Best Exhibitions Opening in September

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September sees the days start to get shorter and the weather cooler, so indoor activities are a great option for fun days out. If you’re in Great Britain, you’ll find a host of interesting shows and exhibitions to explore – about everything from modern British painting to fashion photography. Here is our list of the best exhibitions to see, opening in September:

1. Anselm Kiefer

On the 27th of September the first major retrospective of Anselm Kiefer’s work will open in the UK at the Royal College of Art. Honorary Academician Kiefer will present a breathtakingly large show including painting, sculpture and gigantic installation. His work draws upon mythology, science, history, literature and philosophy, making powerful statements on the human condition. The Royal Academy is right on Piccadilly, and an ideal place to base an ‘arty’ day out. There are many small commercial galleries nearby and the permanent collection at the RA is also well worth a visit. Stay at a nearby Travelodge hotel to beat the traffic right in the middle of London.

2. Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting

On the 27th of September, Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting will open at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts in Norwich. This major exhibition will bring together over 50 paintings by some of the most influential artists of the last 60 years. It gives you the chance to see paintings by Francis Bacon, L.S. Lowry, Paula Rego, George Shaw and many more – all on one ticket. The exhibition is a celebration of the importance of painting and proves how it still stands strong in the ever-changing art world. And, as the Art Fund’s museum of the year 2014, the Sainsbury Centre makes for an excellent day out when staying in Norwich.

3. Horst: Photographer of Style

This beautiful exhibition will open at the V&A on the 6th of September. The gorgeous fashion photos span 60 years and include collections of images from Vogue and House & Garden magazine, to name just a couple. Horst P. Horst was known as a master of light and is famed for his striking takes on haute couture and Surrealism, stage and screen, and travel photography. Stay in Travelodge Fulham or another of our Central London hotels to make the most of your jam-packed day around Kensington.

4. Modern Masters in Print

From the 6th of September, head to Bath to find out how artists from Matisse to Warhol used printmaking to develop a vision and express themselves. This touring exhibition holds just 50 pieces – ideal for viewing with teenagers. Which is not to say it’s lightweight. You won’t want to miss some of the classic images of the 20th century, including Picasso’s studies and Warhol’s Marilyns. While you’re at the Victoria Art Gallery, do explore the permanent collection: you’ll find Gainsborough and Klimt among others.

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