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Vogue 100, David Hockney RA, Russia and the Arts & The World Illustration Awards

London’s galleries and museums are filled with fascinating exhibitions and shows. We’ve selected our top three for the coming months.

Vogue 100 – Celebrating a century of style

A major exhibition celebrating cutting-edge fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue is opening at the National Portrait Gallery on 11th February.

A major exhibition celebrating cutting-edge fashion, beauty and portrait photography by British Vogue is opening at the National Portrait Gallery on 11th February.

The exhibition will showcase the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being brought together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

The exhibition will include many of the faces that have shaped the cultural landscape of the twentieth century, from Henri Matisse to Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Damien Hirst; Marlene Dietrich to Gwyneth Paltrow; Lady Diana Cooper to Lady Diana Spencer; and Fred Astaire to David Beckham.

Also featured in the exhibition will be the fashion designers that defined the looks of the century, including Dior, Saint Laurent and McQueen.

Image Credits:

Vogue 100: A Century of Style is at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 11 February – 22 May 2016, sponsored by Leon Max.

National Portrait Gallery

The Second Age of Beauty is Glamour by Cecil Beaton, 1946 ©The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

Anne Gunning in Jaipur by Norman Parkinson, 1956 ©Norman Parkinson Ltd/Courtesy Norman Parkinson Archive

Linda Evangelista by Patrick Demarchelier, 1991 ©The Condé Nast Publications Ltd

Kirsi Pyrhönen in Mongolia by Tim Walker, 2011 ©Tim Walker

 'Anne Gunning in Jaipur' by Norman Parkinson  Painting of Linda Evangelista by Patrick Demarchelier  'Kirsi Pyrhönen in Mongolia' by Tim Walker  'The Second Age of Beauty is Glamour' by Cecil Beaton

David Hockney RA – 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life

Recently opened at Burlington House, David Hockney RA is an intimate exhibition of recent portraits by the Royal Academician David Hockney, revisiting the genre that has played such a major part across his long career.

The exhibition offers an insight into the artist’s life in Los Angeles, his connections to the art world and the people who have crossed his path over the last few years.

Image credit: David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Arts (c)

David Parry/ Royal Academy of Arts

 David Hockney at the Royal Academy of Art

Russia and the Arts – The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky

The most important exhibition of Russian portraits ever to take place at a British museum is to open at the National Portrait Gallery on 17th March 2016 as part of an unprecedented cultural exchange with Moscow.

The exhibition will focus on the great writers, artists, composers and patrons, including Tolstoy, Chekhov and Dostoevsky, Rimsky-Korsakov, whose achievements helped develop an extraordinary and rich cultural scene in Russia between 1867 and 1914.

The portraits are being lent by Moscow’s prestigious State Tretyakov Gallery, which will simultaneously display a selection of portraits of famous Britons from the National Portrait Gallery. Russia and the Arts is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see this selection of masterpieces in the UK.

  • Ivan Morozov by Valentin Serov, 1910
  • Anna Akhmatova by Olga Della-Vos-Kardovskaia, 1914
  • Anton Chekhov by Iosif Braz, 1898
  • Modest Mussorgsky by Ilia Repin, 1881
 Painting of Anna Akhmatova by Olga della-vos-Kardovskaia  Painting of Anton Chekov by Iosif Braz  'Modest Mussorgsky' by Ilia Repin

The World Illustration Awards – Celebrating the diverse works from the best illustrators worldwide.

The World Illustration Awards exhibition returns to Somerset House from 1 to 29 August to showcase over 50 of the very best artworks across the diverse field of illustration.

Entries were received from 66 countries from the UK and America to South Korea, Australia, Israel, China, Japan.

Now in its 40th year, this unique exhibition celebrates a breadth of work across advertising, children’s books, editorial and public art.

The exhibition balances serious works, such as David Foldvari’s evocative image of the migrant crisis commissioned by Save the Children, with lighter works such as Richard Lewington’s stunning depictions of bees for Royal Mail and Levente Szabo’s arresting BAFTA Award brochures.

Two overall winners will be announced by illustrator David Hughes at the awards evening on Wednesday 3 August.

Richard Lexington – Royal Mail Bilberry Bumblebee
La Boca – Calvi on the rocks

 Royal Mail bee stamp  Calvi On The Rocks festival in Corsica
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