Looking beyond walls

 

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2 Willow Road designed by Erno Goldfinger

I have passed this building a number of times and have often seen small groups of people gathered outside, queuing for something. I can honestly say, the building did not impress me immediately but I did become more and more curious to what these people were waiting for.

Well I did stop recently and found out what was different about 2 Willow Road Hampstead. This is a building designed and lived in by Erno Goldfinger a well-known architect.

The start of my visit involved taking a seat in a room, which was previously the garage and watching a film about Erno Goldfinger, his work and this building.

A tour of the building then followed with snippets about Erno’s family life but in particular information about the design choices he made, his collections and challenges he faced in delivering a building of this nature in Hampstead.

For some reason this building and in particular its interior have inspired me and reminded me to be curious and look beyond walls.

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Thoughtful, Different, Experiential

 

My recent cultural hit was a visit to Tate Modern. The latest exhibition is  ‘ILYA AND EMILIA KABAKOV’ NOT EVERYONE WILL BE TAKEN INTO THE FUTURE and this is well worth a visit. As always there are many experiences in the main hall and exhibitions on offer for free but if you can, this ticketed show is worth visiting. Thoughtful, informative and experiential.

No photos allowed in the exhibition, so unfortunately I can’t show a taster but there is something relaxing about enjoying an exhibition without the pressure of recording it.

Secret garden

Fenton House in Hampstead London was my surprise find today. It was ‘Open House’ this weekend but it was not the house but the garden that took me by surprise. Admittedly it was a beautiful sunny day but there is no doubt the garden is their treasure. Well kept, beautiful plants and wonderful places to sit on a bench and enjoy London.

Lightening my spirits

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Work by Natalia Avdeeva at the Bankside Gallery

An exhibition worth going to at Bankside Gallery. ‘Above And Beyond’ A Major Exhibition of Paintings and Drawings by Natalia Avdeeva. Land – Sea – Cityscapes.

Natalia’s work has a depth and colour, which lightens ones spirits. Finding artists outside the larger institutions is invigorating. This exhibition is free, in a great location and on until 2nd July.