Category Archives: Museum

UK – Hampton Court – Tudor’s palace – Mantegna – Triumphs of Cesar


Hampton Court is not only the Tudor’s palace, but also an important place for Stuart rulers.  The most famous for his art collection, Charles I, purchased a huge set by Mantegna in 1629, from Francesco II Gonzagua of Mantua. The cartoons have been on display in the palace’s Orangery from 1630 onwards, and will be until October 30.


From December  2017 to May 2018, those 9 paintings, tempera on canvas,  will be on display at the exhibition dedicated to Charles II, Art and Power, an exhibition organised by the Royal Collection Trust at The Queen’s gallery – Buckingham Palace.




London – Canaletto exhibition – Queen’s Gallery – until November 12


Venice in the 18th century would have never been the same without its famous views by Canaletto. King George III of England bought 50 pieces from his ambassador in Venice, Sir Paul Smith, in 1762.

Those fabulous paintings, among other drawings by various Italian masters such as Marco Ricci or Francesco Zuccarelli, are on display at the Queen’s gallery, as part of the Royal collection. An exhibition curated by Lucy Whitaker and Rosie Razall, from The Royal Collection.

Highlights: 5 Large paintings of Rome, signed by Canaletto.


Canal Giovanni Antonio, Canaletto – Il Pantheon a Roma – 1742 – Royal Collection Trust

Venue Buckingham Palace

Hours : 10:00 – 17:30

Fee 11£

London – Wallace Collection – permanent display : Sèvres Porcelain


Inkstand – 1758-9 – after J-F Boucher – Medaillion with the head of Louis XVth – commissioned by the King

If there is one Museum fitting perfectly with a visit to London, it is by all means the Wallace Collection. As for a specific highlight, it is worth mentioning its astonishing collection of French Royal Porcelaine stamped by the manufacture of Sevres:  the biggest Collection in the world!


Curated by Dame Rosalind Savill, former directeur of the Wallace Collection, those pieces are soft-paste pieces of the best provenance, all commissioned by the King or Royal princes for thier domestic use or as diplomatic gifts. Their glazing, as their decoration, are  the finest examples you can find.


Venue : Hertford House, Manchester Square – London – W1U 3BN

Free Admission including temporary exhibitions.

Open daily from 10am – 5pm.

UK – Greenwich – The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College – tours begin 21st October 2017


The Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College of Greenwich is currently under restoration. That beautiful Baroc Ceiling created by James Thornhill, an English artist, between 1707 and 1726, is one of the biggest of England.

A 50 minutes experience through scaffoldings and about 60 feet above the ground, under booking only.

Venue: Greenwich

Fee: 10 £

Hours: everyday from Oct 21st onwards


London – V&A – Pink Floyd – until 15 October 2017



Who doesn’t know the Pink Floyd and their 70’s, yet so very up to date, rock-electro vibs!!!!!

An absolute must go audiovisual exhibition, with the Music playing in your ears, along you walk through the allees, travelling from 1960’s to nowadays. Videos, interviews of Nick Mason, Roger Waters, Richard Wright, Syd Barrett, David Gilmour and pieces from the staging of the Wall, the most famous tour of the Band, bring the whole Pink Floyd universe to life.  Such a good moment!

Plan ahead to book tickets and get at least 1h for your visit if you want to enjoy it properly.


London – Balanciaga – Victoria&Albert Museum – until 18 February 2018


The exhibition of the Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga showcases about 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, along with pieces produced by young designers claiming his influence.

From quite convertable dresses in a corolle shape, to extra long bottoms, the many creations on display allow to draw parallels between the Couturier and the history of fashion during the 19th century.


Venue : V&A – Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Hours : Daily: 10.00 – 17.45 Friday: 10.00 – 22.00

Fee : 12 £

Hong Kong – Birthday celebrations during the Qing Dynasty – HK Museum of History – until October 9 2017


Painted Panel Depicting Emperor Qianlong Celebrating the Eightieth Birthday of Empress Dowager Chongqing, Qianlong reign (1736-1795)


If you haven’t been yet, that exhibition, “Longevity and Virtues: Birthday Celebrations of the Qing Emperors and Empress Dowagers”  is a must see !!!!!

The exhibition allows to understand the importance of longevity in Imperial China, along with the respect surrounding elderly people, especially the very rare figures aged over 80 years old,  Maodie in Chinese.

With about 210 0bjects, the exhibition showcases lacquers, ceramics, precious zitan wood furniture, textiles, official seals, scrolls and inks, among which, loans from the Palace Museum.

From official presents to new tableware commemorating the jubilee, from poems sending blessings to opera performances showing eternel peace, the Imperial birthdays, were divided into 3 phases;  Congratulation Procession – Banquet – Opera  and were one of the key moments of the Chinese calendar, after  New Year and Winter Solstice.


Large Blue and White Vase with Ten Thousand Longevity Characters, Kangxi reign (1662-1772)

The tour focuses on 3 major events:

  • Celebration of Emperor Kangxi’s 60th birthday: marking the beginning of a tradition of public ceremonies.
  • Cebration of Empress Dowager Chongqing’s 80th Birthday, Emperor’s Qianlong’s mother : A reign which was able to see 5 generations living under the same roof, a true miracle at that time.
  • Celebration of Empress Dowager Cixi’s 60th Birthday: the last grand celebration of the Qing dynasty.


A tour assisted by a precious audioguide.

Venue: Hong Kong Museum of History

Fee: 30 hkd + 10 for audioguide

closed on Tuesdays