Including also considered Exhibitions, Fairs and Events

The V&A enters China – a Great Advance.
Shekou, conveniently near to Hong Kong, has been transformed in recent years by the Chinese Government to become a Free Trade Zone following the city’s growth and transformation as an increasingly attractive base for expatriates, particularly those of western origin, now including increasing numbers of university students.

Major development projects in Shekou include dozens of office and residential towers, a new cruise centre, numbers of shopping malls and the refurbishment of numerous older buildings. In 2003, the local government, seeking to capitalize on the foreign flavour of the area, invested in a complete make-over of Sea World, turning it into a western-style entertainment area.

Shenzhen is one of the fastest growing cities in China, driven by its dynamic manufacturing base and emerging creative industries. It was awarded the status of UNESCO City of Design in 2008.

There can be no better place therefore for the V&A to take its unique aura of scholarship and international joie de vivre when this coming December it opens a major exhibition space there at Design Society, an ambitious new cultural hub. Design Society is an open and collaborative platform that will connect China to the world, and empower the inter-connectivity between design and society, design and everyday life, and design and industry.”

The details are exceptionally interesting. The international partnership between leading state-owned company China Merchants Shekou Holdings (CMSK) and the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London, the world’s leading museum of art, design and performance is first of its kind collaboration between a UK museum and a Chinese partner. The collaboration is multi-faceted which includes the provision of professional advice and training by the V&A to help CMSK establish and develop a world-class design museum; the presentation of two major touring V&A exhibitions; and the development of a V&A Gallery devoted to international design.”

The inaugural exhibition Values of Design presents an exploration of the relationship between notions of value and design. Drawing from the V&A’s extensive permanent collection, the exhibition will feature over 250 objects from 900 AD to the present, and originating from 31 different countries, to frame a global debate about how design is valued and how values shape design.”

A New Life for Clandon Park.

On 29 April 2015, a huge fire overcame Clandon Park House, near Guildford in Surrey. It is a Palladian-style mansion designed and built in the 1720s for the second Lord Onslow. The family were for many generations important political denizensthe only family indeed to have produced three Speakers of the House of Commons: their magnificent house receiving, entertaining (and doubtless impressing) numbers of important guests. After four centuries the house fell into disrepair until it was given to the National Trust in 1956.

The Trust then restored the house, filling it with many important additional items including the the Gubbay Collection of textiles, furniture and ceramics “representing the finest in eighteenth century craftsmanship” and two collections of Meissen figures.

On the night of the fireover 400 items were salvaged.” So well was the house originally built that “many original [interior] features survived, such as the superbly carved overmantels in the Marble Hall. In addition the fire also revealed architectural features that had been hidden since the house was built.”

What to do? Two very different possibilities faced the National Trust: leaving the house as a magnificent ruin, or completely reinstating it. There was however a third way given “the historical and cultural significance of the surviving architectural features and salvaged items” the Trust took the decision “to restore the magnificent state rooms on the ground floor.” In addition it decided to develop “the upper, less historically significant rooms as flexible spaces, perhaps for exhibitions or displays.”

A national competition was launched bringing more than 60 multiple collaborative entries. From these six teams were sort listed and their initial ideas are on display in an attractive modern “tent” by the house until 29 October – open Wednesday to Sunday. Visitors also have the opportunity to explore the ground floor remains of the house as well as admiring the current work of Clandon Park’s gardeners to bring attractive floral life to its immediate surroundings.

Which entry will the judges choose? We must all wait and see.

Clandon Park, West Clandon, Guildford, Surrey GU4 7RQ. Information tel. 01483 422082, or

Britain’s National Army Museum re-opens.

Following a three-year £23.75 million re-development, including £11.5 million from The National Lottery, the new Museum “aims to be a bridge between the British Army and the public, encouraging greater public engagement with ideas of defence and security, openly asking questions to visitors and displaying responses on large screens inside the Museum and on the website.”

In the new permanent thematic galleries - Soldier, Army, Battle, Society and Insight - over 2,500 objects are on display, two thirds of which are on public display for the first time. The 500m² temporary exhibition space opens with War Paint: Brushes with Conflict, displaying over 130 paintings and objects. Completing the Museum is the Templer Study Centre, Learning Centre, brand new café, shop and Play Base, where children aged zero to eight can learn through play.”

It is more than good to find Sir Gerald Templer (1898 – 1979) commemorated by the Museum’s Study Centre. His was an especially great and varied military service: less known perhaps is his passion for military history which drove him to become the effective founder of the National Army Museum.

The National Army Museum, Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT. Open daily.

Exhibitions Fairs & Events

Octoberincluding end of September


Opera: Passion, Power and Politics.

In collaboration with the Royal Opera House, this is the only exhibition ever to explore opera on a grand scale, immersing visitors in some key moments of the history of European opera from its roots in Renaissance Italy to its present-day form, by focusing on seven premieres in seven cities. It reveals how opera brings together multiple art forms to create a multi-sensory work of art, and show how social, political, artistic and economic factors interact with great moments in the history of opera to tell a story of Europe over hundreds of years.”

The seven cities and premieres are: Venice - Monteverdi’s L’incoronazione di Poppea, 1642. London - Handel’s Rinaldo, 1711. Vienna - Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro, 1786. Milan - Verdi’s Nabucco, 1842. Paris - Wagner’s Tannhäuser, 1861. Dresden - Strauss’ Salome, 1905. St Petersburg - Shostakovich’s Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, 1934.

The first exhibition in the V&A’s new Sainsbury Gallery

The Sainsbury Gallery, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 2000. Open daily, late Friday. 30 September 2017 – 25 February 2018

Sponsored by Societe Generale


Reflections. Van Eyck & The Pre-Raphaelites.

One of the most celebrated paintings in the National Gallery, Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Portrait (1434), is exhibited for the first time alongside works by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and its successors. Focusing on the profound influence this 15th-century masterpiece had on the Brotherhood, the exhibition sheds light on the different ways these young British artists of the 19th century responded to the painting and one of its most distinctive features, the convex mirror.”

This wholly fascinating and original exhibition, relatively small in scale but the more powerful for that, is Co-curated by Susan Foister, Deputy Director at the National Gallery and Alison Smith, Lead Curator of British Art to 1900 at Tate, who first proposed the idea.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. Tel. +44 (0)20 7747 2885. (Open daily; late Fri) 2 October 2017 – 2 April 2018.

Hyandai Commission 2017.
SUPERFLEX: One Two Three Swing!

Large-scale interactive installation by Danish collective.“An orange line connecting dozens of three-seated swings weaves through the Turbine Hall, emerging onto the landscape outside Tate Modern where it will activate the space and continue to extend over time. It challenges society’s apathy towards the political, environmental and economic crises of our age.”

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG. Tel. +44 (0)20 7887 8888. (Open daily; late Fri & Sat) 3 October 2017 – 2 April 2018


Sophie Ryder.

Peter Murray, Founding and Executive Director of Yorkshire Sculpture Park, says:“There is little doubt that 20th and 21st-century British sculpture has been one of the defining forces of contemporary art. Sophie Ryder [b. 1963] has been one of the most original forces contributing to this tradition. Her sculptural endeavours in wire and bronze, as well as her drawings, tapestries, collages and prints, have quietly placed her among the most sensitive and sensible artists working today.” This exhibition introduces a new concept – The Boar.

Hignell Gallery, 12-14 Shepherd St, Mayfair, London, W1J 7JF. Tel. 020 7499 4528. (Open: Mon – Sat) 5 October - 1 December

Dalí / Duchamp.

First exhibition to present the art of two of the twentieth century’s most famous artists in dialogue. Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) and Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) are usually seen as opposites, yet they shared attitudes to art and life that are manifested on many levels. Over 80 paintings, sculptures, ‘readymades’, photographs, drawings, films and archival material bring to life the myriad of connections between the works of two very different creative and intelligent minds.”

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London WIV 0DS. Tel. +44 (0)20 7300 8000. (Open daily; late Fri) 7 October 2017 – 3 January 2018.

Supported by White & Case

Dalí / Duchamp has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and The Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, Florida, in collaboration with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Association Marcel Duchamp.

Exhibition Tours to The Dalí Museum, Florida 5 February – 27 May 2018.

May Morris: Art & Life.

Comprehensive exhibition “exploring the life and work of May Morris (1862 - 1938) the younger daughter of William Morris and one the most significant artists of the British Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century. It reveals the breadth of May’s creative pursuits, featuring wallpaper and embroidery alongside jewellery, dresses and book designs, as well as sketches and watercolours, which May painted throughout her lifetime.”

William Morris Gallery, Forest Road, London E17 4PP. (Open Wed – Sun) 7 October 2017 – 28 January 2018.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone will be taken into the Future.

Coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this is the first major museum exhibition in the UK of artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov (b.1933 and b.1945). Curated in close dialogue with the artists and organised in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, the exhibition will explore this pioneering couple’s place in the international story of conceptual art and will offer the chance to view rarely seen works together for the

first time in the UK.”

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG. Tel. +44 (0)20 7887 8888. (Open daily; late Fri & Sat) 18 October 2017 – 28 January 2018. Supported by Novatek

Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys.

The very first exhibition to explore this remarkable group of portraits. This series of works offers powerful images of a new social class of service personnel, who moved from aristocratic households of past centuries to the luxury hotels and restaurants that arose in the late 19th and early 20th century.”

The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN. Tel. +44 (0)20 7848 2526. (Open daily) 19 October 2017 - 21 January 2018.

Zeng Fanzi|Van Gogh.

Contemporary Chinese artist Zeng Fanzhi (b.1964) “is a huge admirer of Vincent van Gogh.” He has created, especially for the Van Gogh museum “a series of six paintings inspired by Van Gogh’s self-portraits which he views from a Chinese perspective, together with 2 x 3.5-metre work inspired by Van Gogh’s masterpiece Wheatfield with Crows.”

Van Gogh Museum, Museumplein 6, 1071 DJ Amsterdam, Netherlands. Tel. +31 20 570 5200. (Open daily) 20 October 2017 – 25 February 2018.


Major reassessment of the life and career of David Bomberg (1890 – 1957), marking the 60th anniversary of his death. Curated by the Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in association with Pallant House Gallery this exhibition illustrates his significant achievement within the context of British modernism. Despite scandalous critical neglect within his own lifetime, today Bomberg is recognized as one of the 20th century’s leading British artists.”

Pallant House Gallery, 9 North Pallant, Chichester, West Sussex PO19 1TJ. Tel. +44 (0)1243 774557. (Open Tues - Sun; late Thurs) 21 October 2017 – 4 February 2018.
Exhibition tours to The Laing Art Gallery, Newcastle, from 17 February – 27 May 2018 before showing at Ben Uri Gallery and Museum, London during summer 2018.

Cézanne Portraits.
First exhibition devoted entirely to portraits by Paul Cézanne will bring together for the first time over 50 of his portraits from collections across the world, including works never before on public display in the UK. Over a working life of some forty-five years, Cézanne made almost 1,000 paintings of which around 160 are portraits. The exhibition will offer a unique and fascinating insight into this central aspect of his work, highlighting the special pictorial and thematic characteristics of his portraiture including his creation of complementary pairs and different versions of the same subject.”

National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE. Tel. +44 (0)20 7306 0055. (Open daily; late Thur & Fri) 26 October 2017 – 11 February 2018.

In collaboration with Musée d’Orsay, Paris and National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11.

The UK’s first major exhibition to consider artists’ responses to war and conflict since since a series of four coordinated terrorist attacks on the United States on the morning of Tuesday 11 September 2001. “The complex issues surrounding the global response to 9/11 changed public perception and understanding of conflict. The nature of modern warfare and the continuing state of emergency in which we find ourselves have become compelling subject matter for contemporary artists.” Exhibition features 50 works of art by British and international contemporary artists, including film, sculpture, painting, installations, photography and prints, many of which will be exhibited publicly in the UK for the first time.

IWM London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ. Tel. +44 (0)7416 5000. (Open daily) 26 October 2017 – 28 May 2018.

Monochrome – Painting in Black and White.
See differently. A radical new look at what happens when artists cast aside the colour spectrum and focus on the visual power of black, white and everything in between. Paintings and drawings by Old Masters appear alongside works by some of the most exciting contemporary artists working today.”

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. Tel. +44 (0)20 7747 2885. (Open daily; late Fri) 30 October 2017 – 18 February 2018



PAD London. International fair for art and design. Berkeley Square, London. 2 – 8 October.

The Autumn Decorative Antiques & Textiles Fair. Battersea Park, London. 3-8 October.

Frieze London. Regents Park, London 5 – 8 October.

Frieze Masters. Regents Park, London 5 – 8 October.

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October/November 2017