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20th December 2006
The Past From Above: Through The Lens Of Georg Gerster presents over 100 aerial photographs of archaeological and heritage sites from across the globe taken by the Swiss photographer Georg Gerster. These images range from natural phenomena such as Uluru in Australia, to man made...
13th December 2006
The Museum Of Childhood has reopened following a £4.7m transformation by architects Caruso St John, which restores the 130 year old building to its former Victorian glory. It houses Britain's most important collection of childhood objects comprises dolls and dolls' houses, games...
29th November 2006
London: A Life In Maps traces an epic visual journey through maps, topographical views, prints, engravings and ephemera, demonstrating how the obsessions, aspirations and concerns of Londoners drove the expansion and transformation of the metropolis over successive generations...
22nd November 2006
At Home In London 1600 - 1800 is a major new development adding four new period rooms, with newly aquired original furniture, and two interpretive galleries. The rooms, decorated and furnished with scrupulous authenticity, demonstrate significant shifts in middle class domestic...
15th November 2006
Alan Fletcher: Fifty Years Of Graphic Work (And Play) features a selection of work from the archive of one of the most influential figures in the history of British graphic design. Co-founder of Fletcher/Forbes/Gill in the 1960s, and Pentagram in the 1970s, his enduring legacy...
8th November 2006
David Teniers And The Theatre Of Painting tells the story of one of the most remarkable artistic enterprises of the 17th century: David Teniers' publication of the Theatrum Pictorium or 'Theatre of Painting', the first illustrated printed catalogue of a major paintings collection...
1st November 2006
David Hockney Portraits is the most comprehensive survey of the artist's portraits ever staged, comprising almost 200 works - paintings, drawings, prints, sketchbooks and photocollages - made over the past five decades. Offering the opportunity to see many works together for ...
25th October 2006
Velazquez traces the career of the 17th century Spanish painter through around forty paintings - almost half his surviving works. Throughout his life Diego Velazquez demonstrated an increasing ability to observe and record reality, achieving ever greater physical and psychological...
18th October 2006
Twilight: Photography In The Magic Hour comprises around 50 works by international contemporary artists who have explored the visual and psychological effects of twilight, when sensibilities change and potential-laden atmospheres emerge, facilitating the subversion of normality...
11th October 2006
At Home In Renaissance Italy reveals the central role of the Renaissance interior in the flowering of Italian art and culture, showing how works of art were originally conceived for affluent Renaissance homes. The exhibition focuses on the main rooms: the sala (reception room...
4th October 2006
Cezanne In Britain is a retrospective focussing entirely on works held in British collections to mark the 100th anniversary of the death of Paul Cezanne. Although he never came to Britain, thanks to pioneer collectors, this country now holds one of the world's most outstanding...
27th September 2006
Holbein In England features the work produced in England under the patronage of the Tudor court and for Henry VIII by Hans Holbein, who effectively brought the Renaissance in painting from continental Europe to Britain. Comprising 160 works, including 40 portrait and subject ...
20th September 2006
Rodin the sculptor who heralded the modern age, receives his first London retrospective for 20 years, with a chronological display that explores his inspiration, from studies of unposed models to a love of antiquities. It begins with Auguste Rodin's early contacts and first recognition...
13th September 2006
Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment And Design provides an insight into the mind of Leonardo da Vinci through the pages of his notebooks, with ideas about art, science and nature that are unparalleled in the graphic work of any other thinker from any age. The exhibition...
6th September 2006
Sixties Graphics celebrates the huge explosion of talent in London in the mid 1960s, the era of Swinging London, with a display of graphic material including posters, magazines, photographs, album covers and other printed ephemera such as badges, from 1965 to 1972. Graphic work...
30th August 2006
Sixties Fashion, 40 years on from Time Magazine's famous 1966 Swinging London cover, looks at the central role played by the boutique and street style in bringing the phenomenon to the world's attention. It spans the mid 1950s, when Mary Quant established her first boutique, ...
23rd August 2006
A Particular English Music: John Betjeman 1906 - 1984 marks the centenary of the birth of the man often acclaimed as the best loved poet of the 20th century. His acute, witty, nostalgic, sometimes melancholy poems and prose pieces managed in their deceptively simple way to capture...
16th August 2006
Formula One: The Great Design Race tells the story of motor racing since the 1950s, revealing the mysteries of the intensely secretive industry that invests millions of pounds in design and technology each year. The exhibition features an iconic car from each decade, including...
9th August 2006
Ron Mueck is the largest ever exhibition to be held in Britain of pieces by the Australian sculptor who specialises in ultra realistic models - although often on radically different scales. Mueck's work concentrates almost exclusively on the human figure, tracing the passage through...
2nd August 2006
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...
26th July 2006
Angus McBean: Portraits is the first retrospective devoted to one of the most significant British photographers of the 20th century. It brings together over 100 photographs in black and white and colour, including a large number of vintage prints. These reveal the full range ...
19th July 2006
The Jameel Gallery Of Islamic Art, is a £5.4m renovation and re-design by architects Softroom, which houses over 400 objects, including ceramics, textiles, carpets, metalwork, glass and woodwork, dating from the great days of the Islamic caliphate of the 8th and 9th centuries...
12th July 2006
Modigliani And His Models is the first major exhibition of the work of sculptor and painter Amedeo Modigliani to be held in Britain since the 1960s. It comprises around 55 works, encompassing nudes and portraits, together with sculptures and paintings of caryatids, selected to...
5th July 2006
Dino Jaws presents ten of the most lifelike animatronic dinosaurs ever created, in an examination of what and how the prehistoric creatures ate (including each other), based on the latest interpretation of fossil evidence. Costing £100,000 to build each, they range from the flesh...
28th June 2006
Kandinsky: The Path To Abstraction 1908 - 1922 is the first major British exhibition of the paintings of Wassily Kandinsky, one of the most important figures in the evolution of abstract painting. The show includes over 50 paintings and 30 works on paper, focusing on a crucial...
21st June 2006
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 1,000 works covering paintings...
7th June 2006
Welcome To The Ship: The Art Of Climate Change explores one of the most pressing issues of our time, as seen through the eyes of artists who travelled to the Arctic on the schooner The Nooderlicht, as part of the Cape Farewell project. Created by David Buckland, Cape Farewell...
31st May 2006
Constable: The Great Landscapes offers the first opportunity to view John Constable's seminal six foot canvases together, something that was not even done in his lifetime. The 'six-footers' are among the best known images in British art, and comprise a series of views on the ...
24th May 2006
Front Page: Celebrating 100 Years Of The British Newspaper (1906-2006) reflects the changes in news gathering, reporting and newspaper production over the past century, through a selection of front pages. These are arranged into themes ranging from royalty, society, scandal, ...
17th May 2006
What's For Dinner? Half A Century Of British Eating Habits examines how the dramatic changes that have overtaken our eating habits over the last fifty years reveal the changes that have taken place in society. How we eat, where we eat, what we eat, and with whom, reflects both...
10th May 2006
Satirical London: Three Centuries Of Satire, Sex And Scandal reveals the absurdity and stupidity of the London scene over the last three centuries, with over 350 social and political satires in all media. The display spares no one, with images often shocking and always spiced...
3rd May 2006
Kew Palace, King George III's country retreat, has reopened following a 10 year £6.6m conservation and restoration programme. The interiors have been faithfully redecorated and furnished as the Royal family would have known them. George III, Queen Charlotte and their family spent...
26th April 2006
All Spirit And Fire: Oil Sketches By Tiepolo features the work of the Venetian painter Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, who is principally known for his monumental frescoes and altarpieces. Yet much of his finest work can be appreciated in the small oil sketches that he made in association...
19th April 2006
Bellini And The East explores the impact of the East on the work of the 15th century Venetian painter, Gentile Bellini. The exhibition focuses on this interaction between three cultures: Venetian, Byzantine and Turkish, and three religions: Catholicism, Eastern Orthodox and Islam...
12th April 2006
Modernism: Designing A New World 1914 - 1939 explores the key defining movement of 20th century design, and the dreams that swept Europe, Russia and America, in the wake of the First World War, as its pioneers planned for a new and better world. The exhibition features works ...
5th April 2006
Pixar: 20 Years Of Animation provides an artistic and technological insight into the studio that revolutionised animated films, from Toy Story to the forthcoming Cars. The exhibition brings together 250 concept drawings, rough sketches (including early pencil drawings of Woody...
29th March 2006
Michelangelo Drawings: Closer To The Master offers a unique insight into the creative thinking of one of the greatest artists of the Renaissance. The 95 drawings collected here are artworks in their own right, but also provide a link between his work as a sculptor, painter and...
22nd March 2006
Searching For Shakespeare is the biggest ever exhibition to focus on Shakespeare in his own time, drawing directly on original records relating to the playwright and his contemporaries. The centrepiece is the first portrait presented to the newly founded National Portrait Gallery...
15th March 2006
Americans In Paris 1860 - 1900 examines the work of the American artists drawn to Paris to study and work during the second half of the 19th century. The exhibition includes works by high profile artists such as James McNeill Whistler, including his 'White Girl' (hugely controversial...
8th March 2006
Tropicalia: A Revolution In Brazilian Culture 1967 - 72 endeavours to capture the revolutionary movement that influenced the art, politics, music and fashion that exploded onto the cultural scene of late 1960's Brazil - the South American equivalent of Swinging London. It revisits...
1st March 2006
The Cartoon Museum, which has just opened, is the first of its kind in London, exhibiting examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day. It will provide a regularly changing display of more than 250 original cartoons; together...
22nd February 2006
Gothic Nightmares: Fuseli, Blake And The Romantic Imagination explores the birth of the Gothic movement, the taste for fantastic and supernatural themes that dominated British culture from around 1770 to 1830. Featuring over 140 works by Henry Fuseli, William Blake and their ...
15th February 2006
The Time Galleries are the first stage of the Time And Space Project, aimed at better explaining the story of time at Greenwich, which will ultimately include a new planetarium. These new galleries are divided into four themes. Time And Longitude explores British solutions to...
8th February 2006
David Adjaye - Making Public Buildings features the work of this leading contemporary British architect, with many designs and models shown for the first time. Adjaye's buildings emphasise the experience as much as the functionality of architecture, exploring scale, measure, ...
1st February 2006
Embracing The Exotic: Jacob Epstein And Dora Gordine provides an opportunity to view the work of two contrasting, British based emigre sculptors, Jacob Epstein, and his lesser known female contemporary, Dora Gordine. Comprising more than 40 sculptures and drawings, alongside...
25th January 2006
Royal Court Theatre: A Celebration Of Fifty Years features photographs of actors, directors and writers who have enjoyed a close association with the company renowned for its commitment to new writing and for premiering some of the seminal plays of the last fifty years. Among...
18th January 2006
Dan Flavin: A Retrospective is the first comprehensive exhibition of the work of one of the most innovative figures in 20th century art, who made pieces using fluorescent light, becoming a key exponent of minimalism. The exhibition brings together over 60 light works from the...
11th January 2006
Watercolours By David Hockney - Midsummer: East Yorkshire 2004 comprises a series of 36 watercolours presented as a single work, painted in one creative burst during July and August 2004, around the time of his 67th birthday. For Hockney, they are a return to his roots, capturing...
4th January 2006
Medieval London is a new gallery that tells the story of London from the end of Roman rule in AD410 to the accession of Elizabeth I in 1558, a period when London survived near extinction to become England's capital, and one of the most prosperous cities in Europe. Taking the ...