The British Museum
If you've been reading my blog, you'll know I am a Creative Soul. I love art galleries, museums, coffee shops- anything quaint has my heart really. And during my year off, I have been doing a lot of exploring, a lot of which I will be sharing here :)
So I recently visited the British Museum, and it was beautiful!
The only thing that wasn't perfect was that I had only two hours to go round, as they were almost closing! So I had two hours to figure out what my priorities were lol
I knew that whatever I did that day, I had to see the African Art, The Egyptian Collection and The Ancient Roman Art and luckily I ticked all the boxes and I even had time to see the other collections. I share some of the pictures below :)
And if you haven't been to the British Museum, I'd say you should definitely go see it and go early too!
These horses (I think) were huge! Like really huge, I kept on wondering how they must have carried it all the way into England.
This one was one of my faves for some reason, and again I don't know how they carried it too because it was also very huge. You can't really tell in this picture, but in reality, it was almost like a full-sized building.
I loved how the statue was connected to the ceiling here, you were made to feel like it was holding the ceiling in place, which was lovely to see.
Finally! The African Exhibition, I was really looking forward to this one and I had heard a lot about it too. There was an entire floor for the African Art.
The painting on the left represents Contemporary African Art which was beautiful to see.
This particular piece gave me all the feels to be honest. I am Nigerian, so to see an installation dedicated to Lawrence Ajanaku- a Nigerian craftsman, was amazing. In 2013, the British museum commissioned Lawrence Ajanaku to make the two 'Okakagbe' masquerade costumes above. When he was alive, he created costumes without drawings or patterns. He was a self-taught craftsman. Some of his work took him about a year to complete! If that isn't talent, I don't know what is.
He said it best himself:
"I don't believe there is any place where my name is not heard. And that the work from my hand... is there is enough, even if I do not reach that place."
Lawrence Ajanaku, 2003
There was an exhibition of African Textiles to- it was dedicated to the importance of African textiles and their significance as Historical documents. In essence, even clothing could tell you the story of a people- their history, their lineage, the lives before and the ones to come. This was also one of my favourites, I especially loved seeing the 'Filas'.
I said I also had time to see other collections other than the ones I planned to see, and the Enlightenment exhibition was one of them. The entire floor was dedicated to the Enlightenment era, which is the name given to the age of reason, discovery and learning that flourished from about 1680-1820 which changed the way that people view the world today.
This was the room where the exhibition was, and on the right, you have more information about the Enlightenment Era.
More of the African Exhibition.