Tuesday, 17 February 2015

AFF: Tom's Kitchen & Reiner Ruthenbeck at Serpentine Gallery

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Hello, how do you do!

Last week for my Art Freak Friday mission, Asta, Agata and I went to have a peek into the Serpentine Gallery in Kensington Gardens. We obviously needed some good brain fuel beforehand so we made our way to try Tom’s Kitchen in Chelsea on the recommendation of one of my all-time favourite bloggers, The Londoner.

Brioche french toast at Tom's Kitchen, Chelsea

I am going to write a whole separate post on Tom’s Kitchen later on this week but for now, there’s a sneak preview of the amazingness we devoured. It was mind blowing.

Beautiful South Kensington apartments, London

With our tummies full and our brains charged, we walked through South Kensington (ahem, past all of my future houses), and into Kensington Gardens.

Albert Memorial, London
Albert Memorial, London
Albert Memorial, London
Albert Memorial, London
View of the shard and the London Eye from Kensington Gardens

A brief stop at the Albert Memorial was in order as I had never seen it before! It’s very impressive in size and structure. Our good friends the London Eye and The Shard also made a sneaky appearance waaaay off in the distance.

Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London

We finally arrived at the Serpentine Gallery and made our way through the small but delightfully intriguing exhibition by/called ”Reiner Ruthenbeck”.

Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London

Now I am very aware that the last photo is literally a light bulb, BUT that was by far my favourite part of the exhibition. You escaped the fluorescent white walls of the exhibition halls and plunged yourself into darkness – a room lit with a single, dim light bulb in the center. The idea was to “stage a twilight within the space; the transitional moment of the day when it is so dark that one can barely distinguish between a dog and a wolf.” It was really quite scary when you first walked in as the twilight effect previously stated was achieved perfectly, but after a few minutes, our eyes adjusted to the lack of light and we could make out the surprisingly large room with more ease than to begin with. Of course, someone mentioned a horror movie when we first went in which naturally made it a bit freakier!

Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Reiner Ruthenbeck exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London
Asta and Agata

Thanks to my lovely friends Agata and Asta for joining me – we all had a lot of fun.

Afternoon piccolo time at Fernandez & Wells, South Kensington

Last but not least, it was piccolo-o-clock at Fernandez & Wells in South Kensington, before running through the pouring rain into the shelter of the underground to go home.

This week there unfortunately won’t be an Art Freak Friday post over the weekend as I will be in Bonn, Germany! But that means there will be even more exciting travel-y posts coming next week for you all :)

Much love,


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