Tate Modern – Day of Design Inspiration

Inspiring day at Tate Modern to see the two current exhibitions.

Sonia Delaunay and Agnes Martin exhibitions were both stunning.


Sonia Delaunay Exhibition Agness 15th April – 9th August 2015

Anges Martin Exhibition 3rd June – 11th October 2015

I also just love being in the building and it didn’t disappoint this visit with the Turbine Festival on and a greta lunch in the members room roof top cafe overlooking St Paul’s Cathedral.

The smell of oranges from The Groundnut table was incredible in the Turbine Hall. The pop-up cafe with the ladies serving with Pineapple Hats was superb serving afternoon tea in quirky tea sets. The installation hanging in the roof was stunning as the shadows cast across it from the sunlight. Donald Judd’s work, the Rothco Room and Giorgio Griffa’s work to name a few in the main rooms were also as inspiring as ever.

Exciting seeing the scaffolding up building the new section of Tate Modern designed by Herzog & deMeuron. The scaffolding was very complicated and formed lots of interesting patterns.

Sonia Delaunay Exhibition.

I has seen this exhibition in Paris earlier in the year at the Musee D’Art Moderne, but it did have a different feel and they had many different pieces on show. I loved learning more about her work.

Bit of history: Sonia Delaunay was a Russian born artist, 1885-1979, who spent most of her working life in Paris with her husband Robert Delaunay. She was a pioneer of abstraction who spent a lifetime experimenting in colour. Her and her husband and others cofounded the Orphism art movement, noted for it;s use of strong colours and geometric shapes. She believed in the power of art to effect change in society and brought painting and the art of colour into everyday life through fashion, theatre, textiles, tapestry, fabric design, mosaics, furniture, interior design, books, typography, drawing and painting.

The exhibition also revealed her innovative designs for costumes for the Ballet Russes. My dissertation was on the Ballet Russes so it was fascinating to see her designs.

Sonia Delaunay quote – ‘the real new painting will begin when people understand that colour has a life of it’s own, that the infinite combinations of colour have poetry and a language much more expressive than the old methods. It is a mysterious language in tune with the vibrations, the life itself, of colour. In this area, there are new and infinite possibilities’.

Agnes Martin Exhibition

I was not aware of this ladies work until visiting this exhibition and she is now one of my favourite abstract painters. A very inspiring use of line, layers, textures & colours in her work. I loved the technique of using fine graphite pencil over acrylic gesso and the use of ink washes on canvas which gave stunning subtle irregularities.

Bit of history: Anges Bernice Martin was an American abstract minimalist painter, 1912-2004. She considered herself an abstract expressionist. Her paintings and drawings over six decades show a endless varied and subtle use of grids, symmetry and stripes. Her canvases are complex in construction with stunning fine detail when you look closely.