Spring is traditionally a time of new beginnings and fresh opportunities. But in the art world it can also be a time to say goodbye. April sees your last chance to savour the delights of not-to-be-missed exhibitions.
Catch it quick (this gem finishes this weekend)
Richard Hamilton at ICA
Universally viewed as a founding father of pop art, Hamilton (1922-2011) had a close relationship with the ICA across his career. The London-based painter and collage artist's work now posthumously returns to The Mall venue.
The exhibition comes nearly six decades after Hamilton first presented these two installations at the Institute of Contemporary Arts when it was based in Dover Street.
Our picks: Man, Machine and Motion plus An Exhibit.
See it by: Sunday (April 6)
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Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now @ Cultural Institute at King's
To be drawn into Rwanda through this medium is to be sucked away into a different planet shorn of the certainties and tranquil mundanities the viewer may be used to. The pictures are shown in the Inigo Rooms of Somerset House East Wing in Strand Campus two decades after the country's shocking genocide that saw up to 1 million people die.
This exhibition lends an international showcase to professional photographers in Rwanda for the first time, each with a story to tell; each communicating the unimaginable intricacies of survival after such atrocities. For example, how can you live alongside your neighbours who have killed your families? How do you ever get over the emotional trauma?
Our picks: any works from award-winning international photographers Andrew Esiebo and Brendan Bannon.
See it by: 30th April
Sarah Jones @ Maureen Paley
This display further underscores the pair's fruitful partnership. It is the photographer's sixth solo exhibition at the London gallery in Herald Street. Jones' latest pictures continue to examine how subjects are measured and transcribed via the large format view camera and flattened in pictorial space. Her photographs are regularly taken on location and illuminated with painstakingly controlled lifting that enables the subject to both emerge from and recede into a darkened space.
Our pick: Cabinet (III) Drape
See it by: 19th April
Turner & the Sea @ National Maritime Museum
Romantic painter and master of both oils and watercolour, it was Turner who pioneered a change in the way landscape painting was viewed by the public and nobles alike. His first debut was at the age of 15 when a young Turner exhibited in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and from then on went from success to success. On display at the National Maritime Museum, we see Turner’s first ever oil painting to be exhibited ‘Fishermen at Sea’ alongside other highlights including ‘The Battle of Trafalgar’, Turner’s only royal commission and largest painting and ‘The Wreck of a Transport Ship’, not seen in the UK for over 40 years.
Our Pick: The Battle of Trafalgar
See it by: 21st April
Hockney, Printmaker @ Dulwich Picture Gallery
Famously known for his paintings, this exhibition explores a vast range of over 100 of David Hockney's prints from 1954 – 2009. Focusing particularly on his etchings and lithography, Hockney, Printmaker has been perfectly timed with the 60th anniversary of the artist's first ever print. Just 12 minutes from Central London by train Dulwich Picture Gallery is the world's first purpose built public art gallery. Founded in 1811, the gallery houses one of the country’s finest collections of Old Masters
Our Pick: Self Portrait, 1954
See it by: 11th May
Richard Hamilton at ICA
Rwanda in Photographs: Death Then, Life Now at Cultural Institute at King's
The Battle of Trafalgar, 21 October 1805, J. M. W. Turner, 1822-24, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Hospital Collection
David Hockney, Self Portrait, 1954, Lithograph in Five Colors, 11 1/2 x 10 1/4" Edition: 5 (approximately) © David Hockney