Happy New Year! To celebrate arriving in 2020 – here’s LLLC’s guide to some exhibitions to look out for in the year ahead…

Women at Their Toilette, Paris, winter 1937–38
© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Mathieu Rabeau.

Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts: the first major exhibition to open this year, Picasso and Paper will open to the public on the 25th January. This is a chance for visitors to see how Picasso used paper in a variety of different ways. It is set to feature works such as Women at Their Toilette, winter 1937-38 (Musée national Picasso-Paris), which will be exhibited in the UK for the first time in over 50 years; Cubist papiers-collés such as Violin, 1912 (Musée national Picasso-Paris); and studies for Les
Demoiselles d’Avignon, 1907 including Bust of Woman or Sailor (Study for ‘Les Demoiselles d’Avignon’), 1907 (Musée national Picasso-Paris).

Portraying Pregnancy, The Foundling Museum: on display from the 24th January, this new exhibition will explore how pregnant women have been portrayed in portraits across the centuries. Through paintings, prints, photographs, objects and clothing from the fifteenth century to the present day, it will highlight the different ways in which pregnancy was, or was not, represented and how shifting social attitudes have impacted on depictions of pregnant women.

Cecil Beaton: Bright Young Things, National Portrait Gallery: bringing together many of the British photographer’s images, this exhibition will explore Beaton’s own life and relationship with the ‘Bright Young Things’ of the 1920’s and 1930’s. But alongside Beaton’s own work, the exhibition will also feature work by friends and artists know to Beaton including Rex Whistler, Henry Lamb, Ambrose McEvoy, Christopher Wood and Augustus John; portraits of Beaton by Paul Tanqueray, Dorothy Wilding, and Curtis Moffat.

Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, Victoria and Albert Museum: from the 27th June, the V&A will present a major exhibition based around Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. This display will explore the story’s origins, adaptations and reinventions over the last 157 years and still continues to fascinate people.

Thomas Becket Exhibition at the British Museum: while not opening to the public until October 2020, this exhibition will examine why he was one of the most powerful figures at the time of his death in 1170. The display will feature a wide variety of objects including medieval stained glass, manuscripts, jewellery and sacred reliquaries.

British Surrealism, Dulwich Picture Gallery: on display from the 26th February, this display will concentrate on the work of artists such as artists including  Eileen Agar, John Armstrong, Francis Bacon, Edward Burra, Leonora Carrington, Henry Moore, Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland to tell the story of the origins of surrealist art in Britain.

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