Kulcha – new art exhibitions, some marvelous architecture, and a lecture – II

Friday March 29th 2019 – starting and ending with Sir Hans Sloane – Part 2

The Design Museum: David Adjaye: Making memories

Following the visit to Saatchi Gallery described in the previous blog, I made my way over to South Kensington and the Design Museum for the David Adjaye: Making Memories exhibition.


Seven projects by British-Ghanaian architect, Sir David Adjaye OBE, with each of the projects, selected by the architect, presented in a dedicated room through the use of full scale installations, films, exquisite architectural models, rare artefacts that influenced the creative process and more.

Projects include the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C and the UK Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in London. Find out more about all seven projects here.

Excellently done!

The slideshow below will give you an overview of the display rooms if you can’t make it yourself:

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Getting to my next venue involved a lovely walk in the sunshine from the Albert Memorial across Kensington Gardens:


The Serpentine Gallery: Emma Kunz – Visionary Drawings:
An exhibition conceived with Christodoulos Panayiotou

I’d seen this exhibition advertised, never heard of Emma Kunz and never been to this gallery before, so a great opportunity to tick many boxes in one go!


Emma Kunz was apparently a bit of a visionary with a preoccupation with spirituality and forms of abstraction. Her drawings are quite hypnotic, and deserve some serious slow looking. I couldn’t quite understand how they were made with a pendulum, but they reminded me of attempts we made as kids with the Spirograph!!

If you are interested to find out more, and/or can’t make it to visit, check out these links:

The British Museum: Fog in the channel: Britain, Europe and the wider world since 6000 BC

And finally to round off the day, to the British Museum, that institution that was created out of the collection of Sir Hans Sloane.


I spent some relaxing time in the Members Room, refuelling on tea and carrot cake while reading up on some of the latest archaeological research:

After which it was time for the evening’s lecture: Fog in the channel: Britain, Europe and the wider world since 6000 BC

Professor Ian Morris, Stanford University, offers some historical perspective to contemporary issues by reviewing the history of the British Isles, and the 8,000 years since rising sea levels physically separated the region from the European continent. He conveys how the challenges facing Britain in the 2010s are neither new nor uniquely British, and how looking at these challenges over the long term reveals some surprising patterns that offer hints about the fate of the Western world in the 21st century.

Ian Morris is an archaeologist and historian who studies the long-run patterns of the past and their implications for our future. He has directed archaeological digs in Greece and Italy and has published 14 books, including Why the West Rules—For Now (2010), which has been translated into 14 languages.

He grew up in Britain and was educated at Birmingham and Cambridge Universities, but now teaches at Stanford University in California. In addition to serving as Stanford’s Senior Associate Dean of Humanities and Sciences, chair of its Classics department and director of the Stanford Archaeology Center, he has won the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He is also a Senior Fellow in the IDEAS programme at the London School of Economics and a Fellow of the British Academy.”

This was a fascinating lecture about Britain’s relationship with Europe since the North Sea rose and submerged Doggerland thereby cutting off Britain physically from the mainland. With a particular emphasis on Brexit!

My notes from the evening will not be explained here, but you might want to try and relate them to some of the photos above!!!

  • Insularity/ proximity
  • Technology (naval)
  • Flowing downhill from Europe into British Isles
  • Identity
  • Security
  • Prosperity
  • Sovereignty
  • Migration
  • Catholic Church
  • 1497 John Cabot: Shift to being abs Atlantic power from Angevin power
  • Highway to France becomes “Moat Defensive” (Shakespeare)
  • Henry VIII is original Brexiteer
  • Hard Brexit in 1588 (Spanish Armada) and Puritans
  • Mackinders map is not the default position
  • USA
  • EU
  • Singapore! So even small countries have choices


All in all a fun-packed day!



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