While 2017 has so far offered plenty of great exhibitions in London, here’s a guide to some of the best yet to come…
1. Enlightened Princesses: Caroline, Augusta, Charlotte and the Shaping of the Modern World, Kensington Palace :- Historic Royal Palaces and the Yale Center for British Art will present a new display exploring the lives of three German princesses who all married into the British Royal family placed them at the very heart of the enlightenment underway in 18th century Britain.
With a variety of interests including latest scientific and medical advancements to their involvement in charity work, each of the Princesses changed the role in which women played in the Royal family, with long lasting results.
This display will reflect the variety of interests that the Princesses had, bringing together 200 objects owned by the Princesses. 22nd June- 12th November.
2. Giacometti, Tate Modern:- this will be the first major UK exhibition in 20 years to examine the work of Alberto Giacometti. It will feature rarely seen plasters and drawings which have never been exhibited before, while uncovering the full evolution of Giacometti’s career across five decades.
The aim of the exhibition is to reassert Giacometti’s place alongside the likes of Matisse and Picasso as one of the great painter-sculptors of the twentieth century. 10th May-10th September.
3. The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains, Victoria and Albert Museum: one of the most eagerly anticipated exhibitions of the year, this upcoming display at the V&A will re-examine the career of Pink Floyd through an audio-visual journey.
The exhibition will mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the band’s first single and will feature a laser light show as well as previously unseen concert footage. It will include over 350 objects including instruments and original artworks. 13th May- 1st October.
4. California: Designing Freedom, Design Museum: this latest exhibition at the Design Museum will focus on how ‘Designed in California’ is the new ‘Made in Italy’. The display will pick up the story in the 1960’s, charting the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture. 24th May- 15th October.
5. Harry Potter: A History of Magic, British Library:- marking the 20th anniversary since the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, this British Library exhibition will look at the genuine history of magic as well as delving into the original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time. 20th October-28th February 2018.
6. Tove Jansson, Dulwich Picture Gallery:- known as one of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century, the Dulwich Picture Gallery re-examines Tove Jansson’s career in this new display featuring 150 works. The aim of the exhibition will be to reintroduce Jansson as an artist of exceptional breadth and talent. 25th October- 28th January 2018.
7. Cezanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery:- the National Portrait Gallery will bring together for the first time over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK. The aim of the exhibition is to explore the special pictorial and thematic characteristics of Cézanne’s portraiture. 26th October-11th February 2018.