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19th December 2007
Space Age: Exploration, Design And Popular Culture examines the impact space exploration has had on everyday life, through popular culture, literature, film, design and merchandising. The exhibition explores how human fascination with space has developed, from the emergence of...
12th December 2007
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. ...
5th December 2007
Sleeping And Dreaming examines the mysterious state that we all experience, but still understand so little about, through the eyes of artists, scientists, film makers and historians. The exhibition brings together over 300 diverse objects, from Renaissance paintings to contemporary...
28th November 2007
Launchpad, the 'hands on' gallery has had a £4m makeover, relocating it to an area of 1,200sqm, one third larger than the existing space. Over 50 sophisticated interactive exhibits and devices built specifically for the gallery, aim to excite, inspire and engage children in the...
21st November 2007
London Transport Museum is reopening after a two year, £22m refurbishment, redesign and extension project, introducing a new upper level. This has seen hundreds of objects from cap badges to a steam locomotive removed to storage, while the building was conserved and redeveloped...
14th November 2007
Tutankhamun And The Golden Age Of The Pharaohs see the return of treasures from the 3,000 year old tombs in Valley of The Kings in Egypt for the first time since 1977 at the British Museum, Britain's first blockbuster show. The new exhibition, twice the size of earlier one, includes...
7th November 2007
Renaissance Siena: Art For A City presents a different angle on Italian Renaissance painting and sculpture, viewing it in the artistic, cultural and political contexts of the last century of the Sienese Republic. The exhibition brings together around 100 objects, including paintings...
31st October 2007
An American Passion For British Art: Paul Mellon's Legacy marks the centenary of the birth of one of the world's greatest collectors of British art, with a selection of major works from the Paul Mellon Collection at the Yale Center for British Art. It provides an unparalleled...
24th October 2007
Pop Art Portraits is the first exhibition to examine the role and significance of portraiture within one of the world's most popular and influential art movements. A visual dialogue between American and British Pop, it brings together 52 key works by 28 Pop artists working on...
17th October 2007
Seduced: Art And Sex From Antiquity To Now explores the representation of sex in art through the ages. It features around 300 works, spanning over 2,000 years, including Roman marbles, Indian manuscripts, Renaissance and Baroque paintings, Chinese watercolours, Japanese prints...
10th October 2007
Louise Bourgeois is the first major survey in Britain of the work of the French born artist. It spans seven decades of varied and prolific artistic output, ranging from small scale experimental works, to large scale installations from the 1980s and 1990s. Beginning with Bourgeois...
3rd October 2007
The Turner Prize: A Retrospective is the definitive Turner Prize exhibition, featuring works by all the winning artists since it began in 1984. From Anish Kapoor to Damien Hirst, and Gilbert & George to Grayson Perry, it presents a snapshot of cutting edge British art from the...
26th September 2007
Millais is the first exhibition in London in over a century to examine the entire career of the greatest painter of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, who spearheaded the most radically modern artistic group in the history of English art. Traditionally, John Everett Millais has ...
19th September 2007
The Art Of Lee Miller celebrates the life and career of one of the most original and creative photographic artists of the 20th century. It brings together the greatest images of and by Lee Miller, and features works never before exhibited or published, including satirical drawings...
12th September 2007
The First Emperor: China's Terracotta Army features the largest group of objects relating to the First Emperor of the Qin Dynasty ever to be loaned abroad by the Museum of the Terracotta Army and the Cultural Relics Bureau of Shaanxi Province in Xi'an, China. The exhibition is...
5th September 2007
France In Russia: Empress Josephine's Malmaison Collection brings together some of the paintings, sculpture and furnishings that Napoleon's consort Josephine acquired for her chateau of Malmaison, which were purchased by Tsar Alexander I in 1815. In addition to 16th and 17th ...
29th August 2007
The Changing Face Of Childhood: British Children's Portraits And Their Influence In Europe looks at how the representation of children in British art changed over the centuries, and how these changes were taken up by European artists. In the 1630s Van Dyck painted Charles I'...
22nd August 2007
Journey Through Japan, is an exhibition of 33 hand painted Victorian lantern slides collected by museum founder Frederick Horniman. These were produced by Japanese photographers for western tourists to take home as a memento of their trip. The images depicted, and the colour ...
15th August 2007
Warhol: A Celebration Of Life… And Death presents a broad sweep of Andy Warhol's work from the early 1950s to 1986 in a wide range of media - painting, sculpture, drawing, collage, film, photography and installation. It is the most comprehensive retrospective of Warhol's work...
8th August 2007
Temptation In Eden: Lucas Cranach's 'Adam And Eve' is the first exhibition in England devoted to the work of Lucas Cranach the Elder, Germany's greatest Renaissance artist. Eve's temptation of Adam was a subject which was ideally suited to Cranach's gifts as a portrayer of landscape...
1st August 2007
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...
25th July 2007
Spirit & Life: Masterpieces Of Islamic Art features over 165 rare Islamic painted miniatures, glass, metalwork, jewels, plates, vases and manuscripts (many of which took a lifetime to complete) from the collection of the Aga Khan, never before displayed in Britain. Highlights...
18th July 2007
Global Cities looks at the changing faces of ten dynamic international cities: Cairo, Istanbul, Johannesburg, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Shanghai and Tokyo. Exploring each city through five thematic lenses - speed, size, density, diversity and form - ...
11th July 2007
Impressionists By The Sea explores the origins and development of the fashionable contemporary beach scene from the early 1860s to the early 1870s, in the work of Eugene Boudin, Manet and Claude Monet. It then looks at beach scenes of the 1880s, in which the Impressionists, notably...
4th July 2007
Zaha Hadid: Architecture And Design is the first full scale retrospective in Britain of the work of Zaha Hadid - once referred to as 'the world's greatest unbuilt architect'. Though this was the fate of many of her early projects, her practice, now 20 years old, has grown to ...
20th June 2007
Wellcome Collection is a new £30m cultural venue from the Wellcome Trust that combines three galleries: Medicine Man - featuring historical artefacts, Medicine Now - examining contemporary heath and medicine, and a special exhibitions space, with the world famous Wellcome Library...
13th June 2007
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...
6th June 2007
Dali & Film is the first exhibition to focus on the relationship between the paintings and films of Salvador Dali, who, through his collaborations with Luis Bunuel, Alfred Hitchcock, the Marx Brothers and Walt Disney, created some of the most memorable and influential scenes ...
30th May 2007
The Planetarium And Astronomy Galleries complete the £16m Time and Space Project, designed to bring the excitement of contemporary astrophysics to Britain's oldest astronomical institution. The centrepiece is a 120 seater state of the art planetarium, featuring a £1m laser projector...
23rd May 2007
Dickens World is a £62m indoor visitor attraction, concept and design by G A O'Sullivan-Beare, themed around the life, work and times of Charles Dickens, recreating his vision of England. Visitors can experience the architecture and street scenes described in his novels, with...
16th May 2007
Sacred: Discover What We Share is a display of some of the world's earliest surviving, most important and beautiful religious texts from the Jewish, Christian and Muslim faiths. Many of the lavishly illustrated or decorated books and manuscripts have never, or seldom, been on...
9th May 2007
Star Wars: The Exhibition in a location far, far away (well south of the river anyway) celebrates the 30th anniversary of the original film, providing an opportunity to discover some of the secrets behind the making of the Star Wars canon. It features over 280 original objects...
2nd May 2007
Home And Garden: Domestic Spaces In Painting 1914 - 1960 explores the representation of urban domestic interiors and gardens in paintings, providing a vivid and intimate glimpse into private worlds not often on view. The focus is on the valued domestic spaces of the middle classes...
25th April 2007
Behind The Scenes: The Hidden Life Of Georgian Theatre 1737-1784 offers an insight into the theatrical world of the 18th century, which played a crucial role in the society of Georgian London. It aims to illuminate the theatre's most intimate, notorious and hidden spaces, taking...
18th April 2007
London's Burning: The Great Fire Of London 1666 takes the most famous disaster in London's history and tells its story through the voices of those who lived through it. Focusing on eye witness accounts, it reveals the personal side of the tragedy: Samuel Pepys rescuing his bags...
11th April 2007
A New World: England's First View Of America features the only surviving original visual records of 16th century America, over 70 drawings, on display together for the first time in 40 years. John White, a gentleman and artist, sailed with the earliest expeditions to Virginia...
4th April 2007
Luigi Colani: Translating Nature reviews the work of the maverick of 20th century design, who placed organic design on the contemporary agenda. In a career spanning six decades, Colani produced biodynamic designs for cars, boats, planes and consumer goods, as well as creating...
28th March 2007
Surreal Things: Surrealism And Design is the first exhibition to explore the influence of Surrealism on the world of design - theatre, interiors, fashion, film, architecture and advertising. Alongside paintings by Magritte, Ernsta and Dali are some of the most extraordinary objects...
21st March 2007
Alvar Aalto: Through The Eyes Of Shigeru Ban is the first major UK retrospective of the work of the Finnish architect who was a landmark figure of 20th century architecture and design, ranking alongside Modernist masters such as Le Corbusier and Mies van der Rohe. The exhibition...
14th March 2007
Guercino: Paper To Mind celebrates the work of one of the most significant Italian artists of the Baroque period, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri nicknamed Guercino ("squinter") after a childhood incident left him cross-eyed. A prolific and fluent draughtsman, who was known as 'the...
28th February 2007
Face Of Fashion celebrates current fashion portraiture, as the boundaries between advertising, editorial and fine art blur, and the world's fashion photographers shape society's ideas of beauty, sexuality and fame. The exhibition features five photographers from Europe and America...
21st February 2007
The Triumph Of Eros: Art And Seduction In 18th Century France explores themes of love and eroticism. The impetus for the exhibition, and at its core, is a recently discovered collection of rare French erotic engravings, collected in the 19th century Tsar Nicolas I, which has ...
14th February 2007
Hogarth celebrates the great British 18th century artist whose work defined a period of British history more powerfully and enduringly than any other, with the most comprehensive exhibition in a generation. The display includes over 200 works, and showcases every aspect of Hogarth...
7th February 2007
Citizens And Kings: Portraits In The Age Of Revolution 1760 - 1830 examines the radical shift that occurred in portraiture, both painted and sculpted, in response to the Enlightenment and the revolutions in Europe and America. These years saw dramatic transformations in the world...
31st January 2007
Canaletto In England: A Venetian Artist Abroad 1746 - 1755 brings together over 50 of the paintings executed by Canaletto during the nine years he spent in London, which re-launched his artistic career. Canaletto's views of England are often panoramic, but are also precise to...
24th January 2007
Classic Soviet Modernist Photographer Max Penson And The Soviet Modernisation Of Uzbekistan 1920-1930s features over 200 photographs by Max Penson, taken between 1920 and 1940, documenting the radical transformation of Uzbekistan from a highly traditional feudal society into ...
17th January 2007
A Victorian Master: Drawings By Frederic, Lord Leighton marks the completion of the conservation and cataloguing one of the largest collections of drawings by a single Victorian artist, comprising some 715 works. The painter and sculptor, Frederic, Lord Leighton, was one of the...
10th January 2007
Art For The Nation traces Britain's long and defining relationship with the sea, reflecting British Maritime heritage, in commerce exploration and empire, as interpreted by the nation's greatest artists. As well as marine painting, subjects cover portraiture, history painting...
3rd January 2007
Bound For Glory: America In Colour 1939 - 1943 is an exhibition of rarely seen colour photographs from the Farm Security Administration archive of the Library of Congress in Washington. They were taken across America to bolster support for President Roosevelt's New Deal Programme...