Dora Maar by Pablo Picasso, 1937

Don’t miss: 3 brilliant art shows opening this month

We’ve really loved the blockbuster art shows that have opened already this autumn (Anthony Gormley, Lucien Freud, Olafur Eliasson and Bridget Riley to name but a few) but we aren’t stopping there.  This month there are three brilliant new exhibitions opening that we can’t wait to see.

Opening this Saturday at the Saatchi Gallery is Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh which celebrates the 100th anniversary of the discovery of his tomb and runs until 3 Mary 2020.   There will be 150 artefacts on show (60 0f which have never been seen outside of Egypt before) and it’s the largest, most comprehensive show of these treasures ever put together.  It’s also said to be the last one before they return back to Egypt for good.  One of our daughters (aged 5) is a fervent Egyptologist so we can’t wait to see these treasures up close and personal.

Next up is Dora Maar at Tate Modern, opening from 20 November 2019 and closing 15 March 2020. In 1935, Maar met Pablo Picasso and their relationship of around eight years had a significant effect on her burgeoning career as a surrealist photographer and painter.  She documented his creation of Guernica 1937, offering unprecedented insight into his working process. He in turn immortalised her in the motif of the ‘weeping woman’ and together they made a series of groundbreaking portraits together.  Yet after their relationship ended, Maar became reclusive and much of her work has been seen in the shadow of Picasso’s influence.  Featuring over 200 works from a career spanning more than six decades, this exhibition will reveal Maar as the inspired and innovative artist that she really was and as one of the first women to combine commercial commissions with social documentary photographs.

And finally, on 21 November, Troy: Myth and Reality opens at the British Museum (and runs until 8 March 2020). From examining the archeological evidence of the real city of Troy to the many retellings of the story of the Trojan War from Homer to Hollywood, this exhibition will look at the fascinating subject of Troy and how the 3,000 year old legend is still inspiring us today.  The show will include beautifully intricate vases and sculpture as well as powerful contemporary works – 300 objects in all – some of which (artefacts from an archeological dig in Turkey) have not been shown in the UK for over 150 years.

In this neoclassical marble sculpture, Wounded Achilles, by Filippo Albacini (1777–1858), which was commissioned for the sculpture gallery at Chatsworth House, Achilles grips the arrow which has pierced his heel. © The Devonshire Collections, Chatsworth. Reproduced by permission of Chatsworth Settlement Trustees.

Three great shows opening this month
— Francesca
30th October 2019