Since Little Jake and Little Maya were babies, going to galleries with them has always been one of my favourite things to do on our days off.
That experience has changed quite a lot through the years, from slowly browsing through various collections with little ones quietly sleeping in their double buggy, to pushing a couple of inquisitive toddlers around (I pushed them in a buggy way after they were able to walk, as it saved me worrying about them tearing things down), to where we are now, being able to walk around with two relatively self-sufficient 7 year olds, discussing the exhibits.
Last week, I had the rare chance to spend an entire weekend with just my Little Jake in London and needless to say, it included a couple of gallery visits.
If you haven’t already, you should try and visit the Alexander Calder exhibition at The Tate Modern.
Alexander Calder was an American sculptor known as the originator of the mobile, a type of moving sculpture made with delicately balanced or suspended shapes that move in response to touch or air currents.
I love the simplicity of his work. So simple, yet so stunning.
Jake, armed with his multimedia headset and sketchbook, walked around the exhibition by himself, only to every now and then stop to study one of the exhibits or to do a quick sketch.
He was really fascinated by Calder’s work.
(I was of course watching him from a distance the entire time, as he is only just 7 years old and can sometimes still be a bit unpredictable.)
We can’t wait until our next gallery visit.
Have you seen any great exhibitions lately ?
The Calder exhibition is on at the Tate Modern until April 2016. Find out more here.
Ps. We recently went to Ai Wei Wei, at the Royal Academy of Art. That was fab also.
Source: Tate Modern, Wikipedia, Art Channel