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Picasso, People....

After my park activities, I went along hoping to see BEYOND CARAVAGGIO at the National Gallery. I'd been thinking there might still be a lot of people out of town, and others would be back at work. Alas, no. There were hordes of feckin' humanity outside the gallery, gaping at four Yodas, a Grim Reaper, Batman, and two silver-painted guys doing their respective things.
Inside, there was a big queue, and I couldn't face it, but hobbled on to the Portrait Gallery to see the Picasso show, which I also wanted to visit, only not so much. With my OAP bus pass and Art Pass, it was 'only' £7.25, which was quite good. It was also busy, damn it, if not unbearably so. There were the usual old gits who stand bang in front of the art forever, talking poncy bollocks about it, while everyone else  quivers on tiptoe,behind them, trying to get a look at the stuff. Grunt.
It was good, though. I particularly liked the earlier comic drawings and caricatures, that don't get seen so often.
Last night's conclusion of WITNESS FOR THE PROSECUTION  was very good, too; fine cast, excellent period atmosphere, and even a little mild creepiness. I don't think I've ever read an Agatha Christie mystery, but have seen a fair number of adaptations.They always seemed quite old-fashioned and dull, before this, and last year's AND THEN THERE WERE NONE.
Toby Jones is really a very fine thesp indeed. I've never seen him give a dull performance, even in the lamest vehicle.

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Oo! Oo! I saw the Caravaggio show! IMO you didn't miss a thing. All the Caravaggios in it were from the National, meaning you're paying to see something that's usually free, and the quality of the Caravaggios compared to all the (relative) dross surrounding them made you wonder why on earth you'd handed over money. What's more, some of the connections with Caravaggio were tenuous to say the least, along the lines of "It was sometimes sunny in Caravaggio's paintings, so here are some paintings with sun in them." (Not *quite* that bad, but not far off.) The only thing that was slightly interesting was seeing how when Caravaggio did stuff like chiaroscuro everybody got on the same bandwagon like an early meme, but to be honest you don't really need to see the paintings once you know that. It did underline how good he is, but hey, I knew that already. A better title would have been "A Few Caravaggios And Many Pale Imitations". There weren't that many people there when I was there and we walked straight in, but I suppose everybody's on holiday now and is charging in for some kulcha. I didn't see the Picasso show though as that looked thronged and to be honest over the years I've seen a LOT of Picasso. Did you see the Anthony Gormley hanging from the ceiling in the bit where the Picasso exhibition ticketing was? An unusual but fascinating take on portraiture. I'm pretty fond of him anyway, and I loved his work made of toast in the Tate Modern.

I saw the Gormley, and thought it was a bit scary, like it could easily fall on someone! I've always liked his stuff, but I think he's become somewhat up himself, since he became a superstar.
Hmm, I've noticed that in other exhibits. You're often paying to see works that are generally on show for free in the same place. I am curious to see the work of his disciples, though. Still have a couple of weeks before it closes.

I'll be interested to see what you think. I'll be back in London for a few days in June and am hoping for some fun exhibitions then.

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