Exhibition Highlights 2013 5/2/2013

Major exhibitions from our members 2013

 

Ashmolean

Xu Bing Landscape/Landscript

Opens on 28th February. 

Xu Bing is a Chinese artist (b. 1955) who uses Chinese characters to form the features of his paintings.

 

Moore and Bacon

From 12th September.

A major exhibition featuring 20 works by Francis Bacon and Henry Moore who were both frequently exhibited together from the end of WWII until the 1960s.   

This year will also see the display of a £10m bequest of 16th and 17th century gold and silver ornament.  One of the most remarkable gifts to the Ashmolean in its history, the first pieces go on display in February 2013.

 

Beamish

The Great North Festival of Transport, a series of festivals

4th – 21st April

From trams to steam trains, motor cycles to cars and much more besides.  Beamish transport and visiting vehicles on show and in action around the Museum.  Includes the Beamish tramway 40th anniversary, the Great North Steam Fair and a celebration of coal mining heritage in the North East.

 

Birmingham Museums

Arrow in the Blue: The Koestler Exhibition for the West Midlands

Community Gallery, Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, 18th January – 24th March 2013

Arrow in the Blue is an exhibition of artwork and writing from prisons, secure hospitals, secure children’s homes and by people on probation in the West Midlands. This collection of painting, drawing, sculpture and creative writing has been selected from entries to the 2012 Koestler Awards – a charitable scheme which has been rewarding artistic achievement in the penal and secure sectors for over 50 years. The exhibition has been curated by young people from the Intensive Supervision and Surveillance division of Birmingham Youth Offending Service, with training and guidance from professional curators.

 

Metropolis: Art Fund International

23rd March – 23rd June, Birmingham Museum & Art

Metropolis: Art Fund International will be the largest public exhibition of this nationally significant collection which includes work by major artists from India, China, Europe and the USA. The collection includes spectacular works by the world famous Chinese artist, Miao Xiaochun, the painter Zhang Enli and a major work by Grazia Toderi. The German printmaker and video artist Christiane Baumgartner has been commissioned to create a work specifically about the urban landscape of Birmingham.

 

Brighton Museums

 Chilled to the Bone: Ice Age Sussex

Brighton Museum & Art Gallery 16th March 2013 - 18th January 2014

A new display in the Spotlight Gallery at Brighton Museum explores ice age Sussex and discovers how past ice ages have shaped life.

It explores the transformations of the Sussex landscape, including icebergs off the coast of Brighton, indigenous lions and seas metres higher than their current leve.

The exhibition shows beautiful tools, carvings and animal bones discovered in Sussex.  It also explains how these discoveries sparked the Victorian ‘great bone rush’  and the discovery of Boxgrove Man, the oldest known human ancestor in Britain.

 

Bristol Museums

No Borders - Contemporary art in a globalised world

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, 15th December 2012 – 2nd June 2013

No Borders is a major exhibition of international contemporary art featuring artists from the Middle East, Asia and Africa

The exhibition reflects upon the globalised conditions of the world today and the histories and contexts that inform current art practices.

No Borders presents the monumental Ton of Tea by globally-renowned Ai Weiwei which will be on display in the UK for the very first time. Other works include photographic portraits of sugar-cane cutters by Zwelethu Mthethwa and a video meditation on the Partition of India by Amar Kanwar. 

Artists explore globalisation, histories, migration, the city and conflict. The work is powerful, poetic and challenging, locating Bristol as a point of connection in a dynamic and rapidly changing web of global relations, mobility and exchange.

Part of the Global to Local series of exhibitions, 2012-14. Global to Local presents the new collection of international contemporary art developed by Bristol Museum and Art Gallery in partnership with Arnolfini presented by the Art Fund.

 

Pharaoh: King of Egypt

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, 16th March 2013 – 21st July 2013

This exhibition features highlights from the British Museum’s superb collection of ancient Egyptian objects. The exhibition is the largest UK loan of Egyptian artefacts ever undertaken by the British Museum showcasing wonderful examples of sculpture, jewellery, palace ornamentation, papyri and funerary objects

 

Real and Imagined Lives - What is Fact?  What is Fiction?

M Shed, Temporary Exhibition Gallery 02 Floor, 20th October – 6th January 2013

On loan from the National Portrait Gallery, London this exhibition looks at identity through fame and anonymity, reality and fiction and how people will be remembered.

The mysterious 16th and 17th century portraits in Imagined Lives have inspired internationally renowned authors to create fantasy character sketches and fictional biographies.   Bringing to life the sitters whose identities have been lost or misattributed.  Who are these people?  What do the paintings unveil about the anonymous? 

In Real Lives, local writers offer their alternative insight into the people we think we know through contemporary photographic portraits of people with a Bristol connection, including Damien Hirst, JK Rowling, Stephen Merchant, Iris Murdoch and Banksy.

 

British Library

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

From 17th May

Propaganda: Power and Persuasion is the first exhibition to explore how different states have used propaganda in the 20thand 21stcentury – whether it’s to encourage safe sex or prop up a dictatorship.

Murder in the Library: An A – Z of  Crime Fiction.

Among the free exhibitions is Murder in the Library: An A – Z of  Crime Fiction.  Featuring Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie alongside the obscure and unexpected, the exhibition will show previously undisplayed manuscripts and rare audio recordings and artworks.

 

British Museum

Ice Age Art – arrival of the modern mind

7th Feb – 26th May

Ice Age art was created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago and many of the pieces are made of mammoth ivory and reindeer antler. They show skilful, practised artists experimenting with perspectives, scale, volumes, light and movement, as well as seeking knowledge through imagination, abstraction and illusion.

These exceptional pieces will be presented alongside modern works by Henry Moore, Mondrian and Matisse, illustrating the fundamental human desire to communicate and make art as a way of understanding ourselves and our place in the world.

 

Life and death: Pompeii and Herculaneum

28th March – 29th September 2013

In Spring 2013 the British Museum will present a major exhibition on the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum,. This exhibition will be the first ever held on these important cities at the British Museum, and the first such major exhibition in London for almost 40 years. It is the result of close collaboration with the Archaeological Superintendency of Naples and Pompeii, will bring together over 250 objects, both recent discoveries and celebrated finds from earlier excavations. Many of these objects have never before been seen outside Italy. The exhibition will particularly look at the Roman home and the people who lived in these ill-fated cities.

 

Fitzwilliam


The night of longing

24th September 2013 – 12th January 2014

Love and the sex trade in Japanese prints


Fashioning Switzerland

28th May – 8th September 2013

Portraits and landscapes by Markus Dinkel and his contemporaries
An exhibition of Swiss watercolours and prints featuring a selection of portraits of women in regional dress by Markus Dinkel (1762-1832) accompanied by views of the Swiss landscape in aquatint.

 

Horniman

Vicious Fishes & Other Riches

16th February – November 2013

Visitors will be welcomed on board our interactive, family friendly Amazon Voyage exhibition, where they can explore the world’s largest and most biologically diverse river with its extraordinary animals, exotic plants and fascinating cultures.

Including hands-on experiences, aquariums and scientific research, visitors can learn about unusual creatures including pink dolphins, piranhas and anacondas, come face-to-face with stingrays and live tetras, experience the simulated zap of an electric eel and learn about the ‘vicious fishes’ of the Amazon river.  Visitors can also discover the environmental dangers facing the Amazon and its inhabitants such as overfishing, poaching and logging.

 

Ironbridge Gorge

Quaker Tapestries

22nd May – 5th June

A major free exhibition of captivating and colourful panels of embroidery from the Quaker Tapestry Centre in Kendal, Cumbria will be on display at the Coalbrookdale Gallery, adjacent to Enginuity in the Ironbridge Gorge.

A masterpiece of storytelling and a celebration of life, people and events across the centuries, the modern bright textile panels give a fascinating insight into key events of the last 350 years from a Quaker perspective. Coming to Shropshire for the first time, they have been created by some 4,000 men, women and children aged between 4 and 90 years, from 15 different countries and were embroidered over a 15 year period between 1981 and 1996.

 

Leeds museums

Northern Art Prize

Leeds Art Gallery, 28th March - 16th June

Featuring work by Rosalind Nashashibi, Margaret Harrison, Emily Speed, Joanne Tatham and Tom O’Sullivan.  For the latest news visit www.northernartprize.org.uk

 

Contested Ground

Leeds Art Gallery,  until 31st March

Following the Leeds Art Fund Centenary in 2012, this exhibition draws on the Gallery’s rich collections, exploring the revision of the landscape tradition in British art throughout the last century and the meaning of that tradition for artist’s today.

 

Duty Calls: Lotherton Hall in Time of War

 Lotherton Hall, 22nd March - 31st January 2014

A military look in fashion side by side with the story of the Gascoigne family in wartime.

 

Natural Beauty: Natural history through the lens

Leeds Art Gallery, 1st February - 30thJune

Photographer Sara Porter focuses on our natural history collection examining taxidermy, insects, eggs and skulls. All of the photographed objects are from Leeds Museums and Galleries’ largest collection with over 800,000 objects. 

 

Northern Life and Landscapes: Julius Caesar Ibbetson 1759-1817

Temple Newsam, 12th February - November 2013

Leeds born Ibbetson was a master at capturing atmosphere and ‘insignificant’ human moments.  On display in this exhibition are not only oils but watercolours that have never been on public display before.

 

Museum of London

Michael Caine

8th March 2013 – 14th July 2013

As Sir Michael Caine celebrates his 80th birthday the Museum of London reflects on his life as a prolific actor and an iconic Londoner. The exhibition will focus on key moments in both Caine’s personal life and his career as an actor and will explore how his background as a rebellious working-class Londoner influenced his path.

The Cheapside Hoard: London’s Lost Jewels

18th October 2013 – 27th April 2014

The Cheapside Hoard is an extraordinary and priceless cache of late 16th and early 17th century jewels and gemstones that will be displayed in its entirety for the first time in over a century. The Hoard was discovered by workmen in 1912, buried in a cellar on Cheapside in the City of London. Using state-of-the-art technology the mysteries of the Hoard will be revealed and a true picture of Elizabethan and Jacobean craftsmanship, trade and consumption will come to light.

Estuary

17th May 2013 – 4th November 2013

Estuary uses visual art to explore the outer limits of the Thames, where the river becomes the sea.  In particular, it looks at London’s ambivalent relationship with the wilderness on its doorstep.  It threatens to swamp the city with tidal surges and rising sea levels but is itself threatened by the capital’s transport and energy generating proposals. The exhibition will present work by prominent London artists, including a new commission by a leading practitioner, in conjunction with historical material.  It will create a sense of place, use the river to meditate on London’s history, and touch upon the current debates surrounding the Estuary and its future.

National Museums Greenwich

Turner and the Sea

National Maritime Museum, November 2013–April 2014

This major exhibition is the first full-scale examination of Turner’s lifelong preoccupation with the sea. Including iconic works spanning the artist’s whole career – from his transformative Academy paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s to the unfinished, experimental seascapes he produced towards the end of his life – this show will re-evaluate the compelling appeal of the sea for Turner and his contemporaries.

Visions of the Universe

National Maritime Museum, June–September 2013

Visions of the Universe tells the story of astronomical imaging – from the earliest drawings done by hand to the latest pictures from Hubble and the Mars Curiosity rover. The exhibition brings together some of the best astronomical photographs ever made and showcases over a hundred captivating images of stars, planets, galaxies and many other celestial highlights.

From ethereal images of deep space to close-up views of our planetary neighbours, Visions of the Universe features photographs from NASA, the Russian space programme and some of the greatest telescopes in the world, as well as highlights from the last four years of the Royal Observatory’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year programme.

Alien Revolution

Royal Observatory Greenwich, March–August 2013 Influenced by the ideas of Copernicus, by the 17th century many people, from scientists to clergymen, believed in an infinite universe awash with intelligent alien life. So began the little-known Alien Revolution, which has been influenced by religion, literature, philosophy, art and film. Alien Revolutionexplores the development of our thinking about aliens in science and culture, from the earliest ideas to the detection of alien worlds orbiting other stars. This small exhibition is part of the Royal Observatory’s ‘Alien Season’ which will include planetarium shows, public talks, special events, workshops, cult classic sci-fi movie screenings and courses.

Nelson, Navy, Nation

National Maritime Museum - Opens October 2013

Nelson, Navy, Nation looks at how the Royal Navy shaped individual lives and the course of British history over the tumultuous 18th century – a period when the Navy became a greater focus of public life than ever before and sea-faring heroes were national celebrities. In times of crisis people turned to the fleet as their last line of defence.

This new permanent gallery provides a setting for the Museum’s unrivalled collections relating to Admiral Lord Nelson and places this legendary figure within a broader historical context – making sense of his achievements and dazzling celebrity while telling a wider story about British society.


National Museum Cardiff

Quietus: The vessel, death and the human body

6th April – 7th July

A major solo exhibition by Julian Stair,one of the world's most acclaimed ceramicists explores the containment of the human body after death. It features a collection of Stair's very beautiful funerary vessels, some of which are monumental in scale at almost 2 metres in height. Through his objects, Stair explores different rituals around death and burial across civilizations and ages and how this can be understood as a celebration of life.

Land Art: The New Art of Landscape in Britain 1967-79

13th Oct 2013 – Jan 2014

Exploring a key period of recent British cultural history, this exhibition includes some of the most important and vital British artists working in the latter part of the twentieth century: including Tony Cragg, Anthony Gormley, Gilbert & George, Derek Jarman and Richard Long, amongst others.This exhibition sets out to explore the unique characteristics of the new British landscape art in in detail, and to question why it took the particular forms it did in contrast to tendencies seen in the US and in Europe. Alongside key works, the exhibition will include lesser-known figures and will evoke the context of the time through the use of archival material.

Pop and Abstract

9th March – 1st September 2013

The new collections-based Pop and Abstract exhibition highlights the way the ‘swinging sixties’ transformed British art in the post-war period. This large exhibition explores the way pop and abstraction was interpreted by artists based in Wales and remains relevant and influential to artists working today. Pop and Abstract features work by many of the most important artists in the modern collection including Peter Blake, Alan Davie, David Hockney and Bridget Riley alongside artists with close links to Wales including Ken Elias, Mali Morris, John Selway and Ernest Zobole.   Pop and Abstract is supported by the Colwinston Charitable Trust.

 

National Galleries Scotland


Ken Currie

Scottish National Portrait Gallery 20th July – 22nd September

Contemporary painting in Scotland will be at the fore of the Gallery’s summer season with an exhibition dedicated to the work of distinguished Glasgow-based artist, Ken Currie. Renowned in the context of the Portrait Gallery for his haunting, luminous painting Three Oncologists (2002) and his searing self-portrait Unfamiliar Reflection (2006), Currie is one of the outstanding figurative painters of his generation.

 

Witches and Wicked Bodies

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 27th July – 3rd November 2013

Witches and Wicked Bodies is the first ever exhibition of its size in the UK charting visual representations of ‘Witches’ by artists dating from the 16th century through to the present. The works will be arranged thematically and include images by major artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Salvator Rosa, Henry Fuseli, William Blake, Francisco de Goya, John Martin, Ernst Barlach, Edward Burra, Paul Delvaux, Kiki Smith and Paula Rego. Including major works on load from the British Museum, the National Gallery (London), Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as works from the Galleries’ own collections, Witches and Wicked Bodies will be an investigation of extremes, exploring the highly exaggerated ways in which witches have been depicted, from hideous hags to beautiful seductresses.

 

Peter Doig: No Foreign Land

Scottish National Gallery, 3rd August – 3rd November

Over a career of nearly three decades Peter Doig has reinvigorated a medium considered by many to have fallen into irrelevance. Doig's inventive style, uncommonly sensuous palette and suggestive imagery set him apart from the arch conceptualism dominating much of contemporary art. No Foreign Lands surveys the paintings and works on paper that Doig has created during the past 10 years, with a particular emphasis on the artist's approach to serial motifs and recurring imagery. Formally spare and monumental at the same time they prove Doig to be one of the most challenging and highly regarded painters working today.

 

Through American Eyes: Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil sketch


Scottish National Gallery 11th May – 8th September

The Scottish National Gallery’s summer exhibition will celebrate the work of one of the greatest American landscape painters of the nineteenth century. Frederic Church (1826–1900) is renowned for his spectacular landscapes, which combine dramatic compositions with beautifully observed light effects. His particular fascination for stirring subjects, which celebrate the sublime view of nature, took Church to locations as distant as the Arctic Circle, Ecuador, Jordan, Jamaica and Bavaria. Working out of doors and painting directly from nature, Church created oil sketches which could later be worked into large-scale studio landscapes.

 

 

National Library of Scotland

Putting Scotland on the map: The world of John Bartholomew & Son

7th December 2012 – May 2013

This exhibition celebrates the success of the famous mapmaking firm which was responsible for the Times Atlas of the World.  Its archives are now held by NLS.  The company’s former Duncan Street premises in Edinburgh will be brought back to life with a a re-creation of a ‘factory floor’ and management office.

 

National Museums Scotland

Vikings!

18th January – 12th May 2013

Recent archaeological discoveries have shed new light on the Viking Age, challenging commonly held conceptions of this key period in European history.

The traditional view of the Vikings – stereotypes of raiders wearing horned helmets – has been replaced by a more complete and up-to-date picture.

The National Museum of Scotland is the only UK venue for this outstanding exhibition of more than 500 objects from the world-renowned collections of the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm. Rarely seen outside Scandinavia, these artefacts show the Vikings in a new and intriguing light.

 

National Museum Wales

St Fagans: Natural History Museum has received a £11.5 million HLF grant towards the transformation of the museum. Work will commence in 2013.

Bath Stone Coffin

At the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon  the Bath Stone Coffin – containing the remains of a local man who was part of the Roman Army – will go back on display from 17thJanuary, complete with modeling to allow visitors to see what he would have looked like.

 

National Portrait Gallery

George Catlin’s American Indian Portraits

7th March – 23rd June 2013NPG’s George Catlin’s American Indian Portraits is the first major exhibition of his portraits in Europe since the 1840s and is among  the most important records of indigenous peoples ever made.  There are over 60 exhibits including illustrated books and manuscripts

Man Ray

7th Feb – 27th May

Man Ray portraits – a major photographic exhibition focusing on his portraiture

 

Natural History Museum

Extinction: Not the End of the World?

8th February – 8th September

While giant deer, bizarre insects and super-sized birds, along with 99% of the other creatures that have occupied the planet are now extinct, the surviving fragment shows vast diversity.  This exhibition looks at the crucial roles extinction plays in evolution.

 

Genesis

Opens April 2013

At the turn of the century photographer Sebastião Salgado was filled with despair after taking images of many disasters, including the deaths of  thousands in a single day in a refugee camp.  In response, he began the Genesis project , to photograph some of the world’s most unspoiled territories from Siberia to the rainforests.  This major NHM exhibition shows the results in 250 black and white photographs.

 

Norwich museums

John Sell Cotma: A Picturesque Tour of Norfolk and Normandy

Norwich Castle, 30th March 2013 – March 2014

Featuring important works by master water colourist, John Sell Cotman, this exhibition will take visitors on a picturesque tour of Norfolk and Normandy. Cotman visited Normandy in the early 1800s and was inspired by the architecture and countryside to produce many fine paintings. A member of the Norwich School of artists, Cotman is internationally known for his compositional skill and subtle sense of sense of colour.

This exhibition is part of the Norman Connections project which unites the castles of Norwich, Colchester, Rochester and Hastings in England with the castles of Caen and Failaise, the Bayeux Tapestry Museum, Calvados Tourism Department and Calvados Regional Council in France, in developing a new insight into the Anglo-Norman

 

Alfred Wallis: Works from the Kettle’s Yard Collection

Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, 30th March – 8th September

 Alfred Wallis was a remarkable artist, unlike many of his peers he had no formal training and only took up painting when he was over 70 in 1925, ‘for company’ after his wife died.His work has been described as nostalgic and naive but it captures the modernisation of the fishing industry that happened along Britain’s coast line after the First World War. The changes in the maritime vessels and the declining fishing fleets appear alongside paintings about changes in the community and the environment.

 

Brian Griffiths installation, in collaboration with the Norfolk & Norwich Festival,

Norwich Castle, 11th May - 8th September

and Sculpture from the Arts Council Collection

Norwich Castle, May 2013

For 2013 Norwich Castle is working with the Festival to showcase an installation by renowned UK sculptor, Brian Griffiths. Throughout the Festival, the Castle Keep will be interrupted by a carnivalesque collection of tents, temporary dwellings, tarpaulins and kit-bags. The tents themselves, ranging in size and purpose; from humble two-person to stately marquee, recall personal lived experience, from wedding parties to scouting and low-cost adventure holidays to military manoeuvres.

Concurrently, an exhibition of sculptural works from the Arts Council Collection, selected by Brian, will be on display in the special exhibition galleries, continuing a summer of contemporary sculpture at the Castle Museum.

 

Thetford's Lost Tudor Sculptures

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life, 26th July 2013 – tbc

This is a joint exhibition with University of Leicester and English Heritage to show the results of a 3-year research project, with funding from arts and science research councils.

 

Curiosity: Art, Wonder and the Pleasures of Knowing

Norwich Castle, 28th September 2013 – 5th January 2014

Drawing on the collections of major museums in the UK and abroad, it includes examples of cabinets of curiosities from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, paintings and drawings that depict the collector’s love of oddities and wonders, and specimens from medical and natural history. Artworks range from J.M.W. Turner’s studies of birds to key works by contemporary artists such as Katie Paterson and Pablo Bronstein. The focus of the exhibition will be on the ways that recent art has engaged this earlier history of curiosity and its contemporary forms.

 

Frayed: Textiles on the Edge

Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth, 10th October – 4th March

A new and exciting exhibition of historic and contemporary textiles, exploring individual self expression through stitch. Sometimes beautiful, often inspiring but always moving, these works will be brought together in public for the first time in this thought provoking show. This includes the opportunity to see two extraordinary samplers created by Lorina Bulwer in the Great Yarmouth workhouse side by side for the first time. One is from the NMAS collections and one recently discovered in the Thackray Museum in Leeds.

 

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard

Mary Rose Museum

Opening date to be announced.

2013 sees the opening of a new ship-shaped museum , built around the hull of the Mary Rose. It will contain 19,000 artefacts raised with the wreck in 1982, many displayed in galleries that reflect the original layout of the ship. 

You can see a short film here about the new museum.  Work continues to stabilize and remove water from the wreck – it is currently behind glass in a ‘hotbox’ as up to 100 tonnes of water is removed from the timbers.  In 2016 this will finally be removed allowing visitors to see it up close.  Opening date is to be announced.

 

Royal Armouries

Heroic swords

Dec 13th– end Feb 2013

Four heroic swords based on weapons used in the epic ‘The Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy go on display at the Royal Armouries in Leeds from December 13 to celebrate the long-awaited movie premiere -  The Hobbit; An Unexpected Journey.

The exhibits were crafted in the past two years by swordsmith, Peter Lyon, and award-winning production workshop, Weta - creators of the original swords for both the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film productions.

 

RAMM

Best of the NPG’s BP Portrait awards

9thFeb  - 19th May. On tour from London.

Veolia Exhibitions Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners

2nd May – 2nd June. Inspiring wonder at the natural world and highlighting the need for wildlife conservation, this exhibition showcases the winning images from all 11 categories of the competition including underwater worlds, urban wildlife, plants and more.

 

Sir John Soane Museum

Master Drawings Uncovered

15th February – 18th May 2013

Piranesi’s Paestum drawings reunited for the first time at Sir John Soane’s Museum

An exhibition of Giovanni Battista Piranesi's last great graphic project, the highly finished Paestum drawings, will open at Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, next month, deepening understanding of the graphic artist whose work has influenced designers from Escher to the makers of the Harry Potter films

They show the remains of the former Greek colony of Poseidonia. Left abandoned, and later cut off by a malarial swamp, the ruins of the colony were rediscovered in 1746 during the construction of a new road. Its massive and well-preserved Doric temples dedicated to Poseidon, Hera and Athena sparked renewed interest among artists.

 

Sunderland Museum

The Vanity of Small Differences

Summer 2013.

Massive tapestries created by Grayson Perry and inspired by the recent Channel 4 series 'All in the Best Possible Taste with Grayson Perry', are to go on a national and international tour led by the Arts Council Collection and British Council, kick-starting at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens in summer 2013.

The artist visited Sunderland last year and based the subject matter for his first two tapestries The Adoration of the Cage Fighters and  The Agony in the Car Park on the places and characters he found there.

The exhibition tells the story of class mobility and the influence social class has on our aesthetic taste.

 

Science Museum

Zombies: Kill or Cure?

2nd– 3rd Feb Zombies: Kill or Cure? is a collection of experiences which explore the science of consciousness in the context of a zombie outbreak. How can we find out what’s going on in the minds of the zombies? What do we need to know to make the decision, kill or cure? It will feature live games and performances, a talks series and other interactive elements across a Lates evening and a weekend, targeted at an 18+ audience.

Large Hadron Collider

7th Nov – 30th April 2014. Opening in autumn 2013, an exhibition about the Large Hadron Collider will transport visitors to one of the great scientific and engineering endeavours of our time: CERN in Geneva. The Museum is collaborating will designers and theatrical experts to create an experience which immerses visitors in the great intellectual adventure on the planet.

In the Large Hadron Collider (a giant particle collider) scientists and engineers work at the extremes of temperature, vacuum and energy to recreate conditions not seen since just after the Big Bang some 13.7 billion years ago.

The exhibition will give visitors a close-up look at remarkable examples of CERN engineering, from the bottle of hydrogen gas that feeds the great machine, to its vast dipole magnets. There will be various historic objects on display from the museum's world-leading collections, including JJ Thomson's apparatus which led to the discovery of the electron, and the accelerator Cockcroft and Walton used to first split the atom.

 

Tate Galleries

Lichtenstein (1923 –97)

Tate Modern will stage the most  comprehensive exhibition ever devoted to pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923 –97). Organised by The Art Institute of Chicago and Tate, this will be the first major Lichtenstein retrospective for 20 years, bringing together 125 of the artist’s most definitive works. and the Art Institute of Chicago.



Looking at the View

Tate Britian
This exhibition will explore how artists have influenced the way we see landscape over the last 300 years. This selection presents works from different periods highlighting surprising parallels and remarkable affinities in the way artists across time have looked at the view, whether near or far, high or low, inside or out. Artists will include John Brett, John Crome, Tacita Dean, Paul Graham, Richard Long, Julian Opie and JMW Turner.


Sylvia Sleigh


Tate Liverpool presents the first international retrospective of the iconic and revolutionary painter Sylvia Sleigh (1916–2010). Born in Wales, she moved to New York in the early 1960s and lived in the midst of a cultural avant-garde, the subject of her realist paintings. In her practice, she attempted to redefine painting by questioning and reinterpreting pictorial conventions from a feminist perspective, such as depicting male nudes in traditionally feminine poses or scenes. The exhibition will be an important tribute to this under-recognised, provocative artist.



 William Scott

This Tate St Ives exhibition will mark the centenary of the British painter William Scott (1913–89).
Renowned for his distinctive still-life motifs, the show will examine the broader context of Scott’s output across five decades, exploring his shift between abstraction and figuration.


 
Saloua Raouda Choucair

17th April – 20th October 2013

Tate Modern will present the first exhibition in the UK of Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair. Born in Beirut in 1916, Choucair is a pioneer of abstract art in the Middle East and is now becoming recognised as an important figure in the history of global modernism. Her work combines an experimental approach to materials with an elegant use of symmetry, line and curve. Comprising over 100 works, this exhibition will bring together paintings, sculptures and
other objects made by the artist over five decades, reflecting her interests in science, mathematics and Islamic art.


Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life 

Tate Britain

Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life is a major exhibition of landscapes by the
much-loved British painter LS Lowry (1887–1976). This is the first such show
held by a public institution in London since his death. Bringing together around 80 works, including Tate’s Coming Out of School 1927 and The Pond 1950, alongside significant loans, the show aims to reassess Lowry’s contribution as part of a wider art history and to argue for his achievement as Britain’s
pre-eminent painter of the industrial city. Without Lowry, Britain might lack an
account in paint of the experiences of the 20th-century working class.

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Mira Schendel Paul Klee

Tate Modern

Mira Schendel (1919–1988) was one of Latin America’s most important and prolific post-war artists. With her contemporaries Lygia Clark and Hélio Oiticica, Schendel reinvented the language of European Modernism in Brazil. Tate Modern will stage the first ever international full-scale survey of her work. The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern, in collaboration with Pinacoteca do Estado de São Paulo

 
Art Under Attack: Histories of Iconoclasm in Britain

2nd October 2013 – 5th January 2014, Tate Modern

This exhibition will explore the history of attacks on art in Britain, from the Reformation of the 16th century to the present day. Demonstrating how religious, political, moral and aesthetic controversy can become arenas for assaults on art, it will look at the state-sanctioned iconoclastic zeal of religious reformers, who aimed to purge both churches and minds of the sin of idolatry; the symbolic statue-breaking that accompanies political change; and attacks on art by individuals stimulated by a moral or aesthetic outrage. Over the centuries, the urge to break has been accompanied by a desire to make or regenerate. The exhibition will reveal how for some modern and contemporary artists destruction can be utilised as a creative force.


Painting Now

12th November 2013 – 9th February 2014

This exhibition will explore recent British painting, focusing on artists who are concerned with the act of painting and the physicality of paint itself. It will look in depth at artists including Tomma Abts and Gillian Carnegie, among others, who in varying ways, reflect and exploit a tension between the represented image and its construction through paint. By virtue of its focus on the processes and approaches adopted by these artists, this exhibition will offer an opportunity for a wide-ranging critical discussion about painting today.



Art Turns Left

Tate Liverpool,1st November 2013– 16th February 2014 

This is the first exhibition to examine how left-wing values have transformed the ways in which art is produced and received. Rather than looking at how artists have attempted to effect political change, Art Turns Left instead investigates how left-wing political principles led artists across the globe to actively change the processes they used to make, display and disseminate their work. Each section of this thematic display will explore how key values of the left, such as collectivism, equality and the search for alternative economies have underpinned
significant transformations in the processes of art-making and reception.

 

V&A

David Bowie

23rd March – 28th July. With unprecedented access to the David Bowie archive the V&A have created the first international retrospective of his career including handwritten lyrics, original costumes, photography, set designs and rare performance material from the past five decades.

Tudors, Stuarts and Russian Tsars

9th March – 14th July. Looks at the development of cultural diplomacy between Britain and Russia , and exploring the majesty of royal courts from Henry VIII to the early Romanovs.

From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 80s

10th July 2013 – 16th February 2014. From Club to Catwalk will explore the creative explosion of London fashion in the 1980s. It will feature the work of designers such as Betty Jackson, Timney Fowler, Wendy Dagworthy, Helen David for English Eccentrics, John Galliano and Rifat Ozbek, who became increasingly successful internationally.

Pearls

21st September 2013 – 19th January 2014. This exhibition will explore the history of natural pearls from the early Roman Empire to the present.  Among the artifacts on display are a group of magnificent tiaras worn by European royalty and a pair of drop pearl earrings owned by Elizabeth Taylor. There will also be robes embroidered in pearls worn by Far Eastern rulers.

'Tomorrow', Elmgreen & Dragset at the V&A

1st October 2013 – 2nd January 2014. The V&A has commissioned leading contemporary artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset to create a major site-specific installation in the former TextileGalleries.

This ambitious exhibition will include the production of a new filmed drama staged within the highly-choreographed environment of a grand domestic setting belonging to a fictional architect. Objects from the V&A's collection will

be presented alongside artworks, furniture and every day items to create an unexpected encounter for the museum visitor.

Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700-1900

26th October 2013 – 19th January 2014. Masterpieces of Chinese Painting will bring together the finest examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th century and will be the most comprehensive exhibition on the topic since 1935.

 

Wellcome Collection


Death: A Self-portrait, The Richard Harris Collection

Until 24th February 2013. Death: A Self-portrait showcases some 300 works from a unique collection devoted to the iconography of death and our complex and contradictory attitudes towards it.  Assembled by Richard Harris, a former antique print dealer based in Chicago, the collection is spectacularly diverse, including art works, historical artefacts, anatomical illustrations and ephemera from across the world.

Outsider Art from Japan

28th March – 30th June 2013. Wellcome Collection's spring exhibition, Outsider Art from Japan, will bring together more than 300 works for the first major display of Japanese outsider art in the UK. The 46 artists represented in the show are residents and day patients at social welfare institutions across the main island of Honshu, and present diverse bodies of work including ceramics, textiles, paintings, sculpture and drawings. The show will be object-led, with a startling array of works offering singular and affecting explorations of culture, memory and creativity.

 

York Museums Trust

Capital of the North

Opens February 16th 2013 - Yorkshire Museum. In the medieval kingdoms of Britain, the north was ruled from York. Anglian kings were baptised in its churches, Viking warriors plotted their southern raids and the Normans cruelly stamped their authority on the masses. From the ravages of war the city went on to flourish in a golden age of innovation, religion and trade.

Featuring some of the most prestigious and significant medieval objects ever found in Britain and exploring the lives of some of the most powerful people of the period, this new exhibition will tell the extraordinary story of how great swathes of the country were once ruled from within York's walls.

Toy Stories

Opens February 16th 2013 - York Castle Museum. Bikes, bath toys, computer games, Lego and beautiful hand made dolls, are among the toys on show from the last 150 years

Aesthetica Art Prize 2013

8th March – 28th April, 2013, York St Mary's. The Aesthetica Art Prize showcases outstanding works of art by international artists.
This exhibition features the winners of the prize in the categories of Photographic & Digital Art, Three Dimensional Design & Sculpture, Painting & Drawing and Video, Installation & Performance.

Bruce Nauman
ARTIST ROOMS On Tour

26th July – 10th November, 2013, York St Mary's.La Brea/Art Tips/Rat Spit/Tar Pits by Bruce Nauman.
Bruce Nauman rose to prominence in the 1960s working across a broad spectrum of different media including sculpture, film and video, neon, installation, photography and performance. This exhibition brings together a selection of his art work spanning 30 years, exploring Nauman's constant experimentation and re-invention in his artistic practice.

ARTISTS ROOMS On Tour is an inspired partnership with Arts Council England and the Art Fund - the fundraising charity for works of art - making available the ARTIST ROOMS collection of international contemporary art to galleries throughout the UK.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

National Galleries Scotland


Ken Currie

Scottish National Portrait Gallery 20th July – 22nd September

Contemporary painting in Scotland will be at the fore of the Gallery’s summer season with an exhibition dedicated to the work of distinguished Glasgow-based artist, Ken Currie. Renowned in the context of the Portrait Gallery for his haunting, luminous painting Three Oncologists (2002) and his searing self-portrait Unfamiliar Reflection (2006), Currie is one of the outstanding figurative painters of his generation.

 

Witches and Wicked Bodies

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, 27th July – 3rd November 2013

Witches and Wicked Bodies is the first ever exhibition of its size in the UK charting visual representations of ‘Witches’ by artists dating from the 16th century through to the present. The works will be arranged thematically and include images by major artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Salvator Rosa, Henry Fuseli, William Blake, Francisco de Goya, John Martin, Ernst Barlach, Edward Burra, Paul Delvaux, Kiki Smith and Paula Rego. Including major works on load from the British Museum, the National Gallery (London), Tate, the Victoria & Albert Museum, as well as works from the Galleries’ own collections, Witches and Wicked Bodies will be an investigation of extremes, exploring the highly exaggerated ways in which witches have been depicted, from hideous hags to beautiful seductresses.

 

Peter Doig: No Foreign Land

Scottish National Gallery, 3rd August – 3rd November

Over a career of nearly three decades Peter Doig has reinvigorated a medium considered by many to have fallen into irrelevance. Doig's inventive style, uncommonly sensuous palette and suggestive imagery set him apart from the arch conceptualism dominating much of contemporary art. No Foreign Lands surveys the paintings and works on paper that Doig has created during the past 10 years, with a particular emphasis on the artist's approach to serial motifs and recurring imagery. Formally spare and monumental at the same time they prove Doig to be one of the most challenging and highly regarded painters working today.

 

Through American Eyes: Frederic Church and the Landscape Oil sketch


Scottish National Gallery 11th May – 8th September

The Scottish National Gallery’s summer exhibition will celebrate the work of one of the greatest American landscape painters of the nineteenth century. Frederic Church (1826–1900) is renowned for his spectacular landscapes, which combine dramatic compositions with beautifully observed light effects. His particular fascination for stirring subjects, which celebrate the sublime view of nature, took Church to locations as distant as the Arctic Circle, Ecuador, Jordan, Jamaica and Bavaria. Working out of doors and painting directly from nature, Church created oil sketches which could later be worked into large-scale studio landscapes.