Ready to see some art? The top exhibitions of the summer
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So, join us on Apple PODCASTS spotify youtube or wherever you get your podcast for a brush with Michael Savage dropping on the fifth of August seed. Now. Museums have been steadily reopening over the past few weeks and given that this is the last episode of the present series of the weekend we thought we'd remind you about some of the exhibitions that have reopened or newly-opened with. Or us, team will talk about shows. They're a bit later but I, I was joined by Gareth Harris g contributing editor at the newspaper an Anna Brady our market editor to talk about UK and Europe. Anna and Gareth. Before we start talking about specific exhibitions, I'd just like to talk to you about your experiences so far of sort of going back into galleries and museums often rule this time. Where you haven't been able to tool. Gareth. How've you found going back into museums and these new one way systems and all these new mechanisms? It's been a pretty disconcerted actually I started to visit galleries coil time ago but four weeks ago. So I walked into Green Park and a one point I think I was being willing person on piccadilly. So that was scary. It felt quite apocalyptic. So I started the commercial galleries and I went to the National Gallery about ten days ago after it first opened. And it seems to be very prescriptive. You have to follow these set these set Hillary's they call the maybe NC. And and I thought, oh no, that's going to be. That's really going to hinder the whole art view inexperience. But of course, it was just incredible because the few people there on the more space you have. The more pleasurable is to see the art you know. So I think I went on route be at the National Gallery and I sort of wound my way around lots of paintings by Caravaggio Rubens that kind of thing. So some astonishing portraits by Tintoretto and then saw the new acquisition by by Pissarro which was fantastic. But yeah, it's something you have to get used to and. Does a fantastic experience. You have to enter a whole new world of book in a slot on line evening clues. Press people are not that special. The hand sanitizer has to be liberally applied along the way. National Galleries. Quite, keen few to buy their customized face masks in the in the the gift. Shop Golf I think a top seller. Presents I mean obviously it's just makes for much better experience. I've never been in the National Gallery when so empty and I think they've just unveiled the new rousing room, which is the centerpiece room. and. That was incredible to see all these Caravaggio 's see the gentleman works there. But of course, the big question is how viable will be long-term financially, I can't see how. These huge museums which are operating at much less capacity will be able to sustain themselves long to. Yeah what about the Commercial Galleries Anna because they've been from for some time now and? I've that's the only gallery experience I've had so far into one commercial gallery and I sort of still basically effectively being in lockdown but. They've been open for quite a while it. Do you think it's I mean obviously commercial galleries as we all know are largely empty anyway a austere anyway, but they feel any more austere in your opinion. Yes. A good point I think somebody quits. A little while ago, that social distancing has existed in commercial require long time Lord of these white keeps in Mayfair things can be fairly forbidding. I went I'm like you've been have been sending museums I have to confess post lockdown so I can't comment on that that yesterday. I haven't really been in London tool and yesterday I went on the cheap for the first time and went into the west end for the first time, which again felt it felt very, very weird like our through saying me on the table they now is busier But actually what I found was I found it quite disconcerting having had a fairly rural sort of existence. Getting on the cheap and being in what was quite busy Oxford Circus. But then I went round the corner and into. Alison Jaques got her into see the golden talk show and and then said, he sadie Coles and Them. As she felt little kind of those sort of like oases I mean that's sort of where you want to be. Both completely empty aside from a couple of the people in one. And Gareth was saying it makes quite a nice experience to see auden. It was my stretch see things just in the flesh again and not through j bag and I think maybe having had a sort of having fasted in some ways for a few months seeing things in flash again felt great and I went to t really great shows. Yes. So having had a kind of that sort of faucet experience. Suddenly. Things again, the flash it felt like you were saying things sort of.