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Exhibits around the world > Britain December 13, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Arts.

Venice.” For 40 years, Canaletto (1697-1768) created works for a demanding foreign clientele, including English travelers on the Grand Tour. One of his patrons was the British consul to Venice, who later sold his entire collection to George III in 1762. Fourteen vedute are on display, accompanied by 70 sketches. Some of the sketches served as reference material when Canaletto worked in his studio, and the others were intended as works of art in their own right. They show how Canaletto, by manipulating space, created views that are idealized in spite of their apparent accuracy.  www.royalcollection.org.uk

BARBICAN CENTRE > To Jan. 28: “In the Face of History: European Photographers in
the 20th Century.” The exhibition showcases the works of photographers who’ve become household names: Brassaï, Doisneau, Tillmans, Sudek among others. Covering the period 1910 to the present day, the exhibition showcases illustrations of the main events of a turbulent century in Europe. www.barbican.org.uk

GILBERT COLLECTION, SOMERSET HOUSE > To Jan. 28: “Britannia & Muscovy: English Silver at the Court of the Tsars.” Good relations between England and Russia were consolidated by opulent gifts sent by the Elizabethan and Stuart royalty to the czars and by English merchants eager to establish trade with Russia in the 16th and 17th centuries. Some of them are on display here and are complemented by Russian gold and silver artworks of the same period.  www.gilbert-collection.org.uk

NATIONAL GALLERY > To Jan. 7: “Cézanne in Britain.” In the wake of two popular exhibitions in Washington and Aix-en-Provence, France, the museum is also marking the centenary of the French painter’s (1839-1906) death with a retrospective of his works held in Britain. The portraits, still lifes and landscapes on canvas or on paper (watercolors, drawings and prints) are on loan from public institutions and private collections.  www.nationalgallery.org.uk

To Jan. 21: “Velázquez.” Tracing the career of Diego Rodriguez de Silva y Velázquez (1599-1660), the exhibition follows the artist’s move to Madrid and his appointment as court painter to Philip IV, his two trips to Italy, and his final days. The Spanish painter achieved physical and psychological naturalism using increasingly pronounced and elegant brushstrokes: His technique was to inspire future realists as well as the Impressionists. Almost half of the world’s surviving works by Velázquez are on display, demonstrating his artistic development through portraits, religious scenes and mythological paintings.  www.nationalgallery.org.uk

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY > To Jan. 21: “David Hockney: Portraits.” A versatile artist who has worked in painting, photography, and stage design for the opera scene, the British artist (born 1937) is now showing portraits created over the past 50 years. Hockney who, a couple of years ago, turned to pastoral landscapes with views of his native Yorkshire, is offering self-portraits, portraits of family, friends and lovers, in a variety of media –painting, drawing, photo-collage — as well as a few works created for the exhibition.  www.npg.org.uk

ROYAL ACADEMY > To Dec. 17: “Landscape Paintings.” A small selection of 20 landscape paintings from its own collection, by well known artists such as Turner and Sargent as well as lesser-known Victorian masters, and 20th-century artists such as Winston Churchill (who painted as a hobby) and Roger de Grey.  www.royalacademy.org.uk/rodin

To Jan. 1: “Rodin.” Ten chronological themes have been selected to explore what inspired the French sculptor (1840-1917), from his studies of unposed models to his love of antiquities. About 300 sculptures in marble, bronze and plaster on loan from the eponymous museum in Paris and the sculptor’s house near Paris are juxtaposed with lyrical and erotic drawings and clay sketches, as well as photographs of the artist and his work.  www.royalacademy.org.uk/rodin

To Feb. 25: “Chola: Sacred Bronzes of Southern India.” The Cholas ruled for 400 years (9th to 13th century) in southern India, Sri Lanka, the Maldives and parts of Indonesia. The portable bronze sculptures that are displayed here were revered as representations of the Hindu gods and presided over specific festivities.  www.royalacademy.org.uk

TATE BRITAIN > To Jan. 7: “Holbein in England.” This event is the follow up to a Basel exhibit that featured works created by Hans Holbein (1497-1543) while he lived in Switzerland. Holbein went to England in 1526 and stayed for two years. He came back in 1532 and lived in London until his death. The show focuses on the works that Holbein produced as the official painter to Henry VIII. They document life in Tudor England and reflect the unsettled history and politics of the time.  www.tate.org.uk/britain/

To Jan. 14: “Stubbs: A Celebration.” The exhibition presents about 30 paintings of animals, peasant scenes and portraits by George Stubbs (1724-1806). With a passion for anatomy, the painter took to dissecting horses. His drawings soon attracted the attention of the nobility for whom he created large paintings of their horses. Stubbs also painted rural scenes and exotic animals kept in private menageries. The show will travel to the Frick Collection, New York.  www.tate.org.uk/britain/

TATE MODERN > To Jan. 14: “David Smith.” An innovative and influential American sculptor, Smith (1906–65) pioneered welding in sculpture and is known for his diverse large-scale metal pieces constructed from used machine parts, abandoned tools and scrap metal. His early work was inspired by Surrealism and Constructivism; his later work owes more to full abstraction. Smith’s career was cut short in 1965, when he died in a car accident. The 100 works are aptly showcased by the vast white spaces of Tate Modern. www.tate.org/modern/

WALLACE COLLECTION > To Feb. 25: “Reclaiming Rembrandt.” Documents the changes in fortune of several paintings that were attributed to other artists by the Rembrandt Research Project 20 years ago, but that have recently been re-examined and re-attributed to the Dutch painter.  www.wallacecollection.org

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