SPITTING IMAGE EXHIBITION
A week day off in London and I needed to make the most of the, slightly quieter, city streets. Having been to most of the larger museums lately, The Cartoon Museum takes my interest with it’s promise of a healthy slice of British satirical puppet pie.
On the back streets behind The British Museum, The Cartoon Museum has a small but fantastic exhibition on the late-night ITV series Spitting Image. Being a child of the 80’s and 90’s I was a little young to watch the series when originally aired, however, with a keen interest in illustration, puppets, entertainment not to mention being bought up listening to The Chicken Song, this exhibition was right up my street.
Spitting Image: From Start to Finish looks at the partnership between artists Peter Fluck and Roger Law, whose talent for three-dimensional caricature formed the bedrock for the complex creation that would become Spitting Image. The collection of satirical sculptures, photos and sketches of politicians and celebrities from the 80’s and 90’s, amongst others, include Paul McCartney, Ronnie Corbett, Kate Moss, Saddam Hussein, Bill Clinton, Rupert Murdoch, Jo Brand and John Paul II, not forgetting the Royal Family, Margaret Thatcher’s cabinet and her political opponents.
A museum of only three rooms kept me entertained for a good couple of hours - if you can, you should take a look too.
Exhibition ends at the beginning of June.