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“Not Long Left to Visit the Jazz Exhibition”
Review of Two Temple Place

Two Temple Place
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Take the opportunity offered by the jazz exhibition to gain free entry to this architectural gem. 2 Temple Place is located very close to Temple station. It closes on 22/4/18.

The exhibition this year investigates the story of jazz in GB, including aspects such as the bands, instruments, the individual stars, the influence from USA, dance halls, records, shoes, home furnishings/vases, art. I was amazed at the wide sources used to provide the exhibits. There are examples of the music playing and old films are shown. I am not a particular jazz fan, but enjoyed some of the exhibits such as the art and vases.

The shop had some specially commissioned china to reflect the jazz age. There is a coffee shop. My visit took about 80 minutes (without coffee!).

Thank RossOrpington
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

I have always been interested in jazz but have never been to an exhibition that covered jazz in art. It was extremely well curated with plenty of instruments, old films, paintings depicting jazz, old records, photos, ceramics, fabrics, etc. The focus was very much about jazz in the UK.

Two Temple Place is a beautiful building and seemed just right for the subject matter. When I attended it was very busy which is good as this is not a well known gallery and jazz is a bit of a minority interest.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Two Temple Place is an interesting small free gallery by Temple tube station on the Embankment. The Jazz exhibition was well displayed and enjoyable. The building itself is quite stunning. Last admission is 4pm during the week.

Thank CatrionaJC
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

My wife and I went today to the Jazz exhibition but really just to see the architecture. The building is only open at exhibition times and is well worth a visit it was built in Victorian times in an Elizabethan gothic style and is beautiful. The cafe is good and quite reasonably priced . Well worth a visit and the actual exhibition was interesting too

Thank Willie_Bucket
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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Two Temple Place just does 1 art exhibition a year but its choice of subjects is always original, stimulating and very Britlsh. Well, actually, the current exhibition is American/British but previous years have been on the wonderful artists from Sussex - Gill, Ravilious, Bawden, Roland Penrose etc -, Cornish artists which I annoyingly missed through diary management incompetence, and before that, William Morris.

The free exhibition on the Jazz Age mainly focuses on the 1920s and 30s in Britain and includes some film footage of the time, lots of information on the artists and the attitudes of the time, some beautiful posters, paintings, post cards, ceramics and fabrics influenced by the shock of the jazz age and nostalgia provoking radio sets,78 rpm records and cigarette packet cards. Photos of some of the dance venues are also thought provoking - I wondered how many still exist.

It's a must see though it would have been nice to have had more on the broader context of the time - the literature and other cultural changes.

The venue is itself worth the visit and there is a small cafe for snacks.

Get there soon (the exhibition ends on 22 April) and watch out for their next one!

Thank 81Caroline
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