01 May 2016

Sunday strollings

A familiar route for a Sunday jaunt - off the bus at Notting Hill Gate, and a walk across the park to the Round Pond

 (that's Kensington Palace in the background)

Then to the Serpentine Gallery, which currently is showing the "esoteric cosmology" of Hilma ap Klint, "Painting the unseen" -
Continue the walk down Exhibition Road to the V&A, with coffee and/or lunch in the Friends' Room; on the way out there's usually something that catches the eye in the glass gallery, this time these lamp-worked dancers, designed by Fritz Lampl for Bimini, 1928-38 -
Do they remind you of Josephine Baker? A figurine of her, also by Fritz Lampl, is nearby
also a case full of work by Marinot and his contemporaries (c.1930), the glass characteristically with little bubbles, wheel cut and deeply engraved -
Out in the courtyard, one of the bank holiday "Japan Festival" family activities - drumming -

 If you look closely you can see the samurai helmets that kids were making out of card inside the museum. And it wasn't just kids wearing those helmets.

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