1. Richard Hamilton: The Late Works, The National Gallery
A retrospective of one of Britain’s most celebrated artists which highlights his unfinished and never before seen final work, Balzac (a) + (b) + (c). The exhibition brings forth the artist’s use of single-point perspective; depiction of the female body; influence of Renaissance masters and longstanding fascination with Marcel Duchamp.
On view from 10 October to 13 January 2013.
2. Valentino: Master of Couture, Somerset House
A Valentino retrospective exhibiting over 130 haute couture designs worn by icons such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Grace Kelly, Sophia Loren and Gwyneth Paltrow. On view from 29 November 2012 to 3 March 2013.
3. Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde, Tate Britain
Rebelling against the establishment, the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, considered Britain’s first modern art movement, put a modern spin on influences taken from great Renaissance masters. This exhibition brings together over 150 works including painting, sculpture and photography featuring artists Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais.
On view from 12 September to 13 January 2013.
4. Art of Change: New Directions from China, Hayward Gallery
First major exhibition to focus on contemporary installation and performance art from China featuring artists from the 1980s to today. The theme is all about change and transition – the ideologies of Eastern philosophy. Works on display tackle issues of transformation, instability and discontinuity and the variety of techniques and materials through which these ideas can be visualised.
On view from 7 September to 9 December.
5. Maurizio Cattelan: Collection Sandretto Re Rebaudengo, Whitechapel Gallery
A solo exhibition showcasing Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, known for using his provokingly controversial melancholic wit to address themes such as the nature of dogma, power and death. The show includes one of his earliest works, Bidibidobidiboo (1996) – an installation featuring the aftermath of a squirrels suicide.
On view from 25 September to 2 December.
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