibits is that each item has a pretty detailed description and that for each exhibit there are other interactive and video resources. Great for spending a few hours or as a resource for studying.

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