Top Winter Events and Exhibitions in London
Making Modernism, Royal Academy of Arts
12th November 2022 until 12th February 2023
Often left out from popular narratives of 20th century European art, radical, trailblazing female artists working in Germany are the focus of Making Modernism.
Positioning the Expressionist painter Paula Modersohn-Becker as a formidable portrait artist, highlighting Gabriele Münter’s poetic landscapes and displaying Marianne Werefkin’s colourful, passionate paintings, the exhibition adds a feminist lens to themes of identity, representation and belonging. Lose yourself in their beautiful depictions of still-life, selt-portraiture and urban scenes from contemporary Europe in this thought-provoking exhibition.
Discover Manet & Eva Gonzales, The National Gallery
21st October 2022 until 15th January 2023
A daughter of Impressionism, Eva Gonzales is famed for being the subject of Manet’s most renowned portrait and the only student the French painter agreed to take on.
This year, the National Gallery looks at his famous portrait from a fresh perspective using new technology. Scans of the painting reveal the areas Manet struggled with and how the work developed over time, allowing visitors to feel as though they are alongside him as he paints. The exhibition also delves into Gonzales’ relationship with Manet and examines her own works as well as telling us about the experience of women as artists in the 19th century.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year, The Natural History Museum
14th October 2022 until 2nd July 2023
Take a journey through exotic lands, dense rainforests and snow-capped mountains in the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition at the Natural History Museum.
With photographs contributed by talented artists from across the globe, recognise the beauty of the natural world through a different lens. As we trek through the jungle and peek through the leaves, the exhibition digs deeper into the challenges faced by the natural world today.
Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance, V&A South Kensington
11th February until 11th June 2023
Without Donatello, one could say that the Italian Renaissance may never have even happened. This is the case put forward by the highly-anticipated exhibition marking the first large-scale display of the Florentine sculptor in Britain.
The huge collection of around 130 works, loaned from over 50 world-leading institutions, positions Donatello as the artist who led Italian art out of the Middle Ages. His mastery of perspective and marble sculptures in minimal relief formed the basis of inspiration for the great artists of the Renaissance, including Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
National Gallery credit photo to Leonid Andronov