Visit Top Exhibitions and Capitalise on a London Trip; Art

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), December 21, 2007 | Go to article overview

Visit Top Exhibitions and Capitalise on a London Trip; Art


Byline: JULIE CHAMBERLAIN

IF you're heading down to London over the Christmas holidays there's a variety of exhibitions on offer for all tastes.

Millais at the Tate Britain focuses on the Pre-Raphaelite whose works moved on from interpretations of Shakespearean scenes and poems to include portraits of famous people of the day and children, and evocative landscapes.

It's a popular exhibition which includes a chance to see pictures most people will be familiar with. It ends on January 13.

The National Gallery has Renaissance Siena: Art for a City featuring paintings and sculptures from the 15th century reflecting the cultural, political and religious feelings of the time.

There are some wonderful religious works and pieces created for important families. An excellent free guide puts everything in context.

The Royal Academy is showing An American's Passion for British Art: Paul Mellon's Legacy, with works he collected brought over from the Yale Center for British Art.

It's a one-off chance to see great pieces by artists including Constable, Gainsborough, Blake and Stubbs. Several works by Turner including Staffa, Fingal's Cave are particularly wonderful.

The Tate Modern features Doris Salcedo's Shibboleth otherwise known as a big crack running the length of the floor of the enormous Turbine Hall. It's a rare chance to fall into a work of art, and contemplate its meaning. On show until January 20 is a large and wonderful exhibition of work by Louise Bourgeois, now 96 and still creating. …

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