Picassso and Modern British Art at Tate Britain
The influence of Picasso on British art and artists has rarely been recognised – until now, thanks to Tate Britain's new exhibition. Picasso and Modern British Art explores the Spanish artist's reputation in Britain, and looks at how Picasso's work affected British modernism and inspired British artists.
Lucian Freud Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery
Lucian Freud is known for his realistic portraits of characters ranging from benefits supervisor Sue Tilley to artists and performers, and even The Queen. Now the National Portrait Gallery is displaying more than 100 of Freud's portraits, covering seven decades of work, from the early 1940s until the artist's death in July 2011.
Queen Elizabeth II by Cecil Beaton at the V & A
As part of The Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations, the V&A shows highlights of Cecil Beaton's numerous photographs of the Royal Family. For over 40 years from 1939, Beaton (1904-1980) was a favoured royal photographer, capturing some of the most personal images of Queen Elizabeth II ever seen.
Yayoi Kusama at the Tate Modern
One of Japan's best-known living artists, Yayoi Kusama's work spans more than six decades. Kusama is known for her immersive artworks and at this Tate Modern exhibition you can wander through a series of rooms covered in hallucinatory polka dots, mirrors and more.
David Hockney: A Bigger Picture
The Royal Academy welcomes in 2012 with an exhibition dedicated to Yorkshire-born painter, draughtsman, photographer, printmaker and stage designer David Hockney. A Bigger Picture focuses on Hockney's landscape work, and features new, specially-commissioned paintings inspired by the Yorkshire landscape.
Dickens and London at the Museum of London
To mark the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth, Museum of London presents the first major exhibition on the author since 1970. Discover what life was like in 19th-century London and learn about Dickens' difficult childhood experiences, including working in a blacking factory while his father was in a debtor's prison.