Getset to be shaken and most likely stirred with Legends of the Martini at The Royal Academy. An exhibition pays tribute to the legendary drink, the multi-sensory and multi disciplinary show celebrates the vermouth drink and invites you to immerse yourself into the spirit.
Photographers, set designers, film-makers and musicians have collaborated together to create a Martini experience that reference the ‘legends’ who are known to enjoy the drink (or two). No surprises then with James Bond on the list, other lovers of the tipple include Kate Moss, Ernest Hemingway and our personal favourite Elizabeth Taylor, possibly the most intoxicating dream dinner guest.
Belvedere, the curators of the show, worked with still life photographer Jess Bonham to capture the essence of the legends, and film maker Chris Read’s short mixology film is watched inside a cocktail shaker. The exhibition is taking immersive experiences to new heights — you are invited to explore the space which starts in the roaring 20s, past the swinging sixties, and through to the 90s and present day. You then guess the legends through film, sound, scent and by climbing into a giant cocktail glass…could that be a Ms Von Teese reference?
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.
Saving the best until last, at the end of your experience, you are seated to enjoy your Martini flight. Your private bar tender will take you through the history of the drink and then try three different versions of the Martini – wet, dry and the Reverse Vespa. If you love Martinis, then you’re going to love this! Bring out your inner Liz Taylor – Just don’t get married eight times!
Fri 1st – Sun 31 August 2014
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD