Monday, 12 May 2008

A royal day

Have been doing some higgledy-piggledy posting recently, but this post marks a return to my Brighton excursion. It was still before ten in the morning, so the rides on the pier weren´t open yet. I just wondered around in a daze, bombarded by loud music and flashing lights (these were working in all their technicolour glory). "Kitsch" doesn´t quite describe it: I think "tat" is more apt.

I really wanted to explore the lanes next, but in a rare moment of pragmatism I had to admit that it is easier to lug a heavy bag around museums than shops. So I checked out the Brighton Museum, an Art Deco wonderland. But my favourite piece was from the surrealist school: Mae West Lip´s by Salvador Dali and Edward James. Such a pity I couldn´t sit on this artwork! (NB. I took the pic before I discovered the "shooting-behind-glass" function on my camera).

Then it was off The Royal Pavilion. Wow: the Prince Regent could teach today´s celebrities something about conspicuous consumption! I loved the banqueting room, but my favouritest was the music room - simply glorious.

You know, I don´t always love visiting places such the British Museum, full of artefacts plundered from all corners of the colonial empire, deprived of their original context. As a nominal socialist, I do find the Pavilion´s unashamed ostentation somewhat grotesque. That said, I really appreciated seeing the all the prince´s treasures (and modern replicas) in the surroundings that were their home, instead of at some stuffy museum.

And, since we all know I am really a not-so-closet champagne socialist, I began mentally planning a dinner party (with postprandial entertainment in the music room, naturally) hosted by myself and ABJ. Hiring the Banqueting Room, Great Kitchen, and Music Room would only set us back £4 520 after all. And room hire isn´t even subject to VAT - what a bonus!

6 comments:

Geraldine Eliot said...

I am a huge fan of the lip... But I wonder what Mae West thought about it...

It is a rather spectacular piece of what would now be described as post modern architecture. Ridiculously beautiful and quite a contrast to the glary 'tat' of the pavilion.

xx

TM said...

Will be writing some more serious architecture posts over the next while - met so many architecture students here, so have developed quite an interest.

Alistair said...

Oh how sublime!!! Book it for us now... You start the menu, I'll plan the music and refreshments! Hurrah! xxx

TM said...

Grand ;) I take it you´ll be footing the bill as well as organising music and refreshments?! On a different note, Jules should definitely get married there...

leez said...

Beautiful.

On a different note... I thought that champagne socialist was exactly that: someone who socialises when under the influence of champagne.

Followed the link and found out something new. As a teacher you should be proud.

TM said...

Glad I did something teacherly for a change ;) That said, I like to socialise and drink champagne as well...