Christmas in London: exhibitions that you have to see


After my post with the exhibitions to see Paris, another post with my ideas for a Christmas in Europe.
The most beautiful exhibitions to see in London.

READ ALSO: the exhibitions to see in Spain and also the exhibition to see in Germany and Austria.

Beyond Caravaggio – Is the first major exhibition in the UK to explore the influence of Caravaggio on the art of his contemporaries and followers. Paintings by Caravaggio and his followers were highly sought after in the decades following his untimely death at the age of just 39. By the mid-17th century, however, the Caravaggesque style had fallen out of favour and it would take almost three hundred years for Caravaggio’s reputation to be restored and for his artistic accomplishments to be fully recognised.

12 October 2016 – 15 January 2017
The National Gallery, London


The Radical Eye: modernist photography from the Sir Elton John Collection – This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see one of the world’s greatest private collections of photography, drawn from the classic modernist period of the 1920s–50s. An incredible group of Man Ray portraits are exhibited together for the first time, having been brought together by Sir Elton John over the past twenty-five years, including portraits of Matisse, Picasso, and Breton.

10 November 2016 – 7 May 2017


French portrait drawings from Clouet to Courbet – See over 65 portraits by French artists spanning four centuries, from the early drawings of Jean Clouet (1480–1541) and his son François (c. 1510–1572) to the exquisite drawings of the Realist Gustave Courbet (1819–1877).The British Museum has a remarkable collection of French portrait drawings, including examples by the most celebrated artists – from Clouet, Watteau and Ingres to Fantin-Latour, Courbet and Toulouse-Lautrec. Many have not been widely displayed, so this exhibition is a chance to see beautiful, rarely seen works. The exhibition illustrates the development of portrait drawing from the Valois and Bourbon kings to the upheavals of the Revolution, Napoleon’s Empire and beyond.

8 September 2016 – 29 January 2017
The British Museum, London

READ ALSO: What to see at the British Museum.


Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear – Discover the evolution of underwear design from the 18th-century to the present day.Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear features over 200 examples of underwear for men and women, highlighting the enduring themes of innovation and luxury.

16 April 2016 – 12 March 2017
Victoria & Albert Museum
Fashion Temporary Exhibition Space




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