Tsunaki Kuwashima – The Eternal Idol

Tsunaki Kuwashima

I love the Jomon period – it’s so ancient (it began over 16,000 years ago, back in the dawn of prehistory) and yet Jomon craftsmen made amazing pots that are indisputably works of art.  So when Yannick suggested a trip to Bethnal Green to see photographer Tsunaki Kuwashima’s new exhibition, The Eternal Idol,  at the Union Gallery I was keen to go. What’s the connection? Dogū – the mysterious clay figurines that were made by the same prehistoric craftsmen as the pots. Continue reading

Channelling the winter solstice – Mariko Mori at the Royal Academy

Mariko Mori - photo Geraint Lewis

The first thing you need to know about the Mariko Mori exhibition at the Royal Academy is that it’s not where you think it is. Swanning into the main entrance on Piccadilly will get you nowhere – it’s round the back in the new Burlington Galleries on Burlington Street. If you get it wrong, nip down the Burlington Arcade and turn right. The other thing you need to know is that it’s unexpectedly entertaining. Continue reading

Don’t miss these fabulous flame pots from five thousand years ago

British Museum Jomon PotsGuess how many pots they have in the British Museum flame and water pots exhibition. Twenty? Twelve? No, it’s two. Two pots. The two pots in the photo above, in fact. So now you’re thinking ‘Why should I bother with that?’ Because those two pots are seriously wonderful, that’s why. And they were made in Japan five thousand years ago, when the best our prehistoric ancestors could manage was Stonehenge. Continue reading