Five autumn blockbusters

  • 12 September 2012

Post-Olympic blues? Fear not! The autumn exhibition season is here, and we've picked our highlights from across the country.

Whether you’re into Pre-Raphaelites or Post-Impressionists, ancient China or contemporary America, the final months of 2012 are packed with gems to discover. What’s more, there are great savings to be had with your National Art Pass.

1. Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant Garde, Tate Britain
50% off with your National Art Pass

A century and a half of familiarity has established Rossetti, Millais and company as comfortable to the British public as a well-loved sofa. This exhibition aims to present the Brotherhood as it was seen in its own day, as a group of dangerous radical thinkers who propelled Britain to the forefront of modern art.

2. Hollywood Costume, V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum)
50% off with National Art Pass

A blockbuster of blockbusters, this glamorous show brings some of the most iconic outfits in cinema to west London. From the Wizard of Oz to Avatar, Marilyn Monroe to Christian Bale, the films, figures and fashions of Tinseltown are brought to life in this sartorial celebration.

3. Bronze, Royal Academy of Arts
Reduced price with National Art Pass

Prehistory and Picasso come face-to-face at this show of spectacular sculpture. As Jonathan Jones writes: "All human life is here, cast in bronze. It is a moving and inspiring encounter with some of the greatest art in the world and you can't ask more of a blockbuster than that."

4. Rembrandt and the Passion, Hunterian Art Gallery
50% off with National Art Pass

Rembrandt was unquestionably one of the greatest artists of all, a virtuoso whose mastery spanned from portraiture to history painting. Focusing on his Entombment Sketch, an atmospheric masterpiece from the Hunterian collection, this exhibition contrasts his work with pieces by his predecessors and contemporaries.

5. SJ Peploe, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art
50% off with National Art Pass

Peploe was one of the great British Modernists, a widely-travelled painter with a powerful eye for colour, as skilled painting portraits as still lifes. This show brings together 70 canvases, many never exhibited before, to chart his journeys from Edinburgh to Paris and Impressionism to Fauvism.

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