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Art & Museum exhibitions in May
A guide to gallery and museum exhibitions if you’re visiting London in May
• 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. to • Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Gallery's new exhibition shows scenes of famous artists at work, and depictions of their busy artist studios. to • Tate Modern 'Into The Light' will explore how photographers helped to develop abstract art alongside famous painters like Jackson Pollock. to • British Library The British Library will be putting on an exhibition of maps, artworks and journals from the voyages of Captain James Cook. to • British Museum This British Museum exhibition will show how the French sculpture Rodin was inspired by the Parthenon sculptures (Elgin marbles). to • National Gallery The 'Monet & Architecture' exhibition collects together more than 75 of Monet's paintings that use buildings to create his composition. to • National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery will be showing an exhibition of Tacita Dean's portraiture, created primarily through the use of film. to • 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.
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. 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. to • National Portrait Gallery See the work of four Victorian photographers: Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden. to • Tate Britain 'All To Human: A Century Of Painting Life' will include works by the likes of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. to • National Gallery The National Gallery will be re-uniting two self-portraits by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo for the first time in 300 years. 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. 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. to • Churchill War Rooms Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass. to • Queen’s Gallery The 'Art & Power' exhibition at the Queen's Gallery will explore how Charles II used art to glorify his restored monarchy. to • Tate Britain "Impressionists in London" will tell the story of the French artists who came to Britain to seek refuge from the war in the 1870s. to • British Library Listen to '140 Years of Recorded Sound' at the British Library, as they explore how sound and radio has transformed our society. to • National Gallery The National Gallery will be showing twenty rarely-seen pastels from the Burrell Collection, by the French Impressionist Degas.