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Diana: Her Fashion Story

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      Celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales

A major new dress exhibition at Kensington Palace.  Trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Don’t miss an extraordinary collection of garments, including the iconic velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta.

Venue: Kensington Palace
until 31 Dec 2019

Poster Girls A century of art and design

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Poster Girls – a century of art and design will feature some of the leading female artists who have worked for London Transport and Transport for London including well-known designers, such as Mabel Lucie Attwell, Laura Knight, Enid Marx and Zandra Rhodes, alongside lesser known individuals who nonetheless changed the way Londoners viewed their city. The works on display show a dazzling spectrum of artistic styles and mediums; modernist, figurative, flat colour, boldly patterned, abstract, collage and oil.

Venue: London Transport Museum
until 27 Aug 2018

ALL TOO HUMAN BACON, FREUD AND A CENTURY OF PAINTING LIFE

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Ennui c.1914 Walter Richard Sickert 

All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways. It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.The exhibition also shows how this spirit in painting was fostered by the previous generation, from Walter Sickert to David Bomberg, and how contemporary artists continue to express the tangible reality of life through paint.

Venue: Tate Britain
until 9 Sep 2018

PICASSO 1932 – LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY

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1932 was an intensely creative period in the life of the 20th century’s most influential artist.  This is the first ever solo Pablo Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern. It will bring you face-to-face with more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, mixed with family photographs and rare glimpses into his personal life.

Venue: Tate Modern
until 29 Jul 2018

MONET & ARCHITECTURE

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The first  purely Monet exhibition to be staged in the UK for almost twenty years.  Spanning the artist’s long career from its beginnings in the mid-1860s to the public display of his Venice paintings in 1912, this exhibition offers a completely new angle on one of the greatest painters of all time.

Venue: National Gallery
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FASHIONED from NATURE

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 This is the first UK exhibition to explore the complex relationship between fashion and nature from 1600 to the present day.This exhibition will present fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens, innovative new fabrics and dyeing processes, inviting visitors to think about the materials of fashion and the sources of their clothes.

Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum
until 29 Jul 2018

Rodin and the art of ancient Greece

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Discover how ancient Greek sculpture inspired Rodin to set a radical new direction for modern art. In 1881 the French sculptor Auguste Rodin visited London for the first time. On a trip to the British Museum, he saw the Parthenon sculptures and was instantly captivated by the beauty of these ancient Greek masterpieces.  Like many archaeological ruins, the Parthenon sculptures had been broken and weathered over centuries, but Rodin took inspiration from the powerful expression that they conveyed through the body alone.

Venue: British Museum
until 9 Sep 2018

Edward Bawden

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Featuring 170 works, half of them from private collections, this exhibition will explore every aspect of Bawden’s 60-year career, revealing his humour, skill and versatility. He refused to see a distinction between fine art and commercial design.

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery
until 23 Sep 2018

AFTERMATH ART IN THE WAKE OF WORLD WAR ONE

The Deluge 1920 Winifred Knights 1899-1947 Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1989 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T05532

The Deluge 1920 Winifred Knights 1899-1947 Purchased with assistance from the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1989 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/T05532

Marking the 100 years since the end of World War One, Aftermath: Art in the Wake of World War One looks at how artists responded to the physical and psychological scars left on Europe.  Art was used in many ways in the tumultuous period after the end of the war, from documenting its destructive impact, to the building of public memorials and as a social critique.

Venue: Tate Britain
until 14 Oct 2018

SPLENDOURS OF THE SUBCONTINENT

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Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts
Explore illuminated Mughal manuscripts, natural history paintings, vivid depictions of the Hindu pantheon of gods and modern masterpieces.

A Prince’s Tour of India 1875-6
Discover more about the jewellery, gold and ceremonial arms presented to the future King Edward VII during his historic tour of the subcontinent in 1875–

Venue: THE QUEEN'S GALLERY BUCKINGHAM PALACE
until 7 Oct 2018

THOMAS COLE’S JOURNEY

cole-event-banner-newDiscover one of America’s leading painters of the mid-19th century. With his work seldom seen outside the USA, this exhibition establishes British-born Thomas Cole (1801–1848) as a major global figure in 19th-century landscape art. Displaying Cole’s paintings alongside those of his contemporaries,  including Turner and Constable, the exhibition brings to light the dialogue between American and European artists of the mid-19th century.

The exhibition includes Cole’s monumental cycle of paintings ‘The Course of Empire’ (1833–36, New York Historical Society), and provides a vivid new context for Cole’s ‘The Oxbow’ (1836, The Metropolitan Museum of Art); a founding masterpiece of American landscape painting, never previously shown in the U

Venue: National Gallery
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Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

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The exhibition explores how Frida Kahlo fashioned her identity, offering an unparalleled insight into one of the most significant artists of the 20th century. It will be the first exhibition outside of Mexico to display these clothes and intimate possessions, reuniting them with key self-portraits and photographs to offer a fresh perspective on her compelling life story.

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
until 2 Sep 2018

Dorothea Lange / Vanessa Winship A photography double-bill

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The first UK retrospective of American documentary photographer Dorothea Lange (1895-1965) and first major UK solo exhibition in a public gallery of British contemporary photographer Vanessa Winship.

Venue: Barbican Art Galllery

Starting in June 2018

28 Jun -21 Oct

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

1600_LaChapelleMJThis landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Michael Jackson is one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the 20th century and his legacy continues into the 21st century. His significance is widely acknowledged when it comes to music, music videos, dance, choreography and fashion, but his considerable influence on contemporary art is an untold story.

Venue: National Portrait Gallery
28 Jun -4 Jul

MASTERPIECE LONDON ART FAIR 28 JUNE – 04 JULY 2018 THE UNMISSABLE ART FAIR

Chelsea becomes the meeting point of creatives and collectors during Masterpiece London. What sets it apart is the juxtaposition of art and design from all periods and origins.TONY CHAMBERS, ES MAGAZINE
Masterpiece London (28 June – 04 July 2018) is the unmissable art fair at which visitors can view and buy the finest works of art, design, furniture and jewellery – from antiquity to the present day. The Fair offers an unparalleled opportunity for new and established collectors to discover exceptional works for sale across a range of price points from 160 international exhibitors and across every major market discipline.

Venue: South Grounds, The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London, SW3 4LW