Magic Realism in New England: The Mesmerising Work of Andrew Wyeth

The All Saints Church, Dahlem and Zoom-Meeting Hüttenweg 46, Berlin

‘If there is such a thing as a purely American tradition in Art, it is represented at its best in the straightforward canvases of Andrew Wyeth.’ — LIFE magazine, 1948.
Andrew Wyeth is one of America’s best-known Realist painters of the 20th century. In a career spanning 75 years, he created paintings of everyday life in Pennsylvania and Maine that were imbued with mystery and emotion. He painted with an exacting detail that led to his style being termed ‘magic realism’. This talk looks at his poignant landscapes, his scandalous ‘Helga’ series and his moving portraits, including a focused look at his most iconic work, ‘Christina’s World’.

Canal History and Heritage

The All Saints Church, Dahlem and Zoom-Meeting Hüttenweg 46, Berlin

This lecture provides a colourful introduction to the secret world of our 2000-mile inland waterway network and looks at all aspects of their exceptional artistic, architectural and engineering vernacular. Features range from sweeping aqueducts to tiny bollards; from colourful historic narrowboats to 'Roses and Castles' artwork; from grand World Heritage Sites to quirky listed buildings. A well-known architectural historian once described our canals as a 'poor man's art gallery'.

A Passion for Tea

The All Saints Church, Dahlem and Zoom-Meeting Hüttenweg 46, Berlin

In 1660 Samuel Pepys made a diary entry ‘I did send for a cup of tea – a China drink – of which I had never drunk before’. But the story of tea drinking had started in China over a thousand years earlier, and by the 13th century the famous rituals of tea, ‘cha no yu’ were established in Japan. By the 18th century tea was the fashionable drink throughout Europe – subject to crippling taxes and still only available from China, frequently adulterated along the way.
Differences between green and black teas, blends, additions of sugar, milk or lemon, smuggling, British rituals – even opium - all form background to the great British Cuppa.

Guided tour of the Gründerzeitmuseum

Gründerzeitmuseum Hultschiner Damm 333, Berlin, Deutschland

The building was home to ‘Charlotte von Mahlsdorf’ with whom we will get an overall insight into her life living in the property. In addition, the museum houses many artifacts from her time there plus a collection of many functioning music machines which are a real joy to see and hear.
The tour will be held in German but it is hoped that some English will be available. It will last approximately 75 minutes. Entry is 5.00 euros per person.

160 Years of London Underground design and architecture

The All Saints Church, Dahlem and Zoom-Meeting Hüttenweg 46, Berlin

Covers surprising attempts to create some graphic unit, even in the 1860s and 70s, expansion of the Underground and the need to create some cohesion between the different operating companies. Leslie Green's architecture and the Arts & Crafts movement, Frank Pick, Edward Johston's typeface, Charles Holden's architecture and the Streamline Moderne/Art Deco movement, the News Works Programme, post war austerity/design, Victoria Line, loss of Johnson and rescue by Kono, Jubilee Line Extension/architecture, creation of TfL, recent schemes and future works including the Elizabeth Line/Northern Line extension to Battersea, etc.