Happy “Culturelle” Easter 2015!

If you are staying in or travelling to London for Easter, below is the list of exhibitions I have seen and reviewed from most to least preferred. Happy art exhibitions hunting!

1. Inventing Impressionism, National Gallery, until 31 May

Inventing Impressionism, now at the National Gallery is not only an exhibition on what Durand-Ruel owned and sold but importantly on his pivotal role in creating a taste for Impressionism amongst collectors. Read more

2. Richard Diebenkorn, Royal Academy, until 7 June

Diebenkorn at the Royal Academy is one of those exhibitions that you know you like after a few minutes in, seduced by the artist’s balanced compositions and subtle colour palette. Read more

3. Adventures of the Black Square
Abstract Art and Society 1915–2015, Whitechapel Gallery, until 6 April

Don’t be fooled by the title of the new Whitechapel exhibition. The Whitechapel Gallery takes the founding figure of abstract art’s Black Square as a departure point… Read more

4. Sargent Portraits of Artists and Friends, National Portrait Gallery, until 25 May

John Singer Sargent was just another portraitist to me, until I saw his jaw-dropping Bedouins (c. 1905–6, Brooklyn Museum). The NPG in London is holding an exhibition of his portraits of artists and friends. Read more

5. Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, Barbican Art Gallery, until 25 May

The exhibition allows us, art visitors and aspiring collectors, to learn what inspires artists’ own collections. As I discovered, there can be a sharp contrast between artists’ own work and what they collect… Read more

6. Marlene Dumas: The Image as Burden, Tate Modern, until 10 May

Tate Modern’s exhibition subtitle ‘The Image as Burden’ is taken from a small painting replicating a film still showing a dying heroine carried by her lover. It symbolises Marlene Dumas’ relation to her source imagery… Read more

7. Ancient lives, new discoveries, British Museum, until 12 July

‘Ancient lives, new discoveries’ at the British Museum was an exception to my exhibition viewing, which consists almost exclusively of exhibitions in the art field. I have a secret fascination for mummies though… Read more

8. Rubens and His Legacy Van Dyck to Cézanne, Royal Academy, until 10 April

The exhibition includes some obvious “Rubenesque” painters like Delacroix and Van Dyck. It also shows less obvious painters such as Klimt and Manet. The resultant exhibition is a loosely defined legacy of Rubens… Read more

Note: All galleries above are open as usual this Easter weekend, except:
– Whitechapel Gallery will be open on Easter Monday, 6 April, 11am-6pm
– Barbican from noon on the Bank Holidays
– British Museum 10:00-17:30 on Good Friday

Imperial Napoleonic Egg. Gold, guilloché enamel, rose-cut diamond, platinum, ivory, gouache, velvet, silk. House of Fabergé. Workmaster: Henrik Emanuel Wigström (Finnish, 1862–1923). Miniaturist: Vassily Ivanovich Zuiev Russian (Saint Petersburg), 1912. Matilda Geddings Gray Foundation (L.2011.66.57a–c)

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