Bit of a change for the blog this week – it’s cultural! No, don’t leave…

 

On Thursday I had a few hours to kill in West London. A long story involving a cancelled meeting, the joy of Advance train tickets on Great Western and the fact that I had a meeting in the early evening. What could I do with my time? Spend it in the pub? Maybe go shopping on Oxford Street? No, there must be something better for my soul.

And then it presented itself – a friend sent me a tweet saying did I know that there was a conceptual artist also called Christopher Baker who was exhibiting at the Saatchi Gallery on the Kings Road? I had to admit that I didn’t but I was going to find out!

I arrive at the Saatchi Gallery to find that ‘my’ exhibition wasn’t on that day. No matter, I had decided that viewing art was what I wanted and that was what I was going to do. 2 exhibitions were on – ‘Breaking the Ice: Moscow Art 1960-80s’ and ‘Gaiety is the most outstanding feature of the Soviet Union: New art from Russia’. Off I went…

Interesting! Surprisingly I felt that the more modern exhibition was darker than the Soviet one. There was definitely a thread running through that the breakup of the Soviet Union has left a vast underclass and the capitalism has seen big winners and big losers.

The Moscow art from the Soviet era was more my personal preference – maybe it struck a chord as I was also a child of the 70s and 80s? I include some of my favourites below.

Following on from my recent blog about taking the time to look around once in a while, visiting an art gallery would certainly fall into that category. There is also something good for the soul that I can’t quite put my finger on – you feel better when you leave than when you arrived.

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