What to book now for autumn 2017: ART

Claude Monet Houses of Parliament c.1900 Art Institute of Chicago (Chicago, USA) from The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London at Tate Britain

Before you go on your summer holidays, don’t forget to book now for some of this autumn’s top art shows.


Basquiat: Boom for Real, Barbican Centre, 23 September 2-17 – 28 January 2018

The first UK retrospective of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering NY prodigy who died at only 27 but was huge in the NY art scene in the 1980s.  We can’t wait to see over 100 of his works assembled together in this show.

Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth, RA, 29 September 2017 – 10 December 2018

Most people can only name the 86-year-old artist’s iconic flag piece but his influence stretches far and wide.  With over 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints and spanning almost 60 years, this will be a fascinating lesson in the history of American art movements.

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites at The National Gallery, 4 October 2017 – 2 April 2018

The highlight of this show is van Eyck’s masterwork ‘The Arnolfini Portrait’ and the new wave of artists it inspired, the Pre-Raphaelites.

Dali/Duchamp, The Royal Academy, 7 October 2017 – 3 January 2018

Who knew that these two artists were such good friends? Lesser known works such as photographs by Dalí, paintings by Duchamp and correspondence and collaborations between the two artists will highlight their common interests.

Tove Jansson, Dulwich Picture Gallery, 25 October 2017 – 28 January 2018

Known internationally as the creator of the Moomin characters and books, Jansson’s illustrations and paintings are mostly unseen outside of her home country of Finland.  Including over 150 works, many of which have never been seen in the UK before, this show will provide a fascinating insight into her life.

Cézanne, National Portrait Gallery, 26 October 2017 – 11 February 2018

Although best known for his landscapes, this show will concentrate on Cézanne’s portraits and his innovative method of building form with colour that influenced the Cubists and Fauvists, amongst many others.

The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London at Tate Britain, 2 November 2017 – 7 May 2018

This exhibition includes work by Monet, Pissarro and Tissot and looks at the French artists who escaped the Franco-Prussion war and insurrection in Paris during the 1870s and took refuge in the UK.  One of the big blockbusters of the autumn.

Modigliani, Tate Modern, 23 November 2017 – 2 April 2018

The largest UK retrospective to date and one which aims to show how experimental Modigliani really was, with a big section dedicated to his nudes.  After the success of the Giacometti show, this should be another hit show for Tate Modern.


— Francesca
26th July 2017