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22nd December 2010
The Rime Of The Ancient Mariner explores one of the best known English poems, written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. First published in 1798 The Rime of the Ancient Mariner tells the tale of a mariner's nightmarish journey to the ends of the Earth. The poem deals with the universal...
15th December 2010
The Tiger In Asian Art examines the most enduring and powerful symbol of cultural identity for the people of Asia. For over 3,000 years the tiger has inspired countless legends, beliefs, poems and works of art across Asia, and it is the national animal of India, Malaysia, China...
8th December 2010
Psychoanalysis: The Unconscious In Everyday Life explores the workings of the unconscious mind, and the contribution of psychoanalysis to the understanding of the mind and culture. The exhibition aims to examine the broad contemporary relevance of psychoanalysis in a way that is ...
1st December 2010
Bridget Riley: Paintings And Related Work offers an opportunity to see how recent paintings by one of Britain's most significant abstract painters of the second half of the 20th century relates to the works of Old Masters. Although Bridget Riley first came to prominence as one...
24th November 2010
Images And Sacred Texts: Buddhism Across Asia explores the 'three jewels' of Buddhism through sacred texts, painted scrolls and sculptures. The exhibition focuses on the institutional and organisational core of Buddhism, the 'three jewels', consisting of the Buddha himself, his...
17th November 2010
Evolving English: One Language, Many Voices is the first ever exhibition exploring the English language from Anglo-Saxon runes to modern day rap. Driven by developments in religion, politics, technology, economics and culture, English today is spoken by a third of the world's...
10th November 2010
Titanic: The Artefact Exhibition showcases more than 300 artefacts retrieved from wreck of the RMS Titanic over one and a half miles below the surface of the North Atlantic. The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through the life of the White Star Line ship. It touches on...
3rd November 2010
Journey Through The Afterlife: Ancient Egyptian Book Of The Dead explores ancient Egyptian beliefs about life after death through rich textual and visual material. The 'Book', used for over 1500 years between around 1600 BC and 100 AD, is not a single text, but a compilation ...
27th October 2010
Cezanne's Card Players is the first exhibition to focus on the these famous paintings of peasant card players and pipe smokers. They have long been considered to be among Paul Cezanne's most iconic and powerful paintings, standing alongside his 'Bathers' series as the most ambitious...
20th October 2010
Venice: Canaletto And His Rivals presents the finest assembly of 18th century views of arguably the most paintable city in the world to be seen in a generation. The exhibition brings together around 60 major works, highlighting the extraordinary variety of Venetian view painting...
13th October 2010
Gauguin: Maker Of Myth traces the unique approach to storytelling of one of the most influential and celebrated artists of the late 19th century. The exhibition challenges commonly held assumptions about Paul Gauguin and his work, revealing the complexity and richness of his ...
6th October 2010
Strawberry Hill the finest example of Georgian Gothic revival architecture in Britain has reopened to the public after a 2 year, £8.9m restoration programme. Horace Walpole built Strawberry Hill as a summer villa beside the Thames at Twickenham between 1747 and 1790, and designed...
29th September 2010
Diaghilev And The Golden Age Of The Ballets Russes 1909 - 1929 explores the world of the influential artistic director and the most exciting dance company of the 20th century, who combined dance, music and art in bold ways to create 'total theatre'. Diaghilev's dedication to ...
22nd September 2010
Rachel Whiteread: Drawings offers an opportunity to explore works on paper by the contemporary artist best known for large scale sculpture. This is the first ever exhibition of Rachel Whiteread's doodling (her word) on paper, using pencil, gouache, ink and correcting fluid to...
15th September 2010
London Open House is the annual scheme that allows public access to architecturally interesting but usually private buildings across the capital. Over 700 buildings of all kinds, both historic and new, include Almeida, Hackney Empire and National theatres; King's Place, Royal...
8th September 2010
Raphael: Cartoons And Tapestries For The Sistine Chapel brings together for the first time the full size designs and the actual tapestries made for the Vatican City almost 500 years ago. This is a display of 4 of the 10 original tapestries designed by Raphael for the walls of...
1st September 2010
London's Water: 400 Years Of The New River looks at this waterway's role in London's water supply, with the use of images and interpretive texts. The New River was constructed at the beginning of the 17th century to bring fresh water from springs in Hertfordshire to the New River...
25th August 2010
An Englishman In New York: Photographs By Jason Bell features a series of previously unseen portraits inspired by the 120,000 British men and women currently living in New York City. Jason Bell has lived between London and New York since 2003, and whilst shooting an assignment...
18th August 2010
Romantics features paintings, prints and photographs exploring the origins, inspirations and legacies of British Romantic art. The exhibition focuses in particular on works from the 19th century, by artists such as Henry Fuseli, John Linnell and Samuel Palmer, when the ideal ...
11th August 2010
Ray Harryhausen: Myth And Legends is a retrospective of the work of the man who put 'special' into 'special effects' in films before the computer age. Ray Harryhausen, who began his art after seeing the original 'King Kong' film in 1933 went on to develop a technique known as...
4th August 2010
Butterfly Explorers charts the life cycle of some of the world's most beautiful creatures in an explorer's trail through a tropical butterfly house, and reveals how butterflies around the world have adapted to their habitats. The trail takes visitors on a journey from egg to ...
28th July 2010
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...
21st July 2010
Sargent And The Sea focuses on the formative years in the artistic career of the painter once called 'the Van Dyck of his time', covering the period from 1874 to around 1879. The exhibition of 80 paintings, drawings and watercolours by John Singer Sargent ranges from seaside ...
14th July 2010
Fiona Banner: Harrier And Jaguar provides a simple but unlikely juxtaposition: two real fighter jets, which have both previously seen active military service, on display in a suite of neo-classical galleries. In the south gallery, a Sea Harrier jet is suspended vertically, its...
7th July 2010
Close Examination: Fakes, Mistakes And Discoveries celebrates the backroom work of art gallery scientists, conservators and historians. Using modern scientific methods, including infrared imaging, X-ray images, electron microscopy and mass spectrometry they provide insights into...
30th June 2010
Ernesto Neto: The Edges Of The World comprises a series of immersive installations. Best known for his sensuous sculptures, the Brazilian artist Ernesto Neto creates site-specific installations with an abstract, biomorphic quality - evocative of skin and interior body systems...
23rd June 2010
Chiswick House Gardens have reopened after a £12m restoration programme, which has recovered the original vistas and design, and repaired and restored the statuary and garden buildings. Spread over 65 acres, the gardens are a site of international importance as the birthplace...
16th June 2010
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 1,250 works covering paintings...
9th June 2010
Rude Britannia: British Comic Art examines the role of humour in British visual culture, from the 1600s to the present day. Through a diversity of art forms, including painting, drawing, sculpture, the comic, film and photography, visual humour is explored in many dimensions. ...
2nd June 2010
Exposed: Voyeurism, Surveillance And The Camera provides an insight into photographic images made surreptitiously or without the explicit permission of those depicted. Spanning a variety of 'lens-based media' from the late 19th century to the present day, the exhibition offers...
26th May 2010
Toy Boats charts how miniature ocean liners, paddle steamers and battleships once captured the imagination of generations of children. The exhibition features over 100 toys, games, catalogues and photographs revealing how the craze for all things maritime drove toy companies to make...
19th May 2010
Treasures Of Lambeth Palace Library celebrates the 400th anniversary of one of the earliest public libraries in England. The exhibition draws upon the library's rich and diverse collections of manuscripts, archives and books, some of which are on public display for the first ...
12th May 2010
Fit For A King is a new permanent exhibition showcasing 500 years of Royal arms and armour, from the Tudor, Stuart, Hanoverian and Windsor dynasties. The exhibition charts the design and creation of armour for use on both the battle and sports fields, through to its decline and...
5th May 2010
Magnificent Maps: Power, Propaganda And Art modestly proclaims that it provides an opportunity to see 100 greatest maps in the world, over three-quarters of which are on public exhibition for the first time. Dating from 200AD to the present day, there are cartographic masterpieces...
28th April 2010
Fra Angelico To Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings brings together the finest group of Italian Renaissance drawings to be seen in this country for over 70 years. The exhibition charts the increasing importance of drawing during the period between 1400 and 1510, featuring ...
21st April 2010
Quilts 1700 - 2010 explores 300 years of British quilt making in the first major exhibition of its kind in this country. It comprises more than 65 quilts from a cot cover made in the 1690s to recent examples by leading contemporary artists including Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry...
14th April 2010
Leighton House Museum has reopened following a £1.6m restoration and refurbishment programme. One of the most remarkable buildings of the 19th century, the house was the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton. Built to designs by George...
7th April 2010
The Enchanted Palace is a series of installations by contemporary fashion designers based on the stories of the 7 princesses who once lived in Kensington Palace. Designers Vivienne Westwood, William Tempest, Stephen Jones, Boudicca, Aminaka Wilmont and Echo Morgan have created...
31st March 2010
Victoria & Albert: Art & Love examines the unique partnership of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their shared enthusiasm for art. The exhibition focuses on the period of Victoria's marriage to Prince Albert, from the time of their engagement in 1839 to the Prince's death...
24th March 2010
Horace Walpole And Strawberry Hill examines the collection and interiors of Britain's finest example of Georgian Gothic Revival architecture. The exhibition brings together more than 250 works owned by Horace Walpole in his house Strawberry Hill, not seen together since 1842, ...
17th March 2010
Henry Moore reveals the range and quality of work by the British artist who was at the forefront of progressive 20th century sculpture. Bringing together the most comprehensive selection of Henry Moore's works for a generation, the exhibition presents over 150 of his significant...
10th March 2010
Painting History: Delaroche And Lady Jane Grey examines Paul Delaroche's 'The Execution of Lady Jane Grey' in the context of his historical paintings, particularly the scenes from English history, which made his reputation. The exhibition features 7 of Delaroche's major paintings...
3rd March 2010
Irving Penn Portraits is the largest British exhibition ever devoted to portraiture by one of the greatest photographers of his generation. It includes over 120 prints from Irving Penn's seven decade career, ranging from his early portraits for Vogue in 1944 to some of his last...
24th February 2010
The Ministry Of Food marks the 70th anniversary of food rationing introduced by the government during the Second World War. The exhibition shows how the British public adapted to a world of food shortages by 'Lending a Hand on the Land', 'Digging for Victory', taking up the '...
17th February 2010
Mrs Delany And Her Circle is the first exhibition to survey the entire life and the full range of a significant figure in natural history in Georgian England. Mary Delaney was a pattern of accomplishment and curiosity for her contemporaries, and became a model to subsequent generations...
10th February 2010
Arshile Gorky: A Retrospective celebrates the extraordinary life and work of one of the most powerful American painters of the 20th century, who was a seminal figure in the formation of Abstract Expressionism. The exhibition includes over 150 paintings and drawings from across...
3rd February 2010
Van Doesburg And The International Avant-Garde: Constructing A New World is the first major exhibition in Britain devoted to the Dutch artist who was a pivotal figure of the European avant-garde. Theo van Doesburg, who worked in art, design and text, founded the far reaching ...
27th January 2010
The Real Van Gogh: The Artist And His Letters for the first time, views the artist's paintings and drawings from the perspective of his correspondence. Over 35 of van Gogh's original letters, rarely exhibited to the public due to their fragility, are on display, together with...
20th January 2010
Inventions: Discover The Muslim Heritage In Our World traces the story of a thousand years of science from the Muslim world, from the 7th century onwards. The exhibition looks at the social, scientific and technical achievements that are credited to the Muslim world, whilst ...
13th January 2010
On The Move: Visualising Action explores the representation and analysis of movement in the visual arts and sciences, drawing on a wide range of material in many different media, to provide an in-depth examination. A central element of the show is the pioneering photographic ...
6th January 2010
Less And More - The Design Ethos Of Dieter Rams is a retrospective of the work of the man who designed or oversaw the design of over 500 products for the German electronics manufacturer Braun, as well as furniture for Vitsoe. Audio equipment, calculators, shavers and shelving...