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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
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Imperial War Museum

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IWM (Imperial War Museums) is a leading authority on conflict and its impact, focusing on Britain, its former Empire and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present. A family of five museums, IWM illustrates and records all aspects of modern war and of the individual’s experience of it, whether allied or enemy, service or civilian, military or political, social or cultural.

 

Venue: Imperial War Museum
until 3 May 2020

‘TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

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Explore the life of King Tutankhamun, and the storied discovery that captivated the world, through more than 150 authentic pieces from the tomb – three times the quantity that has travelled in previous exhibitions – more than 60 of which are travelling outside of Egypt for the first time.
The third of 10 cities to host TUTANKHAMUN: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh the London showing follows record-breaking stops in Los Angeles and Paris. In Los Angeles the exhibition was among the most successful in the history of the California Science Centre, while in Paris it became France’s most attended exhibition of all time with over 1.4 million visitors.

Venue: Saatchi Gallery
until 3 May 2020

George IV: Art & Spectacle

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George IV is arguably the most magnificent British monarch ever recorded and he formed an unrivalled collection of art, much of which remains in the Royal Collection. Bringing together Dutch and Flemish masterpieces, portraits by Sir Thomas Lawrence and Sir Joshua Reynolds, delicate French porcelain, intricate goldsmiths’ work and elegant books and drawings, this exhibition will present George’s life through the art that enriched his world.

Venue: Queens Gallery
until 15 Mar 2020

DORA MAAR

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the first UK retrospective of the work of Dora Maar (1907–97) whose provocative photographs and photomontages became celebrated icons of surrealism. Featuring over 200 works from a career spanning more than six decades, this exhibition shows how Maar’s eye for the unusual also translated to her commercial commissions, social documentary photographs, and paintings – key aspects of her practice which have, until now, remained little known.  Her eye for the unusual also translated to her commercial photography, including fashion and advertising, as well as to her social documentary projects. In Europe’s increasingly fraught political climate, Maar signed her name to numerous left-wing manifestos – a radical gesture for a woman at that time.

Venue: TATE MODERN
until 8 Mar 2020

Troy myth and reality

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The legend of Troy has endured for more than 3,000 years. The story of a great city, plunged into a 10-year war over the abduction of the most beautiful woman in the world. This allure has sent adventurers and archaeologists in quest of the lost city, which is now widely believed to have existed.  But what of the heroes and the heartbroken, the women and the wanderers, who are said to have a played a part in the Trojan War? Why have they inspired so many retellings, from Homer to Shakespeare and Hollywood? Get closer to these captivating characters as you explore the breath-taking art that brings them to life

Venue: British Museum
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Cars: Accelerating The Modern World

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Cars: Accelerating the Modern World’ explores how the car as a driving force has accelerated the pace of change over the past century. The exhibition brings together 15 diverse cars to tell extraordinary stories about design and the car’s impact on the broader world. These cars include the first production car in existence; an autonomous flying car; a converted low-rider; and a 1950s concept car. Many of these cars have never been on show in the UK before, and their display will be uniquely juxtaposed with a diverse collection of products, fashion, graphics, photography and film, to draw connections to wider spheres of design and public life. We stand at a new turning point in mobility design -hope to understand our past blunders and achievements in order to better imagine how we want to move in the future.

Venue: Victoria and ALbert Museum
until 11 Apr 2020

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life

For Tullio Crali (1910-2000) Futurism was not simply a style of painting, but an attitude to life itself. This exhilarating exhibition explores every phase of Crali’s remarkably coherent career, featuring a large number of rarely seen works from the 1920s to the 1980.

Venue: Estorick Collection
until 13 Apr 2020

Picasso and Paper

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Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career.  For Picasso, paper was both a tool to explore his ideas and a material with limitless possibilities. He experimented with everything from newsprint and napkins to decorative wallpaper. He spent decades investigating printmaking techniques, sourcing rare and antique paper from as far as Japan – and all without losing his compulsion to draw on every last scrap.

Venue: Royal Academy of Arts
until 14 Jun 2020

Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild

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Out of the Blue celebrates the work of influential design company Designers Guild. Founded by Tricia Guild OBE, Designers Guild started life in 1970 as a small section of a single shop in Chelsea’s Kings Road. The brand has since evolved and grown into a global enterprise, whose products have changed the way we view colour, pattern and texture in our homes.  Out of the Blue unravels Tricia Guild’s unique and creative approach, focussing in on her inspiration, her intuitive design methodology and the techniques, processes and materials used.

Venue: Fashion and Textile Museum
until 31 May 2020

Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age

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Share a knowing look with mischievous eavesdroppers and peer behind the doors of 17th-century Dutch households……..From illicit goings-on in servants’ quarters to portraits of high society, Nicolaes Maes captured life upstairs and downstairs in the Dutch Golden Age.  Starting his career as one of Rembrandt’s most talented pupils, this exhibition – the first in the UK devoted to Maes – charts the artist’s rise to fame.

Venue: National Gallery
until 17 May 2020

British Surrealism

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This major exhibition marks 100 years since the birth of surrealism, championing the British artists that contributed to an iconic movement. See over 70 eclectic works from 42 artists including Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Paul Nash as well as lesser known figures such as Marion Adnams, Conroy Maddox, Reuben Mednikoff and Grace Pailthorpe.  Embark on a journey into the unexpected, with innovative design and rooms that reject order and chronology to evoke surrealism’s playful and provocative side.

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery
until 28 Jun 2020

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

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 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
until 1 Mar 2020

COLLECT The International Art Fair for Modern Craft and Design

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Collect is the only gallery-presented art fair dedicated to modern craft and design. Now in its 16th year, Collect has been instrumental in defining and growing the market for contemporary craft.  This year, Collect brings together international galleries from across the globe, each curating their own displays to sell work made in the last five years by the world’s leading contemporary artists and designers. With artists represented from over 25 nations from Sweden to Uganda to Japan, the breadth of exceptional work on show will range from ceramics, glass, metal, wood and textiles to makers working in non-traditional materials with experimental techniques.

Venue: https://www.craftscouncil.org.uk/

Starting in February 2020

29 Feb - ongoing

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

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This exhibition will present the kimono as a dynamic and constantly evolving icon of fashion, revealing the sartorial, aesthetic and social significance of the garment from the 1660s to the present day, both in Japan and the rest of the world.

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum

Starting in November 2020

23 Nov -1 Mar

Young Bomberg and the Old Masters

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Marking just over a century since David Bomberg’s (1890–1957) first solo show at the onset of war in 1914, in another first, this exhibition displays some of his earliest paintings alongside the works that inspired him.  From Botticelli to Michelangelo, the exhibition reveals how Bomberg’s rebellious, youthful works drew inspiration from the paintings he most admired in the Gallery.

Venue: National Gallery