I’m neither an art historian, nor a collector (well not yet anyways). I’ve never received a formal education in art, yet it’s a subject which I’m incredibly passionate about.
Whether exploring the Impressionist Gardens or crossing the boundaries between art, design, nature and technology – I never lose an opportunity to immerse myself in the new world which it opens up to. It’s an interest which has only developed over time, courtesy the myriad of museums, galleries, installations, art fairs and pop-ups which London is so famed for.
If you’re keen on art too, then you might enjoy this running round-up of key exhibitions on view in 2017. I’ll be regularly updating it with memorable encounters and experiences, so do check back!
Michelangelo and Sebastiano, National Gallery
A wander along the archly-striking corridors of the National Gallery is always an enriching experience, but there’s reason to visit now more than ever. For the first time in history, an exhibition has sought to explore the creative collaboration between one of the greatest artists of all time, Michelangelo, and the lesser-known but no less-influential Italian master, Sebastiano del Piombo.
While Michelangelo’s works are revered for the monumental and sculptural quality they possess; Sebastiano’s approach displays the rich poetry of the Venetian forms during the Renaissance period. Combined, their unique partnership yields a sense of spiritual solemnity and almost restrained emotionalism… It’s an educational and evocative experience!
Dates: 15 March – 25 June 2017
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
David Hockney, Tate Britain
From his time living in L.A. to the romantic poetry of Yorkshire landscapes and innovative approach to iPad art, this all-encompassing retrospective offers an in-depth lens into the influences and inspirations driving the development and evolution of Hockney’s iconic style… Spanning sixty years, the exhibit showcases a comprehensive collection of paintings, drawings, prints, photography and video; and is simply unmissable.
Dates: 9 February – 29 May 2017
Tate Britain, Millbank London SW1P 4RG
Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932, Royal Academy of Arts
This vividly expressive – and at times, poignant – exhibition at the R.A. offers a fascinating lesson in the history of the Russian Revolution, from when the Tsarist rule ended in 1917 through to the rapid rise of Communism. The initial sense of optimism reflects powerfully in the creative freedom manifested in Russian Art by artists such as Chagall… only to be suppressed by the imposed ideals of Socialist Realism, which was more aligned with the Communist vision.
Took advantage of a free afternoon (a rare luxury it is too!) to go back in time to the #RussianRevolution @RoyalAcademyArts. Such a fascinating lesson in the country's tumultuous history, explored via the evolution of art forms at the time. A must-visit. #RoyalAcademy #ArtIsLife #AfternoonWellSpent #GalleryHoppingWithTheFoodieDiaries #TheFoodieDiariesLondon
Dates: 11 February — 17 April 2017
Royal Academy, Main Galleries, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
America After the Fall, Royal Academy
History lessons at the Royal Academy continue with an evocative collection of artworks from the 1930s America, which capture the uncertainty, social turmoil and Economic depression of the time. From portraying the origins of the American Dream to an eternal nostalgia for the rural past, we found the walk-through to be an incredibly thought-provoking experience… The highlight of course being the rare opportunity to view Grant Wood’s American Gothic, up-close (this is the first time the painting has left North America).
Dates: 25 February — 4 June 2017
Royal Academy, The Sackler Wing, Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
Transcending Boundaries, PACE Gallery
This immersive installation from Team Lab (a group of ultra-technologists inspired by both ancient Japanese Art and contemporary forms of anime) remains one of the most unique and entrancing experiences I’ve had in a while.
Blurring the boundaries between conceptual and physical realities, the exhibition transports viewers seamlessly between the realms of art, technology, design and the natural world. Butterflies flutter ethereally across the walls, while flowers pour out continuously from a digital waterfall (each is uniquely different) or bloom across you if you stand still.. each element is interactive, responsive and utterly enchanting.
This really is a must-visit. Tickets are entirely booked out, but it’s worth popping your name on their waitlist in case any spots open up.
Dates: Jan 25, 2017 – Mar 11, 2017
Pace Gallery, 6 Burlington Gardens London W1S 3ET