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11 Apr 2013

Our top exhibitions to check out in April and May 0  

Posted in Art, London Reporter

Get your fill of art and culture this month without the queues at some of the capital’s lesser known, but no less fabulous, exhibitions.

– Sebastiao Salgado at the Natural History Museum

Salgado’s Genesis exhibition took eight years to put together and is a collection of over 200 photographs celebrating wildlife, landscapes and communities, all untouched by modern life. His photo-journalism work focuses on global issues and the exhibition will continue on a world tour so catch it before it finishes on 8th September.

Exhibitions in London

Steeple Jason Island is home to more than 500,000 pairs of black-browed albatrosses (Thalassarche melanophris), the largest colony of albatrosses in the world. Falkland Islands, 2009.

– Norman Parkinson at the National Theatre

Norman Parkinson is the godfather of fashion photography and his celebrated lifework is on display at the National Theatre until 12th May. Glamour, celebrities and stunning portraiture celebrate 100 years since Parkinson’s birth with his many famous shots of exotic locations and stunning models before and since the Second World War.

Exhibitions in Lodon

Norman Parkinson, The Art of Travel, Vogue 1951

– Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901 at the Courtauld Gallery

This exhibition shows some of Picasso’s early masterpieces when he launched his career as a 19 year old in Paris. The suicide of a friend at the turn of the century is thought to have inspired Picasso’s reflective Blue Period and some of his most famous pieces, making 1901 a turning point in his young life. Open daily until 27th May.

– Lichtenstein at the Tate Modern

Now is your last chance to see Lichtenstein: A Retrospective at the Tate Modern (open until 27th May) and marvel at the detail and humour of his famous paintings. There are also some fantastic gifts in the shop like our favourite the ‘Oh, Jeff’ mug.

Art Exhibition in London

‘Oh Jeff’ 1964, by Roy Lichtenstein

Secrets of the Royal Bedchamber at Hampton Court Palace

This saucy exhibition at Hampton Court Palace looks at some of the grandest Baroque royal beds. Explore why the bedroom was the most important place in the palace, get all the gossip through stories from royal servants and have a giggle at some of the most bizarre bedtime rituals. Open daily until 3rd November, while you’re there have a wander round the gardens and zip through the famous Hampton Court maze – hopefully the sun will be out! Find out more about the exhibition on the official website and play around with the nifty app that allows you to create your own bed (complete with rare Ostrich plumes with Madam wishes!), get the gossip from different characters and more. Visit the site >


Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum – Tennis on the Riviera

Even if you don’t have tickets to the Championships in June, pop down to Wimbledon and check out their Lawn Tennis Museum. The latest exhibition ‘On The Riviera’ – Tennis in the South of France 1874-1939, take you back in time through colourful posters, graphics and photographs of the famous players of the time. Be sure to pop into the newly refurbished shop as well while you’re there and watch the 3D film from Sony ‘Viewpoint’, a fantastic introduction to tennis at Wimbledon.


– Michael Caine at the Museum of London

The Museum of London is celebrating the life and work of Cockney actor Sir Michael Caine through portraits by David Bailey and Terry O’Neill, audio and footage from some of his famous films like ‘Alfie’ and ‘The Italian Job’, and a selection of unseen photographs. Entry to the exhibition is free and is open daily until 14th July.


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