The best museum exhibitions in London

Check out the best museum exhibitions in London if you have the chance coming here. There the museum exhibitions about fashion, art, history. shakespeare-in-ten-acts   Shakespeare in Ten Acts Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear The V&A is a victim of its own success. Ever since the Alexander McQueen exhibition ‘Savage Beauty’, with its drama, tragedy and preposterous gorgeousness, the bar for their fashion exhibitions has been set impossibly high. While this is not another ‘Savage Beauty’, it is a thoughtful and interesting show. ‘Undressed’ tells the story of undies from the eighteenth century to more recent times. It reveals the ingenuity of underwear, from the missing bones at the back of crinolines which allowed women to sit, to corsets designed for horseriding – forerunners to the sports bra. Shakespeare in Ten Acts To generalise wildly, most of us can imagine what a Shakespeare play looked like 400 years ago – breeches, ruffs, dudes dressed as chicks. And anybody who goes to the theatre in 2016 knows what one looks like now. But in between? This smart new exhibition at the British Library aims to shed some light on the reality of Shakespeare’s four century-plus hold on our imagination, which it notionally does by focusing on ten key performances over the years. It doesn’t achieve its goal particularly literally – there’s very little specific documentation of individual theatre productions until the twentieth century. The Rolling Stones: Exhibitionism When Mick Jagger was interviewed in advance of the opening of Exhibitionism – a massive touring retrospective of stuff dedicated to the history of The Rolling Stones – he told us: ‘What I didn’t want was for it to all be on screens. People live their lives on screens so much that if people don’t see a screen for a second, they think they’re not alive.’ It’s odd then that’s exactly how Exhibitionism has ended up: on many, many screens. Pre-Raphaelites on Paper: Victorian Drawings from the Lanigan Collection Victorian painting is generally thought of as a pretty stilted, academic affair. The problem is that a lot of it looks like it wants to be more like drawing – particularly those paintings by thePre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who, in harking back to some fantasy of pre-Renaissance purity, created a style that emphasised crisp outlines and fussy detail over traditional painterly effects. If that’s the case, then surely an exhibition of their actual drawings should be a doozy, right? Well, sort of. Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne’s Watercolours of Rome I love this show, though maybe not for the reasons the curators expect. In 1780, Francis Towne (1739-1816) took a trip to Rome in search of pictorial scenes. He was an established painter, albeit a provincial one. Rome opened his eyes: he painted it conscientiously and – at times – spiritedly. His compositions grew bolder and more stylised. They stopped looking like the Lake District on an unusually sunny day. These museum exhibitions are a part of culture in London. Travel is not just to go around, it is also to explore local culture and habit where you go. So, it is one of things to do when you travel to London.

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