Must-See Autumn Art Exhibitions

by Cass Art

The leaves may start falling soon, as the Autumn season sets in and we leave Sketch Your Summer behind.

But the curtains of many art galleries are about to unveil a great array of new exhibitions, and we've rounded up six that you'll want to see before Winter sets in (bet let's enjoy the reds and golds this season first.)

Modern Masters in Print, Victoria Art Gallery

Four of the last century’s leading artists are depicted in their pomp across 50 pieces in this dazzling display. Dali, Warhol, Picasso and Matisse combine for a paradisal pageant of printmaking.

Must-see: Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe endures as one of the most easily-recognisable of any late-20th century print.

Opens: Saturday 6th September  (ends 23rd November).


Gerhard Richter, The Dick Institute, Kilmarnock

Is the 82-year-old German, as some critics claim, really the world’s most important living painter? Judge for yourself at this stunning display, which frequently uses photography for its beginning point.

Opens: Saturday 6th September (ends 6th December).


Lee Bul, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham

This is the Korean’s UK solo debut, featuring installations, drawing and sculptures. Famous for her cyborg sculptures, Bul challenges society’s perceptions of idealised bodies. Her newest work reflects her fears for the modern planet’s unsustainability.

Opens: Wednesday 10th September (ends 9th November).

 Turner, Modern Rome, painting

Late Turner: Painting Set Free, Tate Britain

Swansongs don’t come more much more hallowed than this. Life may not have begun at 60 for this already celebrated all-time great, but Turner certainly showed no signs of regression during this golden period. The exhibition puts 150 of his works under one roof.

Must-see: The Blue Rigi watercolour. This stunning sunrise (1841-42) has won Turner fresh generations of audiences for its haunting qualities.

Starts: Wednesday 10th September (ends 25th January, 2015).


Rembrandt: The Late Works, The National Gallery

Another master who flourished in his later years. This tragedy-haunted genius is featured in his matured glory in the final, more expressive years up until his passing in 1669. It features 40 paintings, 30 prints and 20 drawings. 

Must-see: Any of the self-portraits the Dutch maestro was famous for. One, aged 63, is particularly candid in mirroring his declining features.

Starts: Wednesday 15th October (ends 18th January, 2015).


Revolution Avant-Garde Theatre: War Revolution and Design, The Victoria & Albert Museum

Liubov Popova, El Lissitsky and Kazimir Malevich are among those featured in this fascinating display of about 150 pioneering costume and set designs. These were made during the turbulent times of the revolutions in Russian and the First World War.

Starts: Saturday 18th October (ends 25th January, 2015).

Image Credits:

Image 1 -
JMW Turner, The Blue Rigi 1841-2

Image 2 -
JMW Turner, Modern Rome - Campo Vaccino 1839
The J. Paul Getty Museum

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