Peoples, tomorrow sees the grand opening of the Artes Mundi exhibition in the National Museum, Cardiff. You *have* to go see this!
The Artes Mundi prize is £40,000, and the eight shortlisted artists will be exhibited in Cardiff from tomorrow. There are free guided tours at 12.30pm every day, and all the tourguides have met the artists so will be able to answer your questions better than any audioguide out there!On top of that, the National Museum, Cardiff has the largest collection of Impressionist art outside of Paris, and its current exhibitions include a recently acquired Picasso, some fantastic Rembrandts (including a self-portrait) and my personal favourite, a portrait of the great Dylan Thomas by Augustus John. There is a rolling catalogue of contemporary work by the likes of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon, and lots more besides to explore. We haven’t even mentioned the natural history on the ground floor, including an ANIMATRONIC WOOLY MAMMOTH. Oh yes.
Cardiff Museum is within easy walking distance of the train station – bang smack in the city centre for shopping in the new St David’s Centre, eating at Jamie Oliver’s Italian Bistro or perusing the Castle & surrounding parks. No excuse not to come! And if you absolutely can’t, the Tate Modern in London is in fine fettle at the moment! Go soak up some free culture this weekend, kids.