January 11, 2014
Hello everyone! I’m sticking to what I’ve said and I did mention about visiting art galleries across the pond.
If you are planning a trip to London for this year or any year, may I suggest visiting the city’s wonderful art galleries….
This gallery holds the largest collection of British art dating back to 1500 to the present. You’ll find modern and contemporary art at the Tate Britain. From Lucian Freud to Damien Hurst. The gallery also has a collection of works by JMW Turner.
Admission is free (charges vary for major exhibitions).
Located on the banks of the Thames, the Tate Modern is said to be Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art that is now placed in what used to be the Bankside Power Station.
Entrance to the Tate Modern is free, charges for events and special exhibitions.
For more information about both the Tate Britain and Tate Modern visit: www.tate.org.uk.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY
The gallery has displays of over 2,000 paintings of Western Europe going far from the middle ages into the 20th century. There are special exhibitions, along with guided tours and holiday events for adults, as well as the kids.
Admission is free.
Visit www.nationalgallery.org.uk for more information.
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS
Founded in 1768, the Royal Academy of Arts is Britain’s oldest and should I say finest fine arts institution. Spot in the heart of London’s West End in Piccadilly, it hosts temporary and touring exhibitions and features its Summer Exhibition, which displays selected works by future artists.
Ticket prices varies depending on the exhibition.
Visit www.royalacademy.org.uk to get more information.
BARBICAN ART GALLERY
The Barbican Art Gallery features photography, fine art and design exhibitions. The gallery is part of the Barbican Centre for arts and conferences. Admission prices for exhibitions vary.
Check out www.barbican.org.uk/artgallery before you visit.
Don’t be fooled by the industrial-like building, which is created by the Brutalist, concrete form it is a gallery. Opened in 1968, by Her Majesty The Queen, Hayward Gallery is part of the Southbank Centre. The gallery has had a history of works by innovative of artist. There are events that are set in either inside or outside the gallery across the Southbank Centre.
For information on tickets, go to www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
The gallery, located in Trafalgar Square has the world’s largest collection of personalities and faces, from the middle ages to the present, with programs of exhibitions and events that are free. You can also dine at their rooftop restaurant, where you can enjoy the London skyline.
Visit www.npg.org.uk for information.
THE SAATCHI GALLERY
Saatchi gallery houses contemporary art works that are in 12 large gallery spaces. Admission is free for all exhibitions.
For more go to www.saatchigallery.com.
This beautiful neo-classical building located between The Strand and The Thames, Somerset House has lots of events. From open concerts, films, contemporary art, design exhibitions and during winter, you can skate on what is London’s favorite ice link.
Free admission, which can vary, excluding admission to the Embankment Galleries.
For more information go to www.somersethouse.org.uk.
Said to be the best-loved contemporary art gallery in London, the Serpentine has modern and contemporary art exhibitions, which featured works by Andy Warhol, the gallery also has a pavilion, with a café for the summer months and art bookshop.
Admission is definitely free.
Visit the site at www.serpentinegalleries.org for more information.
WHITECHAPEL ART GALLERY
Since 1901, Whitechapel has brought art, exhibitions, education, and event programs to East London. Frida Kahlo, Jackson Pollock premiered their art work at Whitechapel.
For information on tickets go to www.whitechapelgallery.org.
Now you have no excuse not to visit these galleries. Just remember to check online for admission before going. That way there are no surprises or confusions.
Enjoy the rest of your weekend. Got some Spotlight Artist and a special report post.