Sunday, September 01, 2013

Major Art Exhibitions in London September - November 2013

Poster for Whistler in London
at the Dulwich Picture Gallery - opens October
This is my update about major Art Exhibitions exhibitions on display in London between September and November 2013.

Major Art Galleries and Museums in the UK

British Museum

Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

The British Museum is tackling a topic not often seen in major exhibitions in a national museum. Should be interesting!

Courtauld Gallery

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
Make sure you don't miss the Courtauld's permanent collection. It includes some very famous paintings in galleries which are a pleasure to visit. This is an interactive map of the gallery. You can take photographs in the gallery as long as you do not use your flash or a tripod.

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Gallery Road, London, SE21 7AD
  • 12 June - 22 September 2013 - Nash, Nevinson, Spencer, Gertler, Carrington, Bomberg: A Crisis of Brilliance, 1908-1922. Catch the last few weeks of Dulwich's summer exhibition. It includes some of the best and most innovative works by influential artists from the early part of the 20th century - namely Paul Nash, C.R.W. Nevinson, Stanley Spencer, Mark Gertler, Dora Carrington and David Bomberg.
  • 16 October 2013 - 12 January 2014 An American in London: Whistler and the Thames This will include paintings of Chelsea and the Thames River, along with prints and rarely seen drawings, watercolours and pastels.  Did you know that Whistler's 'Nocturne: Blue and Gold - Old Battersea Bridge' has been voted ninth in the Art Everywhere poll of the nation's favourite works of art.  It normally lies at Tate Britain but will travel south of the river for this exhibition.
I'm really looking forward to the Whistler exhibition.  If you'd like to know more about Whistler see the website I produced after I studied his work - About James McNeill Whistler - American Artist
"Paint should not be applied thick. It should be like a breath on the surface of a pane of glass."James Abbot McNeill Whistler
Portrait of Hermine Gallia (1904) by Gustav Klimt
oil on canvas, 170.5 × 96.5 cm (67.1 × 38 in)

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN

I much prefer the permanent collection at the National Gallery to most of their temporary exhibitions. 

  • Until 24 November 2013 - Michael Landy: Saints Alive 
  • 26 June – 8 September 2013 - Vermeer and Music This is rather a novel exhibition. Three paintings by Vermeer involving the playing of musical instruments together with an exhibition of musical instruments and concerts three times a week.
  • 9 October 2013 – 12 January 2014 Facing the Modern: The Portrait in Vienna 1900 The exhibition explores portraiture in the capital of the Austro Hungarian empire post 19th century and prior to the first world war. It includes striking portrait paintings by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele and Oskar Kokoschka.  This one should be interesting particularly for the portrait painters!
The Portrait exhibition looks as if it good be really good. I'm also really excited having just posted that next summer's big exhibition which is all about Colour!
St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE
  • 20 June to 15 September 2013 - BP Portrait Award The last two weeks of one of my favourite exhibitions every year which is very popular with the public.  Read my review Susanne de Toit wins £30000 BP Portrait Award 2013 - Making a Mark which provides a summary of the portraits and artists awarded prizes totalling £53000.
  • Nina Felix by Bob Dylan, 2013
    courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery
    30 March until 1 November 2013
    - Jacob Epstein: Portrait Sculptor (Room 33) Works on display include some of Epstein’s most celebrated portraits, notably his busts of Joseph Conrad, T.S Eliot, Vaughan Williams and George Bernard Shaw.
  • 11 July - 13 October 2013 Laura Knight Portraits Read my Review: Laura Knight Portraits
  • 24 August 2013 - 5 January 2014 Bob Dylan: Face Value 12 pastel portraits by musician  and song writer Bob Dylan
  • 10 October 2013 - 5 January 2014 Elizabeth I & Her People in the Wolfson Gallery.  The exhibition includes many outstanding paintings of Elizabeth I, explorers, soldiers, female courtiers, plus lesser-known Elizabethans including butchers, goldsmiths, brewers, merchants, writers and artists.
  • 14 November 2013 - 9 February 2014 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2013 in the Porter Gallery. 60 portraits by some of the most exciting contemporary photographers from around the world.
Three unknown Elizabethan children
Unknown Anglo-Netherlandish artist, c.1580
courtesy of the National Portrait Gallery
The permanent collection is well worth a visit!  My favourites are The Tudor Gallery and the twentieth century galleries.

'Fire's On', 1891 by Arthur Streeton
Oil on canvas, 183.8 x 122.5 cm
Art Gallery of New South Wales, purchased 1893
Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London
in partnership with the National Gallery of Australia

Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD | 6 Burlington Gardens, London W1S 3ET
  • 6 July—29 September 2013 Mexico: A Revolution in Art, 1910-1940. This exhibition includes artwork by Diego Rivera, Frida Kahlo and José Clemente Orozco plus work by international artists and intellectuals who were drawn to the country including Marsden Hartley, Josef Albers, Edward Burra, Paul Strand, Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Breton and Robert Capa.
  • 21 September—8 December 2013 Australia exhibition in the Main Galleries of Burlington House.  I am so looking forward to seeing paintings by Arthur Streeton.
  • 26 October 2013—26 January 2014 Daumier (1808-1879): Visions of Paris in The Sackler Wing of Galleries, Burlington House

I'm really looking forward to the the opening of the Australia exhibition.

Saatchi Gallery

Duke of York's HQ, King's Road, London SW3 4RY

I'm not a fan of this gallery, mainly because I don't have a great affinity with this sort of contemporary art but also because I don't like what seems to me to be sleight of hand marketing.  There's also a curious mismatch between the way people describe visiting the gallery and the supposed number of gallery visitors.

Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

Very much a gallery for those who love botanical art and illustration 

Tate Britain

Tate Britain appears to be making a big effort to get back in tune with what people want out of a gallery which is supposed to represent the best in British Art.  Like recognising people want to see the assets which were stored in the vaults and finally getting round to giving Lowry a major exhibition.

Tate Modern

    17 April – 20 October 2013 Saloua Raouda Choucair Lebanese pioneer of abstract art
    3 July – 22 September 2013 - Ibrahim El-Salahi: A Visionary Modernist The first Tate Modern exhibition dedicated to African Modernism traces the life and work of Ibrahim El-Salahi.
    3 July – 22 September 2013 - Meschac Gaba: Museum of Contemporary African Art
  • 16 October – 9 March 2014 The EY Exhibition: Paul KleeKlee is a giant of twentieth-century art and one of the great creative innovators of the time.  This exhibition reunites paintings, drawings and watercolours from collections around the world. They will be displayed alongside each other as the artist originally intended, often for the first time since Klee exhibited them himself.
During 2013, Tate Modern has been looking very much to parts of the world which haven't traditionally featured in exhibitions of contemporary art in the past.  This Autumn it returns to a big 'name' artist with an exhibition of work by Paul Klee.

Wallace Collection

The Wallace also has an interesting permanent collection which is well worth a visit.  They've got some very nice paintings by Canaletto.

Art Society Exhibitions

I've also included exhibitions of note by member artists on related subjects and major art competitions at these galleries.

Also included are the events and workshops associated with the Art Society Exhibitions where these are posted on websites

Bankside Gallery 

48 Hopton Street, London, SE1 9JH Open daily 11am - 6pm during exhibitions
  • 2 August - 8 September 2013 - Off the Wall - A joint summer exhibition by artists from the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers

Mall Galleries 

The Mall, London SW1Y 5BD All exhibitions are 10:00am to 17:00pm daily unless otherwise stated
9 -14 September 2013 The Horse In Art 2013: Annual Exhibition
16-21 September 2013The Sunday Times Watercolour Exhibition
16-21 September 2013 - The Derwent Art Prize
16-21 September 2013 - Still Alive: Contemporary still life painting
25 September - 12 October 2013 The Threadneedle Prize
16-27 October 2013 - Royal Society of Marine Artists: Annual Exhibition
31 October - 10 November 2013Society of Wildlife Artists: Annual Exhibition
14-24 November 2013 ING Discerning Eye Exhibition

I've only just noticed in compiling this list that two major art competitions are both having exhibitions in the gallery at the same time!

Notes for Visitors to Art Exhibitions

See my websites about museums and art galleries in London

Also see:

Notes for Artists


(Solo or Group Exhibitions)



  1. Great to know what's coming up - thanks Katherine. It's so useful having all the main shows listed on one page. Who needs Time Out when we have you?!


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