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Rembrandt, 'Self Portrait at the Age of 63', 1669

Rembrandt, 'Self Portrait at the Age of 63', 1669 © The National Gallery, London

Rembrandt: The Late Works

The National Gallery's massive autumn blockbuster

  1. National Gallery Trafalgar Square, WC2N 5DN
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 18
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Horst: Photographer of Style

Snaps by the legendar Vogue lensman

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 4
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Constructing Worlds: Photography and Architecture in the Modern Age

  • Rated as: 5/5

‘The long exposure time required by the first cameras favoured the static attributes of buildings, making them a far more reliable subject than the human figure,’ reads the dry introductory text to this extensive and actually quite moving show of photography from the past 80 years.

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 11
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Reality is a matter of perspective, which in our digital age can often be skewed. This group show of London’s most inspirational and significant artists including Lucky PDF, Laure Prouvost, Helen Marten and Susan Hiller, looks at how our increasing digital existence informs and reflects our daily experiences. 

  1. Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 4
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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes is one of the most famous Londoners ever. This exhibition at the Museum of London seeks to find out who Holmes is, and why Arthur Conan Doyle's late-Victorian detective endures to this day. Exhibits will include a nineteenth-century portrait of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, original Holmes manuscripts and the very coat and dressing gown worn by Benedict Cumberbatch in the BBC's 'Sherlock'.

  1. Museum of London 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Apr 12
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Beano Town at St Pancras

  • Free

Reacquiant yourself with Dennis, Gnasher and the Bash Street Kids. Meet and greets with the most popular characters and drawing classes which will help you create your own Beano-inspired personality will take place on Oct 27 and 29, with a Beano author Q&A on Oct 31 (midday).

  1. St Pancras International
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Mon Jan 5
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Germany: Memories of a Nation

Germany's been through a lot. The last 600 years have seen huge changes in the country's identity as it has dealt with complex political and religious influences. This exhibition gathers 200 objects which represent the key themes of floating frontiers; empire and nation; arts and achievement; crisis and memory.

  1. British Museum Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 25
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Steve McQueen

  • Free

After his successful transition into Hollywood director, McQueen puts his art hat back on with new work that mines intimacy and violence. 

  1. Thomas Dane Duke Street, SW1Y 6BN
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sat Nov 15
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Anselm Kiefer

  • Rated as: 4/5

It’s hard to not feel overwhelmed in this retrospective of Anselm Kiefer, a dizzying show of post-war art that leaves you spinning. The German artist delves deep into history – towards Wagner, the Romans and ancient forest legends, always searching for meaning, something to make sense of what has come before. But the real meat of the matter is World War II itself.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Dec 14
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Anarchy & Beauty: William Morris And His Legacy, 1860:1960

Works exploring the life and ideas of the great Victorian artist, writer and visionary thinker William Morris. Through portraits, personal items and fascinating objects, many of which will be on public display for the first time, this major exhibition illustrates Morris's concept of 'art for the people' and highlights the achievements of those that he inspired.

  1. National Portrait Gallery St Martin's Place, WC2H 0HE
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 11
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Paddington: Illustrated & Animated

In his 50-odd-year existence, Paddington Bear has been interpreted by an impressive array of artists and animators. As Michael Bond's Peruvian bear gets his big screen debut on November 28, this exhibition looks back at artwork, drawings and clips of Paddington which will be familiar to fans old and new.

  1. House of Illustration 2 Granary Square, N1C 4BH
  2. Tue Oct 21 - Sun Jan 4
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Freud and Eros: Love, Lust and Longing

Sigmund Freud had some pretty revolutionary ideas about love and libido; his theories remain an intruguing topic to this day. This exhibition brings together the neurologist's writings, letters and art collection as well as new pieces and commissions from contemporary artists in response to the subject of love.

  1. Freud Museum Maresfield Gardens, NW3 5SX
  2. Wed Oct 22 - Sun Mar 8
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Lisa Hassell

Inkygoodness presents Beermat Characters at The Coningsby Gallery, 29th April - 4th May Beermat Characters is the latest project by Inkygoodness, inviting illustrators, artists & character designers to transform a beer mat (coaster) into a character. Showcasing the talents of over 80 artists & illustrators tasked with the challenge to transform a simple beermat into a character, our latest project will launch on Tue 30th April 2013 at the Coningsby Gallery in central London, with music, plenty of drinks on offer and a great atmosphere guaranteed! Expect a diverse selection of artworks from handmade to digital, felt plush, paper-cut outs, inked & painted, 3D sculptures & much much more!

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