Vikings: Life and Legend, The British Museum
Written by Oryx
Starting March 6
The British Museum will open its new Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery, part of the new World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre, in powerful fashion.
Vikings: Life and Legend will kick off the museum’s first purpose-built space for temporary exhibitions. It will feature a host of new archaeological discoveries, including part of a mass grave of Viking warriors, set alongside important Viking Age artefacts from the British Museum’s own collection and elsewhere in Britain and Ireland.
At the heart of the exhibition will be a 37m-long warship that dates to the year 1025 and is the longest Viking vessel ever discovered. Analysis of its contents and other artefacts demonstrate that warfare and warrior identity were at the centre of what it meant to be a Viking, for whom cultural contact was often violent and whose transportation of stolen goods and slaves reflects their role as both raiders and traders.
“The fragile timbers of the mightiest Viking warship ever found are being tenderly pieced together at the British Museum.”
Letters of the City,
Founded in 2005, the Buchstabenmuseum (Museum of Letters) is dedicated to preserving, restoring, and exhibiting signage from Berlin and around the world. As globalisation eradicates many family-run businesses, and with them their related idiosyncratic signs forged by skilled craftspeople, the Buchstabenmuseum researches and documents the stories behind the signs, making for a most unique collection.
Kim Bevan @KimBevanArt
@BM_Berlin – Museum of Letters was brilliant. Cold day in Berlin lit up by the Signs.
Sculpture by the Sea,
Cottesloe Beach, Perth
This 10th-anniversary outdoor exhibition welcomes more than 70 artists who will transform Perth’s most popular beach into a sculpture park overlooking the Indian Ocean with some of the most glorious sunsets of any major city in the world.
Distance: 5,219 km
Flight Time: 7 hours, 35 minutes
Frequency: 6 flights a day