Over the weekend we were invited to Frameless London, this can be found on Oxford Street near Marble Arch in central London. Both my children love art so I knew they would enjoy seeing art in a different way from the usual museum and gallery experience.
Exploring Frameless London with kids
We arrived at Frameless and travelled down to the basement level. Frameless is spread over 4 multi-sensory galleries showcasing 90 minutes of hypnotic visuals set to a dazzling score. There is also a temporary gallery space, as well as a spacious cafe, bathrooms and gift shop. We easily spent over 90 minutes at the experience.
After dropping our coats off at the complimentary cloakroom we started exploring the multi-sensory galleries. Our first stop was Beyond Reality which was our favourite. It featured works by Hieronymous Boch, Guiseppe Arcimboldo as well as Gustav Klimt and Edvard Munch. The images were projected on the floor, walls and ceiling, and mirrors along the edge of the floor added to the feeling of being fully immersed in the art works. The images were accompanied by a soundtrack which definitely added to the experience. We were able to sit down and watch the images float around the room.
Colour in Motion
This gallery was slightly smaller than the first and focussed on Impressionism to Neo and Post Impressionism with the works of Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet and Berthe Morisot. You can experience and interact with colour in a fascinating new way, as you encounter every brushstroke and every splash of paint within each of the masterpieces within this gallery. The kids liked this room a lot and were happy to sit on the floor and enjoy the experience.
The World Around Us
This gallery had a very dramatic feel. It was quite large and we took advantage of a bench in the middle so we could experience the art all around us. Our world has always inspired artists and how they see it has always inspired us. You are thrown into crashing oceans, explore bustling cities and stand on the edge of fiery volcanoes. Featuring work by JMW Turner, Peter Paul Reubens, Rembrandt van Rinj.
The Art of Abstraction
In this gallery you could walk around huge panels which featured colour, shape and form to discover abstract art in a way never seen before. As you bask in the bold light of this gallery, prepare to be mesmerised. Featuring work by Wassily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and Piet Mondrian.
Taking over Frameless’ fifth gallery, Blank Canvas, is “Illuminating the Arctic Night”, the first solo show from Scandinavian-based artist and musician Lela Amparo. Taking inspiration from the wonders of the Aurora Borealis, transformed through the world-class technology at Frameless, Amparo’s magical and atmospheric work with its colourful swirls is a festive spectacle.
During our visit we experienced 42 masterpieces from 29 iconic artists from Van Gogh to Dalí, each reimagined through cutting-edge technology to break free from the confines of a frame. It was an amazing experience and definitely something that all ages would enjoy. We chose to visit early in the morning and were able to experience the rooms without many people in them, but it does get busy despite the huge spaces. We enjoyed reading more about the art and artists before we entered each gallery and will definitely visit again when we have a day in London. It makes a great family day out and kept my teens busy and engaged.
Younger children also enjoyed the experience. There were a few on our visit running around and having a great time. Parents can take advantage of Frameless Tots, which are newly-launched dedicated family sessions every weekday morning (11am-12pm) during term time at a reduced ticket price of £20, offering an opportunity for parents and little ones to meet and explore the space together.
Where is Frameless?
Frameless, 6 Marble Arch, London W1H 7AP
Parent and toddler tickets can be purchased: https://frameless.com/tickets/