Five summer blockbusters

  • 13 May 2013

See in the summer with a visit to one of these spectacular shows, with Soviet surrealism in Liverpool and enigmatic monarchs in Edinburgh.

1. Chagall: Modern Master, Tate Liverpool
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Born in Russia, Jewish artist Marc Chagall moved to France to develop his style among the emerging avant-garde, eventually fleeing to America to escape Nazi occupation. This exhibition focuses on his early career in Paris, and the absinthe-inspired Surrealist paintings reflecting on his family and childhood.

2. Patrick Caulfield and Gary Hume, Tate Britain
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With one ticket covering entry to both, these two exhibitions explore the art of two complementary British painters. A generation older, Caulfield rendered everyday scenes and details in eye-popping expanses of colour, while Hume, one of the Young British Artists, has developed his own brand of high-gloss minimalism. 

3. Mary Queen of Scots, National Museum of Scotland
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The mother of James I, Mary Queen of Scots was one of Britain's most enigmatic and storied monarchs. This exhibition brings together paintings, correspondence, artefacts and jewellery to discover the truth behind a queen whose life attracted rumours of scandal and intrigue.

4. Lowry and the Painting of Modern Life, Tate Britain
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Best known for his densely peopled cityscapes, L.S. Lowry is one of Britain's most iconic painters. Tate have gathered a wide range of Lowry's works, from character sketches to Welsh landscapes, showing how the great industrial artist was inspired by the Symbolist art of Pissarro and Utrillo.

5. Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s, V&A (Victoria & Albert Museum)
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Iconic outfits worn by Adam Ant and Leigh Bowery star in the V&A's love letter to 1980s fashion in the capital. Outlandish, electric and theatrical, more than 80 pieces by emerging designers including Betty Jackson and John Galliano help trace the relationship between club wear and high fashion that fuelled a creative explosion.