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The Wallace Collection will be celebrating the opening of it's brand-new £1.2 million exhibition space with an exhibition about the museum's founder: Sir Richard Wallace.
The exhibition will explore his life and the incredible contribution that he made to the country's cultural heritage. Born as the illegitimate son of the 4th Marquess of Hertford, Sir Richard's life changed forever when he inherited the Marquess' collection of art.
Sir Richard added extensively to the collection during his lifetime, and came to believe that he should share his inheritance with a wider audience on his death in 1890.
The exhibition will focus on twenty of the pieces that Sir Richard personally contributed to the collection, including a gold head from the Asante Kingdom, some imperial wine cups from China, and a majestic ostrich figure made by the Augsburg silversmith Elias Zorer.
> Craig’s review of Wallace Collection – “The Wallace Collection came as a total surprise to me because I didn't realise how beautiful it was. The first two rooms I went in reminded me of Buckingham Palace. The walls are all velvet reds and warm golds and full of huge oil portraits ten feet across. The antique furniture is full of black statues and gilded porcelain and golden trophy plates. They've got urns a… continued”
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.
Feliks Topolski — Drawing Debden – 1 Oct 2018 to 28 Jun 2019 – The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition – 19 Oct 2018 to 30 Jun 2019 – Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos.
Russia: Royalty & The Romanovs – 9 Nov 2018 to 28 Apr 2019 – The 'Royalty & The Romanovs' exhibition will explore some of the events and works of art that passed between British and Russian Royal families.
Shadows of War — Fenton’s Photos of the Crimea – 9 Nov 2018 to 28 Apr 2019 – The 'Shadows of War' exhibition at the Queen's Gallery reveals the futility of war through Roger Fenton's photographs of the Crimean War.
Victorian Children — Seen and Heard – 23 Nov 2018 to 1 May 2019 – The Guildhall Art Gallery's new exhibition will explore the changing way that childhood was portrayed in Victorian art
Pierre Bonnard — The Colour Of Memory – 23 Jan to 6 May 2019 – Tate Modern will be putting on a major new exhibition of work by the master of colour and composition, Pierre Bonnard
Find more art exhibitions this month
Here are some more free events in London if you want a cheap day out
If you enjoy Wallace Collection then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (catch the train from Bond Street to Temple), National Gallery (walk it in 26 mins or catch the tube from Bond Street to Charing Cross), Queen’s Gallery (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Bond Street to St Jamess Park), Royal Academy of Arts (walk it in 18 mins or catch the tube from Bond Street to Piccadilly Circus) and Victoria & Albert Museum (catch the train from Bond Street to South Kensington)
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