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18th December 2013
Castiglione: Lost Genius is the first British exhibition of works by one of the great artists of the Baroque. Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione was perhaps the most innovative and technically brilliant Italian draftsman of his time. Although he practised as a painter, he won fame...
11th December 2013
Turner And The Sea examines a lifelong fascination with the sea by Britain's greatest 19th century painter. Dramatic, contemplative, violent, beautiful, dangerous and sublime - the sea was the perfect subject to showcase JMW Turner's singular talents, and the 120 pieces on display...
4th December 2013
Collider endeavours to convey what it is like inside the £5bn Large Hadron Collider at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research in Geneva, probably the most complicated scientific machine on the planet. It is not easy depicting something the size of the London Underground's...
27th November 2013
Pop Art Design is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the exchange of ideas between artists and designers in the Pop Art age after the Second World War. Brash, colourful and playful, Pop Art was a movement that signalled a radical change of direction in America and ...
20th November 2013
Georgians Revealed: Life, Style And The Making Of Modern Britain reveals the people of Georgian Britain as they really were, through the objects that tell the stories of their lives. The exhibition covers the period 1714 to 1830, during which British society was transformed, ...
13th November 2013
Masterpieces Of Chinese Painting 700 - 1900 is an ambitious survey of one of the world's greatest artistic traditions. The exhibition gathers together the finest examples of Chinese painting created over a 1200 year period and shows more than 70 works, including some of the earliest...
6th November 2013
Elizabeth I & Her People explores the achievements of the Elizabethan period through portraits of the queen, nobility and rising middle classes. The exhibition includes not only some of the most important and visually impressive portraits of Elizabeth I and her courtiers, but...
30th October 2013
Nelson, Navy, Nation is a new permanent gallery looking at how the Royal Navy shaped individual lives and the course of British history during the 18th century, a period when the Navy became a greater focus of public life than ever before and sea-faring heroes were national celebrities...
23rd October 2013
Beyond El Dorado: Power And Gold In Ancient Colombia looks at the complex network of societies in ancient Colombia, a hidden world of distinct and vibrant cultures spanning 1600 BC to AD 1700. In ancient Colombia gold was used to fashion some of the most visually dramatic and...
16th October 2013
The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels paints a vivid picture of one of the darkest and most visceral periods of London's history. The Cheapside Hoard is a collection of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones that was discovered in 1912, buried in a cellar on...
9th October 2013
Shunga: Sex And Pleasure In Japanese Art examines the often tender, funny, beautiful and sexually explicit works of art known as 'spring pictures' (shunga) that were produced between 1600 and 1900 by some of the masters of Japanese art. The exhibition features some 170 works ...
2nd October 2013
Pearls explores the history of pearls from the early Roman Empire to the present day. The exhibition examines how pearls have been employed over centuries as a symbol of status and wealth, and how tastes vary in different cultures. Over 200 pieces of jewellery and works of art...
25th September 2013
Australia is the most significant survey of Australian art ever mounted in Britain. Focusing on the influence of the landscape, the exhibition spans from 1800 to the present day, and features 146 artists with over 200 works, including paintings, drawings, photography, watercolours...
18th September 2013
Jonathan Yeo Portraits features works by one of the most highly regarded portrait painters active in Britain today. The exhibition includes innovative portraits - all produced from life - of some of today's leading cultural, media and political figures, many of whom sat for portraits...
11th September 2013
Victoriana: The Art Of Revival offers a major examination of Victorian revivalism in all its forms. Featuring graphic design, film, photography, ceramics, taxidermy, furniture, textiles and fine art, this multi-media show explores work inspired by the 19th century and created...
4th September 2013
Opened Up: 200 Years Of The Hunterian Museum celebrates renowned collections of human anatomy and pathology as well as natural history and works of art that have been created over the last two centuries. The exhibition reveals those who took care of the collections, where and...
28th August 2013
Green Fuse: The Work Of Dan Pearson examines the career of one of the most significant landscape and garden designers working today. The exhibition traces the roots of Dan Pearson's work as a plantsman and designer, looking at his education and influences and focusing on a number...
21st August 2013
Nash, Nevinson, Spencer, Gertler, Carrington, Bomberg: A Crisis Of Brilliance, 1908 - 1922 charts the evolution of the influential group who became some of the most well-known and distinctive British artists of the early 20th century. Students together at the Slade School of ...
14th August 2013
Sensational Butterflies charts the life cycle of some of the world's most beautiful creatures in an explorer's trail through a tropical butterfly house, and reveals how butterflies around the world have adapted to their habitats. The trail takes visitors on a journey from egg...
7th August 2013
Cover Story: Radio Times At 90 celebrates the history of the august broadcasting journal, showcases some of its iconic covers, and reflects the history of radio and television in Britain. The exhibition ranges from the BBC's first radio transmission in London to today's multi...
31st July 2013
Mass Observation: This Is Your Photo offers an examination of the role of photography in the Mass Observation Archive. Mass Observation began as a radical experiment in social science and is considered to be one of the most intriguing surveys of its kind in the 20th century. ...
24th July 2013
The Future Is Here examines the sweeping changes in manufacturing that are transforming the world. New manufacturing techniques involve the users of products as never before, revolutionising the role of the consumer. How we manufacture, fund, distribute, and buy everything from...
17th July 2013
Richard Rogers RA: Inside Out explores the ideas and ethos of the internationally renowned architect and urbanist at his 80th birthday. The exhibition examines the social, political and cultural influences on Richard Rogers, and their connection to his architecture. Previously...
10th July 2013
Mexico: A Revolution in Art 1910 - 1940 examines an intense period of artistic creativity that took place in Mexico following the turmoil of the revolution between 1910 and 1920, which led to a period of profound political change in which the arts were placed centre stage. Under...
3rd July 2013
Lowry And The Painting Of Modern Life aims to re-assess the achievements of Britain's pre-eminent painter of the industrial city. The exhibition of over 90 works demonstrates L S Lowry's connections and debts to French painting of the later 19th century, and a determination to...
26th June 2013
Vermeer And Music: The Art Of Love And Leisure explores the concept of music as one the most popular motifs in Dutch painting, and as a daily pastime of the elite in the Netherlands during the 17th century. The exhibition features some of the most beautiful and evocative paintings...
19th June 2013
Visions Of The Universe charts the development of telescopy, photography and our understanding of our place in the cosmos. The exhibition brings together over 100 images of space, revealing the role that astronomers played in pushing forward the technology of cameras and telescopes...
12th June 2013
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is with us again, as it has been every year since 1769 - the usual collection of the good, the bad and the ugly - from amateurs to RA's, proving that popular taste and critical approval find no meeting point. Around 1,250 works covering paintings...
5th June 2013
Blumenfeld Studio: New York 1941 - 1960 looks at the latter works of one of the most influential, yet one of the least least known, photographers of the 20th century. Having produced an extensive body of work throughout his 35 year career, it was in the USA that Erwin Blumenfeld...
29th May 2013
Michael Landy: Saints Alive is an exhibition of kinetic sculpture inspired by Renaissance paintings of saints. Michael Landy's imagination has been captured by images of saints, the colourful and detailed portrayal of their lives, their attributes, and stories of their single...
22nd May 2013
Cosmos & Culture examines humanity's relationship with the stars through stories drawn from the whole of astronomy's history and from around the world. The exhibition reveals how telescopes and other instruments have opened our eyes to the huge variety of the cosmos, from Thomas...
15th May 2013
Propaganda: Power And Persuasion explores how different states have used propaganda during the 20th and 21st centuries, in peace-time and in war. From safe sex to dictatorships, from the iconic to the everyday, the exhibition looks at the rationale, methods and effectiveness ...
8th May 2013
In Fine Style: The Art Of Tudor And Stuart Fashion explores the sumptuous costume of British monarchs and their court during the 16th and 17th centuries. For the Tudor and Stuart elite, luxurious clothing was an essential component of court life. Garments and accessories, and...
1st May 2013
Saloua Raouda Choucair is the world's first major retrospective exhibition of work by the Lebanese artist, and celebrates her contribution to international modernism. Comprising over 120 works, many of which have never been seen before, this exhibition brings together paintings...
24th April 2013
Gert & Uwe Tobias features the collaborative works of the identical twin Romanian-born contemporary artists. Gert and Uwe Tobias paint, sculpt, make collages, wall paintings, traditional woodcuts and draw with a typewriter. Their works are full of strange characters and creatures...
17th April 2013
Sebastiao Salgado: Genesis is the 3rd long-term photographic exploration of contemporary global issues by the Brazilian photojournalist. This epic exhibition is the culmination of 8 years work, exploring 32 countries, and features 216 of Sebastiao Salgado's black and white documentary...
10th April 2013
George Catlin: American Indian Portraits is the first exhibition in Britain of the work of the 19th century American artist, writer and showman since the 1840s. George Catlin documented Native American peoples and their cultures to serve as a record of what he believed to be ...
3rd April 2013
Secrets Of The Royal Bed Chamber allows visitors to explore the elaborate, sometimes bizarre bedchamber rituals, unusual sleeping arrangements and uxurious excesses of the Stuart and Hanoverian courts. The exhibition reveals what really took place in the royal bedchamber, where...
27th March 2013
Life And Death In Pompeii And Herculaneum looks at the Roman home and the people who lived in these ill-fated cities. Pompeii and Herculaneum, on the Bay of Naples in southern Italy, were buried by a catastrophic volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in just 24 hours in AD 79. ...
20th March 2013
Murillo & Justino de Neve: The Art Of Friendship celebrates the relationship of the canon of Seville Cathedral and the Spanish Baroque painter. Don Justino de Neve was a friend and patron of painter Bartolome Esteban Murillo, and his commissions made a significant contribution...
13th March 2013
Treasures Of The Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts And The Russian Tsars examines the development of cultural diplomacy and trade between Britain and Russia from its origins in 1555. The exhibition reveals the majesty and pageantry of the royal courts from Henry VIII to Charles II...
6th March 2013
Lichtenstein: A Retrospective claims to be the most comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to the foremost Pop artist of the 1960s. Roy Lichtenstein is one of the central figures of American Pop Art, who pioneered a new style of painting, executed by hand but inspired by industrial...
27th February 2013
Barocci: Brilliance And Grace showcases the remarkable fertility of imagination and the diversity of working methods of the artist who was a pioneer of the Baroque. The exhibition assembles the majority of Federico Barocci's greatest altarpieces and paintings, together with ...
20th February 2013
Man Ray Portraits focuses on the photographic portraiture of one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation. Man Ray's versatility and experimentation as an artist is illustrated throughout his photography although this was never his chosen principal artistic...
13th February 2013
Ice Age Art: Arrival Of The Modern Mind comprises over 100 masterpieces of Ice Age sculpture, ceramics, drawing and personal ornaments. These include the oldest known ceramic figures in the world, as well as the oldest known portrait and figurative pieces, all of which were created...
6th February 2013
Schwitters In Britain is the first major exhibition in Britain to examine the late work of one of the major artists of European Modernism. The exhibition focuses on Kurt Schwitters's British period, from his arrival in Britain as a refugee in 1940 until his death in Cumbria in...
30th January 2013
Manet: Portraying Life is the first major exhibition in Britain to showcase portraiture by the pivotal figure in the transition from Realism to Impressionism. The exhibition examines the relationship between Edouard Manet's portrait painting and his scenes of modern life. By...
23rd January 2013
Giorgio Morandi: Lines Of Poetry features some 80 etchings and watercolours by the Italian artist who was a master of poetic understatement. Although Giorgio Morandi was entirely self-taught as a printmaker, he quickly mastered the technique, and restricted only in subject matter...
16th January 2013
Valentino: Master Of Couture celebrates the life and work of the legendary Italian fashion designer. The exhibition offers a rare glimpse behind the closed doors of the world of Valentino Garavani, known simply as Valentino, who founded his eponymous fashion house in Rome in ...
9th January 2013
Modern British Childhood explores the transformation of childhood in Britain during the tumultuous 64 years between the London Olympic Games of 1948 and 2012. This spans a period that starts with rationing cards and children playing on bombsites wearing homemade hand me downs...
2nd January 2013
Constable, Gainsborough, Turner And The Making Of Landscape explores the development of the British school of landscape painting. During the 18th and 19th centuries there was a shift in style in landscape painting, represented in this exhibition in the works of Thomas Gainsborough...