MK Gallery Preview

24 Jan

On Thursday night we went on a date!

It was probably not the sort of date that Mr B had in  mind, but he’ll take what he can get on a school night.

I got us two tickets to the preview of MK Gallery’s latest exhibition Treasures in MK.

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Really? I hear you say.  Treasures in Milton Keynes? Milton Keynes??!

Well yes.

The Gallery has collaborated with private collectors from MK and the surrounding area and put together a very eclectic exhibition.

It was packed to the rafters with art and other objects. Even the most hardened philistine would recognise at least one or two of the famous artists whose work was on show.

There was Hogarth and Romney, Matisse and Picasso, Durer and Gainsborough, Rego and Blake. And so the list goes on.

The Paula Rego lithograph of Mr Rochester really caught my eye.

There is also a stunning portrait of Emma Hamilton by Romney and an interesting self-portrait by David Bowie.

There is fun to be had studying Tom Chadwick’s The Proverbs. See how many sayings you can pick out.

Mr B spent a large amount of time closely studying the absolutely pristine cream Aston Martin, with cream and red leather interiors. I am not a car person but even I found myself lusting after it a little bit.

He was also quite taken with a small work by Peter Blake.

This would be a great place to introduce children to art Galleries. If nothing else they will love the taxidermy pelicans in the Cube Room. Or you could get them to describe what they think is going on in Hogarth’s The Rake’s Progress.

This exhibition is a oportunity to view pieces from many private collections that otherwise the public would not get a chance to see.

I recommend making the effort to go before they are whisked back behind closed doors.

 

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2 Responses to “MK Gallery Preview”

  1. Ms Noir January 24, 2014 at 8:39 pm #

    Sounds great! I’m trying to teach myself more about the art of photography at the moment by visiting various exhibits. I find art so confusing though, but I quite like that feeling!

    Love the idea of date night 🙂 life needs to be full of little treats xx

    • hannahblythin January 25, 2014 at 7:41 am #

      I’d like to get into photography more. There was an exhibition on motherhood in london last year that I did’t quite make it to. It looked really interesting.

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