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31 Jan 2014


Posted in Art, London Reporter

On the outside, London is a treasure trove of distinctive period architecture, perfectly manicured gardens and a vibrant and diverse calendar of events. Step inside the one of London’s many world leading art galleries, however, and you will soon discover that there are many jewels of cultural significance and beauty to discover. As well as permanent exhibitions that attract worldwide visitors on their own, the calendar of temporary exhibitions is so long that you spend every weekend of the year seeing something new, and probably still not seeing everything on offer.

With so much choice on offer, we thought we would try to help you narrow down your search and have listed our most anticipated London art exhibitions of 2014.

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined at The Royal Academy of Arts 25 January – 6 April 2014

sensing spaces exhibition

The large scale & immersive exhibition encourages visitors to touch, climb, walk, talk, sit and contemplate. Featuring architectural inspiration from six countries over four continents, the exhibition of installations that fill the galleries allows you to walk around, though, under and on the installations so you really can enjoy the designs from all angles.


Rembrandt: The Final Years at The National Gallery 15 October 2014 – 18 January 2015


This once-in-a-lifetime exhibition brings together approximately 40 paintings, 20 drawings and 30 prints from Rembrandt’s last 20 years. Sourced from around the globe, these works define our image of Rembrandt, his style and his life. The scale of this exhibition showcases why and how Rembrandt influenced art and design for many generations.


The Great War in Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery 27 February – 15 June 2014

The Great War in Portraits

2014 marks 100 years since the outbreak of the First World War. Whilst undeniably one of the darkest periods of modern history, it can also be attributed as a significant turning point and the instigator of many cultural changes that have shaped the world of today. This exhibition takes a look at the many different faces of the war as well as the influence the war had on artists of the time.


The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk at The Barbican 9 April 2014 – 25 August 2014

Barbican Gallery

The first major exhibition dedicated to the designer behind the infamous conical bra and corsets worn by Madonna and costumes worn by Kylie Minogue, features more than 140 cutting-edge designs that have shaped fashion over the past 35 years.


Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs at the Tate Modern 17 April – 7 September 2014

cut outs

Artists are only limited by their imaginations, so when ill health prevented Matisse from painting, he sought out another form of artistic expression, turning to collations of cut outs of painted paper taking on a stained glass inspired styling. The exhibition features the largest ever collection of his cut-out works, created between 1936 and 1954.


Of course as the saying goes, it is in the eye of the beholder – so if you feel we’ve missed a gem, please send you recommendations via twitter to @TheMayFairHotel

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