The Park Grand is ideally placed to connect you to many of London’s most significant artistic centres, and this month sees many of the biggest names in art and illustration hosted in the UK’s capital. Here’s our pick of the must-see exhibitions to visit this January…
Basquiat: Boom for Real
Barbican Art Gallery
Exploring some of the finest artwork by this acclaimed New York artist, the Barbican’s Basquiat exhibition examines work from 1978 onwards. It includes over 100 original paintings, photographs and other materials such as films and journals – many of which have never been seen before in the UK. As well as these items, the exhibition also takes a closer look at the artist’s inspirations and life, including collaborations with Andy Warhol and associated artists working in New York during this era. Entirely self-taught, the exhibition could even prove inspiring for any aspiring artists staying at the Park Grand London Lancaster Gate.
Charles II: Art and Power
The Queen’s Gallery
An examination of how art helped Charles II return from exile and reclaim the throne, this exhibition is within easy reach of hotels near Paddington Station and displays fantastic pieces which retrace history in a unique journey through art. There are items on display from the monarch’s own collection including drawings by Leonardo Da Vinci which, once owned by his father, helped Charles II re-exert his power and reinforce his place as king.
With over 100 pieces by this memorable 20th century artist, the Tate Modern’s exhibit provides a tremendously rich retrospective of the inspirations and influences of Modigliani. There’s everything here, from a selection of nudes which, when first displayed in 1917, led to a police censorship battle over what was to become his one and only solo exhibition. There are other forms of art here also, such as a range of intriguing sculptures and portraits dedicated to his close friends, including Pablo Picasso. The Tate is adding an interactive virtual reality experience for a select number of visitors on a first-come, first-served basis, allowing them to experience a recreation of the artist’s own studio.
Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites
Discovering how the artist’s famed Arnolfini Portrait wielded significant influence over 19th century British art, this exhibition compares the portrait with works by artists such as Sir John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Morris. These pre-Raphaelite artists’ work sits alongside Van Eyck’s work. There are also private collections of objects once owned by Rossetti and other artists on display, all easily accessed from hotels near Paddington Station.
Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic
Victoria and Albert Museum
With enchanting drawings from this children’s classic on display for the first time in 40 years, A.A. Milne’s stories and illustrator E.H. Shepard’s work are lovingly captured in this exhibition at the V&A. By exploring the working relationship of Milne and Shepard, the exhibit takes a closer look at the influences which inspired the stories and even includes original manuscripts and Winnie the Pooh themed objects once owned by the Queen. Whether young or old, this exhibition will warm the heart with family-friendly art in 2018.