Sunday 29 April 2012

Tate Modern Birthday Treats

Staircase iii Do Ho Su

A day at Tate Modern for my birthday yesterday - mainly for the Boetti exhibition that Margaret highlighted but with other treats besides.
After a walk across the 'wobbly bridge' from St Pauls with views of the 'Shard' with its top among the clouds we had a quick look round  a display from the collections 'Energy and Process'. This included a whole room devoted to this installation of a staircase of polyester fabric and wire suspended from the ceiling. Wonderful attention to detail , even the banisters and light switches, it made me think of pojagi.

Then up to the 7th floor with it's amazing views  for lunch in the restaurant. Not cheap but good value for the quality and elegance - it was nice to pair different wines with each course. The 'stickie' of Muscat  that tasted of treacle toffee and coffee went wonderfully with my custard dessert  and Ian said the cheeseboard was the best he's ever had (and he's had a few!)

 Ian has obviously been around quilters too long. While looking around the 'Energy and Process' display in the section for 'Arte Povera' he asked me whether I'd seen the sculpture of a quilter so absorbed looking through  her stash she's forgotten to get dressed....
Venus of the Rags -Michealangelo Pistoletto 


Julie said...

Good one Ian.... lol

Gillian Cooper said...

I love Do Ho Suh's work. How lucky you are to be able to see it at the Tate. Did you see his show at the Serpentine a number of years ago. It was amazing. Almost as amazing as your lunch looked!