As a proud museum nerd, London gives me plenty to chew on with countless museums to visit, and lots of fresh exhibitions to enjoy all year round.
With the generous Christmas weather finally giving way to cold and rain, museums are a good option to get out for the day and avoid getting wet. Here are 4 exhibitions to look forward to in London this year.
Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius
Better know for his works of art such the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper , da Vinci was also a keen scientist and engineer whose writings, design ideas and prototypes are said to have inspired many of today’s technology.
This exhibitions looks at the myths and reality behind the Renaissance genius’ ideas. It includes 40 models of Leonardo’s inventions from flying machines to diving equipment and weapons as well as large-scale reproductions of some of his most famous drawings and sketches.
Where and when? Exhibition opens between 10/02 and 04/09 at the Science Museum. Tickets are £10.
Artist and Empire
This exhibition explores the relationship between Britain’s Empire and its impact on art, going back as far as the 16th century. It looks at how artists have responded to the major experiences and tragedies of Empire, and the significance of their work as cultural artifacts.
Items featured include a wide array of work from across the country such as paintings, pictures, flags, maps and much more. They help us reflect on how far imperial history has shaped art, but also how art has helped us make sense of its legacy. Looks pretty cool.
Where and when? 25/11/2015 to 10/04/2016 at Tate Britain. Tickets are £16.
While the British Museum’s permanent collection on Egypt is already second to none, this new exhibition focuses on the two underwater ancient cities of Thonis-Heracleion and Canopus. Founded 3,000 years ago, they were key meeting points of Egyptian and Greek cultures, which were ultimately submerged by the Mediterranean sea.
This exhibition assembles artifacts recently recovered underwater, including statues, jewelry and much more. Can’t go wrong with an Egyptian expo at the British Museum.
Where and when? 19/05 to 27/11 at the British Museum. Tickets are £16.50.
Not a specific event as such, but I’ve always wanted to go. Every year, a range of London venues take part in this national event during which museums and other cultural places open their doors to the public after conventional hours, presenting their collections in a new light.
There are usually a lot of exclusive exhibitions, talks and shows specifically put on for the occasion, so it’s definitely worth checking out.
Where and when? 11/05 to 14/05 across London. Visit the website here.