We’ve done our look back over the top 10 art exhibitions of 2013, but now it’s time to look forward to next year and what’s in the pipeline. The last two years of art exhibitions have been brilliant but can 2014 compete? The pickings for the coming year are definitely looking slimmer than 2013 but we’ve selected some potential highlights to watch out for.
Elizabeth Ogilvie: Out of Ice @ Ambika P3
The cavernous Ambika P3 below Westminster university is one of our favourite exhibition venues and the thought of an encapsulating art installation made from ice and water has got us excited — even though we have no idea what to expect.
When: 17 January-9 February
Sensing Spaces @ Royal Academy
Several notable architects are Royal Academicians, including Richard Rogers who had a recent retrospective there. Building on this fact, leading international architects will let loose their creative visions within the confines of the galleries. The results will be intriguing to see.
When: 25 January-6 April
James Turrell @ Pace
Light art continues to gather great momentum — witness the success of the recent Light Show at Hayward Gallery. James Turrell featured in this show and is a leading proponent of this medium. He’s just returning off the back of a massive show of his works in the US spread across LA, New York and Houston so it’ll be great to get a taste of his creations on our side of the pond.
When: 7 February-5 April
Veronese @ National Gallery
Alongside Titian and Tintoretto, Veronese is regarded as one of the great Venetian painters of the Renaissance. We’ve been lucky enough to see many of his works in Venice and we wait with interest to see whether the National Gallery can transfer that magic to London.
When: 19 March-15 June
Henri Matisse: The Cut Outs @ Tate Modern
Matisse’s cut-out works mark his transition from representative art to the more abstract works of his later career. This simple concept has had a massive influence on contemporary art and even in the world of advertising. By focussing on a small part of Matisse’s portfolio the Tate will be hoping to recreate the huge popularity of their previous Matisse show in 2002.
When: 17 April-7 September
Constable: The Making of a Master @ V&A
No painter is more closely associated with the English countryside that John Constable. This exhibition will look into how he refined his style by comparing his work to other masters. Considering how disappointing the last major exhibition to feature Constable was, we’re hoping this show will be a lot more insightful.
When: 20 September-11 January 2015
Anselm Kiefer @ Saatchi Gallery
Kiefer’s works usually fall halfway between painting and sculpture. Vast landscapes incorporate other raw materials to create powerful and densely layered works. A retrospective is long overdue so we look forward to seeing the diversity of his range.
When: 27 September-14 December
Witches and Wicked Bodies @ British Museum
This exhibition looking at the artistic renditions of witches over the ages from ferocious to the beautiful was on display at the National Galleries of Scotland earlier this year. It was met with critical appraisal so we look forward to this chance for us Londoners to see it too.
When: September-January 2015
Rembrandt: The Final Years @ National Gallery
Rembrandt is considered one of the greatest Dutch painters both of portraits and landscapes. By bringing together around 90 of his later works, this promises to be a blockbuster exhibition.
When: 15 October-18 January 2015
Painting Canada 2 @ Dulwich Picture Gallery
The first Painting Canada exhibition at the Dulwich Picture Gallery was an excellent insight into seven Canadian painters, perhaps unknown to many, yet featuring some stunning works. This follow up is only focussed on one painter but we’re hopeful that it can be just as revealing as its predecessor.
When: 1 November-22 February 2015
These are just a selection of the exhibitions that we know are scheduled for 2014. As the year goes on, we’ll be sure to keep you up to date on art to see in London.