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Exhibitions to see in 2009

By Mary Miers

Exhibitions to see in 2009

Mary Miers previews the year ahead in the world of art which kicks off with Palladio’s exhibition at the Royal Academy



Andrea Palladio: His Life and Legacy January 31–April 13, Royal Academy of Arts, London W1 London’s first exhibition for more than 30 years devoted to work of the great Italian architect Andrea Palladio (1508–80), celebrating the quincentenary of his birth (www.royalacademy.org.uk; 020–7300 8000)

Van Dyck and Britain February 18–May 17, Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1 Bringing together some of his most magnificent paintings made in Britain, this visually sumptuous exhibition will reveal the impact that the great 17th-century Flemish artist Sir Anthony Van Dyck had on British cultural life (www.tate.org.uk; 020–7887 8888)

Picasso: Challenging the Past February 25–June 7, National Gallery, London WC2 Sixty major works by Pablo Picasso will explore the many ways in which he sought to challenge the Old Masters (www.nationalgallery.org.uk; 020–7747 2885)

Sickert in Venice March 4–May 31, Dulwich Picture Gallery, Gallery Road, London SE21 The first ever exhibition devoted to Walter Sickert’s pictures of Venice (www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk; 020–8693 5254)

Le Corbusier The Art  of Architecture February 19–May 24, Barbican Art Gallery, London EC2 The first major survey in London of this internationally renowned architect for more than 20 years, this show will chart how Le Corbusier’s work changed dramatically through his career (www.barbican.org.uk; 020–7638 4141)

Turner and Italy March 26–June 7, the National Gallery Complex, Edinburgh This show will celebrate the love affair between Turner and Italy, exploring his complex relationship with the country (www.nationalgalleries.org; 0131–624 6200)

Sèvres: French Porcelain in the Royal Collection May 23–October 11, The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London SW1 The Royal Collection contains the world’s finest group of Sèvres pieces and this exhibition will bring together about 300 of them, many acquired between 1783 and 1830 by George IV, who popularised the taste for French porcelain in Britain (www.royalcollection.org.uk; 020–7766 7300)

Endless Forms: Charles Darwin, natural science, and the visual arts June 16–October 4, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge The significance of visual traditions for Charles Darwin, and the often surprising ways in which his theories inspired European and American artists in the later 19th century, are explored by this exhibition, which will travel from Yale to Cambridge in Darwin’s centenary year (www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk; 01223 332900)

Beyond Bloomsbury: Designs of the Omega Workshops 1913–1919 June 18–September 20, The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, London WC2 This show will draw on the Courtauld Gallery’s holdings of more than 100 rarely seen works by the Omega Work shops, which were established in 1913 by the painter and art critic Roger Fry as an experimental design collective, and included Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant and other Bloomsbury Group artists (www.courtauld.ac.uk; 020–7872 0220)

Corot to Monet July 8–September 20, the National Gallery, London WC2 Works from the National Gallery’s own collection will chart the development of landscape painting from the 18th century to 1874, the year of the first Impressionist exhibition

Turner and the Masters September 23–January 24, 2010, Tate Britain, London SW1 A selection of magnificent paintings by Turner will be shown beside related works by Old Masters and contemporaries, revealing his debts and rivalries and exploring his reputation as one of the greatest landscape painters

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