Monday, April 15, 2013

The Top Art Exhibitions In London of 2013

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London is home to many top art exhibition - photo by otocalpre

This piece is by Lloyd Greenall.

London is one of the most visited cities in the world, and from its amazing culture to the vast historical monuments and architecture, it’s no wonder why millions of tourists travel here each year. Whether you’re coming to London for a business trip, or you’re planning to stay a little longer with your family, there are plenty of things to keep you entertained, and even more ways to get around the capital.

During the summer months, London can get pretty busy with tourists, not only because it’s one of the most popular places to experience in Europe, but also because of its vast entertainment districts and historical museums. From London Bridge and the Houses of Parliament to the Eye and the Millennium Dome, visitors will be able to benefit from spectacular sights in all corners of the city, each as easy to find as your nearest tube station or taxi cab.

One of the biggest reasons why tourists flock to London, however, is because of the fantastic art collections housed in the city. 2012 was a great year for London, most notably because of the Olympic Games. But art aficionados also took centre stage in the city, making London a hub for famous paintings and upcoming artists from all over the world. Let’s take a look at some of the best exhibitions in 2013.

Manet at the Royal Academy – Portraying Life

As one of the original founders of the impressionist movement, Manet was one of the leading artists of his era. Although many people confuse the painter Manet with the world famous artist Monet, there can be no confusion when it comes to his work, whether you’re a causal gallery visitor or a professional art dealer. Featuring over 60 of Manet’s finest works, visitors will be able to see how this great artist’s paintings influenced exhibition life in Paris during his heyday, and how they portrayed the people’s daily lives.

The Light Show at the Hayward Gallery

Hayward Gallery’s Light Show was previously been used to create some of the most innovative and dynamic artworks in London. This year however, expectations have been raised even higher, with mirrors and a variety of glassworks being introduced to the new show. From the 30th January to the 28th April, make sure you get down to the London Hayward Gallery to experience the latest light show to rock the capital.

The British Museum’s Ice Age Art

Art has been around for as long as man has, and it has also evolved from the lowest forms of humanity to the master collections we see today. Based on the famous Lascaux cave paintings, this exhibition from the British Museum shines light on prehistoric artwork, with portraits, sculptures and drawings from over 40,000 years ago.

George Bellows at the Royal Academy

Best known for his love of boxing, and the artwork that was influenced by the sport, George Bellow was an American realist, and a world famous artist. Sadly, Bellows died at the age of 42, however he left behind hundreds of pieces of art, with 90 of them making up this exquisite exhibition at the Royal Academy.

Lloyd is a freelance writer, who is currently documenting his travel experiences and thoughts on the cultures he encounters along the way. He writes for various blogs as well as his own personal website.

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