The most significant Impressionist exhibition in this country in two decades, ‘Inventing Impressionism’ opened at London’s National Gallery this week, just two days before Hans Haacke’s ‘Gift Horse’ was unveiled on the Fourth Plinth in front of the gallery in Trafalgar Square, both are among the best London 2015 events taking place in the capital this spring.
Hailed as “the exhibition of the year” by an “awe-struck” Richard Dorment writing in the Telegraph, ‘Inventing Impressionism’ explores how one of painting’s best loved movements owes much of its success to one man: art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, of whom Moet said, “Without him, we wouldn’t have survived”.
Savage Beauty, the Alexander McQueen exhibition which comes to London’s Victoria and Albert Museum this spring, from 14th March 2015 expands on the highly popular Metropolitan Museum of Art display with 30 additional garments, including some rare early pieces. The exhibition has been extended by two weeks and will now finish on 2nd August 2015 to help satisfy demand.
The uniquely talented fashion designer is also the subject of a Tate Britain exhibition of Nick Waplinton’s candid photographs of Alexander McQueen’s working process.
From haute couture to ‘Fashion on the Ration’, the Imperial War Museum documents wartime dress. Still with fashion, ‘Beard’, an exhibition by award-winning photographer Brock Elbank is at Somerset House.
The British Museum’s big spring blockbuster exhibition, ‘Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art’ runs from 6th March to 22nd June 2015 and examines how Greek art represented the human body.
‘Magnificent Obsessions’ (12th February to 25th May 2015) at the Barbican, an exhibition “bursting at the seams with bizarre and beautiful objects” (Telegraph) presents the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists such artists as Peter Blake, Edmund de Waal and Damien Hirst.
The Royal Academy of Arts gives UK audiences a rare opportunity to enjoy the work of Richard Diebenkorn (14th March-7th June), one of the USA’s great post-war artists who’s little known here but his colourful abstract paintings captivate.
Then, from 24th June 2015, the first major show dedicated to prominent British sculptor Barbara Hepworth for nearly 50 years opens at Tate Britain. This major retrospective will chart her progress from small carvings to the significant work in bronze, wood and stone that marked her achievement as a sculptor.
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