Discover some brilliant art at London’s best spring exhibitions. Whatever your taste in art, you are guaranteed to find an exhibition in London to suit.
The delicate beauty of Japanese art can be experienced at the British Library, where rarely seen Japanese pattern books reveal numerous flower and landscape designs destined to adorn kimonos. Follow this up with a visit to the Victorian and Albert Museum to see some superb examples of kimonos in its Kimono Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition.
Perhaps you prefer the work of the nineteenth-century impressionists? Then start your art exploration at the British Museum where there is a new exhibition of French impressionist prints from Manet to Cezanne can be seen. All of the works are from the Museum’s own extensive collection and forms a brilliant display of vibrant and dynamic designs.
If you are staying at bed and breakfast near Covent Garden, not far away in Piccadilly, there is another Impressionist exhibition, this time at the Royal Academy, which is hosting 60 works of art from the Ordrupgaard Collection, Denmark. Many of these paintings have never been seen before in the UK. Apart from artworks by Monet, Degas, Corot, Renoir and Daubigney, there is a large section devoted to the work of Paul Gaugin. On display work spanning his entire career, showing his artistic development from pure Impressionism through to the more symbolic, colourful, dramatic works he created during his travels.
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One of the more unusual art exhibitions can be found down at the Dulwich Picture Gallery in South London. Most people tend to think of surrealistic art being a product of the twentieth century – this exhibition highlights the fact that British artists were using surrealistic techniques as long as 1783 when Henry Fuseli created his amazing portrait of the three witches from Macbeth. Also on display are works by Francis Bacon, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland. For guests staying with us at our hotel in Bloomsbury, London, this is one not to be missed.
Over at the South Bank, you can truly immerse yourself in art at a superb exhibition entitled Meet Vincent Van Gogh. This is an amazing opportunity to see some of Van Gogh amazing art which is too fragile to travel outside Amsterdam. Look through his eyes to discover his childhood in the Netherlands, his time in Paris and the sun-drenched town of Arles as well as his life in the asylum at St Remy.
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