Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Wednesday 16th August: Joan Miro Museum in Mallorca

Here is Joan Miró's painting & sculpture studio, designed in 1956 by his friend, the architect Josep Lluís Sert.  It is so beautiful as a spectacle in itself but it's just a third of the buildings to investigate at the Joan Miró museum in Palma.  There is an older farmhouse with the interior walls decorated with his charcoal drawings and a newer purpose-built gallery for his works.  However this was my favourite part, not just for the stunning exterior but the reconstruction of his studio inside.  It's like the Frida Kahlo Museum in Mexico where you can walk around the artist's living space and see their tools and canvases in progress.  It's so exciting.  
If you have the chance to visit the island's capital city this is an absolute must-do.  I have tried not to include too many photos so as not to ruin the surprise.  The massive modern construction for Miro's archive is also surrounded by a sculpture garden complete with pond inhabited by terrapins / tortugas!  The onsite cafe also gets a special mention as the traditional Pa Amb Oli lunch is served on Miro pattern crockery which is very difficult not to steal to take away! 

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Wednesday 2nd August: Notting Hill Carnival 2017 launch

August signifies the final count-down to Notting Hill Carnival, which is my favourite weekend of the year!  Friday night was the official opening party with performances from Ebony Steel Pan with Eternity Percussion, different dance routines and costume display by Sunshine Arts .  Here you can see the traditional mas characters including The Midnight Robber and Pierrot Grenade, made using the Trinidad tinsel braiding that I LOVE.  A theme to the night was honouring the recent events to the local Grenfell community with a Calypso tribute by Alexander D Great.

Follow the Carnival Arts & Masquerade Foundation on Instagram to see my photos from Trinidad Carnival earlier this year and what will follow in London later this month.