ViatorPrivate guided tour of the British Museum Entry to the British Museum is free, but if you really want to learn as much as possible then try this 3-hour tour in the company of a professional guide
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Rodin was inspired by ancient Greek sculpture to pursue a radical new direction in his own art. But why?
The French sculptor first visited London in 1881 and came to the museum to see the Parthenon sculptures (the Elgin marbles). He appears to have been captivated by the beauty of these ancient Greek pieces and the way they expressed power and movement through the body alone. This led to him removing the heads and limbs from his own sculptures, and creating a new genre of contemporary art: the headless, limbless torso.
This exhibition includes a selection of Rodin's works, including The Thinker and The Kiss, alongside some of the Parthenon sculptures that so inspired him. There will also be some plaster, bronze and marble sculptures on loan from the Musee Rodin in Paris.
Craig’s review of British Museum – “I always feel like a school kid walking round here, looking at all the broken bones and stones and pretending to be keen. "Yes, Miss... a piece of pottery from 1,000 BC. Amazing." Don't forget to tick them off on your sheet, she says. "When can we can we go home, Miss?" Not for another three hours, she says. "Oh Jesus Christ, are you serious?… continued”
Drop-in Drawing at the National Portrait Gallery – Every Fri – Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
William De Morgan’s Sublime Symmetry – 11 May to 28 Oct 2018 – Sublime Symmetry is an exploration of William De Morgan's clever use of mathematics in his ceramic designs
Sir Richard Wallace — The Collector – 20 Jun 2018 to 6 Jan 2019 – The Wallace Collection's new exhibition will highlight the contributions made by the museum's founder, Sir Richard Wallace.
Magic Realism — Art In Weimar Germany – 30 Jul 2018 to 14 Jul 2019 – Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years, between World Wars I and II.
Find more art exhibitions this month
If you enjoy British Museum then you might like to visit Petrie Museum (you can walk it 10 mins), Sir John Soane’s Museum (you can walk it in 7 mins), Victoria & Albert Museum (catch the train from Tottenham Court Road to Victoria & Albert Museum) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 24 mins or catch the tube from Tottenham Court Road to Wallace Collection)
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