There are a wealth of major art exhibitions showing across the capital in the forth coming year. Art lovers in 2013 will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the classics, but also explore new themes and even experience on stage performances, complimenting static art. Works from the Ice Age, including some of the world’s most ancient pictures and sculptures, to modern Juergen Teller photos of Kate Moss, will bring together in one city a not to be missed collection of diverse exhibitions.
LS Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, Tate Britain, June 25th – October 20th 2013
LS Lowry is a perennial British favorite After some speculation that his emotive and tender vistas of everyday life in the industrial north of England, would not appeal to a southern audience, a comprehensive retrospective begins at the Tate in June 2013. The Tate, on the north bank of the Thames near Pimlico, had recently been criticized for not showing its collection of LS Lowry’s work regularly. A group of artists suggested some of the paintings may even be sold, so as to make them more visible to the general public and raise interest in the painter. However, around 80 works will be on display and visitor numbers are expected to be high, as the gallery is also having a facelift in time for the summer.
Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind, British Museum, February 7th – May 26th 2013
Housed in one of the most stunning buildings in the city, sculpture, paintings and various other pieces that have survived for between 10,000 and 40,000 years, will arrive at the British Museum in South Kensington. The display is drawn from a number of European locations and will be shown alongside the more contemporary works of sculpters like Henry Moore and painters like Matisse. It is hoped this juxtaposition will demonstrate to viewers that despite the vast difference in time, there are similarities between the works. This idea suggests the Ice Age artists processed and analysed the world around them much as we do today.
The Bride and the Bachelors: Duchamp with Cage, Cunningham, Rauschenberg and Johns, Barbican Centre, February 14th – June 9th 2013
This exhibition will combine dynamic performance art with more conventional ideas of what constitutes an art show. Marcel Duchamp was a huge influence on artists and performers during the 1950’s and 60’s, transcending creative disciplines. As well as the art show, there will be dance events. The combined effect will illustrate how four modern artists used his work to inspire their own, in a movement that eventually resulted in the emergence of the Pop Art genre.
Juergen Teller: Woo, ICA, January 23rd – March 17th 2013
The pivotal moment in Juergen Tellers career came with his portraits of the singer Sinead O’Connor on the cover of her hit Nothing Compares to You, in 1990. The tenderness and power invested in those pictures, also marks his earlier works of the 15 year old unknown Kate Moss. Juergen has the ability to function effectively in the corporate entertainment world and also retain his artistic credibility. Look out for photos of his East Anglia home and birthplace in Germany, sparkles of self deprecating humour, intensity and openness run through Juergen’s photos by way of a signature.
Whether it’s a day’s excursion or a lunch hour treat, try and make time to visit. The stunning variety of collections on offer in the coming year have something to please both the casual observer and the more experienced art lover. Art helps us to understand the world around us, question conventional thinking and inspire us. Prepare to be moved and educated by the emotional impact of these must see exhibitions.
This article was written on behalf of Claridge’s hotel.