Art & Museum exhibitions in London – May 2018

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A guide to gallery and museum exhibitions if you’re visiting London in May

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Bank of England Museum
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Museums at Night - Bank of England Museum

Spend an evening at the Bank of England Museum, when they take part in the London-wide 'Museums at Night' event.
Courtauld Gallery
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Artists at Work - Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery's new exhibition shows scenes of famous artists at work, and depictions of their busy artist studios.
Tate Modern

to Tate Modern 'Into The Light' will explore how photographers helped to develop abstract art alongside famous painters like Jackson Pollock.
British Library

to British Library The British Library will be putting on an exhibition of maps, artworks and journals from the voyages of Captain James Cook.
British Museum

to British Museum This British Museum exhibition will show how the French sculpture Rodin was inspired by the Parthenon sculptures (Elgin marbles).
National Gallery

to National Gallery The 'Monet & Architecture' exhibition collects together more than 75 of Monet's paintings that use buildings to create his composition.
National Portrait Gallery
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Tacita Dean: Portrait - National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery will be showing an exhibition of Tacita Dean's portraiture, created primarily through the use of film.
National Gallery
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Tacita Deans Still Life - at the National Gallery

The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition about 'Still Life', examining its legacy and its importance as a source of inspiration.
Tate Modern

to Tate Modern The Tate Modern will be putting on some film screenings and an exhibition of works by performance and video artist Joan Jonas.
Tate Modern

to Tate Modern 'Love, Fame, Tragedy' will focus on just one year of Picasso's extraordinary career -- the so-called 'Year of Wonders' in 1932.
National Portrait Gallery
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Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

See the work of four Victorian photographers: Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden.
Tate Britain

to Tate Britain 'All To Human: A Century Of Painting Life' will include works by the likes of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
National Gallery
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Murillo - His two self portraits, re-united

The National Gallery will be re-uniting two self-portraits by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo for the first time in 300 years.
Photographer’s Gallery
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Under Cover: A Secret History Of Cross-Dressers

The Photographer's Gallery 'Under Cover' exhibition explores filmmaker Sebastien Lifshitz's fascination with cross-dressing.
Photographer’s Gallery
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Deutsche Borse Photography Prize 2018

This year's Deutsche Prize shortlist includes work by photographers Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson.
Old Operating Theatre

to Old Operating Theatre Enjoy a demonstration of 19th-century surgery, held in the confines of the Old Operating Theatre at St. Thomas's Hospital.
National Portrait Gallery

to National Portrait Gallery Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
Churchill War Rooms

to Churchill War Rooms Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass.
Queen’s Gallery
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Charles II: Art & Power - at the Queens Gallery

The 'Art & Power' exhibition at the Queen's Gallery will explore how Charles II used art to glorify his restored monarchy.
Tate Britain
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French Artists in Exile - Impressionists in London

"Impressionists in London" will tell the story of the French artists who came to Britain to seek refuge from the war in the 1870s.
Imperial War Museum
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Age Of Terror - Art Since 9/11

The 'Age Of Terror' exhibition at the Imperial War Museum will include works by Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Ivan Navarro and Gerhard Richter.
British Library
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Listen: 140 Years of Recorded Sound

Listen to '140 Years of Recorded Sound' at the British Library, as they explore how sound and radio has transformed our society.
National Gallery
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Drawn in Colour - Degas from the Burrell Collection

The National Gallery will be showing twenty rarely-seen pastels from the Burrell Collection, by the French Impressionist Degas.
 
 
 
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