Visit London Blog » dulwich picture gallery Enjoy the very best of London Mon, 20 Oct 2014 09:00:56 +0000 en-US hourly 1 What’s On This Weekend: 8-9 February Mon, 03 Feb 2014 10:00:18 +0000

A mixed bag of events spread across this weekend range from the all-out madness that comes with Winter Pride and the Six Nations, to the more serene prospects of a David Hockney exhibition in the Dulwich Picture Gallery or admiring orchids at Kew Gardens.

David Hockney, Printmaker at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

The lovely Dulwich Picture Gallery opens its latest exhibition this weekend as Hockney, Printmaker celebrates the career of one of Britain’s most loved artists. The exhibition features over 100 carefully chosen works concentrating on two of Hockney’s favoured techniques: etching and lithography. Classics such as A Rake’s Progress (1961-63) and Illustrations for Six Fairy Tales from the Brothers Grimm (1969) are included in this must-see collection. Opens 5 Feb

“Though she be but little, she is fierce!”

From the creative team that brought the spectacle that is War Horse to the London stage (Bristol’s Old Vic artistic director Tom Morris and the Handspring Puppet Company) comes this innovative adaptation of Shakespeare’s much loved comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Expect a combination of puppetry and general stage wizardry alongside the bard’s fantastical prose when this opens for a short run at the Barbican Centre. 6-15 Feb

Flying the flag (indoors)

This year marks the first ever indoor Winter Pride event, hosted at the Tobacco Dock. As many as 3,000 revellers from the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community can party away from the elements, with music coming from big LGBT club brands and international DJs, including Bear Necessities, East Bloc, MINT, One Love and Popstarz. Also inside will be fairground attractions, cultural and charitable stands and a Victorian marketplace. 8 Feb

Keep dancin’! at The O2

Cue that catchy tune from the opening credits, as there are still tickets available for the four live Strictly Come Dancing shows at The O2 this weekend. Confirmed stars for this live version of the much loved BBC show include the model Abbey Clancy, former Dragon Deborah Meaden, Westlife’s Nicky Byrne and rugby World Cup winner Ben Cohen. 8-9 Feb

The season of beer and bruising tackles is upon us

The Six Nations returned last weekend, as rugby fans descend once again upon the best pubs and bars across the city (or mostly south of the river really). The rivalry between the Six Nations (England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales) is fierce but this makes for a great atmosphere as fans watch shoulder to shoulder and banter the afternoon away under a haze of Guinness and pride, the only thing to do is join the scrum. 1 Feb – 15 Mar

A tropical treat at Kew Gardens

For an altogether more tranquil weekend activity head to the warmth of the Princess of Wales Conservatory at Kew Gardens for the annual celebration of Orchids. Explore the tropical plants and orchids inside the conservatory and witness some of the rarest specimens in the world at this botanical wonderland. 8 Feb – 9 Mar

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Coming Up at London’s Small Galleries: Michelangelo, Cezanne and Paul Nash Fri, 06 Nov 2009 11:05:06 +0000 Antonio Montauti, Diana, c.1720-40Yesterday, three of London’s smaller galleries, The Wallace Collection, The Courtauld Gallery and Dulwich Picture Gallery announced their exhibition programmes for 2010.

Less well-known than many of London’s bigger galleries, these galleries have their work cut out attracting visitors in the difficult economic climate. Happily, they’ve responded to the challenge with gusto, and these exciting exhibitions should attract plenty of attention and visitors:

The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection has been busy refurbishing, creating new galleries, and generally having a bit of a refresh. It’s holding four contemporary exhibitions next year:

  • Beauty and Power: Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Collection of Peter Marino, 29 Apr-25 Jul 2010
    Exploring the powerful world of bronze sculpture, through the collection of distinguished New York architect Peter Marino
  • Poussin to Seurat: French Drawings from the National Gallery of Scotland, 23 Sep-19 Dec 2010
    Magnificent examples of French drawings including many of the Impressionists and Post-Impressionists
  • Shhh, it’s a Secret, 4 Feb-28 Mar
    Curated by twelve local school children, an interactive exhibition, unlocking the secrets behind some of the pieces from the permanent collection
  • Delaroche Paintings, 24 Feb-23 May
    A special display of Paul Delaroche paintings to complement the new major exhibition at the National Gallery, Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey.

The Courtauld Gallery
The Courtauld Gallery also have some big names in their upcoming exhibitions:

  • Michelangelo’s Dream, 18 Feb-16 May 2010
    Examining Michelangelo’s celebrated drawing, The Dream of Human Life, this exhibition also looks at closely related drawings by Michelangelo, as well as letters and poems by the artist
  • The Courtauld Collects: 20 Years of Acquisitions, 17 Jun-19 Sep 2010
    A celebration of the rich selection of works acquired by The Courtauld over the last 20 years
  • Cézanne’s Card Players, 21 Oct-16 Jan 2010
    The first exhibition to bring together the majority of Cézanne’s beautiful paintings of peasants playing cards. It also explores closely related paintings by Cézanne

Dulwich Picture Gallery
Paul Nash, Landscape from a Dream, 1936-8, Oil on canvas, 67.9 x 101.6cm, Tate, London. © Tate, London, 2009.jpgSituated in leafy Dulwich, take the chance to get out of Central London and visit this historic building. It’s only 12 minutes from Victoria by train!

  • Paul Nash, the Elements, 10 Feb-9 May 2010
    Examining Paul Nash’s work by theme, including landscapes as well as classic images of both World Wars
  • The Wyeths: Three Generations of American Art, 9 Jun-22 Aug
    Andrew Wyeth was loved by the American public, but less well received by the critics. See his work, alongside that of his father, son and sister in this exhibition
  • Salvator Rosa: Bandits, Wilderness and Magic, 15 Sep-28 Nov
    Brooding, dark and expressive paintings by rebellious artist and poet Salvator Rosa

Dulwich Picture Gallery is celebrating its bicentenary next year – so watch this space for news of how they’ll be marking the occasion.

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