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This week we were intrigued to read about the opening of ‘Monet & Architecture’ at London’s National Gallery. Claude Monet (1840 – 1926) is well known for his impressionist landscapes, but this notoriety has often overshadowed his appreciation for the built form. Drawing on a largely private collection, the exhibition comprises a lifetime’s work; from the artist’s early exploration of the bridges of Paris, to some of his final works depicting the renowned architecture of Venice and London. Monet has always struck a chord at NHO, and we often recall the experience of seeing Water Lillies at the incredible Chichu Art Museum in Naoshima, Japan. It was an incredibly moving gallery experience, unmistakably enhanced by the superb Tadao Ando designed building. Despite being primarily subterranean, Ando’s design lets in an abundance of natural light that changes the appearance of the artworks and the space itself. A truly memorable experience. But back to Monsieur Monet. ‘Monet & Architecture’ runs from 09 April to 29 July. Sadly we’ll miss it by mere weeks, however please get in touch via Instagram if you manage a visit and let us know what you think.