Quiz: 2014 in art

  • 18 December 2014

From Grayson Perry's latest television series to lost masterpieces spotted in Hollywood films – how well do you remember the year in art? Find out with our quiz of 2014's top art stories!

  • Art quiz of the year: 2014

    Blockbuster exhibitions, high-profile acquisitions, surprises and controversy – how well do you remember 2014's biggest art events? 

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    January: A reunion at the National Gallery in London brought together two great modern companion pieces for the first time since 1947. Who was the artist, and what were the works?

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    February: The Fourth Plinth's next commissions were announced, with Hans Haacke's Gift Horse set to be unveiled in 2015. Which Turner Prize nominee was given the thumbs up for 2016?

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    March: One of the shows of the year launched in London, as the National Gallery opened its doors to a spectacular exhibition of art from Renaissance Venice. Which artist did the blockbuster focus on?

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    April: Museum of the Year 2014 celebrated the best of British museums and galleries, as the finalists were announced for the £100,000 prize. Which one of these venues wasn't on the shortlist?

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    May: A month of mixed fortunes, as Van Dyck's final self-portrait was saved, but Glasgow School of Art's iconic library was destroyed in a fire. Which architect designed the building?

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    June: An infrared scan of one of Picasso's paintings revealed a previously unknown portrait underneath. Which masterpiece was the new painting discovered under?

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    July: The world's biggest art show returned, as Art Everywhere came back to thousands of sites around the UK. Which one of these artists wasn't represented in 2014?

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    August: An article in the Independent sparked controversy when a British artist was quoted saying that taking to children to art galleries was a 'waste of time'. Which artist made the comments?

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    September: Late Turner opened at Tate Britain: Painting Set Free, celebrating one of the country's best-loved artists. But what unexpected complaint did several visitors have?

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    October: Grayson Perry returned to television with his new series, Who Are You?, exploring identity in Britain by creating a series of portraits. Which former MP did Perry depict as a smashed vase?

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    November: Hungarian artist Róbert Berény made headlines when his lost painting Sleeping Lady with Black Vase was spotted in the background of a Hollywood film. Which movie was it spotted in?

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    December: Dublin-born artist Duncan Campbell won the 2014 Turner Prize with It For Others, his video work for the 2013 Venice Biennale. How many video artists were on the shortlist?

  • Cave Painter

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    Picasso said that we'd learned nothing in the 12,000 years since the earliest cave paintings, but he didn't mean it literally.

    Cave Painter

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    Picasso said that we'd learned nothing in the 12,000 years since the earliest cave paintings, but he didn't mean it literally.

    Cave Painter

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    Picasso said that we'd learned nothing in the 12,000 years since the earliest cave paintings, but he didn't mean it literally.

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    Picasso said that we'd learned nothing in the 12,000 years since the earliest cave paintings, but he didn't mean it literally.

    Naïve Artist

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    The naïve artists made careers out of forgetting everything they'd learned, but their approach isn't recommended for quizzes.

    Naïve Artist

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    The naïve artists made careers out of forgetting everything they'd learned, but their approach isn't recommended for quizzes.

    Naïve Artist

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    The naïve artists made careers out of forgetting everything they'd learned, but their approach isn't recommended for quizzes.

    Naïve Artist

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    The naïve artists made careers out of forgetting everything they'd learned, but their approach isn't recommended for quizzes.

    Protégé

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    Excellent work – you're not far from being a master!

    Protégé

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    Excellent work – you're not far from being a master!

    Protégé

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    Excellent work – you're not far from being a master!

    Old Master

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    Old Master

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    1. 1.  January: A reunion at the National Gallery in London brought together two great modern companion pieces for the first time since 1947. Who was the artist, and what were the works?
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    2. Correct answer: Vincent Gan Gogh's Sunflowers
    3. 2.  February: The Fourth Plinth's next commissions were announced, with Hans Haacke's Gift Horse set to be unveiled in 2015. Which Turner Prize nominee was given the thumbs up for 2016?
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    4. Correct answer: David Shrigley
    5. 3.  March: One of the shows of the year launched in London, as the National Gallery opened its doors to a spectacular exhibition of art from Renaissance Venice. Which artist did the blockbuster focus on?
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    6. Correct answer: Veronese
    7. 4.  April: Museum of the Year 2014 celebrated the best of British museums and galleries, as the finalists were announced for the £100,000 prize. Which one of these venues wasn't on the shortlist?
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    8. Correct answer: William Morris Gallery, London
    9. 5.  May: A month of mixed fortunes, as Van Dyck's final self-portrait was saved, but Glasgow School of Art's iconic library was destroyed in a fire. Which architect designed the building?
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    10. Correct answer: Charles Rennie Mackintosh
    11. 6.  June: An infrared scan of one of Picasso's paintings revealed a previously unknown portrait underneath. Which masterpiece was the new painting discovered under?
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    12. Correct answer: The Blue Room
    13. 7.  July: The world's biggest art show returned, as Art Everywhere came back to thousands of sites around the UK. Which one of these artists wasn't represented in 2014?
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    14. Correct answer: JMW Turner
    15. 8.  August: An article in the Independent sparked controversy when a British artist was quoted saying that taking to children to art galleries was a 'waste of time'. Which artist made the comments?
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    16. Correct answer: Jake Chapman
    17. 9.  September: Late Turner opened at Tate Britain: Painting Set Free, celebrating one of the country's best-loved artists. But what unexpected complaint did several visitors have?
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    18. Correct answer: They expected to be given free painting sets
    19. 10.  October: Grayson Perry returned to television with his new series, Who Are You?, exploring identity in Britain by creating a series of portraits. Which former MP did Perry depict as a smashed vase?
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    20. Correct answer: Chris Huhne
    21. 11.  November: Hungarian artist Róbert Berény made headlines when his lost painting Sleeping Lady with Black Vase was spotted in the background of a Hollywood film. Which movie was it spotted in?
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    22. Correct answer: Stuart Little
    23. 12.  December: Dublin-born artist Duncan Campbell won the 2014 Turner Prize with It For Others, his video work for the 2013 Venice Biennale. How many video artists were on the shortlist?
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    24. Correct answer: Three

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