With each and every new season comes a wave of ‘must-see’ exhibitions. Autumn/Winter 2011 looks to be no different and, with this in mind, I have sought to choose the top three shows that I feel will entirely live up to their affiliated clichés.
1) Degas and the Ballet: Picturing Movement at the Royal Academy of Arts from 17th September has been high on my agenda for a while now. An afternoon spent observing Edgar Degas’s wonderful, inimitable paintings is probably the closest one would come to finding a definition of the word ‘delightful’. The show pits Degas’s portrayal of movement throughout his career against the parallel technological advances of the time. Fascinating stuff- and not to be missed.
2) Postmodernism: Style and Subversion 1970-1990 at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 24th September is going to be another one of those groundbreaking showcases that the V & A has become so adept at in recent years. Anyone with even the most vague interest in the Liberal Arts should pay a visit to this show, which seeks to demonstrate the complexity and contradiction of the Postmodern era.
3) Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan at the National Gallery from the 9th November is a unique exhibition which looks for the first time at da Vinci’s technique as a painter. Craftsmanship is so often overlooked in favour of ideology, and this exhibition sees some of the artist’s most prestigious works analysed for their part in da Vinci’s pursuit of perfection.
I always find that I take much more from an exhibition than I ever anticipate, often drawing inspiration from the strangest of objects and ideas. So, if you have the chance, take a look at the three shows here and the many others taking place across the country. You never know; you might be pleasantly surprised.