Top Art Exhibitions: May 2016

Posted by Published on May 1, 2016

Enjoy the last month of Spring with a hand-picked selection of the best art and historical exhibitions to see in Europe and Asia: Alphonse Mucha and Art Nouveau Atmosphere Palazzo Ducale, Venice 30 Apr – 18 Sep The Arts: Dance, 1898 (colour litho), Alphonse Marie Mucha / Mucha Trust / Bridgeman Images After its success in Milan, the exhibition arrives in Venice with 150 beautiful works by…

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Tom Hammick: The Painterly Printmaker

Posted by Published on April 23, 2016

One of the UK’s most successful contemporary artists, we look at the rise and rise of this extraordinary painter and printmaker.  Originally trained as a stonemason, Tom Hammick is an example of a true polymath. A successful painter as well as a master printer, his training at Camberwell College of Art set him on a path of often-unexpected cross-pollination of creative practices with a real flair for…

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  Imagine looking up at the top shelf in your local bookstore and seeing best-selling author Rosie Garland’s new title with your art gracing the cover. Well, this experience is what awaits the winning artist for the Bridgeman Studio Award 2016. I cannot tell you how excited we, at Bridgeman, are to be partnering with The Borough Press, an imprint of HarperCollins, in the third…

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Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Posted by Published on April 19, 2016

Bethlem Museum of the Mind, the pioneering new gallery and museum at the world’s oldest psychiatric hospital, Bethlem Royal Hospital at Beckenham, south London, has been named as one of the finalists competing for the Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2016. Situated within the hospital grounds, Bethlem Museum of the Mind was formally opened by artist Grayson Perry in March 2015.  The…

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Top Board Games to Kill Boredom

Posted by Published on April 13, 2016

Let’s face it, no matter what season it is, there are bound to be plenty of rainy showers to keep us indoors – and what better excuse for a board game to pass the time? The Mayor of London has just funded a three-year programme to promote the UK’s game sector and position London as a world-leading place for interactive entertainment, with an annual London Games Festival…

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Exposing the History of Underwear

Posted by Published on April 6, 2016

There’s a pants party and you’re invited; the V&A’s much-anticipated exhibition Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear will be revealing all to the public from the 16th April. It will examine the practicalities of various underwear models from the 18th century to the present day and their sexual appeal in fashion, as well as highlighting the occasional controversy sparked in regards to body image, gender and…

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Top Ten Tats: A History of Body-Art

Posted by Published on April 4, 2016

Here is a run down of badass tattoo images, featuring a disproportionate amount of hunky sailors and bare butts.  In broadly chronological order: 10. The Siberian Ice Maiden  Lived during the 5th century BC, and was buried with horses, meat, yogurt and a massive headdress. She has a supercool stag-like tattoo on her shoulder. I also love this image because they’ve preserved the modesty of this ancient inked Altai…

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Top Art Exhibitions: April 2016

Posted by Published on April 1, 2016

  From Shakespeare to The Rolling Stones, discover the top blockbuster museum and art exhibitions opening across Europe this Spring: SERPENTI Form Palazzo Braschi, Rome Until 10 Apr 2016 Snake necklace, 1844 (gold with pave-set diamonds, garnets and turquoises), English School / Cameo Corner, London, UK / Bridgeman Images An emblem of seduction, rebirth and transformation, the snake symbol has had incredible prominence in history…

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As the centenary of the Easter Rising approaches, explore rare photographs of Dublin in ruins following the armed rebellion of Irish Republicans on 24 April 1916. Few photographs were taken of this defining moment of the struggle for Irish independence but an exhibition in London provides a unique insight into the six days of fighting. The Sean Sexton collection, currently on display at the Photographer’s Gallery,…

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Shakespeare in Art

Posted by Published on March 30, 2016

‘Beginning in the middle, starting thence away. To what may be digested in a play.’ * In 2016 the world is commemorating 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare. For centuries artists have reinterpreted and brought to life the acts, characters and scenes in Shakespeare’s plays, reaching zenith proportions during the Romantic Movement. Their paintings range from tragic visions by Fuseli to vivid evocations of…

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