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21st December 2005
Gainsborough To Turner: British Watercolours From The Spooner Collection spans the golden age of watercolour painting from around 1750 to 1850, and demonstrates the inventiveness and imagination of British artists working in the medium during this period. It is a rare opportunity...
14th December 2005
Beatrix Potter: Artist And Illustrator reveals unknown works by the writer and illustrator most famous for Peter Rabbit and other characters in her Little White Books. Many of Potter's most original works were neither reproduced nor exhibited during her lifetime, and her fame...
30th November 2005
Canaletto In Venice features the works that have largely shaped the British and the world's view of Venice. Canaletto's paintings and drawings fixed the 18th century city of canals, palaces, churches and squares in the popular imagination, and introduced townscapes as a genre...
23rd November 2005
The Regency Country House is the first ever comprehensive survey of the key English country houses of 1800 to 1830. In the mid 20th century, after several decades of neglect and the estimated loss of 1,700 English country houses, the surviving houses of the Regency period took...
16th November 2005
China: The Three Emperors, 1662 - 1795 presents the artistic and cultural riches of the three most powerful rulers of China's last dynasty, the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong emperors. Some 400 works include such treasures as paintings and painted scrolls, jades and bronzes, ...
9th November 2005
Samuel Palmer: Vision And Landscape celebrates the range of one of the most original and appealing of British landscape painters of the Romantic era. Palmer's rich and sensual images of the countryside combine a vivid sense of vision with intimacy and tenderness, but there is...
2nd November 2005
Rubens: A Master In The Making tells the story of Peter Paul Rubens's ascension from working as a pupil of a minor Antwerp artist, to become the dominant international painter of his time. It is the most thorough explanation of what was called 'the fury of the brush' ever attempted...
26th October 2005
Self Portrait: Renaissance To Contemporary is the first large scale exhibition to bring artists' own images together across periods and places within the tradition of western painting, from 1433 to the present day. It explores the diversity of the image with which the artist ...
19th October 2005
The Science Of Aliens explores the possibility of life on other worlds, derived from the work of leading scientists, who used the latest discoveries and scientific principles to imagine alien worlds and creatures. The exhibition is divided into four zones: Alien Fiction reflects...
12th October 2005
Araki: Self? Life? Death? is the first major exhibition to be held in London of work by Nobuyoshi Araki, arguably Japan's greatest living photographer, and certainly its most controversial. Araki's inexhaustible creative energy is clearly evident in the 300 books he has published...
5th October 2005
Edvard Munch By Himself focuses on self portraits by the Norwegian artist, and it is the first time that such a large cross section, from all stages of his career, has been brought together. The exhibition comprises 150 paintings, drawings, etchings and sketchbooks, as well as...
28th September 2005
From Futurism To Arte Povera: Works From The Marcello Levi Collection is selected from one of the leading collections of contemporary art in Italy. Over sixty years ago, Marcello Levi began with works by members of the Futurist movement, such as Giacomo Balla and Gerardo Dottori...
21st September 2005
Lucy Orta is the first major solo exhibition in the UK of the contemporary artist whose work examines the social bonds within communities and the relationships between individuals and their environments. Lucy Orta's work has been categorised as belonging to the 'jumble sale school...
14th September 2005
Between Past And Future: New Photography And Video From China is the first major survey of work from the past decade by a new generation of Chinese photographers and video artists. Featuring 60 works by 40 artists, the exhibition reflects their responses to the rapid cultural...
7th September 2005
Forgotten Empire: The World Of Ancient Persia reveals the wealth and splendour of the largest empire the Ancient Near East ever saw, which stretched from North Africa to the Indus Valley and from Central Asia to the Persian Gulf, between 550 and 330 BC. The power of its Great...
31st August 2005
Hans Christian Andersen is an exhibition marking the bicentenary of the Danish children's writer, which reveals the underlying themes in his stories. Using clues provided by some of his best known characters, it explores the dark side of his life as well as the innocence of his...
24th August 2005
The Stuff Of Life is an exhibition of still lifes from the 16th century to the present day, showing how everyday items and interiors have inspired artists. It focuses on the depiction and meaning of objects in art, where even the most ordinary objects can carry the most extraordinary...
17th August 2005
Inside The Spitfire: Personal Stories Of Britain's Most Famous Plane is an exhibition about the legendary British fighter aircraft of the Second World War, and its designer R J Mitchell, marking the 65th anniversary of the turning point of the Battle of Britain. A 'deconstructed...
10th August 2005
The Houses Of Parliament are again open to visitors during the summer recess. The tour follows the processional route taken by the Queen when she performs the State Opening of Parliament. From the Sovereign's Entrance in the Victoria Tower, it passes through the Queen's Robing...
3rd August 2005
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...
27th July 2005
Gunpowder Treason marks the 400th anniversary of the audacious plan to blow up the House of Lords, and with it the government of the day, most of the royal family including King James I, the majority of the aristocracy and the Palace of Westminster. This audio-visual display, ...
20th July 2005
Diamonds is the world's biggest ever exhibition of diamonds, bringing together many of the world's most spectacular white and coloured stones, alongside the story of how nature creates them, and man 'refines' them. Among the many individual highlights are the De Beers Millennium...
13th July 2005
Nelson & Napoleon is the first exhibition to explore together the lives of the two national leaders and adversaries, Horatio Nelson and Napoleon Bonaparte. It examines how the men earned their reputations, their personal lives and the political and military conditions that brought...
6th July 2005
The World's Most Photographed examines the lives and legends of ten well known figures from history: Muhammad Ali, James Dean, Mahatma Gandhi, Greta Garbo, Audrey Hepburn, Adolf Hitler, John F Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Queen Victoria. By unearthing photographs...
29th June 2005
Cedric Price - Doubt, Delight And Change celebrates the visionary ideas of one of the most innovative architects and influential architectural thinkers of the late 20th century. Convinced that architecture should be liberating and life enhancing, and encouraging people to 'think...
22nd June 2005
Hirschfeld's Hollywood: The Film Art Of Al Hirschfeld features early work by America's foremost illustrator, who from the 1920s to his death aged 99 in 2003, created witty and stylish celebrity caricatures that appeared in the New York Times. Hirschfeld developed and perfected...
7th June 2005
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 1,200 works covering paintings...
1st June 2005
Gardens Of Glass: Chihuly At Kew is the first exhibition of its kind to be held in Europe, and Britain's first major garden installation by American avant-garde glass blower Dale Chihuly. A sequence of organically shaped and vibrantly coloured glass sculptures has been set throughout...
25th May 2005
Joshua Reynolds: The Creation Of Celebrity looks at Reynolds not just as a portraitist, but also an impresario and influential figure in society, rather than simply providing a general survey of his work. The exhibition brings together a selection of the greatest portraits by...
18th May 2005
Style And Splendour: Queen Maud Of Norway's Wardrobe 1896-1938 is a display of the wardrobe of the British Princess (daughter of Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) who became Queen Consort of the newly independent Norway in 1905. Queen Maud was renowned for her fashionable style...
11th May 2005
Castellani And Italian Archaeological Jewellery is the first exhibition to explore in depth the artistic and scholarly contributions to jewellery made by three generations of the Castellani family in 19th century Rome. From the establishment of his workshop in 1814, Pio Castellani...
4th May 2005
Diane Maclean: Sculpture And Works On Paper is an unusual attempt by the environmental artist Diane Maclean to convey the sights and sounds that occur deep within the Earth. Eighteen metres long, and composed of eleven separate vertical shafts, a stainless steel outdoor sculpture...
27th April 2005
Andreas Slominski is the first solo exhibition in London by the German artist who always shapes the works on view to the location in which they are seen. A notorious prankster, he likes to create an air of artfully manipulated mystery with his work, which is rooted in irrationality...
20th April 2005
Gregory Crewsdon: Beneath The Roses is a group of twenty photographs from the American artist's Twilight series. They are elaborately staged, large scale tableaux, which explore the relationship between the domestic and the fantastical, between the North American landscape and...
13th April 2005
Spectres: When Fashion Turns Back brings together historic costumes by designers such as Christian Dior and Elsa Schiaperelli, with clothes by today's designers, including Jean-Paul Gaultier, Martin Margiela and Hussein Chalayan, to explore the continuing and complicated influence...
6th April 2005
Ferdinand Columbus: Renaissance Collector is a partial reconstruction of the print collection of Ferdinand, son of Christopher Columbus, the earliest and certainly the largest Renaissance collection known to historians. Throughout his adult life, Ferdinand travelled continuously...
30th March 2005
Portrait Miniatures is a new gallery designed to bring to life this unique art form, tracing its development from origins in the illuminated manuscript, to its heyday in the 19th century, before the rise of photography. The display comprises 140 paintings, with masterpieces by...
23rd March 2005
International Arts And Crafts is the most comprehensive British exhibition on the movement ever staged, and the first to look at it from an international perspective. It shows how Arts and Crafts originated in Britain in the 1880s as a reaction to the Industrial Revolution and...
16th March 2005
Matisse, His Art And His Textiles: The Fabric Of Dreams is the first exhibition to explore the relationship of textile designs to Matisse's paintings. Textiles were a primary source of inspiration to Matisse throughout his life. He started acquiring fabrics from an early age, and...
9th March 2005
Knit 2 Together: Concepts In Knitting celebrates knitting as an end in itself, without the usual need or expectation to produce something with a practical function. It brings the domestic craft of knitting into the 21st century, with a snapshot of how contemporary knitting is used...
2nd March 2005
Enchanting The Eye: Dutch Paintings Of The Golden Age is a selection of works from the Royal Collection, one of the world's finest groups of Dutch 17th century paintings. The 51 pictures in this exhibition embrace genre scenes, portraits, still-lifes, history paintings, landscapes...
23rd February 2005
The Hunterian Museum has reopened following a £3.2m refurbishment to encourage the public to explore the wealth of material that has been a source of inspiration to surgeons, scientists and artists for over two hundred years. The collection, begun by John Hunter in the 18th century...
16th February 2005
Turner Whistler Monet examines the influences and relationship between three giants of nineteenth century art - JMW Turner, James McNeill Whistler and Claude Monet - each of whom changed the course of landscape painting. Whistler and Monet were friends and both acknowledged the...
9th February 2005
The Churchill Museum is a new £13.5m museum at the Cabinet War Rooms dedicated to the life of Winston Churchill, housed within the rooms that provided shelter for the British Prime Minister and his government during the Second World War. These rooms have been kept just as they ...
2nd February 2005
Lee Miller: Portraits is a collection of images from the life of the woman whose path was one of 'poacher turned gamekeeper turned conservationist'. A legendary beauty and fashion model, Miller became an acclaimed photographer, first of fashion, and then on the battlefield. Her...
26th January 2005
Turks: A Journey Of A Thousand Years 600-1600 AD is a wide ranging exhibition devoted to the artistic and cultural riches of the Turkic-speaking people. It comprises a wealth of materials whose origins stretch from the eastern borders of modern China to the Balkans, examining the...
19th January 2005
Robert Mapplethorpe Curated By David Hockney is one artist's view of another: a personal selection of portraits, still lifes, flowers and nudes by the photographer whose work and life captured the spirit of his generation. The pair first met in 1970, when Hockney visited Mapplethorpe...
12th January 2005
Futurist Skies: Italian Aeropainting offers a rare and exhilarating birds-eye view of the world through the eyes of Italian Futurist artists. The movement that was always fascinated with technology, speed and the machine, found its ultimate subject in aeropainting - striving to...
5th January 2005
Circling The Square: Avant-garde Porcelain From Revolutionary Russia is a comprehensive survey of the remarkable avant-garde ceramics produced by the extraordinarily unlikely combination of the Imperial Porcelain Factory of Russia and Boshevic Revolutionary designers in the heady...