Art & Museum exhibitions in London – December 2013

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Art & Museum exhibitions in December

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Natural History Museum
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Dino Snores (for grown-ups)

Have you ever seen the movie "Night At The Museum"? Well... now's your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends. This event is especially for grown-ups and will include a 3-course dinner in the restaurant, followed by a quiz, live music, and an all-night monster movie marathon.
Natural History Museum
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Dino Snores - Sleep over at the Natural History Museum

Have you ever seen the movie "Night At The Museum"? Well... now's your chance to find out what really stalks the corridors of the Natural History Museum as night descends, with the towering bones of Diplodocus nearby. Activities include a torch-lit tour of the famous galleries, and a live show called "Revenge of the Minibeasts".
Sir John Soane’s Museum
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See Sir John Soanes Museum by candlelight

Sir John Soane's Museum is one of the most intriguing houses in the whole of London, crammed top to bottom with artifacts and oddities from all over the world, including masterpieces by Canaletto, Turner and Hogarth. Once a month you get the opportunity to see it by candlelight -- for free!
Serpentine Gallery
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Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See

Jake and Dinos Chapman's new exhibition "Come and See" will include everything from painting, drawing, printmaking and sculpture, to film, music and literature. Their grotesque and often violent scenes are offset by the detail and painstaking labour evident in their works.
Serpentine Gallery
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Wael Shawky exhibition - Serpentine Gallery

The Serpentine Gallery's new exhibition will feature work by the Egyptian artist Wael Shawky. Shawky is regarded as one of the most exciting artists to emerge from the Middle East in many years, and this exhibition will include three films (including a worldwide premiere), a selection of flags and drawings, and a collection of ceramic marionettes.
National Maritime Museum
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Turner and the Sea

The National Maritime Museum's "Turner and the Sea" exhibition will explore Turner's lifelong fascination with the sea. It will include many of his most iconic works, from his transformative early paintings of the late 1790s and early 1800s, to the unfinished, experimental seascapes that he produced towards the end of his life.
National Portrait Gallery
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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize celebrates the very best in contemporary portrait photography. The Prize has established a reputation for its diversity of photographic styles, and photographers are encouraged to interpret 'portrait' in its widest sense.
Queen’s Gallery
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Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen

To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, the Royal Academy presented a gift of 97 works from some of the most high-profile names in art -- including Tracey Emin, David Hockney, Anish Kapoor, Cornelia Parker and Grayson Perry. This exhibition showcases the entire collection of 97 works, displaying the breadth of membership of the Royal Academy.
Queen’s Gallery
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Castiglione: Lost Genius

The Queen's Gallery's new exhibition is called "Castiglione: Lost Genius". Castiglione worked in oils on paper, and won fame for his drawings and prints. His large, vibrant compositions were works of rare beauty, but he unaccountably fell from fame in the modern era.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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Masterpieces of Chinese Painting - 700 to 1900

The "Masterpieces of Chinese Painting" exhibition will bring together over 100 of the finest examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the 8th to the end of the 19th-century, including some of the rarest and earliest surviving pieces.
Royal Academy of Arts
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Daumier: Visions of Paris

Honore Daumier lived during a turbulent time in France's history, and "Visions of Paris" sets out to explore his legacy. Many of the 130 works have never been seen in the UK before, and include a broad selection of paintings, drawings, watercolours and sculptures from 1830 to 1879. Daumier made his living as a caricaturist, observing and ridiculing the bourgeois society.
Wallace Collection
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The Male Nude: 18th-century Drawings

This exhibition contains nearly 40 drawings of male nudes, all drawn in late 17th and 18th-century France. Belonging to the French equivalent of the Royal Academy, these works include pieces by Rigaud, Boucher, Nattier, Pierre and Jean-Baptiste Isabey.
Natural History Museum
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year

The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will showcase the best images from the world's most prestigious wildlife photography competition, selected from 1,000s of international entries. Now in its 49th year, the competition provides a global showcase of the very best nature photography
Courtauld Gallery
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The Young Durer - Drawing The Figure

The Courtauld Gallery is putting together a special exhibition of works by Albrecht Durer. It will collect together some of his finest figure drawings, in particular his 'wanderjahre' or 'journeyman' years, as well as some rare works by precursors and contemporaries who remain little known in the UK.
British Museum
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Beyond El Dorado: Power and gold in ancient Colombia

The legend of El Dorado dazzled Europeans for centuries... a lost city of gold in South America. The truth behind this myth is perhaps even more fascinating. This new exhibition features more than 200 objects from Museo del Oro in Bogota, combined with 100 from the British Museum's own collection.
Tate Modern
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Paul Klee exhibition, at Tate Modern

It's been more than a decade since Paul Klee was last treated to a major UK exhibition. The Tate Modern will be exploring the Swiss artist's work, whose intense and inventive work covered everything from surrealism and cubism, to expressionism and orientalism.
Museum of London
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Londons Lost Jewels - The Cheapside Horde

The Museum of London's new exhibition will investigate the secrets of the "Cheapside Hoard". This priceless cache of jewels and gemstones dates from the late 16th and early 17th-century (Elizabethan and Jacobean London), and was discovered buried in a cellar in 1912. But who owned the hoard, when was it hidden, and why was it never reclaimed?
National Portrait Gallery
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Elizabeth I and Her People

The "Elizabeth I & Her People" exhibition will explore the reign of of one of England's greatest Queens - Elizabeth I - through portraits of both her and her people. The many outstanding paintings on display will include portraits of Elizabeth I and her courtiers including famous explorers, statesmen and soldiers.
National Gallery
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Portrait painting in Vienna, around 1900

This exhibition will explore the central role that portrait painting played in Vienna around the year 1900. Using paintings by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka, this ground-breaking exhibition will show how the bourgeois traditions of 19th-century art were swept away by the innovations made by avant-garde artists.
Hayward Gallery
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Dayanita Singh exhibition - Go Away Closer

The Hayward Gallery presents the first major retrospective of Dayanita Singh's work in the UK — one of today's foremost photographers. The exhibition brings together work from the past few decades and her famous 'museums' — large wooden structures which can be placed in various configurations, each holding 70 to 140 photographs.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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British drawings, from 1600 to the present day

This exhibition will cover more than 400 years of drawing practice, and include works by Van Dyck, Gainsborough, Constable, Blake, Rossetti, Spencer, Freud and Hockney. The display will trace the central role played by drawing in portraiture and landscape paintings, and a selection of contemporary works will demonstrate drawing's continuing importance for artists.
British Museum
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Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese art

The British Museum's new exhibition showcases some explicit, beautifully drawn Japanese prints, paintings and drawings. These detailed and brightly coloured works, produced between 1600 and 1900, inspired the likes of Toulouse-Lautrec, Rodin and Picasso, and continues to influence manga, anime and Japanese tattoo art today.
Tate Britain
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Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm

Tate Britain's new exhibition is called "Art under Attack", and will explore the history of physical attacks on art in Britain from the 16th-century onwards. Iconoclasm is the deliberate destruction of artworks for religious, political or aesthetic motives. Political attacks include a portrait of Oliver Cromwell hung upside down, and the Suffragettes' targeted attacks on our cultural heritage during the early 20th-century.
Tate Modern
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Mira Schendel exhibition, at Tate Modern

The Tate Modern's new exhibition will be the first full scale survey of Mira Schendel's work in the UK. Mira Schendel reinvented the language of European Modernism in Brazil, and the exhibition will reveal her dialogues with a diverse range of artists, philosophers and critics. It will bring together over 250 paintings, prints and sculptures from across her entire career.
Hayward Gallery
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Ana Mendieta exhibition - Traces

The Hayward Gallery presents the UK's very first retrospective of Ana Mendieta's work. The exhibition focuses on her later pieces, revealing the full breadth of her work in a wide variety of media, from photography to film, sculpture and drawing. Ana Mendieta was famous for using her own body in her work, together with elemental materials such as blood, fire, earth and water.
Royal Academy of Arts
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Australia… at the Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy's new exhibition will span more than 200 years of Australian art from 1800 to the present day, and will include paintings, drawings, multimedia and photography. The themes covered will include the impact of colonisation on Australia's indigenous people, early nation building, and the increasing urbanisation of the last 100 years.
Courtauld Gallery
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Richard Serra - Drawings for the Courtauld

The Courtauld Gallery is putting together an exhibition displaying twelve of Serra's most recent drawings in dense black crayon, created especially for the Courtauld Gallery. Serra first rose to prominence in New York more than forty years ago, and is celebrated for his ground-breaking sculptures and for his radical approach to drawing.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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A History of Photography

This new exhibition will draw upon the museum's vast collection to chronicle the history of photography from the 1840s up to the 1970s. It will showcase some of the most technically brilliant and artistically accomplished photographs in the history of the medium, and include work by key figures such as Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Alfred Stieglitz, Irving Penn and Hilla Becher.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s

"From Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s" features more than 85 outfits from the 1980s, with bold and exciting looks by the likes of Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano. Explore the creative explosion that influenced a new generation of designers, drawing their inspiration from the capital's eclectic club scene.
 
 
 
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