An enthralling programme of exhibitions arrives at London’s top museums and leading art galleries this autumn. From rare glimpses of a legendary pharaoh’s personal treasures to a vivid, contemporary foil to the National Portrait Gallery’s historic collection, the coming season offers plenty for history buffs and contemporary culture seekers alike. Guests at Hotel 41 are perfectly placed to visit all the hottest tickets in town. Here are the best exhibitions opening in London this autumn.
Testing the scale of the Royal Academy of Arts’ interiors this September is a presentation of Antony Gormley’s immense sculptural masterpieces. The gravity-defying works on show are cast from a diverse range of materials—iron and steel, hand-beaten lead, seawater and clay—to form the British artist’s most ambitious exhibition in more than a decade.
21st September–3rd December 2019
Royal Academy of Arts
Moving to Mars
The Design Museum transports visitors to the Red Planet this October, inciting deeply topical debates. Why is conquering Mars one of the greatest challenges of our time? And can our ideas for colonising Mars pave the way for life on Earth? Centred on what a Mars colony could look like, the show explores creative commissions and collaborations from new-wave designers. A full-scale Martian home and Christopher Raeburn’s latest fashion collection, inspired by the planet, are key highlights.
18th October 2019–23rd February 2020
The Design Museum
Elizabeth Peyton: Aire and Angels
A new chapter in National Portrait Gallery history is coloured by contemporary artist Elizabeth Peyton this autumn. The prolific American painter is given run of the entire gallery, scattering the permanent collection with a selection of her most suggestive portraits. Additionally, catch a display of 40 of Peyton’s most attention-grabbing canvases, with novel takes on the likes of Kurt Cobain and Frida Kahlo brushing up against celebrated national treasures.
26th October 2019–5th January 2020
National Portrait Gallery
Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
The largest exhibition of Tutankhamun relics to leave Egypt showcases at London’s Saatchi Gallery until next spring. Glimpse more than 150 of the pharaoh’s most prized possessions and time-forgotten artefacts, 60 of which have travelled across international seas for the first time ever.
2nd November 2019–3rd May 2020
George IV: Art and Spectacle
This opulent exhibition presents a unique insight into the life of British monarch George IV, who reigned as king from 1820. Delicate French porcelain and dazzling jewels are displayed alongside historic portraits by Thomas Lawrence and Joshua Reynolds as well as celebrated Dutch and Flemish painters. George collected paintings, textiles, furniture, watercolours, books and ceramics, and many of his riches remain in the royal collection today. Steps away from Hotel 41, the exhibition is billed as one of London’s blockbuster autumn shows.
15th November 2019–4th May 2020
The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Troy: Myth and Reality
The legend of the Trojan War is far-reaching—¬a powerful, ancient city, plunged into a 10-year conflict over the capture of the most beautiful woman in the world. From November, The British Museum draws together enduring relics to reveal more about Troy’s most fabled characters. The centuries-old sculptures, vase paintings and archaeological wares on show tread the line between myth and reality.
21st November 2019–8th March 2020
The British Museum
Stay at Red Carnation Hotels’ Hotel 41 and discover the most compelling exhibitions in London this autumn and beyond.