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21st December 2011
Dickens And London celebrates the 200th anniversary of the birth of Britain's most successful novelist. Recreating the atmosphere of Victorian London through sound and projections, the exhibition takes visitors on a haunting journey to discover the city that inspired Dickens'...
14th December 2011
The Heart Of The Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton & Antarctic Photography features photographs taken in Antarctica by Herbert George Ponting and Frank Hurley, and marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott's ill-fated journey to the South Pole. Herbert George Ponting's extraordinary...
7th December 2011
Hidden Heroes - The Genius Of Everyday Things examines the ingenuity of a group of seemingly run-of-the-mill everyday objects. The exhibition looks at the inspiration involved in items whose design and purpose are so well matched that they remain uncelebrated, but heavily used...
30th November 2011
Royal Manuscripts: The Genius Of Illumination provides a rare opportunity to see richly illuminated manuscripts previously belonging to the kings and queens of England. The exhibition comprises 154 colourful and gilded handwritten books, dating from between the 9th and 16th centuries...
23rd November 2011
Building The Revolution: Soviet Art And Architecture 1915 - 1935 examines Russian avant-garde architecture made during a brief but intense period of construction that took place following the revolution. Fired by the Constructivist art that emerged in Russia from around 1915, ...
16th November 2011
The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn To Sarah Siddons explores art and theatre in 18th century England through portraits of women. Starting with the emergence of the actress's profession in the late 17th century, the exhibition shows how women performers, in drama, as well as music...
9th November 2011
Leonardo da Vinci: Painter At The Court Of Milan examines the extraordinary observation, imagination and technique of possibly the world's greatest artist. The exhibition concentrates on Leonardo da Vinci's career as a court painter in Milan during the 1480s and 1490s, and is...
2nd November 2011
OMA / Progress is the first British examination of the work of one of the most influential international architecture practices working today. OMA (the Office for Metropolitan Architecture) comprises 7 partners and a staff of around 280 architects, designers and researchers working...
24th October 2011
Photographs Gallery is the latest new space to open as part of the museum's redevelopment programme. The gallery chronicles the history of photography from 1839 to the 1960s, after which developments in scale, concept and technology mark a shift in approach and appearance. It...
19th October 2011
Shaped By War: Photographs By Don McCullin is the largest ever British exhibition about the life and work of one of the world's most acclaimed photographers. For more than 50 years, Don McCullin's images have shaped the awareness of modern conflict and its consequences. His courage...
12th October 2011
Gerhard Richter: Panorama is a retrospective that brings together significant moments of the career of one of the most important artists working today. Since the 1960s, Gerhard Richter has immersed himself in a rich and varied exploration of painting. Continually challenging ...
5th October 2011
John Martin: Apocalypse charts the rise, fall and resurrection of a unique artistic reputation. John Martin was a key figure in the 19th century art world, renowned for his dramatic scenes of apocalyptic destruction and biblical catastrophe, yet he is little known today. This...
28th September 2011
Postmodernism: Style And Subversion 1970 - 1990 surveys art, design and architecture of the 1970s and 1980s, examining one of the most contentious phenomena in recent art and design history. The exhibition shows how Postmodernism evolved from a provocative architectural movement...
21st September 2011
Degas And The Ballet: Picturing Movement explores the French Impressionist's preoccupation with movement as an artist of the dance. The exhibition traces the development of Edgar Degas's ballet imagery throughout his career, from the documentary mode of the early 1870s to the...
14th September 2011
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 the Almeida, Hackney Empire and Richmond theatres; Royal Albert, Royal...
7th September 2011
Memory Remains: 9/11 Artifacts At Hangar 17 - Francesc Torres marks the 10th anniversary of the world's worst terrorist attack. Following the devastation of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11th 2001, the recovery effort began, and the 16 acre site...
31st August 2011
Recording The New: The Architectural Photography Of Bedford Lemere & Co 1870 - 1930 showcases the photography of one of the pioneers of architectural photography in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Employed by a wide range of industrialists, retailers, hoteliers and government...
24th August 2011
This is Design examines the impact of design on the modern world, whilst also exploring the consequences of design, and how it shapes daily life. The museum's collection contains pieces ranging from early items of mass manufacture through to cutting edge contemporary design, ...
17th August 2011
Art For The Nation: Sir Charles Eastlake At The National Gallery examines the development of the Gallery's collection and the work of its most influential director. The exhibition, comprising some of Sir Charles Eastlake's major purchases of Italian Renaissance art, together ...
10th August 2011
Kenneth Grange: Making Britain Modern is a retrospective of Britain's leading product designer, who, in a career spanning over 50 years, has designed some of the most iconic and familiar products and appliances in daily use. Kenneth Grange's prolific output has played a significant...
3rd August 2011
Devotion By Design: Italian Altarpieces Before 1500 investigates the development of altarpieces, looking at changes in form, style and type, and their relationship to the monumental architecture that surrounded them. Altarpieces are an image-bearing structure placed upon or behind...
27th July 2011
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...
20th July 2011
High Arctic is the first exhibition in a new £35m wing, which comprises an special exhibitions gallery, a permanent gallery that introduces the story of Britain and the sea; a state of the art library and archive; a restaurant and cafe featuring terraces with views over Greenwich...
13th July 2011
Treasures Of Heaven: Saints, Relic And Devotion In Medieval Europe explores the spiritual and artistic significance of Christian relics and reliquaries in medieval Europe. Featuring some of the finest sacred treasures of the medieval age, the exhibition provides an opportunity...
6th July 2011
Forests, Rocks, Torrents: Norwegian And Swiss Landscapes From The Lunde Collection features landscape paintings, primarily of the 19th century, which have rarely been on public view before. This exhibition of 51 paintings introduces lesser known skilled and innovative European...
29th June 2011
Toulouse-Lautrec and Jane Avril: Beyond The Moulin Rouge brings together a group of paintings, posters and prints to celebrate the remarkable creative partnership that captured the excitement and spectacle of bohemian Paris, and has to come to define the world of the Moulin Rouge...
22nd June 2011
The Vorticists: Manifesto For A Modern World explores the avant-garde British art movement of the early 20th century. Led by painter Wyndham Lewis and named by American poet Ezra Pound, the Vorticist artists reacted against the culture of Edwardian England with a radical new ...
15th June 2011
Pirates: The Captain Kidd Story explores the myths and mysteries surrounding common perceptions of 17th and 18th century pirates. The exhibition also examines English society of the period, looking at gruesome ritual executions (including that of Captain Kidd on 23rd May 1701...
8th June 2011
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...
1st June 2011
Royal Beasts tells the story of the exotic animals that once lived in the capital's fortress. The Royal Menagerie was founded during the reign of King John in 1210, and almost 300 animals of over 60 different species lived there during a period of over 600 years. Exotic animals...
25th May 2011
Festival Of Britain 60th Anniversary celebrations are spread over the entire 21 acre Southbank site. The outdoor festival experience is divided into four distinct 'lands', which take their inspiration from some of the themes of the 1951 South Bank exhibition: People of Britain...
18th May 2011
Out Of This World: Science Fiction But Not As You Know It explores science fiction through literature, film, illustration and sound. The exhibition traces the development of the genre from True History by Lucian of Samosata written in the 2nd century AD to the recent writings...
11th May 2011
Only Connect is an unconventional display presenting a web of portraits connecting sitters across three centuries. Comprising paintings, sculpture, photographs, engravings, drawings, miniatures and works in other media, the display uses musical connections to explore new ways...
4th May 2011
Age Of The Dinosaur is a new immersive experience taking visitors on a journey back 65 million years to a time when dinosaurs ruled the earth. Visitors walk through a swamp-like Jurassic lagoon and Cretaceous desert, catching sight of weird, wonderful and now extinct animals ...
27th April 2011
An American Experiment: George Bellows And The Ashcan Painters introduces an important moment in the history of American painting to Britain. The paintings in this exhibition by George Bellows and his artist friends William Glackens, George Luks, John Sloan and their teacher ...
20th April 2011
Watercolour presents a fresh assessment of the history of watercolour painting in Britain from the Middle Ages through to the present day. The exhibition shows over 200 works including pieces by historic artists such as William Blake, Thomas Girtin and JMW Turner, through to ...
13th April 2011
Joan Miro: The Ladder Of Escape is the first major retrospective of the one of the 20th century's greatest artists to be held in London for almost 50 years. The exhibition represents the breadth of Joan Miro's output, with over 150 paintings, works on paper and sculptures. It...
6th April 2011
The Cult Of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement 1860 - 1900 celebrates the first artistic movement to inspire an entire lifestyle, prizing the importance of art and the pleasure of beautiful things above all else. Comprising over 250 objects, this exhibition gathers many of the greatest...
30th March 2011
James Watt And Our World is a recreation of the attic workshop of the founder of the British Industrial Revolution. When James Watt died in 1819 his workshop at his home near Birmingham was locked and its contents left undisturbed as an 'industrial shrine'. In 1924, the complete...
23rd March 2011
Watteau: The Drawings is the first major retrospective of drawings by the influential 18th century French artist. Drawing lay at the heart of Jean-Antoine Watteau's creative process. He prized his drawings and kept them in bound volumes which enabled him to refer to them when...
16th March 2011
Grant Museum Of Zoology is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. After 8 months of packing, design, construction, unpacking, screwing skeletons together and reorganising 68,000 dead animals, it has started a new life in at a new location in an Edwardian former...
9th March 2011
Afghanistan: Crossroads Of The Ancient World features some of the most important archaeological discoveries from ancient Afghanistan, with precious and unique pieces on loan from the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul, which currently undergoing reconstruction. The geographical...
2nd March 2011
Jan Gossaert's Renaissance celebrates the Flemish artist's decisive role as an artistic pioneer, bridging the gap between the Northern and Southern Renaissances and paving the way for Low Country artists of the future. Jan Gossaert was one of the most startling and versatile ...
23rd February 2011
Hoppe Portraits: Society, Studio And Street features the work of one of the most important yet least remembered photographers of the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition brings together for the first time E O Hoppe's strikingly modernist portraits alongside his fascinating...
16th February 2011
Watercolour is a fresh assessment of the history of watercolour painting in Britain from its emergence in the Middle Ages through to the present day. This exhibition features around 200 works, including pieces by historic artists such as William Blake, Thomas Girtin and JMW Turner...
9th February 2011
Once Upon A Wartime: Classic War Stories For Children delves into the pages of well loved books, bringing stories of war to life. This family friendly exhibition takes a look at five of the best loved books written for children about conflict - War Horse by Michael Morpurgo, ...
2nd February 2011
John Stezaker is the first major exhibition of works by the contemporary British collagist of popular culture, mass media and mechanical reproduction. John Stezaker is fascinated by the lure of images, and taking classic movie stills, vintage postcards and book illustrations, ...
26th January 2011
Food Glorious Food is a family friendly exhibition that tells the stories that lie behind what we choose to eat. With childhood foodie memories from field to fork, the exhibition examines food's place in British culture: how it is grown, how it is prepared and how it is eaten...
19th January 2011
This Is Tomorrow is part reconstruction, part celebration, of the iconic show that launched Pop Art in Britain in 1956, and also part examination of the process by which it came about. Famously advertised with Richard Hamilton's poster 'Just what is it that makes today's homes...
12th January 2011
Waterline is a photographic exhibition revealing the joys and trials of the heyday of cruising, from the 1920s to the 1970s. Cruising grew in popularity after the First World War, with passengers wanting to travel by sea for pleasure, rather than simply to get from one place ...
5th January 2011
London Under Siege: Churchill And The Anarchists, 1911 marks the 100th anniversary of the Houndsditch Murders and the siege of Sidney Street. The exhibition sets the murders and the siege in their historical and social context, explores immigration at the time, and the then Home...