Offline Moment: Winter Exhibitions

Image: V&A

Welcome to your weekly offline moment, where we explore different ways to quieten your mind by taking you offline and back to real life. Our hectic modern lives are increasingly dominated by screens, and as a digital company we know first hand how tough it can be to take a break from that addictive bluish glow.

As winter approaches it can be tempting to spend your down time wrapped up in front of the TV. However there is an indoor activity that we love even more in Winter. In the UK and specifically London, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to museums and art galleries. In the next few months, the selection of exhibitions in the capital are not to be missed. Here are our favourite exhibitions to visit this winter.

The Best Winter Exhibitions

Fashion From Nature, The V&A Museum

Ever wondered where your clothes came from? It’s a question that crops up more and more as the conversation about ethical fashion continues. This compelling exhibition takes a deep dive into the natural materials that have been used to make our clothes over the centuries. Think whale bone corsets, the history of cotton and tropical birds on hats! The second floor however explores the future of nature in fashion. Designers such as Stella McCartney have donated outfits demonstrating their use of sustainably sourced natural fibres and innovative new fabrics. Also on display is the Calvin Klein dress worn by Emma Watson to the 2016 Met Gala in New York. Made entirely from recycled plastic bottles, it was a game changer for red carpet style.

On until 27th January 2019

Image: G-Star RAW, 2018, Netherlands. © G-Star RAW

Votes for Women, Museum of London

Celebrating the centenary of the 1918 Act that allowed women to vote for the first time, Votes for Women has been running since the beginning of the year. It closes on 6th January 2019 so you still have plenty of time to visit. The show features images and objects from the 50 year struggle for suffrage. Including Emmeline Pankhurt’s ‘Hunger Strike’ medal and pieces of jewellery owned by her fellow campaigners. A newly commissioned film highlights the struggle for suffrage and how the issues surrounding it still exist today.

2nd February 2018 – 6th January 2019

Klimt / Schiele Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna, The Royal Academy of Arts

In collaboration with the Albertina Museum, Vienna, this exhibition marks the centenary of both artist’s deaths. Considered to be some of the 21st century’s most important artists, Gustav Klimt’s drawings are shown side by side with that of his protege Egon Schiele. Around 100 self portraits, landscapes and erotic nudes are included in the exhibition. Demonstrating the importance of drawing at catching and recording moments in time.  

4th November – 3rd February 2019

Image: Egon Schiele, The Cellist, 1910

Night & Day, 1930’s Fashion and Photographs, Fashion & Textile Museum

Following the success of the Fashion & Textile Museums 2017 exhibition 1920’s Jazz Age, Fashion and Photographs, comes the next in a decade of inspiring style. The 1930’s saw out the end of the flappers, hemlines dropped again and the World went to war. The exhibition features beautiful photographs and fashions from the decade, it’s an exciting mix of glamour and practicality. Explore the wardrobes of silver screen sirens who wore gowns by popular designers of the day including Elsa Schiaparelli and Madeleine Vionnet. It’s a must see.

12th October – 20th January 2019

Modern Couples, Art, Intimacy and the Avant Garde, The Barbican

One of our favourite destinations for art in London, the Barbican hosts an exciting exhibition exploring couples in art. The show explores the relationships of some of our favourite artist partnerships. Including Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, Dora Maar and Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dahli and Federico Garcia Lorco are just a few names included. Their often complicated relationships are explored using their work and photos. The show highlights the romantic and professional partnerships that contribute towards creating some of the best known pieces of art in the world.

10th October – 27th January 2019