5 Exhibitions You Should See This Christmas

Don McCullin Shell Shocked US Marine, Vietnam, Hue 1968, printed 2013  © Don McCullin

Don McCullin
Shell Shocked US Marine, Vietnam, Hue 1968, printed 2013
© Don McCullin

With Christmas fast approaching we have selected some of the top exhibitions to catch in London during the festive period:

Rembrandt: The Late Works

The National Gallery
15 October 2014 – 18 January 2015

5 stars.

Arguably the show of the season, if you see anything this winter it should be this. We might be slightly overdoing the hyperbole, but expect never to see anything like it again.

Conflict, Time, Photography
Tate Modern
26 November 2014 – 15 March 2015

3 stars.

This exhibition features 150 years’ worth of conflict photography and is a rare gem from the Tate’s rather lacking photography department. Organised to coincide with the 2014 centenary the show features photographs of contemporary conflict in Syria set against the backdrop of over a hundred years of photographed warfare.

Hiroshi Sugimoto, Still Life
Nov 21 2014-Jan 24 2015

4 stars.

This understated show in Pace’s gallery space behind the Royal Academy presents a series of large scale photographs of the wildlife dioramas from New York’s Natural History Museum. As with all Sugimoto’s work, the pictures are strange, meticulous and very, very beautiful.

Post Pop: East Meets West
Saatchi Gallery
26 November 2014 – 23 February 2015

2 stars.

All pomp and swagger, this show certainly lacks subtlety, but Saatchi’s focus on non-western art is as always a welcome change to standard London gallery practice, and is much overdue.

Egon Schiele: The Radical Nude
The Courtauld Gallery
23 October 2014 – 18 January 2015

4 stars.

The exhibition serves as an important reminder of quite how astoundingly brilliant Schiele was as a draughtsman. You will never see lines so simple and simultaneously so descriptive. The only downside is that sadly the exhibition is just two rooms.

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