MU­SE­UMS AND GAL­LERIES

The Daily Telegraph - Saturday - - COVER STORY -

THE WORLD GALLERY, HORNIMAN MU­SEUM, LON­DON

Per­haps the most “woke” dis­play in the UK, the new per­ma­nent gallery at south-east Lon­don’s Horniman dis­plays re­cent ac­qui­si­tions among old favourites – such as the Fiji Mer­man – in what’s best de­scribed as a post­colo­nial con­text. Not ev­ery­thing works and some­times it feels like virtue sig­nalling, but it does raise im­por­tant ques­tions over the prove­nance of cer­tain ob­jects and their right to be on dis­play. The Horniman ap­pears to have cer­tain sen­si­tive items, such as bronzes from Nige­ria, but at least they are free for all to see.

OCEAN LIN­ERS: SPEED & STYLE, V&A DUNDEE, SCOT­LAND

Kengo Kuma’s spec­tac­u­lar new V&A build­ing (below) looks like a space­ship touch­ing down on the banks of the River Tay – so it is ap­pro­pri­ate that its first ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brates the pin­na­cle of mod­ern ship­build­ing: the grace­ful age of ocean lin­ers. The per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of the new mu­seum is a paean to the in­ge­nu­ity of Scot­tish de­sign, with a gallery de­voted to Charles Ren­nie Mackin­tosh’s tea room The Oak Room, and in­di­vid­ual trea­sures in­clud­ing an evening dress by fash­ion de­signer Holly Ful­ton and a Cartier di­a­mond tiara com­mis­sioned by the Duchess of Roxburghe. type. All of the mu­se­ums are free and within walk­ing dis­tance of one an­other in the Old Town on the banks of the River Hull.

TURNER CON­TEM­PO­RARY, MAR­GATE, KENT

Turner rhap­sodised Thanet’s skies as “the loveli­est in all of Europe” – more than 100 of his works were in­spired by the east Kent coast. The Turner Con­tem­po­rary is more of a tan­gi­ble pres­ence, and was part of the re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion of Mar­gate when it opened in 2011. This week it gears up for an­other block­buster show: a series of gi­ant ab­stracts by Patrick Heron. If noth­ing else, it will get younger ones think­ing about mod­ern art ahead of the Turner Prize, which the Con­tem­po­rary hosts next year.

#REBELWOMEN TRAIL AND FAB, NA­TIONAL POR­TRAIT GALLERY, LON­DON

Join the great and the good at the Na­tional Por­trait Gallery, where re­bel­lious women are cel­e­brated this year to mark the cen­te­nary of fe­male suf­frage. Fol­low the trail of pi­o­neer­ing women, in­clud­ing Eliz­a­beth I, Marie Stopes and Mary Sea­cole. Young­sters can also visit the Fam­ily Ac­tiv­ity Base (FAB) dur­ing the hol­i­days for in­spi­ra­tion for their own por­traits – a pop-up gallery will dis­play the re­sults. An artist-led work­shop is also planned for the an­nual Big Draw fes­ti­val on Thurs­day.

Mul­ti­ple venues daily; vis­ithul­lan­deast­y­ork­shire.com Tues-Sun; turn­er­con­tem­po­rary.org Oct 22-26; npg.org.uk/what­son FREE AND EASYWalk­ing in the New For­est, main; Matt, Miles and Ava ex­plor­ing the Horniman Mu­seum, below

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