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Investing in Art – a Reliable Perspective, at Last

Amnesty International's new “Body of Art”

Dr Vogtherr takes The Wallace Collection to Paris

Sutton Hoo Re-Revealed at the British Museum

An American Revolution in Trafalgar Square

Great Ramayana Manuscript Re-united – online

True Art in the Marketplace: ARTHOUSE Meath

Captain Scott's Photographic Negatives for the Nation

Hull: UK City of Culture in 2017


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Opened in March

Expedition Silk Road: Treasures from the Hermitage. Hermitage Amsterdam. 1 March – 5 September.

Ruin Lust. Tate Britain, London. 4 March – 18 May.

Vikings: Life and Legend. British Museum, London. 6 March – 22 June.

Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess. Sir John Soane's Museum, London. 7 March – 31 May.

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors. Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto. 8 March – 1 September.

John Maine, Sculpture. Salisbury Cathedral, Wiltshire. 8 March – 23 July.

Pontormo and Rosso. Diverging Paths of Mannerism. Palazzo Strozzi, Florence. 8 March – 20 July.

The Passions of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 10 March – 26 May.

Kwang Young Chun: New Work. Bernard Jacobsen Gallery, London. 12 March – 19 April.

Yoko Ono: Half-A-Wing Show – A Retrospective. Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. 14 March – 1 September.

Red Tape. Stanley Casselman and, Hyo Myoung, Plus The Window Project: Michel Platnic. Gazelli Art House, London. 14 March – 4 May.

Ivon Hitchens: Unseen Oil Paintings. Goldmark Gallery, Uppingham, Rutland. 15 March – 6 April.

Renaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 15 March – 8 June.

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice. National Gallery, London. 19 March – 15 June.

RAVAGED – RAVAGE. Art and culture in times of conflict. M-Museum Leuven, Belgium. 20 March – 9 August.

William Kent: Designing Georgian Britain. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 22 March – 13 July.

Titian and the Golden Age of Venetian Painting. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. 22 March – 14 September.

The Colourful World of Kaffe Fassett. The American Museum in Britain, Bath. 22 March – 2 November.

Joyce Pensanto Joyceland, and Peter Joseph The New Painting. Lisson Gallery, London. 26 March – 10 May.

Sutton Hoo and Europe AD 300 – 1100. The Sir Paul and Lady Ruddock Gallery. British Museum, London. Opens 27 March 2014.

Phyllida Barlow: dock 2014. Tate Britain Commission. Tate Britain, London. 31 March – 19 October.


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Closing April or May


lens-based sculpture. Akademie der Künste, Berlin. 24 January – 21 April.

Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 25 January – 6 April.

The Sunflowers: Van Gogh. National Gallery, London. 25 January – 27 April.

*A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscapes from Britain and Germany. The Courtauld Gallery, London. 30 January – 27 April.

Richard Deacon. Tate Britain, London. 5 February – 27 April.

MEN IN PANTS. Evelyn De Morgan's Male Life Drawings. De Morgan Centre, London. 7 February – 26 April.

'Renoir in Britain'. The Lightbox, Woking, Surrey. 8 February – 20 April.

*The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels. Museum of London, London. 11 October 2013 – 27 April.

Somos Libres: The World of Contemporary Art Through the Eyes of Mario Testino. MATE, Lima, Peru. 16 October 2013 – 6 April.

Historias Naturales. A Project by Miguel Ángel Blanco. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. 19 November 2013 – 27 April.

*Turner & the Sea. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich. 22 November 2013 – 21 April.

The American West in Bronze, 1850 - 1925. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 18 December 2013 – 13 April.

A World of Private Mystery: John Craxton RA (1922 – 2009). Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. 3 December 2013 – 20 April.

*Jameel Prize 3. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 11 December 2013 – 21 April 2014.


Making Painting: Helen Frankenthaler and JMW Turner. Turner Contemporary, Margate. 25 January – 11 May.

Hockney, Printmaker. Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. 5 February – 11 May.

From Matisse to the Blue Rider: Expressionism in Germany and France. Kunsthaus Zürich. 7 February – 11 May.

*Richard Hamilton. Tate Modern, London. 13 February – 26 May.

Art & Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis & William Staite Murray, 1920-31. Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. 15 February – 11 May.

Strange Beauty: Masters of the German Renaissance. National Gallery, London. 19 February – 11 May.

Court and Craft: A Masterpiece from Northern Iraq. The Courtauld Gallery, London. 20 February – 18 May.

Géricault. Fragments of Compassion. Museum of Fine Arts Ghent, Belgium. 21 February – 26 May.

Radiant Light: Stained Glass from Canterbury Cathedral. The Cloisters, New York. 25 February – 18 May.

Alberto Giacometti (1901 – 1966): Drawings and Watercolours. Kunsthaus Zürich. 28 February – 25 May.

Keywords: Art, Culture and Society in 1980s Britain, and, Richard Hawkins: Hijikata Twist. Tate Liverpool. 28 February – 11 May.


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Opening in April or May


Pangaea: New Art from Africa and Latin America. Saatchi Gallery, London. 2 April – 31 August.

Pots and Tiles from the Middle Ages. Sam Fogg, London. 3 April – 16 May.

Love Me, Love Me Not. Contemporary Art from Azerbaijan and Its Neighbours. Heydar Aliyev Center, Baku. 3 April – 25 May.

The Glamour of Italian Fashion 1945 – 2014. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 5 April – 27 July.

British Surrealism Unlocked: Works from the Sherwin Collection. Abbot Hall, Kendal. 11 April – 21 June.

Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2014. The Photographers' Gallery, London. 11 April – 22 June.

*The First Georgians: Art & Monarchy 1714 – 1760. The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London. 11 April – 12 October.

India: Jewels that Enchanted the World. State Museums of Moscow Kremlin. 12 April – 27 July.

Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculptures of Early South East Asia, 5th – 8th Century. Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. 1 April – 27 July.

Andreas Gursky. Early Landscapes. Sprűth Magers, London. 15 April – 14 June.

Henri Matisse – The Cut-Outs. Tate Modern, London. 17 April – 7 September.

A History of the World in 100 Objects. Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi. 23 April – 2 August.

Art as Therapy – Alain de Botton in the Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. 25 April – 7 September.

John Virtue – The Sea. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich. 26 April – 24 August.

Michel François: Pieces of Evidence. Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. 30 April – 22 June.

Building the Picture: Architecture in Italian Renaissance Painting. National Gallery, London. 30 April – 21 September.


Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK. British Library, London. 2 May – 19 August.

Birth of a Museum: Louvre Abu Dhabi. Musée du Louvre, Paris. 2 May – 28 July.

Wedding Dress 1775 – 2014. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 3 May – 15 March 2015.

Ansel Krut: Verbatim. Jerwood Gallery, Hastings. 3 May – 9 July.

Unravelling Uppark. Uppark, West Sussex. 4 May – 2 November.

Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. 4 May – 30 November.

A Celebration of Contemporary Portraiture. Mall Galleries, London. 9 – 24 May.

Ben Johnson. Alan Cristea Gallery, London. 9 May – 7 June.

The East London Group of Artists: From Bow to Biennale, c. 1928 – 1936. The Nunnery, London. 9 May – 13 July.

Degas/Cassatt. National Gallery of Art, Washington DC. 11 May – 5 October.

Time Machines: Daniel Weil and the Art of Design. Design Museum, London. 14 May – 31 August.

Goodbye Piccadilly – from the Home Front to the Western Front. London Transport Museum, London. 16 May 2014 – 8 March 2015.

Treasures from the Royal Archives. Windsor Castle, Berkshire. 17 May 2014 – 25 January 2015.

International Exchanges: Modern Art and St Ives 1915 – 1965. Tate St Ives. 17 May – 28 September.

Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation. Tate Britain, London. 20 May – 10 August.

Ancient Lives: new discoveries. British Museum, London. 22 May – 30 November.

Bucharest Biennale 6. Bucharest, Romania. 23 May – 24 July.

Ai Weiwei & Richard Long. Lisson Gallery, London. 23 May – 12 July.

The Wonder of Birds. Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery. 24 May – 14 September.

Gustav Metzger: Lift Off! Kettle's Yard, Cambridge. 24 May – 31 August.

M.F. Husain: Master of Modern Indian Painting. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 28 May – 27 July.


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Open through April & May

The Scottish Colourist Series: J. D. Fergusson. Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh. 7 December 2013 – 15 June 2014.

John Ruskin: Photographer and Draughtsman, Watts Gallery, Compton, Guildford. 4 February – 1 June.

*Bailey's Stardust. National Portrait Gallery, London. 6 February – 1 June.

*Stanley Spencer: Heaven in a Hell of War, and, Dennis Creffield: Cathedrals of England and France. Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. 15 February – 15 June.

The Great War in Portraits. National Portrait Gallery, London. 27 February – 15 June.

Pole Position: Polish Art in Britain 1939 – 1989. Graves Gallery, Sheffield. 11 January – 28 June.

The East Wing Biennial. INTERACT: Deconstructing Spectatorship. The Courtauld Institute of Art, London. 25 January – 13 July.

Germany divided: Baselitz and his generation. From the Duerckheim collection. British Museum, London. 6 February – 31 August.

Shakespeare: Greatest Living Playwright. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 8 February – 21 September.

Wales: A Visitation. Poetry, Romanticism, and Myth in Art. National Museum, Cardiff. 22 February – 7 September.

Sense and Sensuality: Art Nouveau 1890 – 1914. Masterpieces from the Victor and Gretha Arwas Collection. Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, Norwich. 14 February – 14 December.


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Opening in June

London Festival of Architecture 2014. 1 – 30 June.

Art and Life: Ben Nicholson, Winifred Nicholson, Christopher Wood, Alfred Wallis, William Staite Murray, 1920 – 1931. Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. 4 June – 21 September.

Cindy Sherman Retrospective: Untitled Horrors. Kunsthaus Zűrich. 6 June – 14 September.

Summer Exhibition 2014. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 9 June – 17 August.

British Folk Art. Tate Britain, London. 10 June – 30 August.

Colour. National Gallery, London. 18 June – 7 September.

Alexander Calder in the Gardens. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. 22 June – 5 October.

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London. 26 June – 25 August.

BP Portrait Award 2014. National Portrait Gallery, London. 26 June – 21 September.

Serpentine Galleries Pavilion 2014: Smilijan Radic. Kensington Gardens, London. 26 June – 19 October.


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Exhibitions, openings and events from July 2014 onwards


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The London Original Print Fair. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 24 – 27 April.

Art Brussels 2014. Brussels, Belgium. 25 – 27 April.

The Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. Battersea Park, London. 29 April – 4 May.


COLLECT 2014. Saatchi Gallery, London. 9 – 12 May.

20|21 International Art Fair. Royal College of Art, London. 15 – 18 May.

Guardian Fine Art Asia. Beijing, China. 28 May – 1 June.


Olympia International Art & Antiques Fair. Olympia, London. 5 – 15 June.

Art Antiques London. Kensington Gardens, London. 12 – 18 June.

Masterpiece London 2014. Royal Hospital, London. 26 June – 2 July.


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Compton Verney, Warwickshire
Musee National du Moyen Age, Paris
Luxor Museum, Egypt
Blackwell, Cumbria
Alnwick Garden and Castle, Northumberland
The Foundling Museum, London
Shanghai Museum, China
Hong Kong, China: Museum of Art
& Museum of History
Ringling Museum of Art, Florida


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The Sunflowers are Mine: The Story of Van Gogh's Masterpiece
By Martin Bailey
Frances Lincoln

Illustrating Shakespeare
By Peter Whitfield
British Library Publishing

Sacred Stitches: Ecclesiastical Textiles in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor
By Rachel Boak
Paul Holberton Publishers

British Aviation Posters. Art, Design and Flight
By Scott Anthony and Oliver Green
Lund Humphries in association with British Airways

The Queen's House Greenwich
By Pieter van der Merwe
Scala Publishers in association with the National Maritime Museum

From Bow to Biennale: Artists of the East London Group
By David Buckman
Francis Boutle Publishers

Edited by Helen Clifford
Paul Holberton publishing

Master Prints Close-Up
By Paul Goldman
The British Museum Press

Modern Chinese Ink Paintings
By Clarissa von Spee
The British Museum Press

Anglo-Saxon Art
By Leslie Webster
The British Museum Press


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Hudson's Historic Houses and Gardens

The Art Newspaper
Antiques Trade Gazette

New Focus On
Public Catalogue Foundation



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The Wallace Collection
The BADA Antiques and Fine Art Fair
Spanish Fine Art and Antique Dealers
The Art Fund



Art Loss Register
The Conservation Register
Courtauld Gallery
Dulwich Picture Gallery
English Heritage
The Goldsmiths' Company Directory
Historic Houses Association
Discover Islamic Art
The Henry Moore Foundation
The National Trust
Parham House and Gardens
Pallant House Gallery
The Royal Collection
Sir John Soane's Museum
Watts Gallery

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