What’s on for art lovers in London and New York this summer?

No-one can doubt that South Ken’s iconic Victoria and Albert Museum (www.vam.ac.uk) is a must-stop site when you’re visiting the UK’s vibrant capital. It boasts the title of the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, with a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects, which can be viewed for free!

However some exhibitions are worth paying for and the current star attraction is ‘The Cult of Beauty’, which is the first major exhibition to explore Aestheticism, an artistic movement which sought to escape the ugliness and materialism of the Victorian era by creating a new kind of art and beauty. Aesthetic artists, designers and poets promoted the idea of ‘art for art’s sake’. This exhibition is displaying many of the greatest masterpieces of Victorian painting along with sculpture, design, furniture, architecture, fashion and literature, including works by Rossetti, William Morris and Oscar Wilde. The exhibition is on until the 17th of July (tickets £12) so there’s no excuse to miss it!

Meanwhile, across the pond, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Modern Art (www.metmuseum.org) is paying tribute to brilliant designer and the former enfant terrible of fashion, Alexander McQueen, with an exhibition called ‘Savage Beauty’. Around 100 of the designer’s dreamy, breathtaking pieces will be on display until the 31st of July. McQueen’s work often makes a statement, with his clothes influenced by history and nature and the exhibition shows that he’s much more than a producer of eye-catching garments.

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