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Picasso 1932 - Love Fame Tragedy exhibition at Tate Modern

I was really looking forward to seeing the Picasso exhibition, and although it was busy because of the closing weekend, it did not disappoint. 

I particularly liked seeing his sketches and sketchbooks, as it showed me that not all drawings need to look finished and perfect. It was quite overwhelming to see how much work he was able to produce in just one year. On some days he even managed to complete a few full paintings! It made me think about how much work I produce and whether it is enough. I enjoyed seeing series of paintings he had completed that were very similar but with small changes to composition or colour, clearly testing and experimenting. I found it amusing to read that instead of attending his own retrospective exhibition at the Galeries Georges Petit in June 1932, which was a rare and therefore significant event at the time as retrospectives were unusual, Matisse being an exception, Picasso decided to go to the cinema, missing his own exhibition opening. 

I also really li…

Shape of Light exhibition at Tate Modern

Shape of Light: 100 years of photography and abstract art
This exhibition explores artists who work with light to create abstract work. I am quite interested in photography, having recently helped out at a photography workshop. I found this exhibition to be very surprising. Some of the photos had such high contrast between black and white that they almost looked like they could be prints or paintings. I have always been interested in creating an atmosphere, particularly during my foundation course exploring strong light and shadow using photography. This exhibition inspired me to try and bring this back into my work again, and think about the light and shadow. I also really liked the photos of textures, as texture is something I like to try and explore in my own research and work. The photographers in this exhibition prioritise shape, form and expression over recognisable subject matter. It was surprising to me that photos of this quality could have been produced in the 1920s and 1930s…

Designer, Maker, User at the Design Museum

For my IPS and dissertation, I am interested in exploring the objects we own and our relationship with them. I went to the Design Museum to look at their permanent display, including a collection of objects chosen by the public in response to being asked what their favourite/most important objects are. The collection was diverse yet familiar. 

I found the collection really interesting to look at. These objects are significant in most people's lives. Some things were repeated, such as the humble ceramic mug. I would like to explore objects as part of my IPS, looking at what objects people surround themselves with and consider important in their lives, and the stories behind them. This exhibition has inspired me to ask people to choose an object as part of my research. I think this approach will be useful because it will give me lots of research, and will help me shape my narratives for animations.