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Bacon to Constable: introducing our 2021 exhibitions

Published 14 October 2020

From Francis Bacon’s visceral paintings to the reigning queen of performance art, Marina Abramović, our 2021 programme gives everyone something to look forward to.

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    Upcoming exhibitions

    Get a taste of our 2021 exhibition programme with major names including Francis Bacon, David Hockney and Marina Abramović.

  • Our 2021 exhibitions at a glance:

    • Francis Bacon, Study for Bull Fight No. 1

      Francis Bacon, Study for Bull Fight No. 1, 1969.

      Oil on canvas. 197.7 x 147.8 cm. Private collection © The Estate of Francis Bacon. All rights reserved, DACS/Artimage 2020. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd.

      Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

      Explore Francis Bacon’s visceral paintings, where the line between human and animal is constantly blurred, reminding us that our primal instincts lie just below the surface.

    • Michael Armitage , The Paradise Edict (detail)

      Michael Armitage, The Paradise Edict (detail), 2019.

      Oil on lubugo bark cloth. 220 x 420 cm. © Michael Armitage © White Cube (Theo Christelis).

      Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict

      An exciting new force in painting, Michael Armitage draws from Titian, Goya, Manet and Gauguin to explore East African culture and folklore.

    • David Hockney , No. 323

      David Hockney, No. 323, 2020 (detail).

      iPad Drawing. © David Hockney.

      David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

      In the midst of a pandemic, David Hockney RA captured the unfolding of spring on his iPad, creating 116 new and optimistic works in praise of the natural world.

    • Summer Exhibition 2020

      Summer Exhibition 2020

      Summer Exhibition 2021

      Our annual celebration of art and creativity continues in 2021. The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission art show and brings together art in all mediums by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent.

    • Milton Avery, Boathouse by the Sea

      Milton Avery, Boathouse by the Sea, 1959.

      182.88 x 152.4 cm. © 2020 Milton Avery Trust / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York and DACS, London 2020. Courtesy Victoria Miro and Waqas Wajahat.

      Milton Avery

      Worshipped by the Abstract Expressionists, Milton Avery expressed his vision of the world through harmonious colour and simplified forms. Now, for the first time, see the North American painter’s work this side of the Atlantic.

    • Marina Abramović

      Marina Abramović

      Photo credit: Dusan Reljin

      Marina Abramović

      Marina Abramović is one of the most important performance artists in the world. Here, the artist presents the first ever UK exhibition spanning her life’s work – including live re-performances of iconic works, as well as brand new work for these galleries.

    • Herzog & de Meuron, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, USA 2005-2010

      Herzog & de Meuron, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, USA 2005-2010

      Miami Beach, Florida, USA

      © Hufton + Crow

      Herzog & de Meuron

      Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron is at the cutting edge of contemporary design. Renowned for Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall, Beijing’s ‘Bird’s nest’ Olympics stadium, and Miami Beach’s Lincoln Road multi-use parking structure, we reveal the evolution of their latest buildings and inner workings of their practice.

    • John Constable, Stonehenge

      John Constable, Stonehenge, 1835 (detail).

      Watercolour. 38.7 x 59.7 cm. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Bequeathed by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

      Late Constable

      Towards the end of his career, John Constable’s brushwork became increasingly free and expressive. This exhibition explores the artist’s late work including paintings as well as watercolours, drawings and prints.


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