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15th October 2014
Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963 - 2010 is a retrospective of the work of one of the most experimental artists in the latter part of the 20th century. The exhibition is the first to fully encompass the enormously varied range of materials with which Sigmar Polke worked. Polke explored...
8th October 2014
Terror And Wonder: The Gothic Imagination offers a glimpse of the fascinating and mysterious world of the terrifying and the macabre. Marking 250 years since Horace Walpole's 'The Castle of Otranto' caused a sensation and inspired the new genre, the exhibition celebrates the ...
1st October 2014
Constable: The Making Of A Master explores the sources, techniques and legacy of the work of one of Britain's best loved artists, revealing the hidden stories behind the creation of some of his most well known paintings. The exhibition juxtaposes John Constable's work with the...
24th September 2014
Ming: 50 Years That Changed China explores a pivotal period that transformed China during the rule of the Ming dynasty. In the years between 1400 and 1450 in China bureaucrats replaced military leaders in the hierarchy of power, the emperor's role changed from autocrat to icon...
17th September 2014
London Open House is the annual scheme that allows public access to architecturally interesting but usually private buildings across the capital. Over 800 buildings of all kinds, both historic and new, include the Hackney Empire, Richmond and Sadler's Wells theatres; Royal Albert...
10th September 2014
Late Turner - Painting Set Free reassess the extraordinary body of work during the final period of Britain's greatest painter, when some of his most celebrated paintings were created. The exhibition begins in 1835, the year that Joseph Mallord William Turner reached 60, and closes...
3rd September 2014
Virginia Woolf: Art, Life And Vision explores the life and achievements of one of Britain's most important and celebrated writers of the 20th century. Virginia Woolf was a very significant thinker, who played a pivotal role at the heart of modernism. The exhibition, featuring...
27th August 2014
Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction is the first major exhibition in Britain of work by the contemporary Catalan artist. It is an eye-opening collection of photographs and artefacts in which Joan Fontcuberta subtly questions the use of the photographic image as evidence, ...
20th August 2014
The State Rooms Of Buckingham Palace, the 19 rooms that are used to receive and entertain guests of State on ceremonial and official occasions, have once again been thrown open to visitors. They are furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including...
13th August 2014
The Art And Science Of Exploration 1768-80 features paintings, prints and drawings by specially commissioned artists on Captain Cook's 18th century voyages of discovery. When James Cook's first expedition to the South Pacific returned to Britain in 1771, he brought back accounts...
6th August 2014
Primrose: Early Colour Photography In Russia examines colour experiments and developments in photography spanning the 1860s through to the 1980s. In tracing these technical and artistic advancements, the exhibition also moves through the social history of Russia itself. The display...
30th July 2014
Disobedient Objects is the first exhibition to explore objects of art and design from around the world that have been created by grassroots social movements as tools of social change. From Chilean folk art textiles that document political violence to a graffiti-writing robot, ...
23rd July 2014
Malevich is a retrospective of the radical and hugely influential figure in modern art, who lived and worked through one of the most turbulent periods in 20th century history. Having come of age in Tsarist Russia, Kazimir Malevich witnessed the October Revolution first-hand. ...
16th July 2014
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album presents both a personal visual diary and a document of America's dynamic social and cultural life in the 1960s. The exhibition features over 400 original photographs taken by Dennis Hopper, the American actor, film director and artist between 1961...
9th July 2014
Radical Geometry: Modern Art Of South America spans a dynamic period in South American art, charting the emergence of several distinct artistic movements from the 1930s to the 1970s. From radical innovations in the use of colour and form to new materials like neon and interactive...
2nd July 2014
Making Colour traces the history of making colour in Western paintings from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. The exhibition brings together the worlds of art and science to explain how artists overcame the technical challenges involved in creating colour. It charts...
25th June 2014
Truth And Memory examines the huge artistic outpouring in Britain instigated by the all-encompassing, all-consuming nature of the First World War. The exhibition comprises over 120 artworks, and features the most iconic images to emerge from the First World War, including paintings...
18th June 2014
British Folk Art reveals the rich diversity of art across a variety of media and contexts. Folk art is an established subject in many countries, however in Britain the genre remains elusive. Rarely considered in the context of art history, 'folk art' has been viewed as part of...
11th June 2014
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is with us again, as it has been every year since 1769 - the usual collection of the good, the bad and the ugly - from amateurs to RA's, proving that popular taste and critical approval find no meeting point. Around 1,250 works covering paintings...
4th June 2014
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries uses the latest scientific techniques to shed new light on ancient cultures, showcasing recent research on Egyptian and Sudanese mummified remains. The exhibition uses state-of-the-art technology to virtually explore inside mummy cases and examine...
28th May 2014
Mammoths: Ice Age Giants offers a journey through the world of some of the largest creatures ever to have walked the earth. The exhibition provides a glimpse into the Ice Age world of mammoths, mastodons and their relatives, through life-sized models, original skeletons, skull...
21st May 2014
Kenneth Clark - Looking For Civilisation explores the impact of the art historian, public servant and broadcaster, widely seen as one of the most influential figures in British art of the 20th century. The exhibition examines Kenneth Clark's role as a patron and collector, art...
14th May 2014
Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright is a celebration of the 450th anniversary of William Shakespeare's birth. The exhibition explores Shakespeare's works as inspiration for a multitude of theatrical interpretations through the centuries and across the globe, taking Shakespeare...
7th May 2014
Comics Unmasked: Art And Anarchy In The UK is the largest exhibition of mainstream and underground comics, ever staged in Britain, showcasing works that uncompromisingly address politics, gender, violence, sexuality and altered states. From the 1825 Glasgow Looking Glass, thought...
30th April 2014
Building The Picture: Architecture In Italian Renaissance Painting explores the role of architecture within Italian Renaissance painting of the 14th, 15th and 16th centuries. The exhibition aims to increase appreciation and understanding of some of the most beautiful and architectonic...
23rd April 2014
The Glamour Of Italian Fashion 1945 - 2014 celebrates Italy's rich and influential contribution to fashion from the end of the Second World War to the present. The exhibition draws out the defining factors unique to the Italian fashion industry: the use of luxurious materials...
16th April 2014
Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs is the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the artist's paper cut-outs, made between 1943 and 1954. When ill health prevented Matisse from painting, he began to cut into painted paper with scissors to make maquettes for commissions, from ...
9th April 2014
William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain examines the life and work of the leading architect and designer of early Georgian Britain. The exhibition celebrates Willaim Kent's work over four decades when Britain defined itself as a new nation with the act of union with Scotland...
2nd April 2014
Britain: One Million Years Of The Human Story is the result of more than 10 years research by a 50 strong team of archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists to unlock the secrets of our ancient past. From hippos that swam in the Thames and the earliest Neanderthals in Europe...
26th March 2014
Veronese: Magnificence In Renaissance Venice is devoted to one of the most renowned and sought-after artists working in Venice in the 16th century. Paolo Caliari, known as Veronese, was a virtuoso and a craftsman, creating works ranging from complex frescoes to altarpieces, devotional...
19th March 2014
Renaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro Woodcuts examines the artistic development of the revolutionary, yet short lived, printing technique in the 16th century. Often based on designs by celebrated Renaissance masters such as Parmigianino, Raphael and Titian, depicting well-known...
12th March 2014
Vikings Life And Legend focuses on the core period of the Viking Age from the late 8th century to the early 11th century. The Viking expansion from the Scandinavian homelands during this era created a cultural network with contacts from the Caspian Sea to the North Atlantic, ...
26th February 2014
Germany Divided explores how 6 key artists redefined art in Germany in the 1960s and 1970s, and negotiated with the recent past, on both sides of the Iron Curtain. All the artists in the exhibition came originally from eastern Germany and migrated to the West, the majority before...
19th February 2014
Strange Beauty: Masters Of The German Renaissance takes a fresh look at paintings, drawings and prints by major artists of the period, examining the striking changes in the ways these works were perceived in their time, in the recent past, and how they are viewed today. The exhibition...
12th February 2014
Richard Hamilton is the first retrospective to encompass the full scope of one of the most influential British artists of the 20th century. Richard Hamilton is widely regarded as a founding figure of pop art, and he continued to experiment and innovate over a career of 60 years...
5th February 2014
Bailey's Stardust is a major retrospective of the work of one of the world's most distinguished and distinctive photographers. David Bailey has made an outstanding contribution to the visual arts, creating consistently imaginative and thought-provoking portraits. This exhibition...
29th January 2014
Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined is a series of site-specific installations exploring the essential elements of architecture. Instead of representations of buildings in the form of models, plans or photographs, as in a traditional architectural exhibition, this immerses...
22nd January 2014
Warhol, Burroughs And Lynch features the lesser-known photographic work of three renowned American artists. Andy Warhol: Photographs 1976 - 1987 offers the product of Andy Warhol's later career, when he focused on photography. Using 35mm black and white film, Warhol carried ...
15th January 2014
Hannah Hoch is the first major British exhibition of work by the influential German artist. Hannah Hoch was an important member of the Berlin Dada movement and a pioneer in collage. Splicing together images taken from popular magazines, illustrated journals and fashion publications...
8th January 2014
Mind Maps: Stories From Psychology explores how mental health conditions have been diagnosed and treated over the past 250 years. Divided into four episodes, this exhibition looks at key breakthroughs in scientists' understanding of the mind, and the tools and methods of treatment...