The Victorian period was without a doubt one of the most iconic eras of London’s history, and was a time of rapid development following the industrial revolution, during which new ways of thinking and experimental lifestyles began to appear in the British capital.
For those who want to learn more about the weird and wonderful goings-on that took place in Victorian London, a special exhibition is set to open this Saturday (September 7th) at the Guildhall Art Gallery entitled Victoriana: The Art of Revival.
Running until December 8th, this eye-opening display will feature more than 70 works covering the themes of neo-Victorian identity, time travel, the cute and the curious and the re-imagined parlour, and aims to showcase just how imaginative artists of the period were.
Through a series of paintings, films, photographs and other artistic genres, the exhibition promises to be one of the most intriguing events of the year and is one not to be missed by history lovers or culture vultures.
Highlights include Yinka Shonibare’s quirky re-working of Oscar Wilde’s The Portrait of Dorian Gray, as well as Paul St George’s fangled Crookes Tube, which allows visitors to see other people in a different part of the gallery.
A spoof Victorian advertisement encouraging people to drink more gin has also been created by Stephen Kenny, while Paula Rego has put together a macabre re-imagining of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Ayre.
Other one-off events taking place as part of the exhibition’s run include a Victorian-themed Gothic Ball on October 25th, which will feature a cabaret performance form the Singing Victorians.
The Guildhall Art Gallery can be easily reached from tube stations such as St Paul’s and Bank, and a number of other popular London landmarks like St Paul’s Cathedral and the Barbican Centre are also located nearby.