Fashion and art take priority when it choosing exhibitions to visit in London this spring. There are some really fantastic exhibitions taking place, the hardest part is choosing which ones to attend!
The British Museum is hosting the largest ever exhibition of Manga outside Japan. Discover how the art of manga developed, and how it has spread to include films, animation, art and design becoming a billion-dollar industry. Take a look at some of the wonderful artwork created over the years and follow stories from the many manga novels.
Equally attention grabbing is the amazing Vincent Van Gogh exhibition at Tate Britain. This is a superb opportunity to see some of his most famous works such as the Sunflowers, Shoes and Starry Night on the Rhone.
Alternatively, book any of the cheap hotels in Kensington London and head over to the National Portrait Gallery to see the exquisite miniatures created by Tudor artist Nicholas Hilliard. The amount of detail is unbelievable and there are numerous miniature portraits on display including images of Queen Elizabeth I, Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh.
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The V&A Museum in South Kensington is the venue for two superb fashion exhibitions. The Work of Mary Quant includes many of her designs, garments and accessories as well as images of her at work creating clothes that epitomized the Swinging Sixties. Equally impressive is the exhibition on Christian Dior who had a similar dramatic impact on fashion a decade earlier. The wide gathered skirts, broad belts and tight tops influenced fashion design throughout the fifties.
Not far away from London House Hotel on Kensington High Street, a very different type of fashion can be seen, reflecting costumes and props from the films 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange and horror film The Shining. Throughout the spring, the Design Museum will be hosting an exhibition about the work and techniques of director Stanley Kubrick, who used London as both a venue and an inspiration for his films.
Families will enjoy the Pirates Life for Me exhibition at the V&A Museum of Childhood, which brings fictional pirates like Captain Hook and Captain Pugwash to life. Equally fun is the Beasts of London exhibition at the Museum of London where you can meet the animals that have shaped the city’s history including lions, elephants, horses, rats and pigeons. This is London’s history from the animals’ viewpoint.