Must-see museum exhibitions in London
New exhibitions in London
Harold Pinter: A Line, A Word, An Image
The British Library is home to the Harold Pinter Archive, which it puts to good use with this small, free display coinciding with the 10th anniversary of the playwright and actor's death. Writings, manuscripts and photos hint at the inspiration behind some of the most famous plays of the 20th century.
The problem with futuristic design is how quickly it looks, well, old. This fascinating exhibition at the Design Museum displays the forward-thinking domestic designs architects of the past thought would characterise our modern lives. Items on display include the Pratone, a 1970s rethink on the humble chair that imagined a future where we'd shun solid seats in favour of a large block of malleable green grass made to support the whole body. The idea never caught on, perhaps because - as the picture on the DM's website shows - it made the person sitting in it look a bit of a fool. Who could have predicted that an invention almost literally named 'prat' could make the user look silly?