London is blossoming as we go into April, and getting slightly battered by the rain. This gives us more reason to head out and dive into some fantastic exhibitions to see this month. It has been very hard to just make this just a Super Seven. In the last couple of weeks I’ve been to some really fantastic previews. So, this is a real Easter treat for you all. Don’t forget the Extra’s.. There are a few ‘book ahead’ events which will sell out nearer the time.
Please enjoy this bumper to bumper April Super Seven, and let me wish you all a very Happy Easter whilst I take a well-earned break.
Crown to Couture at Kensington Palace | 5 April – 29 October 2023. This is the largest exhibition ever staged at Kensington Palace. There are over 200 objects that will keep you there for hours. I’ve honestly never seen anything like it. The historical context alongside couture gowns from Blake Lively, Lizzo and Billie Porter’s Met Gala story totally inspired by Kensington Palace. Blog post coming.
It’s all about dogs at The Wallace Collection this summer. Portrait of Dogs: Gainsborough to Hockney runs until 15 October 2023. The Queen and her Corgis runs until 15 June 2023. Both exhibitions are a joyous subject to dog lovers everywhere.
After Impressionism Inventing Modern Art at The National Gallery | Now until 13 August 2023. This is a surprising exhibition, mainly because it introduces you to artists you have never heard of, or if you know the artist you may never has seen the artwork. Over 34% of the work has come from private collections. As a bonus book into Ochre, the new restaurant alongside for lunch or afternoon tea. It is quite delicious. Blog post coming.
Ai Weiwei: Making Sense at Design Museum | 7 April – 30 July 2023. This is Ai Wei Wei’s first exhibition to present his work as a commentary on design and what it reveals about our changing values.
Style and Society: Dressing the Georgians at The Queen’s Gallery | 21 April – 8 October 2023. The Royal Palaces are treating London to some incredible exhibitions. I’m expecting this to be a treat having seen some magnificent style at Kensington Palace. Whilst you are here, visit the Royal Mews and check in on the Gold Coach ahead of the King’s Coronation.
Berthe Morisot : Dulwich Picture Gallery | 31 March – 10 September 2023. This female artist was a trailblaizer in Impressionist art. It is a small but exquisite look at her 30 of her works, those who influenced her, and how she defied the social norms to become one of the movement’s most influential figures. I would highly recommend having on your wish list to visit this summer.
Book ahead for:
Photo London at Somerset House 11-14 May
London Craft Week returns 8-14 May.
Fashion in Motion at the V&A 21 April. Tickets go live 5 April at 10am. Free
Morgan Stanley Lates at Somerset House 19 April. Free, but you must register.
Good Friday in Trafalgar Square for the Easter Service. Midday – 3.15. Free
The Original Print Fair: on until 2 April at The Royal Academy.
Mike Nelson at The Hayward Gallery Southbank. It’s an immersive take over