- 1. The Victoria and Albert Museum
- 2. The Royal Academy of Arts
- 3. Somerset House
- 4. Wapping Power Station
- 5. Victoria Miró
- 6. Mazzoleni
- 7. Hales Gallery
- 8. The house in the illustration
- 9. The Modern Tate
- 10. Notable mentions
Art is as vital to humanity as breathing itself. From primordial cave paintings to classic portraits of romantics that took years to complete, art is a way of expressing ourselves that captures the hearts of others.
Cubism, surrealism, impressionism, each period has had a unique movement that represents the zeitgeist, encapsulating the feelings and philosophies of the time. In this way, art has become both a time capsule of the past and also an ever-changing world that constantly surprises and fascinates its audience. As one of the artistic capitals of the world, with some of the finest expressions ever created, London has become the place of choice for art lovers from all over the world who want to experience the best modern and classic pieces from around the world.
For advice through the myriad of galleries and museums in London, we at Lux Worldwide spoke to Matthew Jones, design consultant and president of John Jones, about which London galleries he thinks deserve the most. visit. As the world's leading specialists in the preservation and presentation of fine art, John Jones has created bespoke frames for many iconic works of art in London galleries over the years and continues to work closely with museums and galleries to ensure that works of art are at their best. If anyone knows the best to visit, it's them.
1. The Victoria and Albert Museum
Considered "the greatest museum of art and design in the world", the Victoria and Albert Museum can easily claim to be one of the most iconic places in London. With upcoming exhibitions of wedding dresses and the savage beauty of Alexander McQueen's Gothic fashion, the museum's expertly curated collections are creating strong reactionary reactions.
"The show that made me cry was the incredible Diane Arbus retrospective, showing her life's work in pictures and how she tragically came to commit suicide," Matthew recalls from one of the most moving exhibitions . "The V&A is one of those places you can really get lost - put on the headphones and lose yourself on an emotional journey." John Jones also has a close relationship with the museum, having recently framed the fashion retrospective "Horst: Photographer of Style" which was widely regarded as one of their proudest moments.
2. The Royal Academy of Arts
Unique as one of the last independent and privately funded art institutions in London, the Royal Academy of Arts has earned a reputation as the venue for some of the most interesting art exhibitions in the country. ever seen. “The breadth of their show program is so impressive that you can almost guarantee there will always be a show you have to see,” says Matthew.
“We framed the Hockney exhibit a few years ago,” recalls Matthew, who was instrumental in the frames used for some of Hockney's vibrant and dreamlike landscapes inspired by the Yorkshire countryside. At more recent exhibitions, Matthew has said "I was impressed by the Radical Geometry exhibit," an exhibit that brought together some of the most dynamic arts of the past 100 years, including kinetic sculptures, neon lights and interactive materials for a "great showcase of modern art".
3. Somerset House
A stately home with an exterior as opulent as the art it contains, Somerset House was once a palace for the Duke of Somerset Edward Seymour in 1547. Today one of London's most awe-inspiring institutions, the Palace hosts exhibitions from all over the world and continually attracts huge crowds.
The gallery is “known for the breadth of cultural collaborations across photography, fashion, art, film and music. It's really cool! "Says Matthew." We recently framed the Chris Stein / Negative Me, Blondie and The Rise of Punk exhibit. "You can't be much cooler than that.
4. Wapping Power Station
One of the most avant-garde spaces on the list, Wapping Power Station, as the name suggests, was once responsible for providing electricity to London. Transformed into an art center in 1977, the building has hosted a number of innovative shows that are still talked about today.
“Their first exhibit showed all of the original machines turned into sculptures, the whole area was darkened and filled with water, and the optical fibers provided endless light. Fashion designer Yoji Yamamoto projected images on the water, it was a real dreamlike experience, ”recalls Matthew. “I lived across the street and saw some very good shows there”. Keeping the original energy alive, Jules Wright took over the space in Mayfair and John Jones recently framed Abbas Kowsari's collection of photographs, which is still ongoing until February 28 of this year.
5. Victoria Miró
Exhibiting modern art by emerging and established artists from the United States, Europe and Asia, Victoria Miro is a gallery that goes all out for the wow factor. “Their recent Idris Kahn exhibition Beyond the Black in 2013 gave me the same wow effect as when I went to see Mark Rothko at Tate Modern,” Matthew says, reminding us of the gallery that day was both powerful and exciting. .
Having worked closely with Idris Kahn in the past, Matthew told us he was very proud to see what he had accomplished. "We made the carefully designed panels and frames that work well for his contemporary art, the large black profiles have almost become part of the art." For those who want a taste of what Victoria Miro is particularly famous for, check out the current exhibition featuring the work of Sarah Sze, a New York-based artist who uses everyday objects to create sculptures and installations. site specific.
Hand in hand with the recent boom in the Italian auction art market, Mazzoleni is a newly renovated Mayfair gallery specializing in post-war Italian art and Arte Povera. “It's great to see an Italian-owned gallery opening up a space specializing in Italian art,” says Matthew, telling us how the recent surge in interest in Italian art could become the latest trend. Check out their current exhibition of Bonalumi's sculptures - a series of contemporary pieces from a career spanning more than six decades.
7. Hales Gallery
Gallery for those more inclined to contemporary art, Hales Gallery is best known for its exhibitions which present the works in a dynamic way. “John Jones did the framing for the incredible Sebastian Bremmer show opened this month,” says Matthew. "Our long relationship with the Hales Gallery is at the origin of all our interest in building our own collection of contemporary art, with the artists they represent, such as Danny Rolph, which was the first work we bought. "
A perfect gallery for those looking to start their own art collection, Hales Gallery is both inviting and insightful about the value and beauty of art. “My advice to new collectors has always been, if you want to start a collection, check out the print collection at Whitechapel or the artists on display at Hales,” says Matthew. Good advice indeed.
8. The house in the illustration
As the name suggests, the House of Illustration is a celebration of some of the best designs and illustrations the world has to offer. “It's great to have a gallery like this that specializes and celebrates illustration,” says Matthew.
For Roald Dahl fans, childhood can be relived in their recent exhibition of Quentin Blake illustrations. Famous for drawing the characters of The Twits and The Hungry Crocodile, the Quentin Blake exhibit features original illustrations of some of Roald Dahl's most beloved works. “We loved having these evocative childhood images in the John Jones Building. So much care and consideration goes into how best to present the works of art, and the whole team enjoys going to see them in situ at exhibitions.
9. The Modern Tate
As tied to the art world as painting, no list of London galleries would be complete without an incarnation of the Tate. Undoubtedly London's art giant, Tate Modern is home to everything contemporary and unique and is always worth a visit.
“When my daughter Coco was born, we visited Tate Modern 11 times in her first 6 months! Not only the London art giant, the Tate Modern is a great day out for families; it's easy to get around, with great cafes and changing rooms - as well as seeing great art, ”Matthew tells us. In terms of exhibitions in the gallery “The Richard Hamilton exhibition strikes me particularly. John Jones framed Richard Hamilton for years and much of the artwork that was installed in this exhibit was our frames from 40 years ago, originally made by my father. A gallery with a lot of personality, the best thing about Tate Modern is that it is constantly evolving and showcasing new objects from
10. Notable mentions
As any art lover in London will tell you, it is simply impossible to rank all galleries in the top ten. As a personal expression of feelings and emotions, art touches people in different ways. “It's hard to name a top ten list because there are so many galleries that I love in London,” says Matthew, “so I would also cite the following as favorites: Hamiltons Gallery now exhibiting Charles March, Timothy Taylor Gallery, Halcyon Gallery and Dominique Levy are all definitely some of the best London has to offer. In terms of the new galleries that have opened recently, the Contini Gallery on New Bond Street is surely one of the best for those looking for something new.