News Archive

19th December 2012
The Charles Dickens Museum, located in Dickens's only surviving London home, has re-opened following £3.1m restoration and refurbishment project. As part of this programme, the offices were transferred to the neighbouring building, where a visitor centre, learning centre and ...
12th December 2012
The Furniture Gallery is the first ever gallery dedicated to providing a permanent home for the internationally renowned furniture collection of over 14,000 pieces. Designed by NORD Architecture, the gallery displays more than 200 outstanding pieces of British and European furniture...
5th December 2012
Women In Focus: Photographs By Dorothy Bohm is a rare opportunity to see work by the trailblazing mid 20th century British photographer. The exhibition features a selection of Dorothy Bohm's photographs dating from the 1990s to the present, which juxtapose the images of women...
28th November 2012
Ansel Adams: Photography From The Mountains To The Sea features the work of one of the most popular and influential photographers in American history. Ansel Adams was a photographic pioneer, who brought the American wilderness into the homes of millions with his spectacular images...
21st November 2012
Mughal India: Art, Culture And Empire explores one of the most powerful and splendid of all the world's great dynasties. The 'Great Mogul' seated on a jewel-encrusted throne is one of the most enduring images of India. The Mughal dynasty produced a great number of rulers of outstanding...
14th November 2012
Death: A Self Portrait - The Richard Harris Collection is a selection of works from a unique collection devoted to the iconography of death and our complex and contradictory attitudes towards it. Assembled by Richard Harris, a former antique print dealer based in Chicago, the collection...
7th November 2012
Shoot! Existential Photography traces the history of a curious side-show that appeared at fairgrounds in the period following World War I: the photographic shooting gallery. If the customer hit the bullseye, he or she triggered a camera, winning a snapshot of themselves in the...
31st October 2012
Seduced By Art: Photography Past And Present explores the relationship between historical painting, early photography of the mid 19th century, and work being done by photographers today. The exhibition looks at how photographers use fine art traditions, including Old Master painting...
24th October 2012
Hollywood Costume brings together some of the most iconic costumes from over a century of filmmaking, charting a journey from early Charlie Chaplin silent pictures to the motion capture costume design for 'Avatar'. The exhibition comprises over 130 costumes, with classics from...
17th October 2012
Doctors, Dissection And Resurrection Men explores the extreme lengths to which 19th century medical pioneers were prepared to go to increase anatomical understanding. Victorian surgeons faced a torturous dilemma: learn their skills on stolen corpses or practice on a living patient...
10th October 2012
Curious Anatomys: An Extraordinary Story Of Dissection And Discovery charts the history of public dissections across Europe, through human remains, graphic models and detailed illustrations. The exhibition revisits centuries of academia held within a set of 6 anatomy tables, ...
3rd October 2012
Marilyn Monroe: A British Love Affair celebrates the transformation of the world's most popular pin-up to acclaimed actress, highlighting the British photographers and personalities who admired her and worked with her. Photographs and magazine covers featuring Marilyn Monroe ...
26th September 2012
Bronze celebrates the historical, geographical and stylistic range of art's most enduring medium. The exhibition brings together outstanding works from the earliest times to the present in a thematic arrangement, with works spanning over 5,000 years, including Ancient Greek, ...
19th September 2012
Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde explores the revolutionary ideas about art and society of Britain's first modern art movement. Combining rebellion and revivalism, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood shook the art world of mid 19th...
12th September 2012
London Open House is the annual scheme that allows public access to architecturally interesting but usually private buildings across the capital. Over 750 buildings of all kinds, both historic and new, include the Almeida, Hackney Empire and Richmond theatres; Cadogan, Royal ...
5th September 2012
Mind The Map: Inspiring Art, Design And Cartography explores the themes of journeys, identity and publicity. The Underground, London Transport and Transport for London, have produced outstanding maps and posters for over 100 years. These have not only shaped the city, but have...
29th August 2012
Animal Crackers: A Cartoon And Comic Bestiary examines how animals have inspired cartoon and comic artists, from the British Lion to Bunny Suicides, and Korky the Cat to Simon's Cat. With over 140 cartoons, caricatures, comics and graphic novels by over 60 artists, this cartoon...
22nd August 2012
Happy Birthday, Mr Punch celebrates the 350th anniversary of the first recorded sighting in Britain of a Punch And Judy show, in Covent Garden, as mentioned by Samuel Pepys in his diary. It is an exhibition of two parts. Punch Professors In England is a collection of photographs...
15th August 2012
Superhuman explores the extraordinary ways people have sought to improve, adapt and enhance their body's performance. The exhibition brings together over 100 artworks, artefacts, videos, photographs, comics and medical objects, which record our seemingly limitless desire to be...
8th August 2012
William Morris Gallery has reopened following a £10m restoration of the house and gardens. The gallery is located in the house where William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts movement, supporter of the Pre-Raphaelites, socialist pioneer, designer, craftsman and visionary...
1st August 2012
Another London: International Photographers Capture City Life 1930 - 1980 explores the capital city through the eyes of some of the greatest names in international photography. In the years between 1930 and 1980, some of the best known photographers from around the world came...
25th July 2012
From Paris: A Taste For Impressionism showcases treasures from the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Massachusetts's holdings of French 19th century art. The exhibition comprises 70 major works, many of which have never been on public display in Britain before. These include...
18th July 2012
Shakespeare: Staging The World explores the world and works of the world's greatest playwright. The exhibition provides a new insight into the emerging role of London as a world city 400 years ago, interpreted through the perspective of Shakespeare's plays. One of the key innovations...
11th July 2012
Designing 007: Fifty Years Of Bond Style showcases the inside story of the design and style of the world's most influential and iconic movie brand. It is a multi-sensory experience, immersing visitors in the creation and development of Bond style over its 50 year history. The...
4th July 2012
Ballgowns: British Glamour Since 1950 featuring beautiful ballgowns, red carpet evening gowns and catwalk showstoppers is the first exhibition in the newly renovated Fashion Galleries. There is a strong British design tradition of creating sumptuous ballgowns, which has been ...
27th June 2012
Codebreaker - Alan Turing's Life And Legacy celebrates the life and work of the pioneering British computer scientist. The exhibition examines the achievements of Alan Turing, whose influence on computer science is still felt today, and whose wartime codebreaking helped to take...
20th June 2012
Invisible: Art About The Unseen 1957 - 2012 is the first British exhibition of artworks that explore ideas related to the invisible, the hidden and the unknown. From an invisible labyrinth and canvases primed with invisible ink, animals' mental energy and snow water, to an empty...
13th June 2012
Heatherwick Studio: Designing The Extraordinary is the first major exhibition exploring the work of one of the most inventive and experimental design studios practising in Britain today. It showcases the wide variety of projects conceived by British designer Thomas Heatherwick...
6th June 2012
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...
30th May 2012
Writing Britain: Wastelands To Wonderlands examines how the landscapes of Britain permeate great literary works. The exhibition allows visitors to read between the lines of great works of English literature, discovering the secrets and stories surrounding the works' creation, ...
23rd May 2012
The Queen: Art And Image brings together of some of the most remarkable and resonant images in a wide range of different media across a 60 year reign. Formal painted portraits, official photographs, media pictures and powerful responses by contemporary artists are on show in ...
16th May 2012
Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames brings to life the history of the Thames as Britain's royal river and London's 'grandest street'. The exhibition evokes the sights, sounds and even the smells of half a millennium of royal river pageantry and popular celebration, and...
9th May 2012
Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist features the little known anatomical studies of the human body by 'the' Renaissance man, which were never published in his lifetime. The exhibition comprises 87 anatomical drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, the largest collection to ever go on show, including...
2nd May 2012
Bauhaus: Art As Life explores the world's most famous modern art and design school, and delves into the subjects at its heart: art, design, people, society and culture. From its avant-garde arts and crafts beginnings the Bauhaus shifted towards a more radical model of learning...
25th April 2012
Kensington Palace has reopened following a 2 year £12m refurbishment of both the palace and grounds. Originally built as a country house for a minor aristocrat, but much altered and extended, for 325 years it has been - and still is - a home for many generations of members of...
18th April 2012
Animal Inside Out reveals the intricate insides of a wide variety of creatures from a frog to an elephant, and shows their comparative anatomy and biology. Having astonished (not to say repulsed) the world with his Body World exhibition, Dr Gunther von Hagens - popularly known as...
11th April 2012
The Wild, The Beautiful And The Damned explores the meaning of beauty, and the lives and loves of the courtesans and libertines who lived and died in the Stuart Court, during the reigns of Charles II, James II, William III & Mary II and Anne. The exhibition explores the story...
4th April 2012
Brains: The Mind As Matter explores what humans have done to brains in the name of medical intervention, scientific enquiry, cultural meaning and technological change. Featuring more than 150 objects, including real brains, artworks, manuscripts, artefacts, videos and photography...
28th March 2012
British Design 1948 - 2012: Innovation In The Modern Age showcases the best of British design and creative talent from the 1948 'Austerity Olympics' to 'London 2012'. It is the first comprehensive exhibition to examine the ways in which artists and designers who were born, trained...
21st March 2012
Turner Inspired: In The Light Of Claude examines the influence of the 17th century artist on the work of the 19th century artist. JMW Turner's daring free painting technique and radical approach created a revolution in painting at the beginning of the 1800s. The inspiration for...
14th March 2012
Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan is a retrospective of the work of one of the most influential Italian artists of the 20th century. The exhibition highlights Alighiero Boetti's exploration of numeric, linguistic and classificatory systems, as well as his engagement with people and...
7th March 2012
Yayoi Kusama features pioneering work by the contemporary Japanese artist spanning 6 decades. From Yayoi Kusama's earliest explorations of painting in provincial Japan, to new unseen works, this exhibition reveals a history of successive developments and daring advances, demonstrating...
29th February 2012
Mondrian || Nicholson: In Parallel tells the story of the creative relationship between two 20th century artists. The exhibition unites a group of major paintings and reliefs by Piet Mondrian and Ben Nicholson to explore the parallel artistic paths charted by them during the ...
22nd February 2012
Picasso And Modern British Art is the first exhibition to examine the Spanish artist's evolving critical reputation in Britain, and British artists' responses to his work. The exhibition explores Pablo Picasso's rise in Britain as a figure of both controversy and celebrity, tracing...
15th February 2012
Lucian Freud: Portraits is the first exhibition to focus on the portraiture work of one of the most important and influential British artists of his generation. Paintings of people were central to the work of Lucian Freud, and this exhibition features 130 paintings and works ...
8th February 2012
David Shrigley: Brain Activity is the first major exhibition of work by the British artist known for his humorous drawings that make witty and wry observations on everyday life. David Shrigley employs a deliberately crude graphic style, which gives his work an immediate and accessible...
1st February 2012
Hajj: Journey To The Heart Of Islam examines the pilgrimage to Mecca, which is central to the Muslim faith. The exhibition considers the significance of the Hajj as one of the Five Pillars of Islam, exploring its importance for Muslims and looking at how this spiritual journey...
25th January 2012
David Hockney RA: A Bigger Picture demonstrates the Yorkshire artist's long exploration and fascination with the depiction of landscape. David Hockney's vivid paintings inspired by the Yorkshire landscape, many large in scale and created specifically for this exhibition, are ...
18th January 2012
Scott's Last Expedition goes beyond the familiar tales of the 3 year journey to the South Pole, and the death of the polar party, to explore the Terra Nova expedition from different angles. The focus of the exhibition is on the everyday stories and activities of the people who...
11th January 2012
War Horse: Fact And Fiction explores the stage and film adaptations of Michael Morpurgo's novel, which tells the story of a horse sent to the front in the First World War and his young owner's quest to find him, alongside real life stories of war horses and the soldiers who depended...
4th January 2012
Treasures Of The Royal Society features some of the most remarkable treasures from 350 years of book collecting. Among the rare and priceless publications are: John Graunt's 'Natural and Political Observations...upon the Bills of Mortality', a pioneering work on medical statistics...