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Fill Your Easter Weekend With Art

April 2, 2015

Arts | by Danny & Josh

It’s easy to fulfil your Easter weekend with chocolate, alcohol and shopping but this year fill your Easter weekend with art. We have picked out a few exhibitions for you plus an alternative to help you make a perfect selection this Easter.

Gustave CourbetAt the National Gallery, Inventing Impressionism, the gallery has recreated the front room/salesroom of Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel this brings the work back into the context of the struggling artists and of course the not so struggling artists of this time period. The work on display revolves around Durand-Ruel and his influence into this period in seeing the fashionable potential of the creators of Impressionism including Degas, Manet, Monet, Pissarro, Sisley and Renoir.
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(left, Gustave Courbet, ‘The Woman in the Waves’, 1868 c.The Metropolitan Museum of Art)


Singing and dancing (Cantar y Bailar)At the Courtauld Gallery is Goya – The Witches and Old Women Album, (you can see our review here by our Arts Editor.) This exhibit reunites the surviving drawings from the Witches and Old Women Album for the first time. It is a collection of work which was only supposed to be for a private circle of friends and now you can see this series of 22 surviving works for the first time since around 1830.
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(right, Francisco Goya, Cantar y Bailar (Singing and dancing), c. 1819-23, The Courtauld Gallery permanent collection, Samuel Courtauld Trust)


imageMarlene Dumas’ exhibition at Tate Modern presents us with a survey of works with even more sex and death. The paintings themselves have earie atmosphere with representation of sexuality, love, death and often popular culture. This exhibition has 14 rooms of fluid style dissolving paintings depicting supermodels, porn models, terrorists, tyrants, fictional people, children and herself.
More information on this exhibit can be found here
(left, Marlene Dumas: ‘The Painter’, 1994. c. Marlene Dumas)

The American painter Leon Golub is currently on show at Serpentine Gallery in Hyde Park – a symposium of large scale paintings around the themes of oppression, violence and misuse of power. This is his first exhibit in London since 2000 and his passing in 2004, his paintings are dystopian and highly politically driven. This exhibition is intense and hard hitting, the rooms present you with floor to ceiling scenes of death, war and depression.
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(below, Leon Golub: ‘Bite Your Tongue’ exhibition view at Serpentine Gallery. C. READS 2015)

Finally for those who don’t fancy something intense and want to take it easy – you can enjoy 1.5 acres of green wildlife above Kensington High Street. The Roof Gardens will be serving tea and coffee from 11am with something a little stronger from midday. Parents can relax with a drink in hand while children can hunt Easter treats under the supervision of the Easter Bunny from 11.45am. One special winner will even bag a giant Easter egg made by Choccywoccydoodah – A perfect way to relax this Easter Sunday.
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Danny Keeling, Creative Director