Exhibitions closing August 2015


Exhibitions in London about to close in the next couple of weeks,
catch them while you can:


Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation
at British Museum closing Sunday 2nd August

This is the first major exhibition in the UK to present a history of Indigenous Australia through objects, celebrating the cultural strength and resilience of both Aboriginal peoples and Torres Strait Islanders. Indigenous Australia tells the story of one of the world’s oldest continuing cultures, a culture that has continued for over 60,000 years in diverse environments which range from lush rainforest and arid landscapes to inland rivers, islands, seas and urban areas today.

Click here to read The London Art File review

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
at Victoria & Albert Museum closing Sunday 2nd August

The first and largest retrospective of the late designer’s work to be presented in Europe, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty showcases McQueen’s visionary body of work. Spanning his 1992 MA graduate collection to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, McQueen’s designs are presented with the dramatic staging and sense of spectacle synonymous with his runway shows.
Opening around the clock for the last two weekends of the exhibition.

El Greco
at The National Gallery closing Sunday 2nd August

This six-painting display at the National Gallery marks the exceptional loan of El Greco’s altarpiece, The Crucifixion with Two Donors, from the Musée du Louvre, Paris, alongside which the National Gallery’s holdings of El Greco’s works have been brought together. An additional painting, The Agony in the Garden, related to the Gallery’s own studio variant shown nearby, is on loan from a private collection and exhibited publicly here for the first time in 25 years.


Sonia Delaunay
at Tate Modern closing Sunday 9th August

This show at Tate Modern is the first UK retrospective for Sonia Delaunay (1885–1979).Throughout the first half of the twentieth century, Sonia Delaunay was a key figure in the Parisian avant-garde and became the European doyenne of abstract art. Her work celebrated the modern world of movement, technology and urban life and, together with her husband Robert Delaunay, she developed new ideas about colour theory.

This outstanding exhibition features Delaunay’s groundbreaking paintings, textiles and clothes she made across a sixty-year career, as well as the results of her innovative collaborations with poets, choreographers and manufacturers, from Diaghilev to Liberty.

Click here to read The London Art File review

Bonaparte and the British: prints and propaganda in the age of Napoleon
at British Museum closing Sunday 16th August

In the year of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, this exhibition at the British Museum focuses on the printed propaganda that either reviled or glorified Napoleon Bonaparte, on both sides of the English Channel. It explores how his formidable career coincided with the peak of political satire as an art form.

Come back soon for Part II of the roundup of exhibitions in London closing in August 2015

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