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27 Apr 2012

David Starkey’s Royal River at Greenwich

Royal river: power, pageantry and the Thames, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London, 27 April – 9 September

exhibition graphic for 'Royal River' featuring a panoramic historic painting of the river filled with boats

“David Starkey, guest-curator of this exceptional display at the National Maritime Museum, said: ‘This exhibition, which brings to life the extraordinary and varied history of the Thames as Britain’s royal river and London’s “grandest street”, is a feast for the eyes and all the senses. It evokes the sights, sounds and even the smells of half a millennium of royal river pageantry and popular celebration. But, most importantly and originally, Royal River also shows how the grandest royal river pageants have always been used to celebrate the coronation and inauguration of Tudor and Stuart Queens. What more appropriate way of celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of The Queen, who will herself, at the climax of the celebrations, lead another grand royal river pageant?” (from ArtDaily website)

Rebecca Warren, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin, 27 April – 16 June