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Summer 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 this summer.

1. FRANCIS BACON & THE MASTERS

Sainsbury Centre | Until 26 July 2015

L: Self Portrait Seated 1970 R: Reclining Figure 1966 – Francis Bacon

The lowdown: A great show of the legendary painter, alongside old and modern masters including Velázquez, Rembrandt, Titian, Michelangelo, Rodin, Van Gogh, Picasso and Matisse.

2. SONIA DELAUNAY

Tate Modern | Until 9 August 2015

Photography via Tate – Sonia Delaunay exhibition

The lowdown: Painter, printmaker, fashion designer and furniture designer, there’s not much Delaunay didn’t do. It’s a must see exhibition of one of the pioneers of abstract art.

3. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Royal Academy | Until: 16 August 2015

Photography: John Bodkin, DawkinsColour. © Royal Academy of Arts.

The lowdown: A summer staple since 1769, the Summer Exhibition showcases some of the best art by emerging and contemporary artists, chosen by Royal Academicians themselves.

4. William Hogarth: Painter & Printmaker

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery | Until 31 August 2015

A Rake’s Progress I: The Heir – William Hogarth

The lowdown: From portraiture, to satire and historical paintings, Hogarth’s diverse oil paintings, make their way from the Tate Britain to Bristol for the summer.

5. RAVILIOUS

Dulwich Picture Gallery | Until 31 August 2015

L: Storm R: Dangerous Work at Low Tide by Eric Ravilious Images via Dulwich Picture Gallery

The lowdown: The first major exhibition since Eric Ravilious’ death in 1942 to showcase the artist as a watercolourist rather than printmaker –  it’s an unmissable show of more than 80 of his superb works.

6. Grayson Perry: Provincial Punk

Turner Contemporary |  Until 13 September 2015

Photography via Tuner Contemporary

From provincial to popular, Perry guides us through the chronicles of modern life, assessing culture, identity and class through his uniquely subversive art.

7. Riviera Style: Resort and Swimwear Since 1900

Fashion & Textile Museum | Until 13 September 2015

Calvi Beach, Corsica, circa 1932 – Roger Broders

The lowdown: Nothing says summer quite like a bikini! In this exhibition you’ll travel from the English seaside to the Côte d’Azur and California, celebrating fashion at its most fun. Featuring displays from our very own Vogue, P&O Heritage and National Railway Museum collections, Riviera Style is this summer’s hottest exhibition.

8. AUDREY HEPBURN: PORTRAITS OF AN ICON

National Portrait Gallery | Until 18 October 2015

L: Audrey Hepburn, 1954 – Mirrorpix R: Audrey Hepburn, 1954 – Bud Fraker

The lowdown: The legend of film star and fashion icon, Audrey Hepburn, illustrated through more than 70 images by the most eminent 20th Century photographers – from Cecil Beaton to Norman Parkinson.

9. Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for a Modern World

Tate Britain | Until 25 October 2015

Image via Tate Britain

The lowdown: Barbara Hepworth has become infamous for her abstract sculpture. This retrospective features some of her most significant sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside rarely seen works.

10. LOWRY BY THE SEA 

Jerwood Gallery | Until 1 November 2015

Yachts, 1959 – L S Lowry

The lowdown: One of our most popular artists takes centre stage in this exhibition focussing on Lowry’s fascination with seascapes – it’s the perfect summer excursion.


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