Here’s Love London Love Culture’s picks of exhibitions opening in February that you may want to book a ticket for….
Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age, National Gallery: the National Gallery is set to present major exhibition exploring the artist’s move away from paintings of historical and biblical scenes to capturing every day life. Having been one of Rembrandt’s most important pupils, this is an exhibition that will not want to be missed when it goes on display from the 22nd February.
David Hockney: Drawing from Life, National Portrait Gallery: this will be the first exhibition to concentrate on David Hockney’s drawings in twenty years. It is set to feature around 150 works by the artist, with highlights including a series of new portraits; coloured pencil drawings created in Paris in the early 1970s; composite Polaroid portraits from the 1980s; and a selection of drawings from an intense period during the 1980s when the artist created a self-portrait every day over a period of two months.
British Baroque: Power and Illuision, Tate Britain: on display from the 4th February, this display will concentrate on baroque art in Britain and is the first time the gallery will present a show devoted to the later 17th century. It will feature work from some of the renowned artists of the time including Peter Lely, Godfrey Kneller and James Thornhill.
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk, Victoria and Albert Museum: the V&A will focus on the evolution of the Kimono as an icon of fashion, exploring its history as well as revealing its sartorial, aesthetic and social importance both in Japan and around the world. The exhibition will be on display from the 29th February.
Steve McQueen exhibition, Tate Modern: in this first major exhibition of his work at Tate Modern since Steve McQueen won the Turner Prize at the gallery, this display will feature 14 works panning film, photography and sculpture. It includes his first film shot on a Super 8 camera, Exodus , and the recent End Credits , McQueen’s homage to the African-American singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, which is on show for the first time in the UK.
British Surrealism, Dulwich Picture Gallery: from the 26th February, visitors to the gallery will be able to explore the history of British surrealism. Marking 100 years since the birth of surrealism, this is a chance to see the work of artists such as Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Paul Nash as well as lesser known figures such as Marion Adnams, Conroy Maddox, Reuben Mednikoff and Grace Pailthorpe.