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Spring Agenda: 10 Must See Exhibitions


by Milly

What exhibitions to see this month? We’ve rounded up our pick of the best art exhibitions in London and across the UK.

1. PAINTING THE MODERN GARDEN

The Royal Academy | 30 January – 20 April 

Flowers in all their natural, romantic and fleeting beauty are a go-to subject for artists; Monet himself once said he owed his painting to flowers. But this exhibition goes far beyond flowers – masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee are abundant. And the story unfolds of how the prosperous middle classes were able to cultivate patches of land and shape the garden in life as in art, into a place of solace, escape and innovation.

2. Cycle Revolution

Design Museum | 18 November – 30 June

Cycle Revolution at London’s world leading Design Museum celebrates the diversity of contemporary cycling in Britain from every day commuting to Olympic level competition and looks at where design and innovation may take the riders of the future. We’ve got some tickets to give away. Share your favourite cycling inspired song with us on social media (Instagram, Facebook or Twitter @kingandmcgaw) and it could be your lucky day!

3. Andy Warhol: Works from the Hall Collection

Ashmolean Museum |4 February – 15 May

Lesser-known works by the Prince of Pop are shown for the first time in public, on loan from a private collection. Get yourself down to the Ashmolean in Oxford for a Warhol feast for the eyes.

4. Botticelli Reimagined

Victoria & Albert Museum | 5 March – 3 July

From paintings to print, tapestries to cinema, this show celebrates Botticelli’s incredible influence across the arts. And if you can’t wait until then, get your Botticelli fix at The Courtauld Gallery with its display of 30 drawings exhibition from 18 February – 15 May 2016.

5. Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art

National Gallery | 17 Feb – 22 May

This thematic display draws on examples of Delacroix’s religious, historical, literary and landscape painting to explore his remarkable influence on a variety of artists, from his contemporaries Courbet and Géricault through to 20th century greats Van Gogh, Matisse and Kandinsky. As Cézanne would later say: ‘We all paint in Delacroix’s language’.

6. Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture

Tate Modern | 11 November 2015 – 3 April 2016

American sculptor Alexander Calder was a radical figure who pioneered kinetic sculpture, bringing movement to static objects. Get yourself along to the Tate Modern to experience Calder’s delicate arrangements of forms.

7. The English Rose: Feminine Beauty from Van Dyck to Sargent

The Bowes Museum | 17 Feb – 22 May

At the beginning of summer The Bowes Museum in County Durham will celebrate the concept of the ‘English Rose’ in its major new exhibition. The catalyst for The English Rose is the portrait Olivia, Mrs Endymion Porter, by court painter Van Dyck. The work sits alongside paintings by Gainsborough, Reynolds, George Romney, John Singer Sargent and Peter Lely, depicting feminine beauties through the years.

8.  Vogue 100: A Century of Style

National Portrait Gallery | 11 Feb – 22 May

Over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive are brought together to showcase the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916.

9.  Death and Memory: Soane and the Architecture of Legacy

Sir John Soane’s Museum | 23 Oct – 2 April

Commemorating 200 years since the death of Soane’s beloved wife Eliza, this exhibition examines the effect of this personal tragedy on his life and work, as well as his long-held fascination with mortality.

10. Night Shift – London after Dark

London Transport Museum | 11 September – 10 April

An exhibition charting the development of late-night public transport, examining how electricity liberated the city’s timetable, fostering a more elaborate nightlife, but also allowing for the city’s first shift workers.


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