London is forever hosting great exhibitions from the worlds of art, design, fashion and more – as one of the most creative cities in the world, it provides a fantastic backdrop on which artistic souls can paint their visions and showcase their best work. A popular exhibition has recently been extended for the summer, ensuring there's plenty of time to see it while you're in the capital. Here's our guide to everything you need to know...
What is the exhibition?
Monuments and Memorials is an exhibition showcasing the work of David Adjaye, a notable architect who has developed a number of groundbreaking buildings as well as structures for films, artistic installations and more. The exhibition is part of an initiative by the Design Museum which brings top design talent centre stage, and asks them to carefully consider a theme for their own exhibit. While you stay at the Montcalm City hotel London, a trip to see this extended run of the exhibition is a great way to learn more about London's artistic scene.
What's the venue?
The Design Museum champions great talent from all over the world, and hosts a regular roster of exhibits, special events and talks designed to help open up the art scene of London to the globe, and staff share a strong enthusiasm for all things creative with both like-minded visitors and complete newbies to the art and design world. While you enjoy London city hotel deals, a visit here is a great way to find something new and exciting or discover a newfound love of design.
Who is the artist?
Sir David Adjaye OBE was born in Tanzania to parents from Ghana, and first delved into an artistic career after moving to the UK. His influences span everything from science through to contemporary art and African art and design, and he was educated in architecture at London South Bank University and the Royal College of Art.
Adjaye first established his office in 1994, which soon became Adjaye Associates. Building a name for himself as the designer of remarkable houses for a discerning clientele of low-profile big names and artists, he also worked on a number of noted public buildings, including the Stephen Lawrence Centre and Idea Stores.
How did the exhibition develop?
Since the early '90s, Adjaye has developed a well-earned reputation as one of the best architects in the country, and has a strong portfolio to match. While there are a number of recurring themes threaded through his work, monuments and memorials is one of the most dominant of these themes – showcasing how a space can help stimulate collective memory and provoke a strong reaction. This theme is likely to resonate strongly with all artistically-minded audiences, including those making the most of their time in the capital with London city hotel deals.
How do I see the exhibition?
Tickets can be bought at the door, although those eager to beat the queues are advised to book online. There are various concession and family tickets available and admission is free to Design Museum membership holders.