Another Europe: Open-Air Photo Show King X

Eurosceptics stay away: this is outdoors, free and in-your-face Pro-EU

For those who, in the continuing fine weather, like their art to be both outdoors and free, here’s another pop-up exhibition to go with the Frieze sculpture show in Regents Park.

It is located right outside King’s Cross station. In a series of sunlit pedestrian spaces, and celebrates, as the Web publicity tells one, ‘the European Year of Cultural Heritage’, and is offered by the Austrian Cultural Forum London, to celebrate Austria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in order to ‘explore the diversity of European Heritage’.

It consists of lots of rather jolly photographs of a wide variety of different locations, many of which you probably won’t have heard of, by a long list of European photographers – thy come from Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, Malta, Lithuania, Slovenia and Spain. Plenty to contemplate here, if you haven’t already booked for your hols, and the images stand up well to some hectoring advertising hoardings nearby.

In fact, I’d go so far as to say that this festival of pro-EU propaganda – from, as it happens, a country that seems increasingly uneasy about its own relationship to the EU (even though it hasn’t yet decided to do a bunk, as we in Britain have done) offers a degree of refreshment to the soul. Go there while the sun shines: it won’t cost you a penny, and there are some nice outdoor and semi-outdoor cafés where you can sip the beverage of your choice. Even British beer, if that’s what you insist on having.

Words: Edward Lucie-Smith

Open Air Photo Show King’s Boulevard and in Pancras Square, 12 – 12 August. Admission is free.


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