Midsummer Night’s Fête @ Royal Academy, W1

‘OMG, it’s bright!’ I winced and rummaged around in the bag for a pair of shades as the early evening sunshine whacked my retinas unexpectedly.
Oh yeah, it’s the summer solstice, isn’t it? No wonder it stayed so bright until so late…

A balmy summer evening on Piccadilly…

20140630-152756-55676251.jpg

At Royal Academy of Arts, I was to rendezvous with my gorgeous girlfriends, Fei & Nicky, so we could enjoy A Midsummer Night’s Fête together. At the main gate, I was given a ticket for one free drink and looked for Fei & Nicky who were supposed to be amongst the lined crowd…

20140630-152844-55724923.jpg

Thanks to our iPhones, we managed to locate each other. A group photo with glasses in our hands…

20140630-152932-55772583.jpg

The British summer evening at its best. Mellow & balmy…

20140630-153007-55807635.jpg

The upstairs galleries were a venue for the 246th Summer Exhibition…

20140630-153207-55927508.jpg

In the first gallery, we were greeted by the artwork “Cake Man” by Yinka Shonibare…

20140630-153258-55978401.jpg

The figure, bearing a tower of cakes precariously stuck up on its back, was a representation of greedy bankers in the City and Wall Street, a description by the artist explained.

The next space accommodated large-scale paintings…

20140630-153454-56094192.jpg

This work was my favourite, BTW…

20140630-153600-56160636.jpg

The gallery also housed a bar which served gin & tonic as well as Pimms. At the end of the room, there was a stage for live music too…

20140630-153649-56209276.jpg

A typical scene of the Summer Exhibition at RA. The walls were covered with artworks in all shapes & sizes…

20140630-153806-56286773.jpg

Some works were romantic & dreamy…

20140630-153859-56339226.jpg

while others were rather dark and scary…

20140630-153955-56395902.jpg

Is this how Jerry sees a cheese grate? Oversized utensils in the middle of the gallery…

20140630-154049-56449430.jpg

Unfortunately, I was rather underwhelmed by James Turrell’s light sculpture. The venue had too much ambient lighting which dulled the intensity of the colours. What a shame…

20140630-154354-56634437.jpg

A figure of a young girl with her eyes closed stood demurely in the corner of one gallery…

20140630-160741-58061702.jpg

The work reminded me porcelain dolls by Lladró. The profile was delicate and sensual which made me want to stoke it (but I didn’t, of course)…

20140630-154808-56888384.jpg

The last room was the smallest and the most intimate space and Fei, Nicky & I unanimously agreed that it was our most favourite…

20140630-154906-56946628.jpg

The all four walls were adorned with small artworks, resembling a Victorian reception room proudly decorated by a fabulously eccentric old lady…

20140630-155014-57014774.jpg

Two unicorns in the wood. We all adored this painting / sculpture…

20140630-155127-57087546.jpg

From this photo, the work looks like a conventional painting but it is in fact a 3-D! It was so romantic! We sighed and then, we mused that it would be wonderful if we could hole ourselves up in a sitting room like this with a bottle of good wine & a box of chocolate. All night long, we would discuss about each one of artworks and it would be such fun!

Amongst the visitors, there were also a few performance artists roaming around the exhibition.

This ghost-like artist scared me the most…

20140630-155517-57317630.jpg

He carried a pink column like object with him and was shuffling around the galleries quietly.

He stopped time to time, asking visitors to scribble on the column…

20140630-155555-57355548.jpg

This lady with enormous paper hat was chatting with spectators and handing out lollipop-like paper object…

20140630-155651-57411382.jpg

I wasn’t sure what this gentleman was up to…

20140630-155734-57454859.jpg

When we came out of the building eventually, the party in the courtyard was already in full swing – a band, bottles of bubblies, cupcakes & pork pies…

20140630-155926-57566066.jpg

The hands of my wristwatch indicated that the time was nearly nine o’clock. No wonder we were so hungry…

20140630-160050-57650872.jpg

So we headed towards Chinatown eagerly, salivating over the thought of soup dumplings at Dumpling Legend…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Blog at WordPress.com.

%d bloggers like this: