Brits have by far the most highly developed sense of humour in the world and in particular the British press are brilliant and satirising their politicians. Verging on the rude most of the time British humour can leave visitors cringing, in shock but always laughing, so the Tate Modern’s Rude Britannia will cause a reaction, no matter where you are from.
The exhibition is split over six rooms:
Room 1: British Comic Art
This exhibition explores the comic in British art from the seventeenth century to the present day, including caricatures from the 17th and 18th centuries, early comic books and comic strips and contemporary artworks.
Room 2: Social Satire and the Grotesque
The Golden Age of social satire is on exhibit here, with works from the late 18th and early 19th centuries, with artists such as William Hogarth lampooning the greed, self-delusion and depravity which seemed to characterise modern consumer society.
Room 3: Politics
No prominent figure in Britain’s public life is off limits with caricatures of well known people including politicians and royalty being lampooned in comic prints, cartoons and newspaper strips.
The works in this room illustrate Fox and Pitt from the 18th century, Napoleon, Gladstone and Disraeli from the 19th century, Hitler in the 1930s and 1940s, and Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair in modern times.
Room 4: The Bawdy
Robust sexual humour has had a highly visible role to play in British culture and is highlighted in this room. Please be aware that this section of the exhibition contains some sexually explicit images and language.
Room 5: The Worship of Bacchus
The huge painting dominating this room is by the Victorian artist George Cruikshank (1792- 1878), a panoramic vision of British society being overtaken with the ‘worship of Bacchus’ – the god of wine.
Room 6: The Absurd
Absurd comic art from as far back as the 17h century is on display.
About Tate Britain
London SW1P 4RG
The Gallery is open every day, 10.00–18.00, including Bank Holidays. Last admission to special exhibitions at 17.15.
Admission is free but costs £10 /£8.50 for concessions for this special exhibition.
Rude Britannia runs from Tate Britain 9 June – 5 September 2010.
Natural History Museum
The Deep is a fascinating glimpse into the undersea world whereby the diverse habitats of unusual creatures are brought to life and will be of particular interest to visitors from Cayman, with our own unique undersea world so much part of the fabric of the islands.
A sperm whale skeleton previously never been seen graces the centre of the exhbition while visitors can follow ocean exploration from its early days to the present, discovering historic specimens from the famous HMS Challenger expedition and a modern walk-in submersible.
Other highlights are a cinema showing videos of life in the depths, an exhibit of myths and monsters, and an interactive sea map kiosk to explore the British sea bed and find out about conservation.
About the Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum
The Deep is open from 10.00 – 17.50, Monday to Sunday; last admission 17.15. Tickets cost £8 for adults and child and concession cost £4.50, Family packages are £22 and pupils in school group are £3.50 each.
The exhibition is free to members, patrons and children aged 3 and under. The exhibition is suitable for families and older children aged 7 and over. A family activity guide with games and challenges for children is available.
The exhibition runs through 5 September.