Museums and Institutions
National Gallery houses the national collection of paintings in the Western European tradition from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is my belief that it must be considered the most important museum in London for exhibiting the widest range of art presentation over that period.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A has unrivalled collections of contemporary and historic art and design. It houses some of the world's greatest resources of architecture, fashion, photography, theatre and performance, sculpture, contemporary design, ceramics, Asian art and design, furniture, textiles, jewellery, metalwork and many more disciplines.
Daily: 10am - 5.45pm
Friday: 10am - 10pm (reduced gallery openings after 6pm)
National Portrait Gallery
The Gallery was founded in 1856 to collect portraits of famous British men and women. Explore 200,000 portraits from the 16th Century to the present day. Learn the history of Britain through the faces of its monarchs and famous people.
Thursday and Friday: 10am–9pm
The national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day and international modern and contemporary art. Collection includes over 70,000 artworks by over 3,000 artists and grows every year. Access to important artworks by JMW Turner from Tate's own holdings, together with other collections, forms the most comprehensive online catalogue of Turner's work.
Daily: 10am - 6pm
The Wallace Collection is a national museum in a historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain, with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury. My personal favourite London museum for its elegance and style.
Daily: 10am - 5pm
The collections in Tate Modern consist of works of international modern and contemporary art dating from 1900 until today.
A new development project to the south of the existing building is currently underway to transform Tate Modern. An iconic new building will be added at the south of the existing gallery creating more spaces for displaying the collection will be open in June 2016.
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery: it was founded in 1811 when Sir Francis Bourgeois RA bequeathed his collection of old masters “for the inspection of the public”. It houses a collection of over 600 paintings, rich in European masterpieces.
Tuesday - Sunday: 10am - 5pm
A location of your own choice, tell me what you want to explore and look up together. Cultural London has much to offer! Private museums, galleries, including Sir John Soane museum, Kensington Palace, the Saatchi Gallery and more. Whether you love Old Masters or modern art, contemporary sculpture or Impressionist paintings, London has an art gallery to suit you.
I can arrange private art gallery views exclusively for you, auction house visits or even tours of private collections.
Current Important Exhibitions
‘Beyond Caravaggio’ is the first major exhibition in the UK to explore the influence of Caravaggio on the art of his contemporaries and followers.
After the unveiling of Caravaggio’s first public commission in 1600, artists from across Europe flocked to Rome to see his work. Seduced by the pictorial and narrative power of his paintings, many went on to imitate their naturalism and dramatic lighting effects.
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.
Bringing together exceptional works by Caravaggio and the Italian, French, Flemish, Dutch, and Spanish artists he inspired, ‘Beyond Caravaggio’ examines the international artistic phenomenon known as Caravaggism.
This exhibition is a collaboration between the National Gallery, London, the National Gallery of Ireland, and the National Galleries of Scotland.
Read more: National Gallery London
Featuring over 80 works unravelling Pablo Picasso’s lifetime of artistic bravura, this exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery opening this October will be showcasing an extensive display of the artist’s portrait works.
It would be interesting to see how the national portrait gallery organises a show that shifts the focus from Picasso’s iconic styles and aesthetics to a more specific exposé of the artist’s skills in portraiture using a range of media and techniques. As well as how they have encompassed and highlighted the inspirations that influence Picasso’s portraits, rendering the show all the more personal and intimate.
The exhibition’s curator Elizabeth Cowling beautifully elaborates on the richness of the show as she explains; “Because he was the subject of great mood swings himself, the emotional range of his work is as large as that of great playwrights and novelists”.
Without revealing too much of the highly anticipated show and considering that many of the works will be loaned from private collections; it would be safe to envisage that there would be works that would have never been seen prior to this exhibition. This exclusivity in the collection displayed would offer the public a chance to celebrate special moments they would share with the unveiled masterpieces from the iconic artist.
Andipa has collected and invested in Picasso’s work for years, there are several original works in our collection today. Also currently on display; are rare editions of his linocut artworks – Femme Endormie, 1962 and Femme Nue Cueillant des Fleurs 1962.
Picasso Portraits debuts the 6th of October 2016, and closes on the 5th of February of the next year.
Read more: National Portrait Gallery And Andipa Gallery
Past Important Exhibitions
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
30 January — 20 April 2016
**** "A ravishing joy from start to finish” The Guardian
"Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.
Trace the emergence of the modern garden in its many forms and glories as we take you through a period of great social change and innovation in the arts. Discover the paintings of some of the most important Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century as they explore this theme.
Monet, arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, once said he owed his painting “to flowers”. But Monet was far from alone in his fascination with the horticultural world, which is why we will also be bringing you masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee.
For these artists and others, the garden gave them the freedom to break new ground and explore the ever-changing world around them. Highlights include a remarkable selection of works by Monet, including the monumental Agapanthus Triptych, reunited specifically for the exhibition, Renoir’s Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil and Kandinsky’s Murnau The Garden II.
As our galleries are bathed in the colour and light of more than 120 works, see the garden in art with fresh eyes.
Exhibition co-organised by the Royal Academy of Arts and the Cleveland Museum of Art.”
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art
17 February - 22 May 2016
“We all paint in Delacroix’s language,” observed Cézanne
"From the bold colours and abstract shapes of Matisse and Kandinsky, to the expressiveness of Van Gogh and Gauguin, to the vibrant complementary colours of the Impressionists. All can be traced back to Eugène Delacroix – the last painter of the Grand Style but equally one of the first modern masters, who transformed French painting in the 19th century.
‘Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art’ is a long-overdue homage to France’s leading exponent of Romanticism – a true original who, at the time of his death in 1863, was the most revered artist among the avant-garde in Paris.
Drawing inspiration from British art and literature, his real and imagined travels to North Africa, and biblical scenes; every chord of human passion can be found in Delacroix’s paintings – stories of love, murder, violence, and war. “The first merit of a painting is to be a feast for the eye,” he emphasised towards the end of his life.
Placing Delacroix alongside contemporaries such as Courbet and his fellow Romantic Géricault, this exhibition traces 50 years of Delacroix’s legacy, exploring the profound impact he had on generations of artists to come.
This exhibition is organised in collaboration with the Minneapolis Institute of Art."
Image above: Detail from Eugène Delacroix, 'Lion Hunt', 1861 © The Art Institute of Chicago. Potter Palmer Collection, 1922.404'