[Enchanting] London: St. Paul’s, the Shard and Tate

From  St. Paul’s over Millennium bridge to Tate…

…. haunting St. Paul’s… it had just stopped raining and the wind was very chilly… 

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From Millennium bridge we had a good view of the Shard, the 72-storey newest addition to London’s skyline… we didn’t try the view from the top… just as well… we read in the papers that there was a false fire alarm… the lifts were blocked, people got stuck on top and queues got really long on the ground… somewhat unnerving for those 244 metres above ground and frustrating for those just arriving and missing their time slots…

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We went to Tate Modern, right across the bridge. One of many reasons Londoners are a lucky lot, is that they can visit all  permanent collections in museums and galleries, free of charge. Another is that, because these collections are so vast and space is limited, the displays are changing regularly. Even if they didn’t, I would never ever get bored floating from room to room, surrounded by great art, like:

Francis Picabia, Otaïti, 1930Otaïti 1930 by Francis Picabia 1879-1953

Jannis Kounellis, Untitled, 1979 DSC_2031

 Francis Picabia, The Fig-Leaf, 1922DSC_2032

 Meredith Frampton, Marguerite Kelsey, 1928Marguerite Kelsey 1928 by Meredith Frampton 1894-1984

Dod Procter, Morning, 1926Morning 1926 by Dod Procter 1892-1972

Francis Bacon, Seated Figure 1961Seated Figure 1961 by Francis Bacon 1909-1992

Alfredo Jaar, Lament of the Images, 2002.  As the upper table moves slowly downwards to meet the lower one, a brilliant white light gives way to darknessDSC_2052

View from Tate cafe, a different work of art…

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DSC_2058(All photos by Konstantinos Implikian and Tate Modern website).

To be continued!…

London, 24-29 April 2013

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