News Archive

22nd December 2004
The London Parade Festival takes place throughout the festive period, with a series of free concerts featuring all kinds of music, and other events, at venues in and around the capital, culminating at mid day on 1st January with a spectacular procession. The 19th annual parade ...
15th December 2004
Faces In The Crowd - Painters Of Modern Life From Manet To Today turns on its head the presumption that all forward movements in 20th century art were through abstraction, by exploring modernity through realist art. Taking Edouard Manet as its starting point, and moving through...
1st December 2004
A Magical Christmas is a programme of events outdoors and in though the Christmas and New Year period. The gardens are illuminated by 30,000 lights to provide magical walks among seasonal plants - and not just holly, ivy and mistletoe, but frankincense and myrrh - and for the first...
24th November 2004
William Nicholson: British Painter And Printmaker reveals the breadth of Nicholson's work, encompassing intensely observed still lifes, psychological portraits, minimalist landscapes that move towards abstraction, book illustrations, theatre posters, and radical woodcut prints. ...
17th November 2004
The Architecture Gallery is Britain's first permanent space devoted to the display of architectural drawings, models, maquettes and elements of real buildings. The £5.2m project, designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects, brings together the unique collections of the Royal Institute...
10th November 2004
The London Look: Fashion From Street To Catwalk, celebrates the wit and style of London fashion, by bringing together over 200 exhibits by more than 70 designers spanning the past two centuries. As well as the garments themselves, the exhibition presents London fashion through ...
3rd November 2004
Robert Frank: Storylines is the first solo exhibition in Britain of work by one of the world's most important living photographers. For more than fifty years, Frank has broken the rules of photography and film making, challenging the boundaries between the still and the moving ...
27th October 2004
Great Escapes examines and illustrates some of the extraordinary escape attempts made by Allied servicemen from German prisoner of war camps in the Second World War. It compares fact - much of which seems too far fetched to be true - with the fictional versions seen in the films...
20th October 2004
Raphael: From Urbino To Rome is, surprisingly, the first major exhibition of paintings and drawings by the great Renaissance painter to be held in Britain. In little more than a decade, between 1500 and 1513, Raphael transformed himself from a competent master of provincial church...
13th October 2004
Eyes, Lies And Illusions is a treasure trove of optical devices and illusions, from magic lanterns, shadow plays, tricks of perspective and anamorphic images, to kaleidoscopes, zoetropes and other early forms of animation. Drawing on the collection of the German experimental film...
6th October 2004
Communicate: Independent British Graphic Design Since The Sixties is the first major exhibition to explore developments in British graphic design over the past four decades, and examine its influence on contemporary culture. Focusing on the smaller independent studios and teams...
29th September 2004
Encounters: The Meeting Of Asia And Europe 1500 - 1800 brings together a range of objects from Asia and Europe from the period when Europeans first discovered the sea route to the Indies. It shows how Europe was fascinated by the East, prizing its artistic treasures and exotic ...
22nd September 2004
Jimi Hendrix At The Marquee Club features the largest collection of Jimi Hendrix memorabilia in existence, on public view for the first time, to launch the second resurrection of the legendary 1960s rock venue in recent years. The fruits of labour by a single devoted fan, the collection...
15th September 2004
Space Of Encounter: The Architecture Of Daniel Libeskind is the first exhibition in the UK of the work of the architect who has produced some of the most controversial buildings of our time. With their expressive forms and highly developed symbolism, Libeskind's designs consistently...
8th September 2004
Christopher Dresser: Design Revolution is a retrospective marking the centenary of the death of the man who was Britain's first professional, independent, industrial designer. Far ahead of his time, Dresser pioneered a new modern style, creating objects for the emerging consumer...
1st September 2004
Timeframes: Lodge Jeapes McGhie - TV Title Pioneers salutes the work of three BBC designers, who played a crucial role in transforming titles of television programmes, from little more than silent film captions, into a creative art. In the 1960s, Bernard Lodge, Alan Jeapes and ...
25th August 2004
The Queen's Working Wardrobe Memories Of Royal Occasions 1945-1972 is an exhibition of dresses on loan from The Queen, recalling some historic events and state visits from the first half of her reign. They display diverse styles and fashions, reflecting the different aspects of...
18th August 2004
Off The Beaten Track: Three Centuries Of Women Travellers features women who journeyed to distant parts of the world between the 1660s and the 1960s, and their experiences and encounters. The exhibition comprises 60 portraits, in all media, alongside photographs and paintings made...
11th August 2004
Making Faces explores the way painters have represented faces from the profile portraits of 15th century Italy, such the 'Portrait of a Lady in Red', to the abstracted images of Frank Auerbach's 'Julia'. The 22 works featured encompass artists as diverse as Botticelli, Cranach, ...
4th August 2004
The State Rooms Of Buckingham Palace, which 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 paintings...
28th July 2004
Energy - Fuelling The Future is a new interactive gallery designed by Casson Mann, dubbed an 'energy playground', where visitors, especially (but not exclusively) children, can explore how energy powers every aspect of our lives. It examines the vital role energy plays in our society...
21st July 2004
Saul Bass: On Film celebrates the work of one of the greatest graphic designers of the 20th century, and the undisputed master of film title design. The elegance of the titles he created for Alfred Hitchcock, Otto Preminger, Billy Wilder and Stanley Kubrick in the 1950s and 1960s...
14th July 2004
Mummy: The Inside Story is a unique project that unlocks the secrets of a 3,000 year old mummy to help visitors understand the civilisation of ancient Egypt through a virtual reality experience. The mummy of Nesperennub, a priest from the temple of Khons who lived in 800 BC has...
7th July 2004
Russian Landscape In The Age Of Tolstoy is an exhibition of 19th century paintings - many epic in scale - which played a critical role, along with music and literature, in defining Russia's national identity, and provided a vehicle for the exploration of political, social and moral...
23rd June 2004
The Art Of The Garden is the first major exhibition to examine the relationship of the garden and British art. It takes a broad view, encompassing the domestic garden, allotments, garden suburbs, artist's own backyards and imaginary gardens. From the last two centuries, it brings...
16th June 2004
The Foundling Museum has opened on the original site of the Foundling Hospital, Britain's first orphanage, which was founded in 1739, thanks to the work of the retired shipbuilder and sailor Thomas Coram. In an effort to satisfy the abandoned children's spiritual, as well as physical...
9th June 2004
Unlocking The Archives: 500 Years Of Seeing The World is the inaugural show of a £7.1m Lottery funded scheme which has opened one of the world's largest collections of geographical knowledge to the public for the first time in 174 years. A new study centre at the Royal Geographical...
2nd June 2004
Henry Moore At Dulwich Picture Gallery looks beyond the monumental bronzes for which Moore is now best known, created in the last two decades of his life, and focuses his earlier career. A major display of 97 works charts the artistic journey made by Moore, from his first recorded...
26th May 2004
Edward Hopper is considered by many to be the pre-eminent painter of modern America, and his works have become iconic images of the twentieth century. By staging scenes from everyday life, illuminated by strong sunlight or artificial light, Hopper captured and defined the American...
19th May 2004
Fabulous Beasts reveals a world where the ordinary becomes extraordinary, the microscopic becomes gigantic, and the mundane becomes amazing - but if you don't like creepy crawlies look away now. This exhibition features paintings by Mark Fairnington and photographs by Giles Revell...
12th May 2004
The Silk Road: Trade, Travel, War And Faith celebrates the network of trade routes from the shores of the Mediterranean to the heartland of China, that passed through the territories of some of the great empires in world history. It brings together over 200 seldom seen Central ...
5th May 2004
Town House Treasures: Sir William Holburne Of Bath is a selection from the remarkable collection of fine and decorative art of Sir William Holburne. Born into a distinguished naval family, he saw action at the Battle of Trafalgar when he was only twelve years old, and later became...
28th April 2004
Barbican Art Gallery celebrates its re-opening after a £1m makeover designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan, which has provided an additional 140 sq metres of display space and new reception area, thanks to the bridging of the central void and removal of a staircase, with ...
21st April 2004
The Secret State reveals for the first time, the true extent of Britain's preparations for nuclear attack during the Cold War. Based on recently released secret documents held in the government archive, it shows how woefully poor our chance of survival would have been, had the ...
14th April 2004
Li Zhensheng: Red-colour New Soldier presents the only known existing photographic documentation of the excesses of the Cultural Revolution in China between 1966 and 1976. These were times when child turned against parent and pupil against teacher, with tens of thousands of young...
7th April 2004
The Adventures Of Tintin At Sea commemorates the 75th anniversary of the first adventure undertaken by the most famous Belgian with the distinctive haircut. The exhibition examines the development of the comic strip, with the oldest existing drawing of Tintin, how the characters...
31st March 2004
Heaven On Earth: Art From Islamic Lands is a display of the finest decorative arts of Islam - calligraphy, textiles, jewels, metalwork, ceramics and paintings, from the collections of The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg and The Khalili Collection in London. The artefacts...
24th March 2004
George III And Queen Charlotte: Patronage, Collecting And Court Taste reflects the major contribution to the Royal Collection made by George III and his consort. The 500 objects in this exhibition, including sculpture, furniture, paintings, drawings, books, ceramics, silver, gold...
17th March 2004
Exclusive! Tales From The Tabloid Front Line - 100 Years Of The Daily Mirror examines how the work of those engaged in producing newspapers has changed, as the industry has embraced a century of sweeping technological advances. The exhibition is divided into six areas, analysing...
10th March 2004
We Are The People: Postcards From The Collection Of Tom Phillips presents over 1,000 photographs of ordinary people in postcard form, selected from the extensive collection of the artist and postcard addict Tom Phillips. In the first half of the 20th century, the picture postcard...
3rd March 2004
Roy Lichtenstein is the first major retrospective of the American father of Pop Art in the UK for 35 years. Lichtenstein shot to international fame with his paintings based on cartoon characters - Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Popeye - but it was his blown up comic strip scenes...
25th February 2004
Brilliant is an exhibition of contemporary lighting from the strictly functional to the wildly ostentatious. It shows the range of new lighting forms, fabrics and technologies, from domestic lamps to futuristic lighted textiles. The first space has a series of interlinked rooms...
18th February 2004
Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth To Nature is the first exhibition to focus solely on Pre-Raphaelite paintings of the natural world. The group took their canvases out of doors, and working directly from nature led to new ways of seeing and painting, as revolutionary as the achievements...
11th February 2004
El Greco is the first major exhibition in Britain of the work of Domenikos Theotokopoulos, the 16th century painter better known as El Greco. One of the most original painters of his time, his work is modern in appearance, and greatly influenced 20th century painters, including...
4th February 2004
Vuillard: From Post-Impressionist To Modern Master is a retrospective of one of the main practitioners of Intimisme - intimate domestic genre painting - in the 1890s. Edouard Vuillard was one of the group of artists who formed Les Nabis - The Prophets - who were particularly influenced...
28th January 2004
Bosch And Bruegel: Inventions, Enigmas And Variations brings together paintings, drawings and engravings that demonstrate the influence of Hieronymus Bosch on Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Although Bruegel was born several years after Bosch's death, he was known in his lifetime as ...
21st January 2004
William West And The Regency Toy Theatre celebrates a great British institution on the 150th anniversary of the death of its inventor. In 1811, William West, a London haberdasher, began to issue sheets of engraved figures from current theatrical productions as an amusement for ...
14th January 2004
The Smithsons: The House Of The Future To A House For Today celebrates the architecture of Alison and Peter Samithson, who were both pioneers in the British Pop Art movement, and influential designers of landmark buildings. The exhibition traces the development of their architecture...
7th January 2004
Enlightenment brings together almost 5,000 objects to show how people understood their world in the Age of Enlightenment, during the 18th and early 19th centuries. It explores a period that saw the development of a systematic approach to the way that people examined the world of...