Whilst teaching at the Bauhaus he would begin a new class by simultaneously writing and drawing ambidextrously on the blackboard…
Paul Klee was one hell of a dude and my god he must have been busy. In the retrospective currently on show at Tate Modern 17 rooms are filled to the brim with just over 100 works! His original record book on display in room one catalogues each of them and more - well, you can’t be that busy without being a bit organised.
The exhibition is mad, it covers everything: music, nature, trauma, loss, architecture, euphoria, and of course many of the works strive to discover what that thing is that lies between the real and the imaginary.
Described as a giant of twentieth-century art, Klee’s work naturally reminds me of Miro and Matisse. And also of the work of later American abstract expression artists: Rothko and Frankenthaler. Indeed, Klee was the first Swiss artist to break the NY scene and exhibit in America, holding an exhibition in 1920s.
One of my favourite rooms is placed about a quarter way in. The architecture room has this painting, my favourite by Klee, ‘Architektur’ (1923), an abstract representation of a city skyline at night. It’s like the golden glow of the street are bouncing off the wet slate roofs. Lovely eh?
The exhibition is open until March, so you have no excuse!
I happen to live in this up-and-coming neighbourhood. There are quite a few places my friends and I have come to love over these past 3 months. One of these is most definitely Albion.
Tucked away beneath the new, ultra luxurious Neo Bankside residences, 5 steps from Tate Modern, this café…
London, UK: Alex Chinneck, Miner on the Moon (aka The Upside Down House) derelict site on Blackfriars Road transformed by new site-specific public work of art.
Term ended last Friday and despite living in Bankside I had never been to Borough Market. I decided to change that today. I set off aiming to visit some of the organic vegetables stalls (more on that in another post) and special coffee (again, more on that to come). As I was roaming about…
Did you know, Bridget Jones diary was also filmed in Borough Market?
Normally I steer clear of these sort of ‘oh my god how much?’ places but it was a special occasion. Also Ramsbo called Southwark London’s most ‘dynamic and energetic borough’. Right on!
Those behind the bar at Ramsbo’s describe it as a ‘local urban living room’. What does that mean? I thought it might mean kinda cosy with a draft. Actually it’s kinda homey - picture frames on the walls, cushions, dark wood coffee tables, a pouf…(!) But then, I don’t know about you but concrete supports and exposed services aren’t something that feature in my living room. Guess that must be the “urban” bit.
Funky menu Ramsbo. What to drink? The cocktail menu changes weekly, with some getting the cut and others “evolving”. Hey so you know when your a bit out of your depth and you think eek this is all rather pricey so go for whatever is second cheapest? I lucked out with that, if it’s still on the menu this week go for the Messo e Messo Revisited. It’s super yum.
Although Ramsbo’s has been criticised for being a bit lost geographically, being defo not Borough Market and kinda not on The Cut (and never coming up on google maps!) whoever chose the art must know the area pretty well. I swear this one is straight from the walls of one of those ravey nightclubs found under the arches all over that Great Suffolk Street / The Cut section of town.
But I quite like the trad-rad vibe. It’s expensive, and not as fun as The Lord Nelson, but if you want somewhere classy, but not boring, where you can hear some good music at a volume where you are able to hear what your friend is saying, head to Ramsbo’s! Preferably with your boss and their credit card ;)
Union Street Bar – the latest exciting venue from the Gordon Ramsay Group. Located downstairs from its restaurant Union Street Café, the bar is open from early to late evening. Headed up by Mancunian bartender Abdulai Kpekawa – formerly of London’s Experimental Cocktail Club, Roux at the Pembury, and Sosho Match – this ‘urban living room’ boasts classic and creative cocktails which reflect the menu of its upstairs restaurant. It features weekly changing additions, making the most of seasonal ingredients.
I went to the Union Street Café on a Friday evening and ordered the Mezzo e Mezzo Revisited and the Mischievous Matilda cocktail. The bar is open until 2am on Friday nights with DJ in the bar from 7-11pm.
Did anyone get along to Apple Day at Borough Market this year?
Bread Ahead have recently launched something more amazing than their focaccia: a Bakery School!
Take your first steps towards baking greatness and enroll on The Bread Bakery Workshop, a hands on, full day baking experience where you learn how to make four different types of bread: a white bread, a ciabatta, some soda bread and a wholemeal bread. If that’s child play there is also a course on Artisan Baking. Check it out, http://www.breadahead.com/
A lucky journalist from Below The River got to go and do a workshop! It’s fun to read what she did:
Has anyone else been on one of the courses?