Friday, April 8, 2011


Okay, after reading about this exhibit I'm ready for a quick trip across the Pond.  Who's in?


The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860-1900

Portrait of Mrs. Luke lonides, William Blake Richmond, England, 1882. Museum no. E.1062-2003. Portrait of Mrs. Luke lonides, William Blake Richmond, England, 1882. Museum no. E.1062-2003.
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2 April - 17 July 2011

Admission charge
This is the first major exhibition to comprehensively explore Aestheticism, an extraordinary artistic movement which sought to escape the ugliness and materialism of the Victorian era by creating a new kind of art and beauty.
The well spring of the 'new art' movements of the late 19th century,  Aestheticism is now acknowledged for its revolutionary re-negotiation of the relationships between the artist and society, between the 'fine' and design arts, as well as between art and ethics and art and criticism. Aesthetic sensibilities produced some of the most sophisticated and sensuously beautiful artworks of the Western tradition.
Featuring superb artworks from the traditional high art of painting, to fashionable trends in architecture, interior design, domestic furnishings, art photography and new modes of dress, this exhibition traces Aestheticism's evolution from the artistic concerns of a small circle of avant-garde artists and authors to a broad cultural phenomenon.
The exhibition will feature paintings, furniture, ceramics, metalwork, wallpapers, photographs and costumes, as well as architectural and interior designs. Included will be major paintings by Whistler, Rossetti, Leighton, and Burne-Jones. Architecture and interior design will be represented by the works of Edward Godwin, George Aitchison, Philip Webb and Thomas Jeckyll, among others. Art furnishings designed by these and others, including William Morris, Christopher Dresser, Bruce Talbert, Henry Batley, and Walter Crane will showcase not only the designers and manufacturers they worked for, but also new retailers, such as Liberty's.


  1. Hopefully they will have a good exhibit next summer also!

  2. Me! I'm *always* ready to go to London.

  3. Count me in, too! The exhibit looks great -- and you are the best traveling companion EVER! xo

  4. Leslie: The V&A is famous for always having a worthwhile exhibit, but I sure do want to go to this one.

    Lisa: Wouldn't we have fun? In the meantime, you have Singapore and Hong Kong calling your name.

    Jennifer: Thank you much--we have had some fun times!

  5. I feel very lucky I got to see this. It's truly an amazing exhibition. I hope there's something equally wonderful on next time you're in London!