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Show me the Monet



Banksy’s dissident version of Claude Monet’s Impressionist masterpiece will go on public display in Sotheby’s New Bond Street galleries today for a special two-day preview, before it is unveiled in New York and Hong Kong later this month [34-35 New Bond Street, W1S 2RT]. Show me the Monet (2005) will then return to London, where it will be offered for sale with an estimate of £3-5 million on 21 October. The painting will star as a highlight of Sotheby’s third livestream auction event, ‘Modernités / Contemporary’, which brings together two sales of Modern and Contemporary art held in sequence from Paris and London*. Further Information

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V&A gets ready to sparkle again as iconic 27ft chandelier is cleaned ahead of the museum reopening this Thursday 6 August 2020

Dale Chihuly's stunning chandelier made sparkling ahead of reopening. V&A Rotunda Chandelier by Dale Chihuly, 2001. On loan from Chihuly Studio, Seattle, Washington, USA (c) Getty. Photography Tristan Fewings

Dale Chihuly's stunning chandelier made sparkling ahead of reopening. V&A Rotunda Chandelier by Dale Chihuly, 2001. On loan from Chihuly Studio, Seattle, Washington, USA (c) Getty. Photography Tristan Fewings

Following 140 days of closure - one of the most significant closures in the V&A’s history - finishing touches are underway across the museum ahead of reopening the doors to visitors this Thursday 6 August 2020.

Final preparations include the cleaning of Dale Chihuly’s iconic 27-foot glass chandelier – made up of 1,300 exquisite blue and green glass elements – that hangs in the museum’s Grand Entrance. The chandelier’s fragility means it can only be cleaned by specialist technicians using a scissor lift, a task conducted twice a year.

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Zanele Muholi

Tate Modern


New Dates 5 November – 7 March 2021

Zanele Muholi
Ntozakhe II, Parktown 2016
Courtesy the artist and Stevenson Gallery
© Zanele Muholi

Tate Modern presents the first major UK survey of visual activist Zanele Muholi


Zanele Muholi is one of the most acclaimed photographers working today, and their work has been exhibited all over the world. With over 260 photographs, this exhibition presents the full breadth of their career to date. Muholi describes themself as a visual activist. From the early 2000s, they have documented and celebrated the lives of South Africa’s black lesbian, gay, trans, queer and intersex communities.

In the early series Only Half the Picture, Muholi captures moments of love and intimacy as well as intense images alluding to traumatic events – despite the equality promised by South Africa’s 1996 constitution, its LGBTQIA+ community remains a target for violence and prejudice.

In Faces and Phases each participant looks directly at the camera, challenging the viewer to hold their gaze. These images and the accompanying testimonies form a growing archive of a community of people who are risking their lives by living authentically in the face of oppression and discrimination.

Other key series of works, include Brave Beauties, which celebrates empowered non-binary people and trans women, many of whom have won Miss Gay Beauty pageants, and Being, a series of tender images of couples which challenge stereotypes and taboos.

Muholi turns the camera on themself in the ongoing series Somnyama Ngonyama – translated as ‘Hail the Dark Lioness’. These powerful and reflective images explore themes including labour, racism, Eurocentrism and sexual politics. Further information


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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (1928 –1987) Marilyn Diptych 1962 Tate © 2019 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc / Artists Right Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London

12 March – 15 November 2020

Tate Modern


A new look at the extraordinary life and work of the pop art superstar


Andy Warhol was the son of immigrants who became an American icon. A shy gay man who became the hub of New York’s social scene. An artist who embraced consumerism, celebrity and counter culture – and changed modern art in the process.

He was born in 1928 as Andrew Warhola to working class parents from present day Slovakia. In 1949 he moved from Pittsburgh to New York. Initially working as a commercial illustrator, his skill at transforming the imagery of American culture soon found its realisation in his ground-breaking pop art.

This major retrospective is the first Warhol exhibition at Tate Modern for almost 20 years. As well as his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans, it includes works never seen before in the UK. Twenty-five works from his Ladies and Gentlemen series – portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women – are shown for the first time in 30 years. Visitors can also play with his floating Silver Clouds and experience the psychedelic multimedia environment of the Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

Popularly radical and radically popular, Warhol was an artist who reimagined what art could be in an age of immense social, political and technological change. Further Information


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Titian: Love, Desire, Death

16 March 2020 – 17 January 2021








Titian, Danaë, about 1551–3


Oil on canvas, 114.6 × 192.5 cm


Wellington Collection, Apsley House, London


© Stratfield Saye Preservation Trust


Titian’s sensuous interpretation of Classical myths of love, temptation, and punishment

In 1551, Prince Philip of Spain, the future King Philip II, commissioned Titian, the most famous painter in Europe, to produce a group of paintings showing Classical myths primarily taken from the Roman poet Ovid’s ‘Metamorphoses’.

The exhibition reunites all six paintings in the series, from Boston, Madrid, and London, for the first time in over four centuries. Included are Diana and Actaeon’ and ‘Diana and Callisto’; works we own jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland.

Combining Titian’s remarkable talent as both artist and storyteller, the mythological scenes capture moments of high drama; a fatal encounter, the shameful discovery, a hasty abduction. Titian expertly manipulates paint and colour to dazzling effect; capturing luminous flesh, sumptuous fabrics, water, reflection, and atmospheric, almost enchanted, landscapes.

We see gods and goddesses, yet their faces show very human, and very relatable, emotions: guilt, surprise, shame, desperation, and regret.

Titian called these works his ‘poesie’ because he considered them to be visual equivalents of poetry. This is a rare opportunity to enjoy some of the greatest paintings in European art.

Exhibition organised by the National Gallery, the National Galleries of Scotland, the Museo Nacional del Prado, and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston. Further Information


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