2018 April: Friends' Events

Father and Son: Two Very Different Monarchs, Two Fabulous Shows!


Charles I: King and Collector - Friday 6 April at 9.00

Curator Led tour with Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures

Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly, London

Charles I amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, acquiring works by some of the finest artists of the past - Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer - and commissioning leading art from contemporary artists such as van Dyck and Rubens. Following the King's execution in 1649, his collection was sold off and scattered across Europe; Charles I: King and Collector reunites the greatest masterpieces for the first time.  It includes some 150 works of art, ranging from Classical sculptures to Baroque paintings and includes exquisite miniatures and monumental tapestries.  At this exhibition these works were  reunited for the first time since the 17th century.  

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Charles II: Art & Power – Wednesday 11 April from 18.30 to 19.30

               Evening tour, followed by a glass of wine - tickets £35 pp

Private Evening Tour with Desmond Shawe-Taylor, Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

In 1660, after a decade of Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy led to a resurgence of the arts in England.  Charles II ordered new royal regalia and Crown Jewels to replace those sold off or melted down - an intricate silver-gilt mace almost 1.4 metres in length is among a number of pieces made for the King's 1661 coronation.  The court became the centre for the patronage of leading artists and the collecting of great works of art.
Charles II: Art & Power includes over 220 paintings, drawings, books and works of art from The Royal Collection.  It includes John Michael Wright's monumental portrait and a glittering silver-gilt plate which adorned the high-altar of Westminster Abbey during the King's coronation, to old master paintings, tapestries and spectacular silver-gilt furniture, the exhibition shows the rich material of Charles II's court and the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy.

Tickets £35 
Includes tour with Surveyor of the Queen's Pictures followed by glass of wine

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2018 February: Cezanne's Portraits private view

Private Curator-led Tour 7 February 2018, 9.00-10.00 

Cézanne's Portraits

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE

The first exhibition ever devoted entirely to portraits by Cézanne, one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century, bringing together fifty paintings from collections across the world. The artist's unique approach influenced the Cubists, Fauvists and successive generations of avant-garde artists. Both Matisse and Picasso described him as 'the father of us all'.

Paul Cézanne, Self-portrait, 1872, The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg

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2018 January: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Private View

Private Curator-led Tour:  Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at Tate Modern 23 January 2018, 9.00-10.00

Private Curator-led Tour: Cézanne's Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery   7 February 2018, 9.00-10.00 


Private Curator-led Tour 23 January 2018, 9.00-10.00   Members only

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not everyone will be taken into the future 

Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

Among the most celebrated artists of their generation, the Kabakovs draw upon the visual culture of the former Soviet Union.  The Hermitage Museum has a major collection of their works, with The Red Wagon on permanent display in the new General Staff Building. This exhibition charts the Kabakovs’ incredible artistic journey, from the early paintings, drawings, albums and sculptural works made by Ilya working as an ‘unofficial’ artist in his Moscow studio from the 1960s, through to his move to New York in the late 1980s. Coinciding with the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution it explores the role of the artist in society in uncertain times.  It travels on to The Hermitage in St Petersburg after London.

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