Five spring blockbusters

  • 20 March 2012

It's official - spring has sprung, which means it's time to get out and about and visit one of the season's blockbuster exhibitions!

From the infamous work of Brit-art powerhouse Damien Hirst to the pop-art portraiture of Alex Katz and stunning sculpture by Miró, these exciting shows are all free or 50% off with a National Art Pass.

1. Damien Hirst, Tate Modern
50% off with National Art Pass

The biggest name in Brit Art is taking over London this April with an epic career retrospective at Tate Modern. The exhibition will bring together 70 of Hirst's most important works, including his pickled shark, The Physical Impossibility of Death in the Mind of Someone Living.

2. British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age, V&A
50% off with National Art Pass

From classic cars to album art, Britain has been at the forefront of postwar design. This major V&A exhibition celebrates the global impact of designers born and trained in the UK by bringing together over 300 objects, from dresses by Alexander McQueen to Jamie Reid's Sex Pistol posters.

3. Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude, National Gallery
50% off with National Art Pass

Following in the footsteps of last year's record-breaking Leonardo show, this National Gallery exhibition brings together works by two of the world's favourite artists. Oils, watercolours and sketchbooks show the influence of the French master on Britain's most revolutionary painter.

4. Alex Katz, Tate St Ives
50% off entry with National Art Pass

This unmissable exhibition showcases the work of the leading American artist, whose painting bridged the gap between abstract expressionism and Pop Art. Bringing together 30 canvases from across Katz's career, the exhibition ranges from traditional still-lifes to bold portraits.

5. Miró: Sculptor, Yorkshire Sculpture Park
Free to all

Bizarre and vivid works spanning 40 years have made the trip to Yorkshire for the first UK exhibition of Joan Miro's sculpture. Bronzes and 'found object' sculptures bring the gardens to life, while the underground gallery has been transformed into a 'phantasmagoric world of living monsters'.

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