Art and culture is a huge part of the London experience and lucky for you, there are plenty of places to see some amazing artwork. The historic galleries and artistic institutions of London are among the biggest and most famous in the world.
Culture seekers heading to the Shaftesbury Hotel Hyde Park this season will find themselves just a Tube ride away from the iconic Tate Britain. The beautiful art museum is home to an array of wonderful exhibitions that showcase some of the history’s rarest and most sought-after artworks. Here are some of the exhibits to keep an eye out for.
The Ey Exhibition
2 Nov, 2017 – 7 May, 2018
This insightful exhibition, which will run at the Tate Britain until next spring, has been put together to explore the history of the Franco-Prussian War which took place throughout the 1870s. During that time, heavy conflict spread through Paris and wider France, causing thousands of people to flee the country. Among those who sought refuge in Britain, a number of artists managed to make a living and become successful. The Ey Exhibition will showcase some of the iconic impressionist artwork that illustrates the journey and the struggle experienced by these artists and other refugees during wartime.
Until 21 Jan
This exciting exhibit has been developed to showcase some of the rare and never before seen works by the acclaimed contemporary artist, Rachel Whiteread. As one of Britain’s leading artists in the contemporary movement, Rachel has had her work featured in countless galleries around the country. She is most famous for her unique work which incorporates industrial materials such as resin, plaster and metal. Whiteread was the first ever woman to win a Turner Prize and the exhibit is designed to celebrate her career and showcase a selection of her finest works. If you’re a fan of contemporary art, this is a must-see during your time at the Shaftesbury hotel collection.
Artist Talk: Roger Ballen
10 Nov 2017
As part of the Artist Talk series, esteemed photographer and renowned artist Roger Ballen will be making his way to the Tate Britain this November to widen the creative lens of budding photographers and share his thoughts on the industry. Born in the 1950s, Ballen has been one of the most influential photographers of the last century and has been pushing boundaries throughout his career. For over 30 years he worked in South Africa which gave him a whole new outlook on photography and helped inspire some of his most notable work.
Inside today’s Museum 2017
Until 7 Dec, 2017
The work involved in organising exhibitions and running an art gallery often gets overlooked. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes at the Tate Britain and this event aims to provide a closer look at the history of the institution and the type of work involved with bringing some of the world’s beat artwork together. This is a unique experience with checking out during your London trip.