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Our must see exhibitions in London for 2018

2018 is shaping up to be a wonderful year for art lovers with plenty of exciting exhibitions on show throughout the year in some of the city’s most iconic venues.

Here is our must see list for creative inspiration…

 

ALL TOO HUMAN BACON, FREUD AND A CENTURY OF PAINTING LIFE

28 FEBRUARY – 27 AUGUST 2018 | Tate Britain

Capturing the sensuous, immediate and intense experience of life in paint. All Too Human celebrates the painters in Britain who strove to represent human figures, their relationships and surroundings in the most intimate of ways.

It features artists including Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon alongside rarely seen work from their contemporaries including Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Many of them lived or live in London, drawn to the multicultural capital from around the world. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades.

The exhibition also shows how this spirit in painting was fostered by the previous generation, from Walter Sickert to David Bomberg, and how contemporary artists continue to express the tangible reality of life through paint.

 

THE EY EXHIBITION | PICASSO 1932 – LOVE, FAME, TRAGEDY

8 MARCH – 9 SEPTEMBER 2018 | Tate Modern

A month-by-month journey through Picasso’s ‘year of wonders’, 1932 – an intensely creative period in the life of the 20th century’s most influential artist.

This is the first ever solo Pablo Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern. It features more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, mixed with family photographs and rare glimpses into his personal life. Three of his extraordinary paintings featuring his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter are shown together for the first time since they were created over a period of just five days in March 1932. The myths around Picasso will be stripped away to reveal the man and the artist in his full complexity and richness.

 

THE CREDIT SUISSE EXHIBITION: MONET & ARCHITECTURE

9 APRIL – 29 JULY 2018 | The National Gallery

The first purely Monet exhibition to be staged in the UK for almost twenty years. Spanning the artist’s long career from its beginnings in the mid-1860s to the public display of his Venice paintings in 1912, this exhibition offers a completely new angle on one of the greatest painters of all time.

While Monet has been lauded all over the world for his iconic garden scenes and landsapes, the National Gallery invites visitors to see the ‘Father of Impressionsm’ in a completely new light. From Paris to London and Venice, rural villages to cityscapes, historical to modern structures, the first exhibition dedicated to Monet’s relationship with architecture will feature over seventy of the great master’s works.

 

FRIDA KAHLO: MAKING HER SELF UP

OPENING 16 JUNE 2018 | V&A

Experience a fresh perspective on Kahlo’s compelling life story through her most intimate personal belongings.

This exhibition will present an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.

 

KLIMT / SCHIELE | DRAWINGS FROM THE ALBERTINA MUSEUM, VIENNA

4 NOVEMBER 2018 — 3 FEBRUARY 2019 | Royal Academy of Arts

See rare and fragile drawings by Gustav Klimt and Egon Schiele, offering intimate insights into their artistic relationship and differing creative processes. This extraordinary collaboration with the Albertina Museum in Vienna marks the centenary of both artists’ deaths.

1918 was a seismic year in Vienna. As the Austro-Hungarian Empire crumbled, the deaths of its two foremost artists brought about the end of an intense period of creative vitality that had blazed briefly but brilliantly across the city’s bohemian swirl. One was the radical Symbolist painter Gustav Klimt; the other the young, scandalous and prodigiously talented Egon Schiele.

Klimt / Schiele: Drawings is a unique opportunity to see some of the 20th century’s most important works on paper – amongst them Klimt’s sketches for his seminal Beethoven Frieze, and unflinching self-portraits by Schiele – which due to their delicacy will not see the light of day again for many years. In around 100 portraits, landscapes, nudes and erotic drawings, prepare to encounter these two icons of Modernism at their most raw and revealing.

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