GALLERIES & EXHIBITIONS
London is home to a number of fantastic galleries. With new and exciting exhibitions opening all the time it is easy to get your fix of culture whilst staying at One Aldwych. Read on for our guide to what's on at London's galleries.
The EY Exhibition: Sonia
15 April - 9 August 2015
Sonia Delaunay (1885-1979) was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde and became the European doyenne of abstract art. Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, she celebrated the modern world of movement, technology and urban life, exploring new ideas about colour theory together with her husband Robert Delaunay.
3 June - 11 October 2015
Visit the Tate Modern for the first retrospective of Martin's work since 1994. Covering the full breadth of her practice, this exhibition reveals Martin's little known experiments and traces her development from biomorphic abstraction to her mesmerising grid and striped canvases.
Unfinished... Works from the
18 June - 20 September 2015
This year's Summer Showcase Special Display will bring together paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from the Renaissance to the early twentieth century that have all been described as unfinished.
Jonathan Richardson by
24 June - 20 September 2015
Jonathan Richardson the Elder (1667 - 1745) was one of the most influential figures in the visual arts of 18th century England. A leading portrait painter, Richardson was also a theorist and an accomplished poet and amassed one of the great collections of drawings of the age. Towards the end of his life Richardson created a remarkable but little known series of self-portrait drawings.
El Greco at The National
26 February - 2 August 2015
This temporary display marks the exceptional loan of El Greco's altarpiece, The Crucifixion with Two Donors, from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, alongside which the National Gallery's holdings of El Greco's works have been brought together. An additional painting, The Agony in the Garden, related to the Gallery's own studio variant shown nearby, is on loan from a private collection and exhibited publicly here for the first time in 25 years.
Frames in Focus: Samsovina
1 April - 13 September 2015
Often overlooked and seldom the focus of an exhibition, it is frames, not paintings that take centre stage in this exploration of one of the most inventive and exuberant types of picture frame. So enduring was the reputation of architect and sculptor Jacopo Sansovino that in the late 19th century the term 'Sansovino' was coined to describe frames created in an elaborate, early-baroque style - more than three centuries after his death.
Take One Picture
5 June - 20 September 2015
Take One Picture is the National Gallery's flagship project for primary schools. The works in this display demonstrate the innovative ways in which schools have responded to Saint Michael Triumphant over the Devil by Bartolomé Bermejo. From drawing to collage and metalwork, the diverse range of works on show reflects the richness of creative responses to the painting.
Art in Dialogue: Duccio |
13 June - 18 November 2015
The exhibition is a creative interaction of two works of art made almost 700 years apart: The Annunciation by the Sienese painter Duccio (active 1278-1319) and 'Duccio Variation No. 3', one of seven sculptures that the British sculptor Sir Anthony Caro (1924-2013) made in response to Duccio's painting. This is the first time that this painting and sculpture have been seen together.
Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of
2 July - 18 October 2015
This fascinating photographic exhibition will illustrate the life of actress and fashion icon Audrey Hepburn (1929-1993). From her early years as a chorus girl in London's West End through to her philanthropic work in later life, Portraits of an Icon will celebrate one of the world's most photographed and recognisable stars.
Tate Britain Commission 2015:
24 March - 18 October 2015
This spring, Christina Mackie unveils a new three-part installation inspired by her interest in pigments and colour. Located in the dramatic Duveen Galleries at the heart of Tate Britain, Mackie fills half of the exhibition space with 12-metre-high dipped silk nets suspended above pans of semi-crystalised dye, to create an ethereal installation.
Contemporary Projects: The
Weight of Data
18 May - 25 October 2015
This exhibition, part of Tate Britain's Contemporary Projects series, includes recent work by emerging artists who investigate the material world through the conversion of information from one state to another.
9 June - 13 September 2015
This exhibition focuses on the conflict, martyrdom and catastrophe found in history painting from the eighteenth century to the present day. In England, history painting first emerged in the eighteenth century.
Sculpture for a Modern World
24 June - 25 October 2015
Book now to see the first major Barbara Hepworth exhibition in London for almost 50 years. This retrospective features some of her most significant sculptures in wood, stone and bronze alongside rarely seen works.
Defining beauty: the body in
ancient Greek art
26 March - 5 July 2015
Experience the brilliance and diversity of ancient Greek art in this major exhibition focusing on the human body.
Ancient lives, new
Until 12 July 2015
This exhibition will introduce you to eight people from ancient Egypt and Sudan whose bodies have been preserved, either naturally or by deliberate embalming.
Indigenous Australia: Enduring
Until 12 August 2015
The show is the first major exhibition in the UK to present a history of Indigenous Australia through objects, celebrating the cultural strength and resilience of both Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders.
Hide and Seek: Drawings by
Eileen Cooper RA
29 May - 23 August 2015
This exhibition, which coincides with the publication of a monograph celebrating Cooper's career, presents drawings spanning almost 40 years. Cooper creates work that possesses a strongly poetic and distinctive vision, and the artist has been described as a 'magical realist'.
8 June - 16 August 2015
For 247 years, the Summer Exhibition has offered a snapshot of contemporary art - and this year promises a riot of colour, variety and discovery with over 1,200 works spilling out from our galleries.
4 July - 27 September 2015
Cornell hardly ventured beyond New York State, yet the notion of travel was central to his art. His imaginary voyages began as he searched Manhattan's antique bookshops and dime stores, collecting a vast archive of paper ephemera and small objects to make his signature glass-fronted 'shadow boxes'.
Designs of the Year
25 March 2015 - 31 March 2016
Now in its eighth year, Designs of the Year celebrates design that promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year. Someday the other museums will be showing this stuff.
Life On Foot
13 May - 1 November 2015
Embark on a creative journey into how traditional shoemaking has been shaped by contemporary design and new technologies. Life on Foot is the first exhibition on the maverick and much-loved Spanish footwear brand Camper.
Wildlife Photographer of the
24 October 2014 - 30 August 2015
Extraordinary images of our planet from international photographers, celebrating the 50th competition.
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of
Until 13 September 2015
Immerse yourself in the underwater world of tropical coral reefs, some of the most biodiverse environments in the world.
Until 13 September 2015
Step inside a tropical world of caterpillars, chrysalises and hundreds of fluttering moths and butterflies.
Engineer Your Future
17 December 2014 - 16 December 2017
Could you shape the world we live in? Find out if you've got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.
Revelations: Experiments in
20 March - 13 September 2015
Discover the influence of early scientific photography on modern and contemporary art in this major new exhibition, featuring some of the rarest images from the pioneers of photography.
Alexander McQueen: Savage
14 March - 2 August 2015
Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be the first and largest retrospective of McQueen's work to be presented in Europe.
All Of This Belongs To
3 April - 19 July 2015
The V&A belongs to all of us. But what does this really mean? What are the opportunities, obligations and limits to participation in this civic institution?
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