Cultural Exhibitions

The UK is renowned for its varied and diverse culture, but the past is always remembered.

This year, find out all about the history of not just the UK but the world is these series of exhibitions all over the UK.

 

Troy, myth and reality

British Museum, London- www.britishmuseum.org

The legend of Troy endures for more than 3,000 years. The history of this lost city mired in war because of the kidnapping of the most beautiful woman in the world has aroused the curiosity of adventurers and archaeologists. but, what about the heroes and broken hearts, of the women and the wanderers who had their role in the Trojan War? Why have they inspired so many poems, from Homer to Shakespeare, also going through Hollywood? Its history is what this exhibition tells, where we can admire ancient sculptures, paintings, vases but also contemporary works.

When? Until 8 March 2020

Dora Maar

Tate Modern, London – www.tate.org.uk

In the 30s, the provocative photomontages of Dora Maar became admired icons of surrealism. Her unusual eye was also reflected in his commercial photography – fashion and advertising included – as well as in his documentary projects. In the context of an increasingly complicated political climate in Europe, Maar signed numerous leftist manifestos, a radical gesture for a woman of the time. Her relationship with Pablo Picasso had a profound effect on their careers. She is the one who documented the creation of Picasso’s most political work, Guernica, of 1937. He immortalized it in The Woman Who Cries (1937). Together, they made a series of portraits combining experimental photography and engraving techniques.

When? Until 15 March 2020

Tutankhamun Exhibition

Saatchi Gallery, London – www.tutankhamun-london.com

To celebrate the centenary of the discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen, the Saatchi Gallery will exhibit more than 150 works related to the well-known place, between November 2nd 2019 and May 3rd 2020. It will present, among others, 60 objects never seen outside Egypt. It will be the last chance to admire these vestiges before they return to their home museum.

When? Until 2 May 2020

ABBA: Super Troupers, The Exhibition

The O2, London – www.abbasupertroupers.com

Fans of the Swedish pop group ABBA will be able to revive their extraordinary universe thanks to this immersive exhibition, which will show the music, lyrics, creation processes and influence of the group, an iconic icon of pop music. Far from being a traditional exhibition, this interpretation of ABBA’s journey immerses its visitors in the depth of the group members’ stories.

When? Until 31 August 2020

Naum Gabo

Tate St Ives, St Ives, England – www.tate.org.uk

The Tate St Ives proposes a great exhibition of constructivist sculptures, paintings and drawings by Russian artist and architect Naum Gabo, on the occasion of the centenary of his aesthetic manifesto written with his brother in Moscow in 1920. This is the first major retrospective dedicated to this artist from the United Kingdom for over 30 years.

When? Until 3 May 2020

Picasso and Paper

Royal Academy of Arts, London – www.royalacademy.org.uk

Gathering more than 300 works of the artist, made with paper or on paper, this exhibition covers the whole of his career and represents an important chapter of modern art. For Picasso, paper was more than a drawing medium. Always imaginative, he used all kinds of resources: newspaper pages or old pieces of papers. He also created sculptures with strips of torn and burned paper, made collages, 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.

When? 25 January — 13 April 2020

British Baroque, Power and Illusion

Tate Britain, London – www.tate.org.uk

This exhibition proposes a joint vision of British art in the Baroque era, from the Restoration of Charles II in 1660 to the death of Queen Anne in 1714. British Baroque, which will show numerous unpublished works, is interested in the way in which the Art and architecture were used by the monarchy, the church and the aristocracy to affirm its power and status. In it, we will find works by the leading artists of the time, such as Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and James Thornhill.

When? Until 19 April 2020

Steve McQueen

Tate Modern, London – www.tate.org.uk

In February, Tate Modern will exhibit the work of Steve McQueen, American artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker. Steve McQueen is one of the most important artists, filmmakers and writers of his generation. In the last 25 years, McQueen had a significant influence on film and video. He is the author of influential works and four films, Hunger (2008), Shame (2010), 12 years of slavery (2013) and Widows (2018). In this exhibition, the video and cinematographic installations that he has made since 2000 will be shown.

When? 13 February– 11 May 2020

David Hockney: Drawing from Life

National Portrait Gallery, London – www.npg.org.uk

The National Portrait Gallery organizes a large exhibition dedicated to David Hockney’s drawings, from the 50s to the present day. The exhibition focuses especially on self-portraits and portraits of a small group of people around them: Celia Birtwell, her mother Laura Hockney and her friends, curator Gregory Evans as well as typographer Maurice Payne. About 150 works from public and private collections around the world will be presented, as well as the David Hockney Foundation and the artist’s private collection.

When? 27 February – 28 June 2020

Young Rembrandt

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford – www.ashmolean.org

This is the first major exhibition organized in the United Kingdom dedicated to the first years of the career of the most famous Dutch artist, Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669), which begins with his first canvases, prints and drawings made in his hometown from Leiden in the middle of the 1620s, and ends with the beginning of his fame in Amsterdam about ten years later.

When? 27 February – 7 June 2020

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Victoria & Albert Museum, London – www.vam.ac.uk

Symbol of Japan, the kimono is usually perceived as a traditional, timeless and immutable garment. Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk (Kimono: from Kyoto to the catwalk) reflects on this outdated conception by presenting the garment as a constantly evolving fashion icon, revealing its clothing, aesthetic and social significance from the 1660s to the present, in Japan and throughout the world.

When? 29 February – 21 June 2020

Andy Warhol

Tate Modern, London – www.tate.org.uk

This new exhibition devoted to Andy Warhol tells the story of a very shy person, out of nowhere, who became a super pop art star with his vision of the contradictions of American society and culture of the twentieth century, since the point of view of his personal history of a white Catholic and gay man from a family of working-class immigrants. The exhibition will bring together little-known works from the 70s that attest to his talent as a painter, but also works such as Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola or Campbell Soup cans. We can also play with their floating Silver Clouds or experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

When? 12 March – 6 September 2020

Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things

National Portrait Gallery, London – www.npg.org.uk

The exhibition will explore the extravagant world of the Bright Young Things of the 20s and 30s, through the eyes of the famous British photographer Cecil Beaton. It will revive a delirious period of British cultural life, which brought together high society and avant-garde, artists and writers, revellers and party lovers, many of them photographer’s friends, such as Anna May Wong, Oliver Messel or Stephen Tennant. The show traces the trajectory of Beaton, from his middle class school to the star he became. In addition to his portraits, the exhibition will also feature works by friends of the artist such as Rex Whistler, Henry Lamb and Augustus John.

When? 12 March – 7 June 2020

Mary Quant

V&A Dundee, Scotland – www.vam.ac.uk

This London V&A exhibition dedicated to the British creator Mary Quant in her period from 1955 to 1975 will arrive in Dundee in the spring of 2020. Mary Quant revolutionized, in her time, the style of clothing by proposing subversive and colourful models. More than 200 objects from the V&A collection have been gathered for this retrospective in which we will find numerous items, but also the personal files of the dressmaker.

When? Opening Saturday 4 April 2020

Titian: Love, desire, death

National Gallery, London – www.nationalgallery.org.uk

In 1551, Prince Felipe of Spain, future King Felipe II, commissioned Titian, the most famous painter in Europe, to make a set of paintings representing classical myths, inspired by the Metamorphosis of the Roman poet Ovid. The exhibition brings together, for the first time in five years, six works of the series.

When? 16 March – 14 June 2020

Gauguin and the Impressionists; works of art from the Ordrupgaard Collection

Royal Academy of Arts, London – www.royalacademy.org.uk

The Ordrupgaard collection in Denmark houses some of the most important impressionist works in northern Europe, gathered thanks to a wealthy Danish couple with the help of the French writer Théodore Duret. In 2020, the RAA will present 60 works from this collection, including works by artists such as Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Morisot, Degas, Corot, Courbet or Dupré et Daubigny, from the Barbizon school.

When? 29 March — 14 June 2020

Bags! Inside out

Victoria & Albert Museum, London – www.vam.ac.uk

Bags! He is interested in the style, function, design and manufacture of bags from around the world, from the 16th century to the present day, and will present more than 300 objects used by men and women, from the handbag designed to be carried in fingers to huge chests designed to carry the effects of travellers.
Throughout history, these desired and omnipresent objects have occupied a particular place in people’s public or private life. Useful or futile, sometimes they are displayed and sometimes they hide. Objects of everyday life, some have become coveted objects of great value. From the backpack to the Vuitton bag, here we can review the whole history of this accessory.

When? Opening on Saturday, 25 April 2020

Pre-Raphaelites

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery – www.bristolmuseums.org.uk

The Pre-Raphaelites exhibition proposed in Bristol launches a new look at the pre-Raphaelite movement and focuses on the representations of medieval knights and heroines. In addition to the works in the Bristol collection, the exhibition will feature works provided by galleries such as Tate. We will discover works by Edward Burne-Jones, Frank Dicksee, William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, founder of the movement.

When? 16 May — 27 September 2020

Renaissance Watercolours: from Dürer to Van Dyck

Victoria & Albert Museum, London – www.vam.ac.uk

This V&A exhibition will bring together 200 masterpieces of watercolour. Examining the evolution of gender in the Renaissance, the exhibition will explore its role in the understanding, interpretation and documentation of the natural world.
Focused on three fundamental genres (landscape, natural history and portraiture), he will present finished works, sketches, portraits and illuminations of renowned artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein, Jacques le Moyne, Nicholas Hilliard and Anthony van Dyck.

When? 16 May — 20 September 2020

Bristol and its urban art: past, present and future

M Shed, Bristol – www.bristolmuseums.org.uk

The M Shed will pay homage to the city of Bristol, the home of British urban art, with an exhibition organized by a group of artists, musicians and creatives specializing in graffiti art. The exhibition will exhibit works by Dicy, Will Barras, Paris, Xenz, China Mike, Vermin, Mr Jago and, of course, Bristol’s most famous artist, Banksy.

When? June 27th 2020 – January 10th 2021

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Victoria & Albert Museum, London – www.vam.ac.uk

Looking ahead to the summer of 2020, the V&A will bet on one of the most emblematic stories of all time: Alice in Wonderland. With a theatrical staging, it will offer an amazing immersive journey into the rabbit hole and the fantastic world of Alicia. Its history has been reinterpreted and adapted countless times since its original date of the manuscript, 157 years ago. The exhibition reviews this trajectory as well as the impact of its myth on all artistic disciplines.

When? 27 June 2020-10 January 2021

Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

Royal Academy of Arts, London – www.royalacademy.org.uk

With their bright colours and robust shapes, Paul Cézanne’s paintings on the rocky landscapes of his native France are among the most extraordinary of his career. By 1869, Paul Cézanne declared to his young friend, the poet Joachim Gasquet: “To paint a landscape well, I must first investigate the geological foundations” and he was always attracted to the regions of France with prominent rocky reliefs, like the forest of Fontainebleau. The exhibition of the RA will gather works in which the rocks constitute the central motive.

When? 12 July — 18 October 2020

Raphael

National Gallery, London – www.nationalgallery.org.uk

His life was short, his work prolific and his heritage immortal. Painter, draftsman, architect, archaeologist and poet, Raphael knew how to capture in his art the human and the divine, love and friendship, learning and power. In the course of his brief career, Raphael forged the course of Western culture, as few artists have done. In 2020 500 years have passed since his death and the National Gallery dedicates a great exhibition where we will find his famous drawings and paintings, as well as his works of architecture, poetry and design.

When? 3 October 2020 – 24 January 2021

Epic Iran

Victoria & Albert Museum, London – www.vam.ac.uk

Epic Iran recovers 5,000 years of art, design and culture gathering 300 objects of ancient, Islamic and contemporary Iran, since 3000 B.C. to the present. With sculptures, ceramics, carpets, fabrics, photographs and films, the exhibition will offer a new perspective on a country that we usually see from a different angle. Epic Iran will focus on one of the greatest historical civilizations, its journey in the 21st century and its artistic legacy, unknown to many.

When? Opening on Saturday, 17 October 2020

The EY Exhibition: Rodin

Tate Modern, London – www.tate.org.uk

Auguste Rodin, a radical artist, rebelled against sculptural traditions and invented new methods. The same proposes this exhibition, in which visitors can walk through it, as if they were in a studio, discovering more than 150 of the artist’s lesser-known works, in plaster or clay.

When? 21 October  2020 – 21 February 2021

Turner and the Modern World

Tate Britain, London – www.tate.org.uk

One of the most important British artists of all time, J.M.W. Turner lived and created during the industrial revolution. It was a time when steam replaced sail, the machine replaced labour and political and social reforms transformed society. Many artists ignored these advances, but Turner assumed the challenge they posed.
The exhibition will focus on the artist’s fascination with the new industries and technologies that prompted him to paint steamboats and locomotives. He will also focus on his foray into the Napoleonic war and other political events of the time, such as the 1832 reform law and the campaign against slavery.

When? 28 October 2020 – 7 March 2021

Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch, The Loneliness of the Soul

Royal Academy of Arts, London – www.royalacademy.org.uk

Tracey Emin is an important figure of contemporary art. Edvard Munch was the one who outlined a radical new style called expressionism. This exhibition of the Munch Museum in Oslo will reveal the fascination for years of Tracey Emin by Edvard Munch. “I have been in love with this man since I was eighteen” she had confessed.
Emin refers to Munch in the title of her 1998 film Homage to Edvard Munch and all my Dead Children, where she appears naked, in a fetal position on a wooden breakwater in the Asgardstrand fjord, where Munch painted several of her works more known.

When? 15 November 2020 — 28 February 2021

Buckingham Palace masterpieces

Queen’s Gallery, London – www.rct.uk

The exhibition will bring together the best works of the royal collection at the Queen’s Gallery during the restoration works of the Buckingham Palace art gallery. Artists such as Titian, Guercino, Guido Reni, Vermeer, Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Rubens, Jan Steen, Claude and Canaletto will be present on this occasion.

When? 4 December 2020 – 30 September 2021