Art exhibitions in London November 2013

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Art exhibitions in London in November

Our guide to art exhibitions in London during November 2013.

 at National Gallery, London
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Michael Landy: Saints Alive

to National Gallery London art exhibition at the National Gallery. 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.
 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 Royal Academy of Arts, London
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“Australia”… at the Royal Academy of Arts

to 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.
 at Hayward Gallery, London
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Ana Mendieta exhibition — “Traces”

to Hayward Gallery 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.
 
 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 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 Art exhibition at the V&A London. 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 Hayward Gallery, London
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Dayanita Singh exhibition — “Go Away Closer”

to Hayward Gallery 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.
 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 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 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 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 London art exhibition at the 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.
 

We don’t have any more art exhibitions, but how about these other exhibitions during November?

Solve a crime, at the Natural History MuseumNovember 2013“Crime Scene Live” is an award-winning event where you will step into the shoes of a CSI and, with the help of real forensic scientists and detectives, collect the evidence from a grisly Museum murder. Then you’ll witness the trial where real-life barristers will cross-examine the experts and call everything into question.

Charles Dickens Museum, by candlelightNovember 2013Transport yourself back to the Victorian era and experience Charles Dickens’ beautifully restored home by candlelight. You will be able to see the beautifully furnished interiors, and the desk where Dickens penned many of his best works.

Dino Snores — Sleep over at the Natural History MuseumNovember 2013Have 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”.

Gun salute, at the Tower of LondonNovember 2013There will be a 62 gun salute by the HAC at Gun Wharf (the Tower of London), to mark the birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Gun salute, for the Prince of Wales’ birthdayNovember 2013There will be a 41 gun salute by the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery in Hyde Park at noon, to mark the birthday of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Remembrance Day Parade, at the CenotaphNovember 2013On Remembrance Sunday the Queen and members of the Royal Family, together with the leading politicians and members of the military, will gather to honour those who have died in the service of the country. After a suitably somber service there will be a march-past by thousands of current and ex-members of the armed services.

The D-Day Duck Tour… around London’s World War II sitesNovember 2013The D-Day Duck Tour is a lively and informative tour suitable for the whole family, which takes you around some of London’s most important Second World War sights. Once you enter the water you will get to see what these extraordinary boats were originally designed for — an amphibious landing on the Normandy beaches!

Boy George — “This Is What I Do”November 2013Boy George was one of the 80s biggest stars as lead singer of Culture Club, and went on to have massive success as a DJ. Now he’s back with “This Is What I Do” — his first studio album of new material in almost two decades.

Fireworks at Ealing Cricket ClubNovember 2013If you like your fireworks display to be set to rousing music then head on down to the Ealing Cricket Club, where they’ll be using the themes tunes to “Star Wars”, “Skyfall”, “Phantom of the Opera” and “Les Miserables”.

 
 
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