News Archive

18th December 2002
Star Trek - The Adventure is a £24m 'multi-media interactive experience through four decades of Star Trek adventures, where stars, creators and state of the art technology will come together to reveal the secrets of the creative process'. The show is receiving its world premiere...
11th December 2002
Mies Van Der Rohe 1905 - 1938 looks at the early career of possibly the most influential architect of the 20th century. Famed for his ethos of 'less is more', his designs have reshaped skylines and revolutionised interior, urban and suburban space. This exhibition brings together...
4th December 2002
Our True Intent Is All For Your Delight: The John Hinde Butlin's Photographs returns us to the gentler age of the late 1960s and early 1970s, when the John Hinde Studio produced a series of postcards to be sold at Butlin's holiday camps across the UK. This was Butlin's heyday, ...
27th November 2002
Aztecs is the most comprehensive survey of Aztec culture ever mounted, with some 350 works, which reveal the splendours, variety and sophistication of this mysterious civilisation. It is mainly devoted to the art of the Aztec Empire, which dates from 1325, when the Aztecs settled...
13th November 2002
Art In The Making: Underdrawings In Renaissance Paintings looks the drawings with which artists sketched out their compositions on the prepared panel or canvas before painting. By their very nature, these underdrawings are normally hidden from view under layers of paint, and special...
30th October 2002
Gainsborough brings together the largest group of works by the 18th century master ever assembled, from collections around the world. Alongside some of the most iconic images in British art, the selection includes many lesser known pieces, some being seen in Britain for the first...
23rd October 2002
Madame de Pompadour: Images Of A Mistress illustrates the life of the woman who rose from modest beginnings to become Louis XV's acknowledged mistress and one of the most powerful women of 18th century France. Attractive, educated, highly intelligent and a lavish patron at a time...
16th October 2002
Bond‚ James Bond celebrates the 40th anniversary of the films based on Ian Fleming's super agent by exploring their science and art, through the greatest collection of original 007 objects‚ images‚ concept drawings‚ storyboards and costume designs ever assembled. From Rosa Klebb...
9th October 2002
Rapture: Art's Seduction By Fashion Since 1970 does exactly what it says on the tin, exploring the process by which the cancer of fashion and celebrity has eaten away at the body of art over the past 30 years. It features painting, photography, sculpture, installation and video...
2nd October 2002
The Darwin Centre is a dramatic new attempt to provide public access to one of the world's greatest collections of 54 million animal and plant specimens, 80% of which have previously only been seen by researchers. The £27m new building allows visitors to go behind the scenes, meet...
25th September 2002
Painting, Passion and Politics: Masterpieces From The Walpole Collection is an exhibition of paintings with an unusual history. Sir Robert Walpole, Britain's first Prime Minister, assembled one of the 18th century's most famous art collections for his estate at Houghton Hall in...
18th September 2002
David Wilkie: Genre Painter celebrates the work of one of the most spectacularly successful British artists, who, despite being compared to Hogarth, and receiving the tribute of a painting by Turner commemorating his death, is now little known. Wilkie specialised in scenes of everyday...
11th September 2002
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 and Courtauld...
4th September 2002
An Area Of Outstanding Unnatural Beauty is the latest project of Artangel, the arts agency best known for the Rachel Whiteread's inside out concrete house in Mile End. This one is provides "an alternative information bureau" in a similarly run down part of London - King's Cross...
28th August 2002
Shuttleworth Pageant Air Display is one of the biggest air displays of the year, which attempts to fly all of the airworthy aeroplanes and drive all of the vehicles in this fantastic collection. Among those flying will be the world's oldest airworthy aeroplane, the 1909 Bleriot...
21st August 2002
The Clockmakers Museum has recently reopened after a £3/4m refurbishment, encompassing fourteen years of research, planning, acquisitions, and conservation. The Worshipful Company of Clockmakers collection traces the history of watch and clock making in the City of London from...
14th August 2002
The State Rooms of Buckingham Palace have once again been thrown open to visitors. They are furnished with some of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection, including paintings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Vermeer, Poussin, Canaletto and Claude; sculpture by Canova and Chantrey...
7th August 2002
Turner At Petworth marks the completion of the refurbishment of the Carved Room and adjacent Red Room to their appearance in the 1830s. The Carved Room houses carvings by Grinling Gibbons, Jonathan Ritson and John Selden, and four landscapes specially commissioned from Turner. ...
31st July 2002
Seaside Fun brings the seaside to London, without having to go to quite the effort or put up with all the inconvenience of the Mayor of Paris's similar scheme. Here, the upper gallery of the museum has been transformed into a seaside resort, complete with a beach, a pretend station...
10th July 2002
Thomas Girtin And The Art Of Watercolour celebrates the achievements of one of Britain's greatest, but least known watercolour painters, 200 years after his death at the age of just 27. Girtin played a major part in transforming the art of watercolour, especially landscapes, which...
3rd July 2002
Crowns And Crests: Heraldry In The Round is a unique exhibition of 45 carved and painted wooden heraldic crests and crowns originally made for Knights and Ladies of the Garter, and displayed during his or her lifetime above their stall in the Chapel of St George in Windsor Castle...
26th June 2002
The Wernher Collection is one of the finest and most unusual 19th century mixed art collections in the world. Sir Julius Wernher was a millionaire diamond importer with a passion for collecting, and this is reflected in the eclectic mix on display. Over 650 exhibits range across...
19th June 2002
The Newsroom is an archive and visitor centre created by two of Britain's most respected newspapers, The Guardian, and The Observer - the world's oldest Sunday newspaper. It comprises storage vaults, education facility, public study centre, lecture theatre, exhibition space and...
12th June 2002
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 1200 works covering paintings...
5th June 2002
Mona Hatoum: Grater Divide is an exhibition of new works by the British based artist who has explored a wide range of media in her twenty year career, including performance, installation, sculpture, video and photography. One speciality is familiar objects such as chairs, beds ...
29th May 2002
Thames Tales is an interactive family event which explores the changing life of the River Thames, from royal pageantry and palaces, to bridges, buoys and boats. The exhibition looks at the history of London's main artery, as a working environment, leisure attraction and royal waterway...
22nd May 2002
Royal Treasures: A Golden Jubilee Celebration is the inaugural exhibition of the new Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Incorporating the former Royal kitchens, the £20m scheme by John Simpson (funded entirely by the Royal Collection Trust) provides three and a half times more...
15th May 2002
Game On: The History And Culture Of Video Games presents the forty year history, contemporary culture, and future of video games, in the biggest non-commercial show ever staged in Britain. This very interactive exhibition explains the game design process from the conceptual drawing...
8th May 2002
Matisse Picasso brings together major works by the two giants of modern art, who between them originated many of the most significant developments of 20th century painting and sculpture. The exhibition provides an opportunity to compare and contrast Matisse's expressive use of ...
1st May 2002
Gio Ponti - A World celebrates the achievements of one of the most influential European architects and designers of 20th century. A painter, poet, writer and teacher, as well as an architect and designer, Ponti led Italy's post war design renaissance. He also founded and edited...
24th April 2002
Return Of The Buddha: The Qingzhou Discoveries provides the first opportunity in this country to see the finest possible examples of a whole artistic tradition formerly invisible to western audiences. In 1996 workmen clearing land in the town of Qingzhou in Shandong Province in...
17th April 2002
Turbulent Landscapes explores how the natural forces that shape our world inspire artists. It is an interactive art-science exhibition that lets visitors experience natural phenomena on a human scale, and encourages them to experiment. International artists Ned Kahn, Shawn Lani...
10th April 2002
The Old Palace is a new permanent exhibition that traces the history of the Tudor and Stuart palace that once stood on the site of Somerset House. Excavations in the central courtyard during the refurbishment of the building in 1999 unearthed remains that give an insight into the...
3rd April 2002
Skin Deep: A History Of Tattooing brings together a wide range of objects to illuminate the development and diversity of tattooing over the past two hundred years. Beginning with Captain James Cook's first encounters with native tattooing in the South Pacific in 1768, the exhibition...
27th March 2002
Body Worlds is definitely the exhibition of the moment. The real bodies with the skin taken off, and the remains dissected and put through a secret 'plastination' process, is dividing opinion right down the middle. The show comes trailing controversy stirred up by previous appearances...
20th March 2002
Tiaras is an exhibition which celebrates the tiara as an art form, providing an insight into the history of the jewels themselves, their owners and their makers. It comprises are over 200 items, containing more than 100,000 gemstones, created during the period from the mid 18th...
13th March 2002
Earth and Fire: Italian Terracotta Sculpture From Donatello To Canova demonstrates how Italian sculptors have explored the versatility of terracotta - literally baked earth - to create some of the most expressive sculptures in the history of art. The exhibition provides a unique...
6th March 2002
American Sublime is a collection of over one hundred 19th century epic landscapes on heroic scales - Niagara Falls 10ft tall by 8ft wide - most of which have never been seen in Europe before. These Great Pictures toured American cites in eagerly awaited single painting exhibitions...
27th February 2002
Seeing Things: Photographing Objects 1850-2001 is a whistle stop tour of some of the best known and most unusual images in the history of photography. It surveys the range of ways photographers have interpreted objects and people to compose a memorable image, including as museum...
20th February 2002
Japan: Gateway To The Future showcases the latest advances in Japanese science, revealing cutting edge networking technologies, never before seen in the UK. Robotics Communication describes the history of the humanoid robot, and allows visitors to see, touch, and play with, seal...
13th February 2002
William Beckford 1760-1844: An Eye For The Magnificent celebrates the achievements of the millionaire, travel writer, novelist, composer, visionary, builder of towers, and one of the greatest collectors of all time. Reputedly England's wealthiest man, Beckford indulged his passion...
6th February 2002
Warhol traces the evolution of Andy Warhol's work, from his first use of crude printing in the 1950s, through more sophisticated silk screen techniques, to the monumental canvases scattered with diamond dust and the Rorschach ink blot paintings that he made in his later years. ...
30th January 2002
The Glasgow Boys were the predecessors of the Scottish Colourists, whose exhibition made such an impact last year. The Boys were a group of young painters in the last two decades of the 19th century. During the winters, they congregated in the studio of one of their number in Glasgow...
23rd January 2002
Paul Klee: The Nature Of Creation is a major exhibition of over 100 paintings, watercolours and drawings by one of the most important and influential artists of the 20th century. It examines and illustrates his development as an artist, which in turn shaped European art as a whole...
16th January 2002
Alfa Romeo - Sustaining Beauty celebrates 90 years of art in engineering, telling the story of how car design and styling has evolved from its early 20th century beginnings. This is illustrated with a display 17 of Alfa Romeo's most famous and prestigious cars, worth over £50m, ...
9th January 2002
ART2002, the 14th London Art Fair, aims to bring contemporary 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 (no dead...
2nd January 2002
Treasures Of The British Library is a permanent display of over 200 of the most important items from the collection in three new galleries. It includes documents which made and recorded history, sacred texts from the world's religions, masterpieces of illumination, landmarks of...