Send Claire Somewhere! (Round 2)

22 Oct

Hey ya’ll!

Almost my entire flat has gone home for the weekend and of the remaining two, one’s mother is in town so it has been a very quiet weekend in Flat 6! Since I need something to do, besides laundry and grocery shopping, I thought I’d let you guys help me choose!

Please take a second and vote on where I should go tomorrow!

The Tate Modern

Admission: Free (£3 donation suggested)
Location: South Bank

While art critics have occasionally guffawed at the Tate’s populism, over 5 million visitors each year make this museum the most popular contemporary art gallery in the world and the most visited sight in London (just ahead of the British Museum). The permanent collections are devoted to early-20th-century avant-garde movements such as futurism, surrealism and cubism. And other galleries include emphasis on European and American painting and sculpture from the 1940s-50s and revolutionary art from the 1960s. More than 60,000 items are constantly on rotation through the museum, including works by Matisse, Warhol, Mondrian, Pollock, Mondrian and Lichtenstein.

The National Gallery

Admission: Free (£3 donation suggested for use of audioguide)
Location: Leicester, the West End

Despite being one of the largest galleries in the world, with over 2,000 Western European works on display,  the NG is renown for it’s quality rather than quantity. With chronological galleries ranging from 1260-1900s, poignant paintings from every important epoch in art history are on display including works by da Vinci, Michelangelo, Renoir, Van Gogh, Botticelli, Raphael, Van Eyck and Monet.

The Kensington Gadens
Location: Kensington

West of Hyde Park, these gardens are technically a part of the palace they’re named after. And, like Kensington Palace, these gardens have become somewhat of a shrine to Princess Diana. But, art is also a characteristic of these gardens with several famous statues including George Frampton’s ‘Peter Pan’. 

The Somerset House
Admission: Free
Location: The Strand, West London

Before it’s refurbishment in 2000, the magnificent courtyard of the Somerset House, with over 55 fountains, was  used as a parking lot for tax collectors. The House was designed in 1775 for use by royal societies, but it now houses several museums. (In the winter, the courtyard is flooded — and subsequently frozen — to make an ice skating rink!) The Courtauld Institute of Art is an on site gallery housing pieces by Rubens, Botticelli, Cranach, Degas, Renoir, Manet, Monet, Matisse, Van Gogh and Toulouse-Lautrec.

(Poll closes 4AM Texas time).

I plan to take a few hours and head over to the British Museum on Monday after my morning class. I’ll bring my camera along and take a few pictures along the Strand as well (where I have class), because there are some really pretty buildings that I should show you!

Have a great weekend and Pony Up!

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