Legends of the Martini at The Royal Academy

The Royal Academy is set to be shaken and very possibly stirred as it plays host to the Legends of the Martini exhibition, a multi-sensory, multi-disciplinary show which celebrates the vermouth drink.

By Bonham and Tickle
By Bonham and Tickle

Set designers, photographers, film-makers and musicians have come together to create experiences that reference Martini and one of several ‘legends’ known to enjoy the drink, such as James Bond, Kate Moss, Elizabeth Taylor, and  Ernest Hemingway – a deadly and intoxicating bunch.

By Bonham and Tickle
By Bonham and Tickle

Vodka brand Belvedere, which has curated the show, is keen to keep most details under wraps but we can tell you that still life photographer Jess Bonham is working with set designer Gemma Tickle, while film maker Chris Read has created his own piece, and the band Let the Machines do the Work has created a musical score based on one of the legends.

By Bonham and Tickle
By Bonham and Tickle

The exhibition itself has been designed by set designer Carrie Louise with poet Greta Bellamacina working on accompanying notes.

We’re rather intrigued by the drama and the glamour hinted at in these preview shots which all pertain to Bonham and Tickle’s piece.

By Bonham and Tickle
By Bonham and Tickle

Curator Tory Turk says, ‘The Martini cocktail has had many manifestations throughout its development, and now holds a distinct image within popular culture. Its connotations evoke an invitation to a sophisticated lifestyle and Legends of the Martini opens the door into this world. 

By Bonham and Tickle
By Bonham and Tickle

From the roaring 20s, past the swinging sixties, through the 90s to the present day, it will highlight characters who have been known to enjoy a Martini (or two) in their time.’

Belvedere Legends of the Martini runs from 1-31 August at Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, Piccadilly, W1S 3ET

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