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January Exhibition Highlights

Christmas may be over, but as our days return to normalcy we can be forgiven for wanting to escape the post-holiday blues. Across town, there are a multitude of incredible exhibitions popping up in the New Year that can certainly help you retain some of your seasonal sparkle.

 

The Institute of Sexology – Wellcome Collection

Promising to be as giggle inducing as last years British Museum ‘Shunga’ exhibition, The Institute of Sexology hosted by the Wellcome Collection is a ‘candid exploration’ of, well, sex.

Combining over 200 objects, spanning erotica, film, photography and art, ‘The Institute’ is the UK’s first complete exhibition charting the pioneers of the study of sex. Telling the complex stories of sex interpretation pioneers such as Sigmund Freud, Marie Stopes and Alfred Kinsey, the exhibition aims to showcase the practise of sex research and how it has shaped the attitude of the populous towards our most carnal act. The show also brings together contemporary works of art exploring themes of sexual identity.

‘The Institute’ will evolve over the course of 2015, combining new commissions, live discussions and performances, and will ultimately by part of a wider Sexology Season, which will see activity across the county.

Probably not ideal for a first date, and don’t take your kids!

 

Don’t Move, Improve – New London Architecture

If you are planning on making some changes to your house, then this exhibition will be right up your street…no pun intended! This show combines the entries to the New London Architecture annual awards, and is certainly worth a sniff.

All the shortlisted schemes are on display, which will be running for awards such as ‘Best Historic Intervention’ and ‘Most Innovative Home Extension’ to ‘Most Cost Effective’. Running alongside the exhibition will be a series of workshops and free day events, which will cover practical advice for homeowners on project planning and budget planning. The events will offer the chance of a consultation with some of the shortlisted architects or interior designers.

 

Small Stories: At Home In A Dolls House – V&A Museum of Childhood

Are you a fan of ‘The Borrowers’, Polly Pockets or anything in miniature? If you answered yes, then you are in for a little treat at the V&A Museum of Childhood this year.

This cute little exhibition showcases the changes in architecture and design over the past 300 years…through the medium of dollhouses, brought together from the museums extensive collection. Showcasing miniature country mansions, villas and high-rises, many of the items on display have been lovingly restored over the past two years by a dedicated team.

Exhibits include the Tate Baby House, which dates from the mid-18th Century, remaining in the same family for six generations.

Doll house

 

Guy Bourdin: Image Maker – Somerset House

As with most exhibitions at Somerset House, the content within the Guy Bourdin show is both provocative and thought provoking, and definitely erring on surreal.

Guy Bourdin’s work marks a high point in twentieth century fashion photography, and this exhibition proves to be the largest exhibition of his work, bringing together over 100 colour prints and many more works in black and white. Tracking Bourdin’s 40 year career, from the protégé of Man Ray to his establishment as a revolutionary and visionary in his own right, the exhibition is as perfectly curated as his own work.

 

Hidden Identities: Unfinished – V&A Museum of Childhood

Another gem from the V&A Museum of Childhood, this exhibition has been brought to the fore in collaboration with the charity, Hope and Homes for Children.

A short but thought-provoking show, Hidden Identities: Unfinished centres on 14 photographs taken by Yvonne de Rosa, portraying the homes of some of Europe’s poorest children, aiming to shine a light on how adverse living conditions can affect both the family unit and life in general.

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