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Exhibitions to catch over the weekend (25 - 27 August)

21 August 2012 Anita Mistry

We know what it’s like. There is a great exhibition that you want to see and it goes on your ‘must see’ list. But then time flies and suddenly it’s ended and you’ve missed it. So why not take advantage of this weekend's whole extra day off (woop) and catch one of the many shows closing soon. Here is our pick of exhibitions to catch before they finish in September.

Picasso Prints: The Vollard Suite – British Museum

This show concentrates on the part of Picasso’s career that coincided with his passionate affair with muse and model Marie-Thérèse Walter, who repeatedly features here. Also of the 100 etchings on shows, 46 show clearly Picasso’s deepening interest in classical sculpture. A fascinating body of work.
Closes 2 September.

Scott’s Last Expedition – Natural History Museum

One of the highlights of this show is the life-size replica of Scott’s hut that still stands in Antarctica. The exhibition marks the centenary of Captain Robert Falcon Scott reaching the South Pole before his tragic death. Bringing together artefacts and scientific specimens collected on the 1910-1913 trip and revealing the stories of the men on the ill-fated trip, this is a fascinating and intriguing display.
Closes 2 September.

Royal River: Power, Pageantry and the Thames – National Maritime Museum

In a show that has coincided with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and curated by David Starkey, the history of the Thames is told from the early sixteenth century to the mid 1950s. Used for centuries by British Monarchs, the Thames is the ‘royal river’. This great exhibition brings together a range of objects that tells the story of pageantry, coronations and processions of boats, all of which brought the people of London closer to the monarchy and allowed the monarchy to display it’s ‘Royal power’.
Closes 9 September.

Heatherwick Studio: Designing the Extraordinary – V&A

Strictly speaking you have most of September to catch this show but I wanted to include it because it really is one not to be missed. Thomas Heatherwick is one of the most creative and inspiring individuals working in design today and this show pays homage to the work of his studio. One of the highlights is a model of the now very famous Olympic cauldron that featured in the London 2012 Olympics Opening Ceremony. The cauldron was lit by seven young athletes and its 204 copper petals rose to create one big flame. Incredible.
Closes 30 September.

Damien Hirst - Tate Modern

Whether you love him or loathe him, the Damien Hirst exhibition at the Tate Modern is a must-see. The retrospective allows you to get up close and personal with many of Hirst’s most famous works including The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living (1991)(formaldehyde shark) and his more recent ‘spin paintings’.. Since his ground-breaking show Freeze in 1988, Hirst has continued to shock, amaze and influence a generation. This Tate show gives a comprehensive overview of the huge body of work that Hirst has created.
Closes 9 September.

 

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