The Paul Nash exhibition from Tate Britain opened at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts (SCVA), April 8, 2017. With 80% of the original exhibition installed, the mild fragrance of fresh paint still in the air, and the deep purple walls of the first room, ‘We Are Making a New World’ evoked emotions from the moment you entered the Crescent Wing.
In Quest of Beauty is an exhibition which is designed to not only promote the work of Alphonse Mucha, but to study the theoretical idea of ‘beauty’ that was a core principle of Mucha’s art. In Quest of Beauty is an exhibition specifically looking at Mucha's Paris period and his art work after he returned to his native Czechoslovakia. Critical reviewers largely concur that the exhibition experience mirrors the motif of the exhibition: beauty, and what this meant to Mucha.
Masters of Japanese Photography is an exhibition that teaches us about Japanese Culture through the eyes of three photographers who grew up in the aftermath of the Second World War, Nobuyoshi Araki, Eikoe Hosoe, and Kikuji Kawada. The pictures depict personal and cultural experiences, and attempts to educate us in both the ‘natural beauty and social complexity’ of Japan. With this context in mind, it certainly delivers, but to get the full experience of this retrospective, and to understand it, the viewer needs to be open minded.
The night before Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific opened to the public, the President of the South Pacific island nation, officially opened the exhibition. His Excellency Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konousi Jonrote, his wife, Fiji’s First Lady Sarote Konrote, and Fiji’s High Commissioner to the UK, His Excellency Mr. Jitoko Tikolevu, were joined by the likes of Lord Sainsbury and Sir David Attenborough, on a tour of the installation before partaking in a special Fijian opening ceremony. (Knights: 2016) Fiji: Art and Life in the Pacific revealed itself to be one of the most fulfilling exhibitions I have attended...