Vivienne Westwood film on her painted vision of London

There is something very personal about revealing a favourite film, song or painting. Which makes this new initiative by Tate Britain a treat for culture lovers – whether your thing is fashion, art or a general mix up.

In a new film released this week, fashion grand dame Vivienne Westwood is interviewed on film about two paintings which capture her vision of London.

In the Vivienne Westwood film, of all the art that has been inspired by the capital city on display at Tate Britain, Vivienne Westwood has chosen Frank Auerbach’s ‘Oxford Street Building Site’ (1959/60) and JM Whistler’s ‘Nocturne: Blue and Silver – Cremorne Lights’ (1872) which are part of the BP British Art Displays at Tate Britain.

The film shows Westwood wandering the Tate, discussing the work of the artists in an intimate interview. Frank Auerbach and JM Whistler both drew inspiration from scenes of London and the River Thames, reflecting the designer’s own inspiration through the punk years and in her current collections. These artists have a personal significance to her and she speaks about how the museums and galleries of London have been a constant source of inspiration throughout her life.

The Vivienne Westwood film is part of the This is Britain campaign promoting the free collections displays at Tate Britain. For more information on Tate Britain visit www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

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