The exhibitions you must see this March

Published 21 February 2019

From the Renaissance Nude at the Royal Academy to Charles Rennie Mackintosh in Liverpool, we round up some of the most exciting exhibitions to see this March.

With spring just around the corner, we’re sure you’ll already have plans to see some of the biggest exhibitions this season, from Van Gogh at Tate Britain to Martin Parr at the National Portrait Gallery.

Here are seven more unmissable exhibitions to see right now – all 50% off with a National Art Pass.

And remember, for even more inspiration you can check out our guide to the best exhibitions to see in 2019, and browse our full exhibition listings. Diaries at the ready...

Louise Bourgeois, The Angry Cat, 1999

Louise Bourgeois Prints

Cats, bathtubs, feet, scissors – artist Louise Bourgeois explored personal thoughts, memories and anxieties through her printmaking, which she returned to later in life. This exhibition presents two series of prints she made in her eighties, which continue the strong autobiographical theme in all her work after a career primarily focused on sculpture.

Dosso Dossi, Allegory of Fortune, c1530

The Renaissance Nude

The naked human form has inspired some of the most celebrated works of art. Surround yourself with masterpieces by artists including Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo and Leonardo, and discover the origins and reach of this dynamic visual tradition. The Royal Academy is offering a special 50% off entry for visitors with a National Art Pass.

Diane Arbus, Lady on a bus, NYC, 1957

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning

Roaming New York City from Fifth Avenue to Coney Island, photographer Diane Arbus captured urban life in all its subtlety and diversity, interacting closely with her chosen subjects. This exhibition focuses on the first seven years of her career, including 50 vintage prints never previously displayed in Europe.

JMW Turner, High Street, Oxford, 1810

The Young Turner: Ambitions in Architecture and the Art of Perspective

Famous for his use of light and colour in landscapes and turbulent seascapes, JMW Turner also mastered architecture and city scenes. This exhibition focuses on his earliest commissions and his increasing expertise in depicting the Gothic architecture that inspired him. It includes his first sketchbook and diagrams from his lectures on perspective, which have rarely been exhibited before.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Pinks

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Making the Glasgow Style

Immerse yourself in the gorgeous designs of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and the Glasgow School. From stained glass and ceramics to furniture and interiors, this exhibition spans the lifetime of the internationally renowned designer and architect and displays around 250 objects from the 'Glasgow Style', the UK’s only Art Nouveau movement, which flourished between 1890 and 1920.

Écarlate afternoon dress, Autumn-Winter 1955 Haute Couture collection, Y line

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

Indulge in seven decades of ravishing fashion from the House of Dior, then look beyond to Christian Dior's personal influences – including his fascination with British culture, from Savile Row suits to British-designed ocean liners. Among the 500 exhibits are haute-couture garments worn by princess Margaret, the author Nancy Mitford and dancer Margot Fonteyn.

Anthony van Dyck, The Five Eldest Children of Charles, 1637

Painting Childhood: From Holbein to Freud

Persuading a small child to sit still for a portrait can’t be easy, but artists have been drawn to capture the fleeting moments of childhood for centuries. This exhibition celebrates the results, from Anthony Van Dyck’s painting of the children of Charles I to John Everett Millais’ charming Bubbles, through to contemporary depictions of artists’ own children.

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