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AUTUMN EXHIBITIONS NOT TO BE MISSED

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When the back-to-school feeling hits in September and the holidays are over, it’s easy to feel a little low.  Fear not: below we give details on some standout shows to look forward to this autumn. From Picasso to Munch and Michelangelo to Jasper Johns, they are sure to brighten anyone’s mood:

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OLD MASTER DRAWINGS HIT THE HEADLINES

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Who knew that Old Masters drawings would be the talk of the season? While two blockbuster exhibitions in the UK are currently focusing on the genre, to great critical acclaim, the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has just announced the acquisition of 16 Old Master drawings in its largest-ever purchase by value (reportedly more than $100 million).
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THE ENDURING ALLURE OF THE COTE D’AZUR

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Throughout the centuries many artists have been inspired by the South of France; the light, the sea and the magnificent views. It remains a popular holiday destination; a few of us at Gurr Johns are heading there for the summer holidays, which got us talking about our favourite places to retrace the footsteps of the modern masters and enjoy the regions artistic gems.  Here are a few of our top tips:
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THE ART OF ARCHITECTURE

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Frank Lloyd Wright designed some of the most beautiful buildings of the 20th century and 2017 celebrates the 150th birthday of the highly influential American architect.  In honour of this anniversary the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York are holding a major exhibition of his work in Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive.  Best known for his iconic Fallingwater, the architect designed over 1000 buildings, nearly half of which were realized and this show offers a thrilling insight into the mind of this prolific and visionary man.  Each section of the show is based around a key item or group of objects from his archives, and it comprises around 450 works including models, building fragments, films and drawings.  Open now until 1 October 2017.
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LONDON CALLING

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If you have any interest in art and antiques, this is the week to be in London.  With a whole host of art auctions, fairs and events taking place across the city, and offering everything from antiquities to contemporary art, you’re going to need your stamina! Here we give you our take on four of the main events, along with a round-up of what to expect from the auctions.
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DON’T MISS! RAPHAEL: THE DRAWINGS, AT THE ASHMOLEAN MUSEUM

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There has been a lot of well deserved buzz this week as the exhibition ‘Raphael: The Drawings’ opened at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. This truly extraordinary show includes 120 drawings by the Renaissance master and is on view until 3 September 2017.  Not since a British Museum exhibition in 1983 has such an extraordinary gathering of his drawings been on view, and this is definitely a show not to be missed.
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RECOMMENDED EXHIBITIONS – APRIL 2017

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Fans of antiquities should head to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York where they will be greeted by a group of the life-sized terracotta warriors who guarded Emperor Qin Shihuang’s tomb, including one of the rare examples with traces of pigment, as well as more than 160 ancient works of Chinese art.  Another highlight is a smi-hude figure of outstanding anatomical accuracy that shows the influence of Western art.  Ages of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties (221 BC – AD 220) is on view from 3 April – 16 July 2017.
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