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the WMFB-funded restoration programme at St George’s alongside other exhibits which include Sir John Soane’s drawings of Stowe House and the gems and Renaissance manuscripts he purchased from the Marquess of Buckingham, as well as drawings by Robert Adam and Nicholas Hawksmoor. This exhibition represents a wonderful chance to see some of the jewels of the Soane collection.

Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2 Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 5pm Also first Tuesday of each month 6-9pm Closed Sundays, Mondays, 23rd-26th and 30th-31st December and 1st January 2013. Admission: Free

Tate Modern A Bigger Splash

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Painting after Performance Until 1st April

he first room of this big, thirteen room show takes two works, Summertime (1948) by Jackson Pollock and A Bigger Splash (1967) by David Hockney, from

which the exhibition takes its title, as the entry point for investigating the relationship between performance art and painting from 1950 to the present day. Pollock’s energetic physicality in the act of creating his drip paintings is contrasted with Hockney’s meticulous and painstaking approach in his Californian pool paintings in films of both artists at work which are shown alongside their two iconic works of art. The exhibition moves on to looking at experimental works where the body is used as a painting tool as in Yves Klein’s use of models smeared with paint pressing themselves against the canvas, his so-called “living brushes”, and to other works where the body becomes the canvas itself as in Cindy Sherman’s use of make up to create disturbing self-portraits. The final rooms of the show are given over to displaying some recent large-scale installations


Barbican Art Gallery Everything Was Moving: Photography from the 60s and 70s

Until 13th January

British Library Euston Road NW1 Mughal India:

Art, Culture and Empire Until 2nd April

The Curve Barbican Centre EC2 Rain Room

Random International Until 3rd March

The Courtauld Gallery Strand WC2 Peter Lely: A Lyrical Vision Until 13th January


contemporary artists. Some of these installations are more successful than others in showing the influence of action and performance but the best of them, such as Karen Kilimnik’s Swan Lak

e of 1992 and Lucy McKenzie’s May of T eck of 1977,

seem to be about creating spaces that are waiting for performances to begin. It all makes for a sprawling but interesting exhibition.

Tate Modern, Bankside SE1 Daily 10am - 6pm Late until 10pm Fridays and Saturdays Tickets: £10/ Concessions £8.50

What’s On in Winter 2012/13

Design Museum Shad Thames SE1 Unexpected Pleasures: The Art and Design of Contemporary Jewellery Until 3rd March

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Canonbury Square N1 Bruno Munari: My Futurist Past Until 23rd December

Guildhall Art Gallery Guildhall Yard EC2 John Bartlett: London Sublime Until 20th January

Museum of London Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men Until 14th April

National Gallery Seduced by Art:

Photography Past and Present Until 20th January

National Portrait Gallery St Martin’s Place WC2 The Lost Prince:

The Life and Death of Henry Stuart

Until 13th January

Royal Academy Manet: Portraying Life Opens 26th January

Tate Modern - The Tanks William Kentridge

I am not me, the horse is not mine

Until 20th January

Two Temple Place Temple WC2 Amongst Heroes:

The artist working in Cornwall Opens 26th January

Whitechapel Gallery Whitechapel High St E1 Gerard Byrne

Opens 17th January

White Cube Hoxton Square Harland Miller The Next Life’s On Me Until 22nd December

Tate Modern David Hockney, A Bigger Splash, 1967 Tate. Purchased 1981 © David Hockney


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