Emma Clarendon selects some of the exhibitions she is most looking forward to catching this year.
Raphael, National Gallery: having originally been scheduled for 2020, this eagerly anticipated exhibition will explore the artist’s entire career and is set to concentrate on his paintings and drawings as well as his work in architecture, poetry, and design for sculpture, tapestry and prints. The exhibition will be on display from the 9th April until the 31st July, with tickets going on sale soon.
Football: Designing the Beautiful Game, Design Museum: on display from the 8th April, this display at the Design Museum will take visitors behind the designs that have helped football become the sport it is today. From master-planning of the world’s most significant football stadiums to the innovative materials used in today’s boots and the graphic design of team badges – this exhibition is a must-see for any football fan.
Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature, Victoria and Albert Museum: the V&A is set to explore the life and work of the famed children’s author in this new family friendly exhibition set to go on display from the 12th February. Created in collaboration with the National Trust, the exhibition will also focus on the places and animals that inspired her books.
The World of Stonehenge, British Museum: immerse yourself in the history of this iconic monument, taking visitors through the story of Britain and Europe from 4000 to 1000 BC, this exhibition will be on display from the 17th February. Discover the human stories behind Stonehenge through a variety of objects including: stone axes from the North Italian Alps, stunning gold jewellery and examples of early metalwork including the Nebra Sky Disc – the world’s oldest surviving map of the stars.
Bob Marley: One Love Experience, Saatchi Gallery: on display for 10 weeks only, this immersive exhibition will take visitors through the singer’s life through photographs, memorabilia and artworks. Meanwhile, those coming along will also then be able to enter immersive rooms that recreate his world.
Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination, Science Museum: placing visitors at the heart of the exhibition, this display will be enjoyed by fans of science fiction with its wide range of authentic objects from celebrated movies, TV, and books, as well as paintings, artworks, and photography. On display from the 6th October, it is a chance to see how science fiction continues to inspire the future.
Van Gogh: Self Portraits, Courtauld Gallery: using the artist’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, this exhibition will feature a selection of more than 15 self-portraits will be brought together to trace the evolution of Van Gogh’s self representation.