The New Tate Modern Photo: The Vision, View from the South at Dusk © Hayes Davidson and Herzog & de Meuron 2015
Fabulous art is in for 2016, from masters to modern, there’s something for everyone and several not-to-miss blockbusters, plus the grand opening of the new Tate Modern in June. Our top picks for museum happenings with suggested dining nearby.
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
Royal Academy, January 30 — April 20, 2016
This show, which just opened to five-star reviews in all the major papers, show traces the emergence of the modern garden from Impressionists of the late 1800s to the Avant-Guarde artists of the 1920s. See more than 120 works by masters of the genre including Monet, Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee. Not to miss: The show includes Monet’s, monumental Agapanthus Triptych, reunited specifically for the exhibition, Renoir’s Monet Painting in His Garden at Argenteuil and Kandinsky’s Murnau The Garden II. After viewing all the beautiful gardens, an explosion of fresh flavours by middle-eastern maestro Yotam Ottolenghi will suit very nicely, Nopi http://www.ottolenghi.co.uk/locations. is just off Regent Street. We suggest booking the more formal upstairs or drop in for the bar and communal dining, overlooking the kitchen downstairs.
Vogue 100: A Century of Style
National Portrait Gallery, February 11 – May 22, 2016
Vogue 100: A Century of Style will showcase the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916. Over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections will be shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world. The show opens this week and is getting a lot of early buzz, so don't miss out. Afterwards, dine like fashionistas at The Ivy. It's all about great cocktails and classic British comfort food, and the art deco classic is sparkling after a major renovation. http://www.the-ivy.co.uk/
Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art
National Gallery, February 17 – May 22, 2016
Another highly anticipated show, the first dedicated compilation of French Romantic painter Eugène Delacroix (1798-1863) will survey his dynamic career and then move beyond it, to assess the influence he exerted for five decades, following his death until the early years of the 20th century. This puts us in the mood for French, that is French food. Head to Terroirs http://terroirswinebar.com/ for a glass of wine, rustic nibbles, cheese and charcuterie; or head a bit farther on for a more substantial bistro menu at the NY transplant, Balthazar http://balthazarlondon.com/
January 13 – March 6, 2016
April 5 – September 4, 2016
In the heart of Chelsea, the Saatchi Gallery is particularly worthy of stop this year as it marks its thirtieth birthday.On now is a fun, first time exhibition of all-female works by emerging and established artists such as Jenny Saville, Paula Rego, Tracey Emin, Alice Anderson and Phoebe Unwin. In April, the Saatchi will host EXHIBITIONISM, the first international art exposition on the Rolling Stones, combining over 500 original Stones' artefacts, using striking cinematic and interactive technologies, creating a stunning retrospective of the band's fifty year history. Feeling peckish? Nearby is Colbert, a delicious neighbourhood French, great for breakfast through dinner and divine pastries in between, you’ll dine amongst slender Sloane Rangers, that don’t waste any calories, so you know the food is worth it. https://www.colbertchelsea.com/
Biggest art news in London? The £260 million addition and renovation of the Tate Modern which opens on June 17, and with the new building the museum will have 60 percent more display space with more than 250 artists from around 50 countries. The museum is operating as normal up until then, with an amazing Calder exhibit on at the moment (http://www.luxurytraveladvisor.com/traveling-children/winter-london-travel-kids-16382) mentioned in my last column and a new exhibit on the history of photography, from the invention of the camera to the “selfie” starting next week. http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern. Nearby is one of my favourite restaurants in London, Sea Containers at the Mondrian, https://www.morganshotelgroup.com/mondrian/mondrian-london/eat-drink/sea-containers, with the freshest farm to fork dining (best kale salad in London!) and the hotel is also home to hipster cocktail spot, Dandelyon, and rooftop bar, Rumpus Room.
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