My weekend in London #2

Last week I had an amazing three-day-weekend in London and I wanted to share some photos with you. The weather was perfect -cold, but mostly sunny- and I had a perfect balance of culture, nature and shopping. I think this is one of the great things about London. This city just has this magnetic effect on me, I can't resist!

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The fashion world of Jean Paul Gaultier

This first major exhibition about Gaultier's world is a must-see for every fashion lover. There'll be lots of clothes, including Madonna's iconic bra! In other words: another reason to go to London this summer...

Until August 25 at the Barbican (it's recommended to book tickets in advance)

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David Bailey at NPG

You definitely know one of the famous portaits David Bailey made of a variety of artists and fashion icons. At the moment there's an exhibition about his career at the National Portrait Gallery: 'Bailey's Stardust'. A must-see when in London!

As an East-Londoner, David Bailey (°1938) made a bunch of photographs of the East End during the sixties. There are beautiful black and white pictures showing the area before its gentrification as well as a series of 'East End faces' with people from the neighbourhood. The exhibition also contains photos of his travels to Sudan, Papua New Guinea and Delhi.

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Bailey's Stardust until June 1 at the National Portrait Gallery, London.

Find a floorplan here.

Phlegm - The Bestiary at Howard Griffin Gallery

On Feb 1 'The Bestiary', a solo exhibition by Phlegm (a Sheffield based street artist), opened at Howard Griffin Gallery. Everything will be destroyed when the exhibition is over and none of the art works are for sale.

Of course I went there when I was in London last Sunday. According to me this is a great show, although street art doesn't really fit into an art gallery. But this exhibition is not commercial and definitely ephemeral, so in that way it sticks to the street art practice.

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(All own photos)

Until March 4, 2014 at Howard Griffin Gallery on Shoreditch High Street.

Read an interview with the founder of the gallery here.