Art exhibitions in London January 2014

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Art exhibitions in London in January

Our guide to art exhibitions in London during January 2014.

 at Courtauld Gallery, London
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Richard Serra — Drawings for the Courtauld

to Courtauld Gallery 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.
 at Tate Modern, London
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Mira Schendel exhibition, at Tate Modern

to 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.
 
 at Tate Britain, London
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Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm

to Tate Britain Art show at the Tate Britain London. 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.
 at British Museum, London
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Shunga: Sex and pleasure in Japanese art

to British Museum 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.
 
 at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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British drawings, from 1600 to the present day

to V&A 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.
 at National Gallery, London
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Portrait painting in Vienna, around 1900

to National Gallery 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.
 
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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Elizabeth I and Her People

to National Portrait Gallery 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.
 at Tate Modern, London
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Paul Klee exhibition, at Tate Modern

to Tate Modern Art exhibition at the Tate Modern London. 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.
 at Courtauld Gallery, London
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The Young Durer — Drawing The Figure

to Courtauld Gallery 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.
 at Wallace Collection, London
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The Male Nude: 18th-century Drawings

to Wallace Collection 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.
 
 at Royal Academy of Arts, London
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Daumier: Visions of Paris

to Royal Academy of Arts 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.
 at Victoria & Albert Museum, London
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Masterpieces of Chinese Painting — 700 to 1900

to V&A London art exhibition at the V&A. 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.
 
 at Queen’s Gallery, London
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Castiglione: Lost Genius

to Queen’s Gallery 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.
 at Queen’s Gallery, London
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Gifted: From the Royal Academy to The Queen

to Queen’s Gallery 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.
 
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013

to National Portrait Gallery London art exhibition in January at the National Portrait Gallery. 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.
 at National Maritime Museum, London
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Turner and the Sea

to National Maritime Museum 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.
 
 at Serpentine Gallery, London
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Wael Shawky exhibition — Serpentine Gallery

to 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.
 at Serpentine Gallery, London
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Jake and Dinos Chapman: Come and See

to Serpentine Gallery 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.
 
 at Photographer’s Gallery, London
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Lynch, Burroughs and Warhol — Photographer’s Gallery

to Photographer’s Gallery The Photographer's Gallery is putting on three different displays of work by filmmaker David Lynch, writer William Burroughs and pop-artist Andy Warhol.
 at National Gallery, London
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Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

to National Gallery "The Sunflowers" is a small exhibition which offers visitors the rare opportunity to see two of Vincent van Gogh's "Sunflower" paintings side-by-side. One is owned by the National Gallery, and the other comes from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This will be the first time that they have been shown together for 65 years.
 
 at Hayward Gallery, London
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Martin Creed: “What’s the point of it?”

to Hayward Gallery Art exhibition in January at the Hayward Gallery. The Hayward Gallery will be putting on the first major survey of Martin Creed's playful and thought-provoking art. The 2001 Turner Prize winner is best known for his minimalistic approach to art that strips away the unnecessary, but preserves a lot of wit, humour and surprise, transforming everyday materials into surprising meditations on the invisible structures that shape our lives.
 at Courtauld Gallery, London
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Romantic landscapes from Britain and Germany

to Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Gallery is putting together an exhibition called "A Dialogue with Nature", which explores the golden age of Romantic landscapes in Britain and Germany between 1760 and 1840. The exhibition will feature 26 drawings, watercolours and oil sketches by the likes of Turner, Palmer, Friedrich, Fohr and Lessing.
 
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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Life drawing, at the National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery What better place is there to sit down and draw, than in the National Portrait Gallery? Join this artist-led class, and practice your drawing skills.
 
 
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