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until 1 Sep 2019

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

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Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century’s most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain

Venue: Victoria and Albert Museum
until 11 Aug 2019

VAN GOGH AND BRITAIN

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This major exhibition brings together 45 works by Vincent van Gogh to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and how he inspired British artists.  Van Gogh and Britain presents the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for nearly a decade.

Venue: Tate Britain
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Mary Quant

“The whole point of fashion is to make fashionable clothes available to everyone.” Mary Quant.

From miniskirts and hot pants to vibrant tights and makeup, discover how Mary Quant launched a fashion revolution on the British high street, with over 200 garments and accessories, including unseen pieces from the designer’s personal archive.320

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
until 21 Jul 2019

Edvard Munch love and angs

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The emotional intensity of The Scream has reverberated through history, speaking to generations. The fact that it needs no explanation is arguably one of its strengths. Yet perhaps it is also the reason that, beyond his name, so little is known about its creator – The Screamspeaks for itself. Although it has become a universal symbol of human anxiety, it is a deeply personal response to Munch’s upbringing and experiences as a young artist. Looking at the cities of pre-war Oslo, Berlin and Paris, the exhibition shows how new ideas about personal and political independence gave rise to an important voice.

Venue: British Museum
until 27 Oct 2019

Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature

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Iconic artist Dale Chihuly will once again exhibit his luminous glass artworks in our spectacular landscape, featuring pieces never seen before in the UK.  In the most biodiverse place in the world, you will see the perfect marriage of art, science and nature as Chihuly’s dazzling  sculptures transform our Gardens and glasshouses into a contemporary outdoor gallery space.

 

Venue: Kew Gardens
until 1 Sep 2019

Lee Krasner Living Colour

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This exhibition celebrates the work and life of Lee Krasner (1908–1984), a pioneer of Abstract Expressionism. The first major presentation of her work in Europe for more than 50 years. In 1984, Lee Krasner became one of the few women artists to have been given a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. She quipped about her belated recognition: “I was a woman, Jewish, a widow, a damn good painter, thank you, and a little too independent.” One of the original pioneers of abstract expressionism, Krasner has for too long been eclipsed by her husband, Jackson Pollock. In fact, his death in 1956 marked her renaissance as an artist.

 

Venue: Barbican Art Gallery
until 8 Sep 2019

NATALIA GONCHAROVA

A leader of the Russian avant-garde, Natalia Goncharova blazed a trail with her experimental approach to art and design.  Tate Modern will present the first retrospective of Natalia Goncharova ever held in the UK. Most of the works have never been seen in this country before.  Aged just 32 she established herself as the leader of the Russian avant-garde with a major exhibition in Moscow in 1913. She then moved to France where she designed costumes and backdrops for Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes. She lived in Paris for the rest of her life, becoming a key figure in the city’s cutting-edge art scene.
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Venue: Tate Modern
until 8 Sep 2019

Cutting Edge: Modernist British Printmaking

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This summer, discover the pioneering printmakers who captured the spirit of 1930s Britain in this first major show of work from the Grosvenor School of Modern Art. Bringing together 120 prints, drawing and posters, Cutting Edge features iconic works from Claude Flight and eight of his leading students including Sybil Andrews, Cyril Power, Lill Tschudi, William Greengrass and Leonard Beaumont.

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery
until 15 Sep 2019

Cindy Sherman

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 This major new retrospective explores the development of Sherman’s work from the mid-1970s to the present day, and features around 150 works from international public and private collections as well as new work never before displayed in a public gallery.

Venue: National Portrait Gallery

Starting in October 2019

17 Oct -26 Jan

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

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This major exhibition is the first-ever to focus on the untold story of the women of Pre-Raphaelite art. 160 years after the first pictures were exhibited by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1849, Pre-Raphaelite Sisters, explores the overlooked contribution of twelve women to the Pre-Raphaelite movement, including Evelyn de Morgan, Effie Millais (nee Gray), Elizabeth Siddal and Joanna Wells (nee Boyce), an artist whose work has been largely omitted from the history of the movement.

Venue: National Portrait Gallery

Starting in February 2020

27 Feb -28 Jun

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

 The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years, David Hockney: Drawing from Life, explores Hockney as a draughtsman from the 1950s to the present by focusing on depictions of himself and a small group of sitters close to him: his muse, Celia Birtwell; his mother, Laura Hockney; and friends, the curator, Gregory Evans, and master printer, Maurice Payne.
Venue: National Portrait Gallery