Andrew’s Autumn Blog 2017

Just got back from France. We had a lovely three of days at the end of August in our favourite part of the City. We were close to the Luxembourg Gardens at a lovely quirky hotel, but did manage to cross the river and went to the newly renovated Picasso Museum. We’d been meaning to go there for some time but hadn’t managed until now. I hate to say this, but it was something of a let-down.

Here I go again, complaining about curators, or whoever was responsible for making what was a unique and vibrant museum into yet another dull white cube. It is now just like any other gallery anywhere else in the world. Some of Picasso’s paintings are there, but the austere white walls and the austere white frames suck the energy out of them. The hanging seems to be more about creating a clever pattern with the frames on the wall instead of considering the paintings. Even more upsetting is the complete disappearance of his ceramics and the almost non-appearance of his sculptures. I must suppose that these were too light-hearted and amusing to be considered important enough to be seen by the public. However, I did like the room that held his personal collection.

I completed a complaint form after our visit. Interestingly the staff members whom we spoke to were not happy with the way the museum looks now. They said that they were not listened to when the renovations were being planned. They also said that the family approved it all. It must be that they, the family, know best. After all is said and done, they have the genes necessary to understand a Twentieth Century genius.

On a more positive note; we went to a concert at the Albert Hall and heard the Proms debut of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. A wonderful sound and very exciting. One of the pieces in the first half was Aaron Copland’s ‘Lincoln Portrait’. Brilliantly played by the orchestra and brilliantly read by Charles Dance. The second half of the concert was Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5. It’s unusual to hear an American orchestra handle a European composer so well. Is this due to their French conductor and music director Louis Langrée?

I hope that those of you in the Wimbledon vicinity on the weekend of 16th and 17th September will drop into the Hand in Hand pub to have a look at my latest exhibition. The landlord, Andrew Ford, Has kindly allowed me to take over the whole pub.

5 Responses to “Andrew’s Autumn Blog 2017”

  1. Sue Faulknall 10 September, 2017 at 5:05 pm #

    Hi Andrew

    Thanks for your excellent update and so disappointing with what’s happened to Picasso museum. However pleased you enjoyed Paris and Proms. We will try and get to Hand in hand next Sunday early evening.
    Hope to see you soon

    • Andrew 11 September, 2017 at 1:24 pm #

      Look forward to seeing you Sue

  2. Patrick O' Meara 3 September, 2017 at 9:48 pm #

    Hi Andrew,

    great note, thank you. We have Paris in mind at some point over the next six months, we owe freinds there a visit. Your account of the museum isn’t too emcouraging, but its about the works. Glad thst you enjoyed the Proms.

    I’m really pleased to have bought your lovely Jazz Fiddle work. We will cherish having it. Reminds me, I need to call.. (£!)

    Sadly we expect to be in Ireland with family on the weekend of 16/17 and we will be sorry to miss your lovely exhibition. Maybe if I called, with a good dram under my arm to share, we could talk through what you’ve been up to?

    Thanks.

    Pat.

    • Andrew 5 September, 2017 at 11:03 am #

      Please call Pat.

  3. Bonnie 3 September, 2017 at 3:52 pm #

    Hi Andrew. Thanks for your newsy update. Just starting to plan museum visitations for the fall. Today we are going to the Newark Museum of which we still love. Always great exhibits, close to home. The concert you heard in Paris did sound wonderful and we are happy to see that you are moving on from London. Happy painting! B and L

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