Art & Museum exhibitions in London – June 2013

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Upcoming events and exhibitions in London’s art galleries and museums

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.
Tate Britain
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L.S. Lowry exhibition: The Painting of Modern Life

In what promises to be one of the busiest art exhibitions of the year, Tate Britain will be reappraising the work of L.S. Lowry -- arguably Britain's most popular painter. "Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life" will argue the case for his position as Britain's pre-eminent painter of the industrial city, and explore his place in wider art history.
National Gallery
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Vermeer and Music: The Art of Love and Leisure

This interesting exhibition will combine the art of Vermeer and his 17th-century contemporaries with rare musical instruments and songbooks from the period. By juxtaposing them with real instruments from the period, you will be able to see the difference between the real objects and the way in which the painters chose to represent them.
National Portrait Gallery
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BP Portrait Award 2013

The BP Portrait Award is worth a hefty £25,000, and is open to artists all around the world. More than 2,000 artists are expected to enter this year, and fifty-five of the most outstanding and innovative new portraits will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery.
Courtauld Gallery
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Paul Gauguin exhibition - Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery is putting together a special exhibition of works by Paul Gaugin, collected together by Samuel Courtauld in the 1920s. The Courtauld holds the UK's most important collection of works by the Post-Impressionist master.
Wallace Collection
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The Discovery of Paris, in Watercolour

"The Discovery of Paris" focuses on the period between 1802 and 1840, and features more than 60 watercolours, preparatory drawings and associated prints by early 19th-century British artists. The exhibition include works by Turner, Girtin and Bonington, and less familiar artists like Thomas Shotter Boys and William Callow.
Natural History Museum
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Night Safari, at the Natural History Museum

Join a nightime tour of the Natural History Museum's iconic Central Hall and adjoining galleries, once the crowds have gone home. You'll meet the scientists and get a chance to get up close to some of their favourite objects in the collection. But your evening doesn't finish there... after the safari has ended you can visit the bar and reminisce with fellow adventurers.
Royal Academy of Arts
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Summer Exhibition, at the Royal Academy of Arts

Have you ever dreamt of seeing your art up on the walls of one of London's major galleries? The Royal Academy of Art's Summer Exhibition is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, drawing together a wide range of new and recent work by established, emerging and unknown artists.
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".
National Maritime Museum
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Visions of the Universe

The National Maritime Museum's new "Visions of the Universe" exhibition will tell the story of astronomical imaging - from the earliest hand-drawings all the way up to the latest pictures from Hubble and the Mars Curiosity rover. The exhibition will bring together some of the best astronomical photographs ever made, showcasing over a hundred images of stars, planets, galaxies from NASA, the Russian space programme, and some of the largest telescopes in the world.
Tate Britain
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Patrick Caulfield exhibition, at Tate Britain

Tate Britain will be holding two new exhibitions in parallel, comparing and contrasting the work of Gary Hume and Paul Caulfield. Patrick Caulfield is a celebrated British painter who is best known for his iconic and vibrant paintings of modern life. The exhibition will explore the artist's mastery of colour, graphic elegance and wit, and offer the chance to reassess his influences and legacy.
Tate Britain
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Gary Hume exhibition, at Tate Britain

Tate Britain will be holding two new exhibitions in parallel, comparing and contrasting the work of Gary Hume and Paul Caulfield. The exhibition will spann Hume's entire career, including many well known and recent paintings. It will highlight Hume's innovative use of colour, line and surface in his distinctive compositions.
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!
National Gallery
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Michael Landy: Saints Alive

Michael Landy will be bringing a contemporary twist to the saints in a series of large-scale sculptures. Landy has scoured car boot sales and flea markets in search of old machinery, cogs and wheels to construct his sculptures, bringing religious iconography to life for a 21st-century audience.
British Library
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Propaganda: Power and Persuasion

The British Library's new exhibition will try and lift the lid on the ways through which governments across the planet have attempted to influence our thoughts for over 100 years... showcasing you the myriad ways that states attempt to influence us, the People.
Queen’s Gallery
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The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion

The Queen's Gallery's new exhibition "In Fine Style: The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion" will use paintings from the Royal Collection to explore the sumptuous costumes of the British court in the 16th and 17th-century. The exhibition will feature more than 60 works, including pieces by Hans Holbein the Younger, Nicholas Hilliard, Van Dyck and Peter Lely.
Tate Modern
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Ellen Gallagher exhibition, at Tate Modern

The Tate Modern's new exhibition will focus on the acclaimed North American artist, Ellen Gallagher, who is best-known for her exploration of race and cultural identity. The exhibition will consist of 60 prints in a variety of different media.
Photographer’s Gallery
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Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2013

The annual Deutsche Borse Photography Prize awards £30,000 to the photographer who has made the most significant contribution to the medium of photography over the previous year. The four shorlisted artists are: Broomberg & Chanarin, Mishka Henner, Chris Killip and Cristina De Middel.
Tate Modern
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Lebanese artist, Saloua Raouda Choucair

The Tate Modern is putting on an exhibition of works by Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair. The artist's extraordinary body of work uses painting and drawing, textiles and jewellery, as well as her famous sculptures, to pursue her interests in science, mathematics and Islamic art and poetry. Her art combines elements of both western abstraction with Islamic aesthetics, making her one of the most significant figures in the history of 20th-century art.
Natural History Museum
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Salgados Genesis - Landscape & Wildlife photographs

Sebastiao Salgado's "Genesis" exhibition is the culmination of 8 years work exploring 32 countries, and will include 250 extraordinary images of landscapes, wildlife and remote communities. The photographs capture some of the most remote areas of the world, depicting the majesty of nature and capturing indigenous communities.
British Museum
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Life and death in Pompeii and Herculaneum

In AD 79 Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried two cities in the Bay of Naples. When they were rediscovered nearly 1,700 years later, covered in rock-solid ash, Pompeii and Herculaneum provided historians with an unparalleled glimpse into the daily life of the Roman Empire.
Victoria & Albert Museum
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David Bowie Is… - at the V&A

David Bowie's long and varied career has made him one of the most influential artists of modern times, and the V&A will trace his shifting style and reinvention across five decades, using more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, costumes, photography, film, music videos, set designs and album artwork.
Royal Academy of Arts
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George Bellows: Modern American Life

This will be the first retrospective of works by American painter George Bellows to be held in the UK. Widely considered to be one America's greatest painters, Bellows had a fascination with New York's gritty urban landscape, making him an insightful observer of people and the dynamic modern city. His principle themes include social scenes, cityscapes, seascapes, views of the Hudson River, and the First World War.
Museum of London
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Michael Caine exhibition - His life and career

The Museum of London will be celebrating Michael Caine's 80th year with a special exhibition celebrating his life and career. The photography exhibition will trace Sir Michael's beginnings as a Cockney rebel, through to his Hollywood years and later life, using a selection of photographs, iconic portraits, and film and audio footage from some of his best-loved movies -- "Get Carter", "Educating Rita", "Alfie" and "The Italian Job".
Victoria & Albert Museum
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Treasures of the Royal Courts: Tudors, Stuarts and Russian Tsars

The V&A's new exhibition is called "Treasures of the Royal Courts" and will celebrate 500 years of exchange between Britain and Russia. Consisting of more than 150 objects, it will feature pieces from the reigns of British monarchs like Henry VIII and Elizabeth I, to the early Russian Romanovs and Ivan the Terrible.
National Portrait Gallery
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George Catlin: American Indian Portraits

During the 1830s George Catlin documented the Native American peoples and their way of life. His portraits have become one of the most evocative and important records of indigenous peoples ever made. This exhibition will showcase more than fifty of his portraits, and will be the first time that they have been seen together outside America since the 1850s.
Royal Observatory
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Alien Revolution - Are We Alone?

Are we alone? Have aliens already visited Earth? And if they did, would they be friendly or hostile? Beginning with the writings of 16th-century astronomer Copernicus and ending up with the modern-day SETI program, "Alien Revolution" will take a whistle-stop tour of our on-going fascination with aliens, exploring everything from HG Wells, crop circles and ET, to Betty and Barney -- an American couple who claim to have been abducted by aliens.
Natural History Museum
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Extinction: Not the End of the World?

The Natural History Museum's new exhibition is entitled "Extinction: Not the End of the World?". Its aim is to take us beyond the dodos and dinosaurs to explore the crucial role that extinction can play in the evolution of life.
British Museum
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Ice Age art… and the arrival of the modern mind

The British Museum's new exhibition showcases masterpieces from the last Ice Age, created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago. Drawn from across Europe, by artists with modern minds like our own, this is a unique opportunity to see some of the world's oldest known sculptures, drawings and portraits.
 
 
 
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