This new exhibition considers the impact of modern media on wars and ethnic conflicts, focusing on the Arab-Israeli tension. It presents the modern (and at times, slightly bewildering) work of a number of European artists responding to the Middle Eastern conflict and considers the historical connections between continental Europe and the Middle East, contrasting antisemitism with islamophobia.
Big themes. So afterwards, I went to the shop upstairs.
I am a real sucker for a museum shop. Yes, this makes me superficial and vacuous, but I don’t care. Maybe it’s the thirst for new knowledge and ongoing self-development that exhibitions give me – the desire to delve beneath the surface and learn more about Czech photography/Degas/The Impressionists/the history of Rome (delete as applicable). Perhaps I am just a good patron of The Arts. Or maybe it’s my dreadful western consumerism. Either way, the shop at the V&A in London is my happy place.
Last night was no different – I cannot resist a post-exhibition browse. I wandered stairs to the DOX shop. This is one of Prague’s premier design shops, stocking glassware, porcelain, jewelry, lighting, furniture and a multitude of other Czech-made items just waiting for someone like me to come along and buy them.
I broke with tradition and didn’t buy a book related to the exhibition. Instead, I found myself purchasing two very lovely Koh-i-noor pencils (one handbag sized, one normal). At 230 czk for both, I cannot decide whether this is a snip for a quality piece of Czech design heritage, or whether I am a mug that has just spent about eight quid on two pencils.
Enjoy the exhibition.