3rd January 2019
We are looking forward to an immensely exciting year of art, with top exhibitions focussing on work by some of the most well-known artists from history as well as amazing new artwork by contemporary photographers and installation artists. Our top picks from the biggest new exhibition openings are sure to be among the most popular of the year:
Bill Viola/Michelangelo at Royal Academy 26th Jan – 31st March
This exciting exhibition will combine video installations by Bill Viola with 15 magnificent drawings by legendary Renaissance artist Michelangelo in a unique showcase that will explore connections between these two very different artists. Under the title Life Death Rebirth, some of the most important works from both Michelangelo and Viola can be experienced together as an investigation into the concept of the circle of life, with ideas shared but produced in vastly different media.
Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain 27th March – 11th August
One of the most iconic and well known artists, Vincent Van Gogh was influenced by British authors, culture and artwork throughout his life. This exhibition, the first of its kind in the UK for more than seven decades, will explore the relationship between Van Gogh and Britain through a collection of 45 works, including Sunflowers (1888), on loan from the National Gallery. The exhibition will also explore the inspiration taken from Van Gogh by British artists such as David Boomberg and Francis Bacon, creating a fascinating and informing retrospective on the artist.
Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life in Drawing at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace 1st Feb – 6th May
As part of The Royal Collection Trust’s nationwide collaboration to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Da Vinci, over 200 sheets created by this masterful artist will be on display at The Queen’s Gallery in London. The exhibition will include two sheets from an album in the Royal Collection that, until recently, appeared to be completely blank. However, under examination with ultraviolet light, these sheets were show to be studies of hands in metalpoint for the Adoration of the Magi (1481). This exhibition offers an opportunity to view these beautiful studies for the first time, along with other fantastic works from the huge collection.
Diane Arbus: In The Beginning at Hayward Gallery 13th Feb – 6th May
As the first solo exhibition of work by Diane Arbus in the UK for over a decade, In The Beginning will showcase more than 100 photographs from this iconic artist, many of which have not yet been exhibited in Europe. Focussing on the first seven years of Arbus’ career from 1956 to 1962, this exhibition will display some of the most intimate and interesting artwork from the Diane Arbus Archive, which includes portraits of children, pedestrians, lovers and circus performers.
Olafur Eliasson at Tate Modern 11th July – 5th Jan 2020
Following his fantastic installation The Weather Project at Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall in 2003, which was viewed by hundreds of thousands of visitors, Olafur Eliasson returns to the gallery this summer with an immersive retrospective. Utilising shadows, reflections and even rainbows, Eliasson explores perception and the way spaces are navigated. With an installation taking over the space outside Tate Modern, this exhibition will be an enjoyable family experience.
Cindy Sherman at National Portrait Gallery 27th June – 15th Sept
New and never-before-exhibited work will be on show at this Cindy Sherman retrospective, as part of a group of over 150 works from both international and private collections. Sherman has an uncanny ability to morph herself into an array of characters in her work, and a collection of props including wigs and costumes will also be on display alongside photographs. Featuring the iconic series Untitled Film Stills, 1977-80, the exhibition will focus on the idea of identity, with an examination of the artist’s work from the 1970s to the current day.
Tim Walker at V&A 21st Sept – 6th Dec
As one of the most inventive British photographers, Tim Walker creates a unique spin on fashion and portrait photography with the use of imaginative sets, hallucinatory props and dark imagery. As his third solo show, this exhibition acts as an investigation of his work including photographs, films and photographic sets. Alongside these will be a brand new body of work, created after spending months among the artwork and artefacts that make up the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum. British art director Shona Heath will collaborate on the space where Walker’s photographs are to be shown, creating what will, no doubt, be a remarkable exhibition.
With a fantastic selection of top exhibitions from painters, photographers and contemporary artists, there is something for everyone to look forward to as we head into 2019. Your lifestyle manager will be more than happy to secure tickets for any of the hotly anticipated art shows above.