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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”
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Courtauld Impressionists — From Manet to Cezanne – 17 Sep 2018 to 20 Jan 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of Impressionist works by Cezanne, Renoir, Manet and more.
Jesse Darling — The Ballad of Saint Jerome – 22 Sep 2018 to 24 Feb 2019 – Jesse Darling uses the legend of Saint Jerome to create works about control, captivity and the subjugation of others.
Italian Renaissance painters, Mantegna and Bellini – 1 Oct 2018 to 27 Jan 2019 – The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of works by the Italian Renaissance painters Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna.
Pierre Huyghe — UUmwelt – 3 Oct 2018 to 10 Feb 2019 – Pierre Huyghe's new exhibition at the Serpentine uses images of people's brain activity and a birthing chamber of live flies
Anni Albers exhibition, at the Tate Modern – 11 Oct 2018 to 27 Jan 2019 – The Tate Modern will be putting on a retrospective of work by the influential textile artist, Anni Albers.
Find more exhibitions during January
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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