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SAMUEL JOHNSON WARNED that “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” but that’s even less likely today than it was when Johnson wrote it in the 18th century. Every year brings something fresh and worth exploring to the city.
One of the most recent additions is “the superb Granary Square,” says the 22nd edition of Time Out London.
The square is at the heart of a new neighbourhood, King’s Cross Central, around King’s Cross Station. It is, as the guidebook says, a “serious redevelopment”: “67 acres, 20 ‘historic structures’ being refurbed...‘up to 500,000sq ft of retail space’, 20 new streets, three new bridges, ten new parks and squares.”
Granary Square is filled with students attending St. Martin’s College of Art, which recently moved to the area. That’s helped make the square a good location for the new House of Illustration (www.houseofillustration.org.uk), opened summer 2014. The guidebook says it’s “the world’s first gallery dedicated to the art of illustration.”
The development has also made more accessible Kings Place, a once-stranded pioneer of the King’s Cross revival. Its 400-seat main hall is “dominated by wood carved from a single, 500-year-old oak tree” and its “programming is tremendous [with] artists as wide-ranging as Schönberg and jazz band AIR.” www.kingsplace.co.uk
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Where do you want to go? France?
FONTAINEBLEAU, France—As Director Xavier Salmon unbars and swings open the ponderous shutters of the château de Fontainebleau’s Chinese Museum what were gleams of gold in the dark interior swell into a display of dazzling magnificence.
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What do you want to see? Frans Hals?
HAARLEM, Netherlands—Not everybody likes Rembrandt. Lovely work with the honeyed hues, but overall too dark, too sombre! Try some Frans Hals, then. Hals (1580-1666) was a contemporary of Rembrandt’s and another Dutch master, but where Rembrandt was gold, Hals was silver; where Rembrandt was moody, Hals was exuberant. To some he was the first Impressionist, eschewing finicky detail for broad, confident strokes. He influenced Monet and Manet; van Gogh loved him.
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