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REVIEW – The Queen: Art & Image

the Exhibitionologist

In case you haven’t noticed, this year was the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, and a whole host of museums, galleries and other institutions have eagerly capitalised on a resulting spurt of public interest. A spurt of interest, thankfully, in not just the Queen herself or the monarchy, but in Britain, Britishness and all things British, helped no end by a certain large-scale sporting event that took place in London recently. I say ‘thankfully’ because this has given rise to exhibitions that, while all in some way having the monarchy or Britain during the past 60 years as a focus, have been richly varied in subject matter – from the National Maritime Museum’s brilliant ‘Royal River’, looking at how the monarchy used the River Thames to display its power over the centuries, to the Victoria and Albert Museum’s equally brilliant ‘British Design: 1948-2012’, charting British design innovation from the postwar period…

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