As the summer month’s approaches and thousands are predicted to flock to England, thankfully 2015 has ushered in some of the best exhibitions to grace London’s museums and galleries. In the last 12 months we have marvelled in the beauty of Italian fashion at the V&A and embraced the subtleties of colour in the work of Paul Klee at the Tate. Here is my round-up of what I predict to be the best exhibitions to see in the capital this summer
The genius that brought us skirts for men, armadillo shoes and Kate Middleton’s wedding dress is the centre of The Victoria and Albert Museum’s largest exhibition this year. Since his tragic death in 2010, McQueen left behind a legacy which still ripples through the studios of designers and artists the world over. The exhibition has been open to the public since mid march and already it has been heralded the ‘must see’ exhibition with tickets selling out months in advance and daily queues snaking thought the museum’s grand entrance. Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty is open until 2nd August at The Victoria and Albert Museum.
Drawing from their extensive collection, the V&A and The Crafts Council has collaborated to curate this thought-provoking exhibition which explores the theme of ‘Luxury’. The pieces aim to explain ‘Luxury’ in terms of cultural and personal influences, scarcity of materials and the investment of time in craft. As the recent graduate of a craft degree course, this exhibition appeals to me as it focuses on design at the much deeper level than ‘Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty’. What is Luxury? is open until 27th September.
Audrey Hepburn might be one of the world’s most photographed film stars and her name is still known worldwide but this collection of 60 selected portraits delves deeper in to her beautiful life. From her humble start in the west end to her philanthropic work for countless charities in her last few years, her life is illustrated through rare photographic images from the most prolific photographers of the 20th century alongside vintage and archival magazine shoots and stills. Audrey Hepburn: Portraits of an Icon can be seen 2nd July-18th October at The National Portrait Gallery.
Countless family holidays to St Ives, the home of Hepworth, has solidified her work as some of my favourite pieces of, not just sculpture, but art anywhere in Britain. She manipulation of her mediums has a softness and calming, sweeping motion which is not often seen in such materials. In her first London exhibition in over 50 years, Hepworth’s sculptures will sit alongside maquettes, textiles, film pieces and collages spanning her 50 years of creative practice. Barbara Hepworth: Sculpture for the modern world can be seen 24th June-25th October at Tate Britain. For more information about Hepworth’s work in St Ives, check out this post from last summer, Design Inspiration! Barbara Hepworth.
The iconic Olympic Cauldron takes its place at its new home in the Museum of London. Designed and built by Thomas Heatherwick and his team just around the corner from King’s Cross, the cauldron instantly became the symbol of international union as each petal was gracefully raised to form the cauldron. Although this might not be the highest footfall exhibition, this will certainly won’t be one to miss. Designing a Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron is now part of the museum’s permanent collection.