News Archive

27th December 2001
The London Parade Festival takes place throughout the festive period, with a series of concerts and other events in and around the capital, culminating on 1st January with a spectacular procession. The 16th annual parade will include dozens of award-winning marching bands, thousands...
19th December 2001
Light Motifs: An Aomori Float And Japanese Kites is a spectacular display of traditional illuminated lanterns and kites as only the Japanese know how to create them. The centrepiece is a Nebuta, one of the giant lantern floats decorated with dramatic scenes, which are paraded through...
12th December 2001
World City Galleries: 1789 - 1914, which have just opened, are the largest expansion in the Museum of London's 25 year history. Charting the birth of modern London, they explore the growth and change between the French Revolution and the First World War, illustrating the technological...
28th November 2001
Christmas Past: 400 Years Of Seasonal Traditions In English Homes looks at the meanings and origins of our Christmas and New Year customs, including the holly and the ivy, mistletoe and kissing boughs, decorations, trees, fire and candlelight, carol singing and the Yule log. Also...
21st November 2001
British Galleries 1500 - 1900, have been transformed, producing the most comprehensive display of British design and art anywhere in the world, with over 3000 exhibits on view. The £31m lottery funded project is the V&A's largest for over half a century. The fifteen galleries, ...
14th November 2001
Handel House Museum is the culmination of a decade's work to restore the house where Handel lived for 35 years, together with the upper floors of the adjoining house, and open it as London's first composer museum. This is the house in which Messiah, Music For The Royal Fireworks...
7th November 2001
Agatha Christie And Archeology: Mystery In Mesopotamia reveals the hitherto unknown interests and talents of the crime writer, told through archaeological finds from the sites on which she worked with her husband Max Mallowan at Ur, Nineveh and Nimrud. Important objects from these...
31st October 2001
Exposed: The Victorian Nude focuses on the contradiction that while Victorian Britain was notorious for its prudery, the nude was nevertheless one of the most conspicuous categories of visual image, from mass-produced photographs to Royal Academy paintings. Representation of the...
24th October 2001
Painted Ladies: Women At The Court Of King Charles II returns us to the sexual freedom, loose morals and explosion in artistic creative endeavour of the swingin 60s - that's the 1660s not the 1960s, with painters such as Lely and Samuel Cooper, instead of photographers David Bailey...
17th October 2001
Radical Fashion is yet another milestone on the "Culture Lite" road hewn by the V&A. Once again an ephemeral industry, which is already treated more seriously than it deserves, receives the same respect as a genuine art form. On the other hand, given that no one actually wears ...
10th October 2001
London Transport Museum Depot at Acton houses the museum's reserve collection and conservation site, and is open to the public on just a few days each year. It holds a treasure trove of over 370,000 objects, including a host of rare road and rail vehicles, station models, signs...
3rd October 2001
Mike Nelson has a newly commissioned work that is installed not only in the galleries, but also in the public spaces of the building. Nelson is renowned for creating large scale environments, jammed with the detritus of modern living, which are theatrical, elaborate and surprising...
26th September 2001
Surrealism: Desire Unbound is the first major British assessment of the Surrealist movement for twenty five years. During this period surrealist images have moved from the avant-garde fringe to the stuff of advertising campaigns, so the question is, can the works fulfil their original...
12th September 2001
London Open House, the annual scheme to allow the public access to architecturally interesting but usually private buildings across the capital, boasts a record number of locations this year. Over 500 buildings of all kinds, both historic and new, include Dulwich Picture, Courtauld...
5th September 2001
Shinto: The Sacred Art Of Ancient Japan presents ancient art and artefacts of Shinto - the way of the kami - the indigenous religious beliefs of Japan. The kami are gods of nature, some nameless and others personified in a mythological hierarchy, together with deified ancestral...
29th August 2001
Nike - Design For Movement salutes the inventor of the trainer Bill Bowerman, the company's co-founder, who poured liquid rubber into his waffle iron and changed the course of human history. Inspiration struck in the 1970s while Bowerman was seeking a way to create a sole that ...
22nd August 2001
The International Festival Of The Sea is a four day outdoor extravaganza of events on land, at sea, and in the air. Historic vessels present will include over 25 tall sailing ships from all over the world, plus 1000 other craft, driven by man, sail, steam and motor power, dating...
15th August 2001
Lie Of The Land: The Secret Life Of Maps poses the question "Can you rely on a map to tell you where you are?" What we see on a map is rarely the same as the land under our feet. Some maps deliberately set out to deceive, many show a selective view, reflecting only the interests...
8th August 2001
Bristol International Balloon Fiesta is now the biggest event in Europe, with 150 hot air balloons in every conceivable shape, from Bertie Bassett and Thomas The Tank Engine to giant pieces of fruit, taking to the sky over four days. The highlight will be the Fiesta Night Glow, ...
1st August 2001
A Children's Midsummer Night's Dream takes advantage of the recent acquisition of a child sized woodland glade - complete with a working fountain. It comes from a new film version of Shakespeare's play, made with a cast of Southwark children by Sands Films, noted for its use of...
25th July 2001
Queen Victoria At Kensington - Her Life In Dress marks the centenary of the death of Queen Victoria with a new display of items from her wardrobe, including her wedding dress and coronation robes. It reflects the different ages of the longest reigning British monarch, and the changes...
18th July 2001
Predators marks a further step down the road from august educational institution to theme park, following the new robotic smellovision Tyrannosaurus Rex which arrived just after St Valentine's day. The exhibition explores the constant battle for survival in the natural world between...
11th July 2001
Sands Gallery, devoted to 20th century paintings and sculpture, is the first new gallery to open at the Ashmolean Museum, for sixty years. It provides space for a rotational display of about two hundred works that have not previously been on view due to lack of space, including...
4th July 2001
Chihuly At The V&A is the first major exhibition in Britain of the spectacular contemporary glass creations of Canadian artist Dale Chihuly, who produces many different types of work in rich colours and extravagant shapes, which provide a modern take on the historic traditions ...
27th June 2001
Vermeer And The Delft School presents the work of the artistic community which emerged in the Dutch town of Delft in the late 1640s. Although Johannes Vermeer and Pieter de Hooch are the best known, there were also many other painters, as well as tapestry-makers, silversmiths and...
6th June 2001
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 a thousand works covering ...
30th May 2001
100 Views of Mount Fugi examines the mythological status of Japan's highest mountain, which has inspired Japanese poets and painters throughout the centuries. Since ancient times it has been revered as a deity, from the medieval period it has been a goal of pilgrimage, and it still...
23rd May 2001
Firepower is a new museum which tells the story of the scientific and technological developments in artillery over 700 years, the history of Royal Regiment of Artillery, and the secrets of ordnance manufacturing, which was carried out at the Royal Arsenal at Woolwich over the last...
16th May 2001
Helmut Newton: Work, though specifically described as not a retrospective, provides the opportunity to view both classic images and work never seen before. Through his photographs Newton offers an idiosyncratic glimpse into a world of beauty, fame and glamour, ranging across Vogue...
9th May 2001
Matsuri - Japan In The Park launches the Japan 2001 festival with a free weekend carnival in Hyde Park, celebrating the sights, sounds and sensations of Japanese culture ancient and modern. Events will include Yabusame - the sport of horseback archery, live pop music performances...
2nd May 2001
Jorvik is a new chapter in the story of the Viking Centre which opened in 1984, following further research into the excavations of the site on which it stands. It is a £5 million reconstruction of the Viking age city of York, incorporating a city wide view of the 10th century ...
25th April 2001
The Millennium Galleries, a £15m centre for the visual arts, craft and design in Sheffield has opened, combining four individual galleries under one roof. Its brief is to house a display of local domestic and decorative metalwork, a collection of paintings, drawings and prints ...
18th April 2001
Creative Quarters: The Art World In London traces how artists have been drawn to particular districts of London at different times over the last 300 years. It also examines the nature of these creative quarters and the interaction of artists with other trades and industries. Starting...
11th April 2001
Wellington Arch, one of London's most famous landmarks at Hyde Park Corner has been returned to its full glory after a £1.5m restoration by English Heritage. The arch, which was designed by Decimus Burton in 1825 as an entrance to Buckingham Palace, is now open to the public for...
4th April 2001
Hogarth's Election Entertainment: Artists At The Hustings illustrates that little has changed in politics in the last 250 years. The methods of bribing the electorate may be more sophisticated but the intentions (and results) are the same. This exhibition centres on the four paintings...
28th March 2001
Horst Portraits: 60 Years Of Style is the first exhibition solely devoted to one of the great master photographers of the 20th century. It brings together 150 portraits taken largely during his career at Vogue where his name became synonymous with glamour. Captured over six decades...
21st March 2001
Centenary Exhibition features an eclectic selection of around 100 paintings, drawings and sculptures chosen from some of the 725 shows in the gallery's first hundred years. It is not a chronological overview, but a celebration of the diversity and unpredictability of its programming...
14th March 2001
Luis Barragan: The Quiet Revolution is a major retrospective of the work of the Mexican architect who is an outstanding figure in the field of modern architecture, having had a significant influence in domestic, commercial and garden design. Barragan is best known for his dramatic...
7th March 2001
Tell Me A Picture is an alphabetical anthology of twenty-six pictures with a sense of story, assembled by the Children's Laureate Quentin Blake, best known as the illustrator of Roald Dahl books. His aim is to encourage young viewers to engage with a wide range of striking and ...
28th February 2001
Goya: Drawings From His Private Albums offers evidence supporting the claim that Francisco Goya was the first modern artist. Over a period of thirty-five years he distilled his more intimate thoughts and perceptions of Spanish society in a series of albums of drawings. This exhibition...
21st February 2001
Rembrandt The Printmaker celebrates the most original printmaker of all time with over two hundred prints, drawings and oil sketches, covering the full range of styles and subjects for which he is famous. These include self-portraits, vignettes of everyday life, character studies...
14th February 2001
The Smell Of Fear brings a new dimension to the Britain's famous dinosaur pit. The world's most advanced robotic Tyrannosaurus Rex is not only lifelike in movement and sound - but smell. Oils including Dragon's Breath and Swamp have been blended to create the realistic odour of...
7th February 2001
Robin & Lucienne Day: Pioneers Of Contemporary Design is the first major retrospective of Britain's most distinguished and influential post-war designers, covering a period from 1940s to the present. Robin Day's revolutionary designs for furniture - including the ubiquitous polypropylene...
31st January 2001
London Art Week aims to do for art what London Fashion Week does for fashion, except that you won't have to pull strings to get an invitation - we can all go to these events. The capital's top galleries, both public and commercial, are holding evening openings, talks, film shows...
24th January 2001
The Genius Of Rome: 1592-1623 examines a period when Rome became the leading artistic centre, with young and ambitious artists flocking there from throughout Italy and the rest of Europe. It focuses on the ways in which Caravaggio, Carracci, Elsheimer, Rubens and their contemporaries...
17th January 2001
The Chinese New Year falls on different dates each year, as it works to the lunar calendar, so 24th January sees the start of 4699, which puts the fuss over whether or not this is the real start to the third millennium into perspective. It will be a year of the Snake Sleeping In...
10th January 2001
ART2001, the 13th London Contemporary Art Fair, aims to bring modern art out of the gallery and into the world of ordinary people, at realistic prices. It's the biggest event ever, with stands from over one hundred galleries, offering the more approachable work from new artists...
3rd January 2001
The London Boat Show is the bizarre annual experience of central London's invasion by over eight hundred boats in an indoor arena for the delectation of its thousands of enthusiasts. The 47th event features the latest creations from the world's leading designers, ranging in size...