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Saturday, 26 September 2015

The Ministry Recommends: Autumn Picks

 Finally Autumn is here! For many of us  museum professional the end of the summer months are filled with long hours, heavy lifting and courier supervising in anticipation of your institutions Autumnal Blockbuster exhibition. For me, the end of the longest shift ever is only cushioned by the anticipation of seeing what all of the other London museums are showcasing and fortunately this autumn season looks to be a particularly thrilling one with Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age's long awaited launch and Ai Weiwei's presence in the city and exhibition throwing London into an Ai selfie  and protesting frenzy. Where do we start? Here at the Ministry we're going to spend every weekend touring the autumn shows, but what are we most excited about? Well...

Cosmonauts: Birth of the Space Age 18/09/2015 - 13/03/2016
I may be a little bit biased encouraging visitors to this show having spent my summer escorting space craft across the country and into the Science Museum. But seriously, the exhibitions thrilling design, shop and out of this world (pun intended) objects make this show an absolute must. Memorabilia from the first man in space, the first woman in space's space craft and suit and a whole section on space animals. Seriously check it out before it all heads back to Russia in March.

Gotta theme the outfit for the exhibition! 

Ai WeiWei
19/09/2015 - 13/12/2015
When Ai WeiWei recently joined a Ministry planning session at the Royal Academy there was no way that we wouldn't feature his exciting exhibition in our autumn picks. Really we've spent the last few weeks obsessively watching the artists movements on Instagram,  felt crushed as his visa was rejected,  overjoyed as Theresa May stepping in to grant him a six month working visa and then liberated by the consistent instagramming of the installation build at the RA. The Royal Academy show is the first major survey of his work since 1993, often controversial he opens up conversation between Chinese and western art - upsetting some along the way. building on the familiarity of Tate’s success with the turbine hall's sunflower exhibition (surprisingly not featured) this promises to be an explosion of political thought provoking pieces, but be quick! It’s only on until December!

Liberty in Fashion
09/10/2015 - 28/02/2016
There’s no doubt that as the nights draw in you'll be pulling the scarfs out of storage and wearing them as acceptable daytime blankets but I doubt many of us museum workers will be in the possession of a beautiful and iconic Liberty silk scarf. Fear not instead of window shopping Liberty's department store for this seasons fave you can take a look back in the Fashion and Textile Museum's latest show Liberty in Fashion which looks into Liberty the brand and how it has influence Brit fashion across the years.

Cycle Revolution
18/11/2015 - 30/06/2016
Later in the season the Design Museum brings a treat to all of the push biking commuters of London with their exploration of the British cycling trends in Cycle Revolution opening 18th November. There’s no doubt a friend or colleague with a passion for bikes will love this exhibition as it explores the much obsessed over craftsmanship of bicycles and their accessories as must have design items. 

what will you go and see? keep up updated on twitter @curiositytweet

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