TATE – Constellations

We visited Tate Liverpool. The Tate art gallery was high on my list of galleries to see during our time in Liverpool and Manchester.

The gallery is aside the docks in Liverpool
The gallery is aside the docks in Liverpool
A rare peek behind the painting.
A rare peek behind the painting.

A temporary exhibit called “Constellations” was excellent. The exhibit brought together clusters of artwork around one notable piece. The layout allowed the curator to introduce new artists and artwork that may otherwise be difficult to highlight.

Artist names forming constellations
Artist names forming constellations

There were ten to fifteen notable pieces, each on display with other artwork around it. The surrounding items were all related and influenced by the main piece. The clustering was not linear in order, nor just a collection of trivial likenesses or copies. Instead the clusters combined different media such as sculpture with paintings.

The curation was well thought out, engaging, and something I would like to see replicated.

Inside the Constellations exhibit
Inside the Constellations exhibit

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Looking out from the gallery
Looking out from the gallery
Glass chandelier in Tate Liverpool's lobby
Glass chandelier in Tate Liverpool’s lobby
Close up of the glass chandelier
Close up of the glass chandelier

Not all artwork is serious…

A leg extending out from a wall
A leg extending out from a wall

Lyon’s Christmas Market

A Christmas market appears in Lyon near the beginning of December. It is held in Place Carnot infront of Perrache train station.

The square is full of Christmas themed stalls. Most of the stalls are dedicated to food and drink, with a good mix of trade crafts and other bits as well. A small internationally themed cluster of stalls makes an appearance and is always fun; these stalls sell local treats from each represented country.

We have made a habit of going with the intention of treating ourselves to a food item from a stall. This year, partly in honour of our Belgium trip, we choose freshly cooked waffles. The waffles were on sticks, shaped like a Christmas tree, and had Nutella smeared on them.

Christmas decorations in the square
Christmas decorations in the square
The square Father Christmas figures returned this year.
The square Father Christmas figures returned this year.
A stall selling food and drink.
A stall selling food and drink.
A stall selling handcrafted goods
A stall selling handcrafted goods
Every French event requires a carousel.
Every French event requires a carousel.
Illuminated statue in Place Carnot in Lyon.
Illuminated statue in Place Carnot in Lyon.
Marshmallows. Our treat last year.
Marshmallows. Our treat last year.
Oven built on a pile of wood.
Oven built on a pile of wood.
Christmas decorations.
Christmas decorations.
Tree wrapped in lights.
Tree wrapped in lights.
A stall selling food and drink.
A stall selling food and drink.
A man cuts into nougat.
A man cuts into nougat.
A stall selling beers and hot wine.
A stall selling beers and hot wine.
Chocolate available for sale.
Chocolate available for sale.
A stall selling freshly cooked waffles.
A stall selling freshly cooked waffles.
Christmas decorations.
Christmas decorations.