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24th December 2008
Darwin is a celebration of the man and his revolutionary theory that changed that changed man's understanding of the world and his place within it. The exhibition retraces Darwin's life changing journey as a young man aboard the HMS Beagle on its 5 year voyage around the world...
17th December 2008
War And Medicine looks at the continually evolving relationship between warfare and medicine, beginning with the disasters of the Crimean War in the 1850s and continuing through to today's conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. As humankind has developed increasingly sophisticated...
10th December 2008
Saul Steinberg: Illuminations is a retrospective featuring drawings, collages and sculptural assemblages by the American artist whose work filled the pages and covers of The New Yorker for six decades. Saul Steinberg originally studied as an architect, before turning to cartoons...
3rd December 2008
Bruegel To Rubens: The Masters Of Flemish Painting is the first exhibition ever mounted of Flemish paintings in the Royal Collection. It brings together 51 works from the 15th to 17th centuries, including masterpieces by Hans Memling, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jan Brueghel, Van...
26th November 2008
The Garden Museum has been reborn, with a new £500,000 interior designed by Dow Jones Architects, which has inserted 201sqm of freestanding new spaces for exhibitions, the permanent collection, education, events and archive, in the historic 14th century structure of the former...
19th November 2008
Babylon: Myth And Reality explores the continuing dialogue between the Babylon of the imagination and the historic evidence for one of the great cities of antiquity at the moment of its climax and eclipse. For 2,000 years the myth of Babylon has haunted the European imagination...
12th November 2008
Annie Leibovitz: A Photographer's Life, 1990 - 2005 brings together recent well known assignments and rarely seen personal work of one of the world's best known portrait photographers, who has been documenting American popular culture since the early 1970s. With over 150 photographs...
5th November 2008
Taking Liberties provides a rare opportunity to view actual documents that played key roles in the nation's struggle for freedoms and rights, charting the roots of British democracy over a period of more than 900 years. Among the iconic documents on display that paved the way...
29th October 2008
Byzantium 330 - 1453 highlights the splendours of the Byzantine Empire, comprising around 300 exquisitely crafted and richly decorated objects, including icons, detached wall paintings, micro-mosaics, ivories and enamels, plus gold and silver metalwork. The exhibition begins ...
22nd October 2008
Beside The Seaside: Snapshots Of British Coastal Life 1880 - 1950 brings together photographs, posters and seaside memorabilia to capture the essence of both working life and early tourism along the British coast. From dramatic rugged coastlines and idyllic fishing villages to...
15th October 2008
Renaissance Faces: Van Eyck To Titian explores the dramatic rise of portraiture in the Renaissance, through the masters of northern and southern Europe. The exhibition provides a rare opportunity to view Renaissance portraiture in depth, comprising over 70 paintings, alongside...
8th October 2008
Cartoons And Coronets: The Genius Of Osbert Lancaster marks the centenary of the satirist, illustrator, theatre designer and cartoonist. Osbert Lancaster was one of the most famous artistic personalities of his day, and a flamboyant member of the London literary circle. This ...
1st October 2008
In Memoriam: Remembering The Great War examines the personal stories of those who lived, fought and died during the First World War, in commemoration of the 90th anniversary of the Armistice. Featuring previously unseen material, the exhibition uses the experiences of over 90...
24th September 2008
Cold War Modern: Design 1945 - 1970 is the first exhibition to examine contemporary design, architecture, film and popular culture on both sides of the Iron Curtain during the Cold War era. The decades after the Second World War saw an intense rivalry between the world's two ...
17th September 2008
Design Cities tells the story of contemporary design over the last 150 years through seven key cities at their creative height: London - The Great Exhibition 1851, Vienna - fin de siecle 1908, Dessau - Bauhaus 1928, Paris - Le Corbusier 1936, Los Angeles - Post War Confidence...
10th September 2008
Francis Bacon is a retrospective that brings together some 70 of the best and most important paintings from throughout the turbulent life of one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. The exhibition, marking Bacon's centenary, explores his philosophy that man is simply...
3rd September 2008
The Courtauld Cezannes features the Gallery's entire collection of works by Paul Cezanne, hailed as the finest in Britain, on show together the first time, revealing the development of his ideas. The seminal paintings, watercolours, drawings and prints from the major periods ...
27th August 2008
Turmoil And Tranquillity: The Sea Through The Eyes Of Dutch And Flemish Masters 1550 - 1700 focuses on the emerging genre of maritime art in the Low Countries, during the 17th century. The exhibition of some 70 paintings examines the emergence of the seascape as an independent...
19th August 2008
Weird And Wonderful Gadgets And Inventions is an opportunity to see over 50 extraordinary 'labour saving devices' patented over the last 150 years, from the private collection of Maurice Collins, the author of Eccentric Contraptions and Ingenious Gadgets. Built up over a period...
12th August 2008
Love explores how artists from the 16th century to the present day have represented the complexity and intensity of the most powerful of emotions. Encompassing divine and mortal love, chaste and unchaste love, family love and charity, the exhibition demonstrates how 30 artists...
6th August 2008
The State Rooms Of Buckingham Palace, the 19 rooms that 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...
30th July 2008
Skeletons: London's Buried Bones features 26 examples from a collection of 17,000 skeletons that have been archived and examined at the Museum of London's Centre for Human Bioarchaeology over the last 30 years. The skeletons reflect London's rich past and varied social geography...
23rd July 2008
Hadrian: Empire And Conflict looks beyond the established image of the Emperor of Rome from 117 to 138 AD, best known for his interest in architecture, his passion for Greece and Greek culture, and the eponymous wall he built between England and Scotland. The exhibition offers...
16th July 2008
Boucher And Chardin: Masters Of Modern Manners celebrates the works of Francois Boucher and Jean-Simeon Chardin, two of the greatest French genre painters and their artistic response to the taste for tea drinking and chinoiserie, which became fashionable in 18th century France ...
9th July 2008
Vilhelm Hammershoi: The Poetry Of Silence is the first retrospective of the celebrated late 19th century Danish artist, and features over 70 paintings spanning his entire career. Hammershoi's most compelling works are his quiet, haunting interiors, their emptiness disturbed only...
2nd July 2008
Radical Light: Italy's Divisionist Painters 1891 - 1910 examines the work of a loosely knit group of avant-garde artists in northern Italy, in the late 19th century, who came to be known as Divisionists. They mounted a radical artistic response to conditions of economic crisis...
25th June 2008
The Lure Of The East: British Orientalist Painting explores the range of British artists' responses to the peoples, cities, cultures and landscapes of the Near and Middle East, from the 17th to the early 20th centuries. The exhibition brings together over 120 paintings, prints...
18th June 2008
London Festival Of Architecture is a celebration and exploration of the city's buildings, streets and spaces. It is the biggest event of its kind in the world, with over 600 events taking place, encompassing exhibitions, lectures, public space installations, guided walks, bicycle...
11th June 2008
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...
4th June 2008
Psycho Buildings: Artists Take On Architecture marks the 40th anniversary of the gallery, whose brutalist architectural style is loved and loathed in equal measure, by inviting 10 international artists to respond to its spaces. They have created habitat-like structures and architectural...
28th May 2008
Street & Studio: An Urban History Of Photography presents a history of photographic portraiture taken in cities around the world, in two contrasting locations: the street and the studio. It comprises over 350 works by 19th and 20th century photographers, including such diverse...
21st May 2008
Jack The Ripper And The East End examines the infamous Whitechapel murders of 1888, and explores their legacy of myths and legends. Bringing together in public for the first time the surviving original documents from the police investigation, including files, witness reports, ...
14th May 2008
Dan Dare And The Birth Of Hi-Tech Britain examines the heady excitement of the reinvention of Britain after the Second World War, showing how the years from 1945 to 1970 saw a long climb from austerity to affluence. Dan Dare, pilot of the future, as featured in the Eagle comic...
7th May 2008
The London Bridge Experience is a new £2m attraction located in tunnels and vaults of the famous 1831 bridge, that remain under the current London Bridge, where its history is brought to life through special effects, CGI, live actors and animation. From the building of the first...
30th April 2008
Your Eyes Only: Ian Fleming And James Bond is an exhibition celebrating the life and work of the man who created the world's most famous secret agent, James Bond, on the centenary of Ian Fleming's birth. It looks at the author and his fictional character in their historical context...
23rd April 2008
Blood On Paper: The Art Of The Book reveals the inventiveness with which the book has been treated by some of the most influential and respected artists of our time. Many notable artists of the 20th and 21st centuries have produced books, or works that refer to books. The exhibition...
16th April 2008
The American Scene: Prints From Hopper To Pollock features spectacular images of American society and culture made during a period of great social and political change from the early 1900s to 1960. Featuring 147 works by 74 artists, the exhibition includes the work of John Sloan...
9th April 2008
Thomas Hope: Regency Designer showcases the work of one of the most influential designers and patron of the arts in Britain in the early 19th century. Thomas Hope played an important part in establishing the Regency style, reinterpreting ancient classical forms, and incorporating...
2nd April 2008
Doctor Who Exhibition is the largest staged so far, featuring over 100 models, props, costumes and monsters that have appeared in the programme since its regeneration three years ago. Sadly, rather than a history of the series from its beginnings in 1963, with classic monsters...
26th March 2008
Amazing Rare Things: The Art Of Natural History In The Age Of Discovery brings together the works of four artists and a collector who have shaped our knowledge of the natural world around us. Leonardo da Vinci, who used drawing to understand all natural forms; Cassiano dal Pozzo...
19th March 2008
China Design Now explores the recent explosion of new design in China, together with the impact of rapid economic development on architecture and design in its major cities. The exhibition captures the dynamic phase as China opens up to global influences, and responds to the ...
12th March 2008
Science Museum Library and Archives has reopened after a £2.5m reorganisation, which has seen the construction of a new state of the art facility near Swindon, which holds the Library's original works by great scientists and engineers from the 15th century to the present day. ...
5th March 2008
Alexander Rodchenko: Revolution In Photography is the first major retrospective of one of the great figures of early 20th century avant-garde art, and one of its most versatile practitioners. After gaining an international reputation as a painter, sculptor and graphic artist, ...
27th February 2008
Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia charts the artistic and personal relationships of Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray and Francis Picabia, and explores the affinities and parallels in their work, showing how they responded to each others' ideas and innovations. The godfathers of conceptual art...
20th February 2008
Vanity Fair Portraits: Photographs 1913 - 2008 brings together rare vintage prints with contemporary classics from Vanity Fair and the Conde Nast Archive. It provides a photographic history of celebrity portraiture, with works of master photographers from Edward Steichen and ...
13th February 2008
Designs Of The Year is an exhibition that launches a new annual award to celebrate the most innovative, interesting and forward looking new work in design of all kinds. It gives an overview of the most significant achievements in design and architecture in the last year, whether...
6th February 2008
Juan Munoz: A Retrospective is an assessment of the work of the Spanish artist who came to international prominence in the mid 1980s with dramatic sculptural installations that placed the human figure in specific architectural environments, and who is now widely regarded as of...
30th January 2008
The Return Of The Gods: Neoclassical Sculpture is the first exhibition in Britain to focus the full range of British neoclassical sculpture. It brings together around 30 major figurative works created by British artists or for British patrons from around 1760 to 1860. These extraordinary...
23rd January 2008
From Russia: French And Russian Master Paintings 1870 - 1925 provides a unique opportunity to explore the exchange that existed between French and Russian art during a crucial period that was witness to upheaval and revolution. The exhibition is grouped by four themes. The first...
16th January 2008
Jean Prouve - The Poetics Of The Technical Object is the first comprehensive overview of the radical, innovative and influential work of the French designer and engineer to be staged in Britain. Prouve worked as both a designer and manufacturer, producing everything from bicycles...
9th January 2008
Atlantic Worlds is a new gallery that explores the interrelationship, connections and exchanges created between Britain, Africa and the Americas between 1600 and 1850, and looks at the impact and legacy of empire on three continents. It reveals how geographical exploration and...
2nd January 2008
The Vault is a new gallery displaying some of the finest and most valuable gems, crystals, metals and meteorites from around the world. Each exhibit has a story to tell, whether of the American gold rush, African diamond mining, or in the case of meteorites dating back 4.5bn ...