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& JULY 2014

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Building the Picture: A Gallery Exhibition and its Online Avatar

Celebrating 50 years of Antique Dealing

The Court of Arches Prevents the Sale of Ancient Church Treasure

Suffragette Artist Commissioned for the UK Parliament

Prince Albert's Favourite Greyhound – in Silver

Tutkankhamun's Tomb – Safe now in Facsimile
George II Secretaire Cabinet Acquired by New York's Metropolitan Museum

Great Rossetti drawing of the beautiful Jane Morris

Success for the “Save Van Dyck” Appeal

Tower of London Commemorates the First World War


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Opened in May

Body & Void: Echoes of Moore in Contemporary Art. Perry Green, The Henry Moore Foundation, Much Hadham, Hertfordshire. 1 May – 26 October.

Lynn Chadwick Retrospectives. Blain|Southern, London. 1 May – 28 June.

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.

ANDRE/JUDD. Van de Weghe Fine Art, New York. 7 May – 27 June.

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.

Vivid Memories. Fondation Cartier, Paris. 10 May – September.

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.

Viktor Popov: Genius of the Russian Soul. West Wing, Somerset House, London. 22 May – 18 June.

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

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

Traces of Time: Igor Mitoraj. ContiniArtUK, London. 23 May – 22 September.

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.

Mondrian and Colour. Turner Contemporary, Margate. 24 May – 21 September.

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

Abstract America Today. Saatchi Gallery, London. 28 May – 28 September.

From the Meadows of the Cotswolds to The Fields of the Somme: Jeremy Houghton. Haynes Fine Art, Broadway. 30 May – 14 June.


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Closing June or July


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

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.

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.

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

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

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.


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

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

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

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

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.

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


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Opening in June or July


London Festival of Architecture 2014. 1 – 30 June.

Might & Magnificence: Silver in the Georgian Age. London Silver Vaults. 2 June – 4 October.

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.

Mondrian and his Studios, plus, Nasreen Mohamedi. Tate Liverpool. 6 June – 5 October.

The Forbidden City: Inside the Court of China's Emperors. Royal Ontario Museum. 7 June – 1 September.

Capturing the Art of Native Breeds: Seren Bell. Fosse Gallery, Stow on the Wold, Gloucestershire. 8 – 28 June.

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

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

Ian Davenport: Colourfall. Waddington Custot Galleries, London. 11 June – 12 July.

Ebb and Flow: Qin Yuhai. Saatchi Gallery, London. 11 – 15 June.

Marina Abramović: 512 Hours. Serpentine Gallery, London. 11 June – 25 August.

Sean Scully: Kind of Red. Timothy Taylor Gallery, London. 11 June – 12 July.

Model Citizens: Myths and Realities. Penzance House Gallery & Museum, Cornwall. 14 June – 6 September.

SNAP Art at the Aldeburgh Festival: Anya Gallaccio. Snape Maltings and Orford Ness, Suffolk. 14 – 29 June.

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

Work and Play Behind the Iron Curtain. GRAD. Gallery for Russian Art and Design, London. 19 June – 24 August.

Peace Breaks Out! London and Paris in the summer of 1814. Sir John Soane's Museum, London. 2 June – 13 September 2014.

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

El Greco and Modern Painting. Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid. 24 June – 5 October.

Bartholomew Beal: A Heap of Broken Images. Fine Art Society, London. 24 June – 29 August.

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album. Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London. 26 June – 19 October.

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.

In Homage. Skarstedt London. 27 June – 8 August.

Odyssey. St Edmund in the City, London. 27 June – 18 July.

*Bridge. Museum of London Docklands. 27 June – 2 November.

Recording Britain Now. Millennium Galleries, Sheffield. 28 June – 12 October.

Generation. The National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh. 28 June – 2 November.


London Art Week. Master paintings, drawings and sculpture. Mayfair and St James's. 4 – 11 July.

Digital Revolution. Barbican Centre, London. 3 July – 14 September.

Barbara Hepworth: Within the Landscape. Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Kendal. 5 July – 28 September.

*Richard Wilson: The Transformation of European Art. National Museum of Art, Cardiff. 5 July – 26 October.

Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection. Royal Academy of Arts, London. 5 July – 28 September.

Giulio Paolini: To Be Or Not To Be. Whitechapel Gallery, London. 9 July – 14 September.

Open Air Sculpture at Knebworth. Knebworth House, Hertfordshire. 9 July – 31 August.

Virginia Woolf: Art, Life and Vision. National Portrait Gallery, London. 10 July – 26 October.

Ships, Clocks & Stars: The Quest for Longitude. National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. 11 July 2014 – 4 January 2015.

The Art of Golf: The Story of Scotland's National Sport. Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh. 12 July – 26 October.

Malevich. Tate Modern, London. 16 July – 26 October.

Art in Action. Waterperry House, near Wheatley, Oxford. 17 – 20 July.

Tomorrow Is Always Too Long. Phil Collins, commissioned by The Common Guild. Queen's Park, Glasgow. 19 July.

Disobedient Objects. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 26 July 2014 – 1 February 2015.


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Open through June & July

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 August

Folkestone Triennial. Kent. 30 August – 2 November.


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Exhibitions, openings and events from September 2014 onwards


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

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

START Art Fair. Saatchi Gallery, London. 26 – 29 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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Treasures from Lord Fairhaven's Library at Anglesey Abbey
By Mark Purcell, William Hale, David Pearson, photographs by John Hammond
Scala Publishing

Chinese Wallpaper in National Trust Houses
By Emile de Bruijn, Andrew Bush and Helen Clifford
The National Trust

Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets.
By Melanie Gerlis
Lund Humphries

Hockney Printmaker

By Richard Lloyd
Scala Publishers in association with Dulwich Picture Gallery

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


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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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