Art exhibitions in London October 2013

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Art exhibitions in London in October

Our guide to art exhibitions in London during October 2013.

 at Tate Modern, London
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Lebanese artist, Saloua Raouda Choucair

to Tate Modern 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.
 at Queen’s Gallery, London
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The Art of Tudor and Stuart Fashion

to Queen’s Gallery 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.
 
 at National Gallery, London
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Michael Landy: Saints Alive

to National Gallery Art exhibition in London 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 Tate Britain, London
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L.S. Lowry exhibition: “The Painting of Modern Life”

to Tate Britain 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.
 
 at National Portrait Gallery, London
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Laura Knight Portraits

to National Portrait Gallery Dame Laura Knight was one of the most popular British artists of the 20th-century. She painted everything from dancers at the ballet to gypsies at the races, and was especially acclaimed for her work as an war artist. Her paintings are remarkable for their diverse range of subjects and settings, and this exhibition will feature more than 30 of her most distinctive and vivid works.
 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 Art exhibition in October at the 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 London art exhibition at the 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 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 London art exhibition at the 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 Portcullis House, London
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Portcullis House — Portraits of Parliamentarians

Portcullis House This guided tour focuses on the art and architecture of Portcullis House, where the MPs have their day-to-day offices. Even if you're not interested in the art, it's a great way to see inside a building that you're not usually allowed into, and includes a visit to the first floor Committee Corridor.
 
 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 Art exhibition in London 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.
 
 
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