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Do Ho Su’s exhibition at the Victoria Miro gallery in Islington is something special.  It features fabric sculptures with a walk through series of rooms with incredible detail.  The colours are vibrant, the detail stitched into door handles, light switches etc is fantastic. Everywhere you turn is a new detail. Don’t forget to go the upstairs room to watch the video taken by attaching cameras to his daughter’s push chair trundling through Islington and Seoul.  The floor sweeps away from you as you watch the scenes around you.  I have not seen the public smiling so much in a London exhibition.  It closes on 18th March but get there before lunchtime to avoid queuing.

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Leighton House is an unusual and small museum.  The house belonged to the Victorian painter Lord Leighton.  There is a very surprising Arabian Hall with water features and turquoise tiles.  We were there to see an exhibition, paintings of the Somme by Hughie Donoghue,  which was marvellous but it has now finished.  The museum is quite far from a tube so try to visit when you are in the area.

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A Curious Turn

Wandering down the King’s Road after the Saatchi we saw an ad in the window of Habitat for A Curious Turn, moving, mechanical sculpture.  The show is in the Platform Gallery on the top floor and is a small but entertaining exhibition where you can turn handles and watch creatures dancing or a donkey draw on an easel.  On until 2nd October.

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Rabbits

Just cute. Stroll on Hampstead Heath and lots of them by Kenwood House (and a woodpecker) just quietly going about their business with lots of people milling about.  Taking photos just shows how little I see of real countryside nowadays.

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Set off from Crouch End via the old railway track, Parkland Walk, to Stoke Newington High Street.  This walk took us past the Spriggan sculpture by Marilyn Collins which provided Stephen King with the inspiration for a short story. We walked on to New River past an amazing house on the river which has a garden packed with roses.  We made our way to the newly opened Woodberry Wetlands in Stoke Newington.  Then through Clissold Park and Abney Park Cemetry and on to Stoke Newington High Street.  Couple of miles through country lanes in London with tea and cake at the end – great half day out.

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Suicide at the National Theatre

This was the blurb:

Suhayla El-Bushra takes the satiric masterpiece by Nikolai Erdman and smashes it into contemporary urban Britain, bringing hip-hop, live music and fast-paced humour to the Lyttelton. It’s provocative, outrageous and very funny.

Contains swearing, nudity, strobe lighting, sex, drugs and sausage rolls.

We had a sense of humour failure when we went to see it.  The set was impressive but outside of that I just found it a bit tedious.   We left during the interval and the reviews imply that it lost any pace it had post interval.  Not one I would recommend.

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Flux at Pace

The Calder Prize exhibition at Pace Gallery, Burlington Gardens displays the work of 6 artists. Star of the show for me is Flux by Žilvinas Kempinas: it uses a fan to suspend and move around a loop of magnetic tape. It moves about in different shapes but never drops – strangely mesmirising.  Photos don’t do it justice.

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