Have a look at our recommendations for exhibitions to visit in March, from Renaissance to abstract there is a wealth of art for you to go and experience!
The East London Group became widely known in the 1920s and ‘30s for sparse urban views and street-scenes but also painted extensively outside their native East End surroundings, often in East Anglia. This exhibition will focus on their pictures “Out of the City”, offering a rare opportunity to view works unseen since the 1930s.
Showing at the Beecroft Art Gallery from 19th March-25th June 2016
Now regarded as a pioneer of abstract art, this exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery focuses on af Klint’s body of work ‘The Paintings For The Temple’ which dates from 1906-15. Fearing that she would not be understood she stated that her abstract work should be kept out of the public eye for 20 years after her death. While the works were not exhibited for a further 20 years, it subsequently came to be understood alongside the broader context of modernism at the turn of the 20th century. The exhibition is co-curated by the Serpentine Galleries in collaboration with Daniel Birnbaum, Director of Moderna Museet, Stockholm.
Showing at the Serpentine Gallery from 3rd March 2016 to 15th May 2016
The first major London exhibition of Nikolai Astrup’s work will bring over 90 oil paintings and prints, including works from private collections never exhibited before. One of the most renowned Norwegian artists, Astrup’s work transforms the rugged Norwegian landscape into a mythical, living entity.
Showing at the Dulwich Picture Gallery from 5th February to 15th May
Provocative, erotic and mystical, the oeuvre of Cuban-born Spanish artist Frederico Beltran Masses is celebrated at this new exhibition at Stair Sainty. The show chronicles the artist’s work through 16 oil paintings created by the artist between 1911 and 1934. Masses’ mesmerising portrayal of gypsies at night comes to life through the legendary painting known as ‘Under The Stars’, which is featured alongside the likes of other works such as ‘Maja Maldita’ and the controversial ‘Salome’.
Showing at Stair Sainty from 10th February to 24th March
This new exhibition explores artists’ responses to the rapid growth of urbanisation in the 20th century, featuring paintings by modern British artists such as Richard Hamilton, LS Lowry and Sylvia Gosse. A group of contemporary local artists from Swindon will also exhibit their paintings and prints of the town.
Showing at the Swindon Art Gallery, from 6th January to 9th April 2016
In his early days, internationally renowned American artist KAWS was making graffiti on freight trains and tagging walls with his own name, ‘KAWS’. Fast forward two decades, and KAWS has opened his first UK museum exhibition at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. Well known for his playful pop art style and aesthetic, the open air exhibition showcases large-scale sculptures, while the indoor exhibition at the Longside Gallery presents paintings, graphic design, toys and print.
Showing at The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, from 6th February to 12th June 2016
The experience and meaning of what it is to be human is the starting point for this exhibition at the Manchester Art Gallery, featuring mid 20th century portraits by major international artists such as Francis Bacon, David Hockney and Alberto Giacometti. The works explore the complexities of identity, representation, and the relationship between artist and sitter.
Showing at the Manchester Art Gallery, from 9th January to 26th June 2016
This new exhibition explores the international influence of some of the most prominent British artists of the second half of the 20th century. Works by major sculptors such as Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, Kenneth Armitage and William Turnbull are featured, ranging from sculptures, drawings and prints to a large tapestry entitled “Three Reclining Figures”, created by Henry Moore in 1974.
Showing at The New Art Centre in Wiltshire, from 6th February to 27th March
Accquired by the British Museum 200 years ago, this collection of watercolours created by British artist Francis Towne include famous monuments such as the Colosseum, the Palatine Hill and ancient baths. These watercolours served as a stark warning to Britain to not make the same mistakes and ultimately suffer the same fate as Ancient Rome. They played a central role to his reputation and career as an artist and the drawings offer a unique way of exploring Ancient Rome.
Showing at the British Museum until 14th August 2016
An exceptional opportunity to see 30 rarely exhibited drawings by Botticellt for Dante’s Divine Comedy and illuminated manuscripts from the Renaissance period. This is an opportunity to see a representative collection of the great Renaissance master’s interpretation of one of the canonical texts of world literature.
Showing at the Courtauld Gallery until 15th May 2016