Fall is the time to trawl; enjoy a new season of art exhibitions from the top galleries and museums the capital has to offer.
Between now and Christmas, London public galleries exhibit rich collections from a vast array of cultural and artistic backgrounds. Supplementing the fall gallery openings, the London Design Festival and the Art Licks Weekend brighten up the colder weather with stellar art events, making it a good time to be an appreciator of art in London.
London Art Exhibitions
Spanning more than 200 years of culture and history, the Heritage of Australia exhibition is UK’s first major display of Australian art in over 50 years. The Royal Academy has coordinated with the National Gallery of Australia to bring this fascinating and culturally relevant exhibition to London, showing from September 21st to December 8th.
Focusing on the artist’s impressions of Paris in the mid 1800s, The Royal Academy is proud to present the works of Daumier, the great French artists. Featuring paintings, drawings and sculpture, this exhibit will run from October 26th 2013 to January 26th, 2014.
In addition to exciting exhibition openings, on September 25th the Royal Academy opened the doors to the new Keeper’s House, a sanctuary for artists and art lovers featuring a restaurant, bar, and a walled garden for a unique and stylish haven.
Relaunching as the Serpentine Galleries with the opening of the newly opened gallery space, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the Serpentine offers a variety of unique exhibits this season. The newly opened space is to be inaugurated with a gigantic installation exhibit, designed specifically for the new remodeled The Royal Parks’ Magazine Building site by Argentinian sculptor Adrian Villar Rojas
In their main gallery, the Serpentine will be displaying the works of Marisa Merz, an Italian artist with a 50 year career and the distinction of being the only female artist in the arte povera movement . Enjoy her paintings, installations and sculptures from September 28th to November 10th.
Victoria and Albert Museum
After the record-breaking showing of David Bowie Is, the V&A brings you a unique showcase spanning millennia. The Pearls exhibition is a breathtaking examination of the history of pearls in art and culture, spanning from ancient Roman jewelry to the pearls Marilyn Monroe wore about her neck. Enjoy this exhibit from September 21st 2013 to January 19th 2014.
In addition to their stunning Pearls exhibit, the V&A continues to cement their reputation as the world’s greatest museum of art and design with the striking Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700 – 1900 exhibit, showcasing rarely seen pieces that highlight the best painting talents of China from the 8th to the 19th century, from tiny detailed pieces to massive scrolls covering multiple walls. Opening October 26th 2013, this exhibit will show until January 19th 2014.
Offering a more modern look at Chinese artwork, the Institute of Contemporary Art plays host to Zhang Enli, who will take over the walls and floors of the ICA theatre from October 16th to December 22nd to deliver the mammoth Space Painting, for an immersive experience unique to the interior.
Barbican’s Curve Gallery
Following up the Barbican’s Curve Gallery’s immensely popular Rain Room exhibit earlier this year, innovative Turkish painter Ayse Irkmen brings the intriguing Intervals exhibit to the Curve, from September 24th 2013 to January 5th 2014. Combining scenic backdrops with a clever automated fly system, Intervals delivers a unique, theatrical perspective on scenic painting.
Main Barbican Gallery
Celebrate the pop are era with the most comprehensive exhibit ever dedicated to the masters of the Pop age. From October 22 2013 to February 9th 2014, peruse genre defining works from the well known greats and the lesser known artists alike, with displays from Peter Blake, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichenstein, Judy Chicago, Richard Hamilton, Joe Tilson, and many others who shaped the design world with the Pop Art style.
With the vast amount of world class galleries in the capital city, there is hardly time to enjoy them all. Call or visit the websites of these London galleries and many others to get information on special events, tours and private parties for an artistic and refined fall season.
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