VisitBritain: Great Spring Exhibitions in Britain

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As the festivities of the Coronation of His Majesty the King and Her Majesty the Queen Consort approach, and the Eurovision final organized for Ukraine in Liverpool, the museums and art galleries of Great Britain offer a program particularly rich exhibitions for spring 2023, of which here is a selection.

Coronations & CelebrationsFan Museum, London

Until June 24, 2023

In 2023, the Fan Museum reopens its doors with a new exhibition, “Coronations & Celebrations” in commemoration of the coronation of King Charles III and the Queen Consort who has a great interest in the work of the Fan Museum. Here you can admire historical royal fans from all over Europe, such as the English fan printed for the restoration of Charles II almost 400 years ago, as well as contemporary models made by the fan museum for the Jubilee of Diamond of the late Queen Elizabeth.

Tartan, V&A Dundee, Dundee, Scotland

Until September 3, 2023

With a fresh look, the exhibition Tartan will celebrate the story of one of the most famous fabrics in the world, a complex, rich and sometimes painful story that has no equivalent. Adored or mocked, tartan has inspired great works. It represents unity and dissent, tradition and rebellion. The exhibition will explore the incredible impact this textile has had on fashion and design around the world until today.

A Right Royal Spectacle: The Coronation of George IVBrighton Pavilion, Brighton

Until September 10, 2023

A new exhibition devoted to the coronation of King George IV has moved to Brighton. At the time, this coronation was excessively expensive and was the source of a controversy in 1821, when a queen consort was refused entry to the ceremony. With the coronation of Charles III this year, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton wanted to return this coronation feast with original costumes, portraits and documents retracing the story of the accession to the throne of one of the most famous British kings. extravagant.

Crown to CoutureKensington Palace, London

Until October 29, 2023

This summer, Kensington Palace in London is hosting its biggest exhibition, “Crown to Couture”. In this exhibition, modern masterpieces, such as Lady Gaga’s luminous green dress for the MTV Awards, stand alongside historical garments worn by monarchs, including Charles II, more than 200 objects including a court dress dating from the 1760s, the Rockingham mantua. Consisting of a fitted bodice, a narrow train draped at the waist and a wide matching petticoat, this dress would cost over £10,000 these days. The spectacular scenography is the work of Joseph Bennett, designer of Alexander McQueen’s production.

Capturing the momentTate Modern, London

June 14, 2023 – January 28, 2024

A tribute to painting and photography of the last 80 years, the Tate Modern presents the exhibition Capturing the moment. Featuring icons like Lucian Freud and Andy Warhol, contemporary painters like Michael Armitage and Nijdeka Akunyili Crosby, and photographers like Jeff Wall and Hiroshi Sugimoto, this exhibition focuses on the influence of modern painting on photography.

DIVA, V&A, London

June 24, 2023 – April 7, 2024

From opera goddesses of the Victorian era to current superstars, the DIVA exhibition will celebrate the power and creativity of iconic artists, exploring and redefining what it means to be a diva. Through fashion, photography, design, costume, music and performance, the exhibition examines the place of divas in society and the changes they have brought about through their voices and their art.

Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the StormNational Portrait Gallery, London

June 28 – October 1, 2023

For the reopening after works of the National Portrait Gallery, more than 250 photographs taken by Paul McCartney will be exhibited for the first time to the public. The exhibition Paul McCartney Photographs 1963-64: Eyes of the Storm will highlight portraits taken by McCartney with his own camera between November 1963 and February 1964, a period during which John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr propelled from Britain’s most popular band to international cultural phenomenon.

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