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A Room for London: Boat on a Hot Tin Roof

A Room for London: The structure as captured from the garden of Queen Elizabeth Hall
A Room for London: The structure as captured from the garden of Queen Elizabeth Hall

If you love South Bank as much as I do, have walked its path this summer and are even a tiny bit observant, you will surely have noticed a structure that appears to look like a boat perched on the edge of the Queen Elizabeth Hall rooftop.

The said boat can’t actually navigate down the Thames but it instead welcomes Londoners every night and for one night only in its one-bedroom comfort. Called A Room for London, the riverboat is an architectural installation open to the public through a competitive ballot and (one must add) by contributing a considerably hefty fee. The brainchild of Artangel and Living Architecture, it was originally developed as part of the London 2012 Festival but it proved so popular that it has remained open all through 2013. According to the collaborators, David Kohn Architects designed it in collaboration with artist Fiona Banner, taking inspiration from Joseph Conrad’s book Heart of Darkness and Roi de Belges (the boat he captained in the Congo in 1890).

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Paul Gauguin-Two Tahitian Women

…by the life of Paul Gauguin.

I managed to catch the exhibition in Tate Modern last weekend (very last minute as always).

Going there, I probably knew more or less what most people have heard about the painter: French, friend (most of the times) of Vincent Van Gogh, a bohemian and a traveller, with the bulk of his work centered around Tahiti.

All these identities were of course largely true about Gauguin but what was also demonstrated at the particular exhibition was the artist’s evolution in the years that formed him as a person and as a painter.

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