Five exhibitions to see this November

As the nights draw in, keep warm and cheered this month with our selection of must-see exhibitions around the UK.

Art is often about seeing the world differently. Whether you want to see new perspectives on the past, poetry translated into visual art or, well, celebrities captured with their kit off, all of our exhibition picks this month will make you look twice.

New research shows that visiting a museum or gallery can have a positive impact on your personal wellbeing so take some time for yourself with these exhibitions open throughout or opening in November, all either free or 50% off with a National Art Pass.


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Ugo la Pietra, La casa telematica, 1983

Home Futures

If designers working a few decades ago had been granted a glimpse into the future, would they have nodded knowingly or boggled in wonder? Would we be seen as champions of innovation with our connected devices or traditionalists still sitting on boring old chairs? This exhibition looks at the dreams, projections and aspirations of 20th-century designers and architects through more than 200 objects and experiences, and traces the technological and social changes that have influenced the way we live now.


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Thomas Matthews Rooke after a design by Edward Burne-Jones, Memorial to Christina Rossetti, 1897-8

Christina Rossetti: Vision & Verse

One of the finest poets of the Victorian age, Christina Rossetti is celebrated for the lyrical purity of her work. An artist herself – the exhibition includes her little-known animal drawings – she was sometimes shocked by visual interpretations of her poetry, but her words have continued to inspire artists since the 1850s. This exhibition includes illustrations by her brother, the Pre-Raphaelite Dante Gabriel Rossetti, and images by pioneering art photographer Julia Margaret Cameron, right through to the work of visual artists today.


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Elisabeth Frink, Bird, 1952

Elisabeth Frink: Humans and other Animals

The relationship between humans and animals fascinated Elisabeth Frink throughout her life. This exhibition – the largest of the sculptor’s work in 25 years – brings together 150 pieces from across her career and invites a deeper examination of the themes that preoccupied her. Ancient art and work by other Modern artists such as Auguste Rodin and Pablo Picasso is also on display, offering context and new perspectives on Frink's ideas.


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Anthony Sobers, Ida Kar, 1974

Exposed: The Naked Portrait

How would you feel about sitting for your portrait naked: vulnerable or liberated? Drawing on collections from the National Portrait Gallery, this exhibition features unclothed portraits of over 80 well-known people from the worlds of popular culture, sport, the arts and philosophy. It examines how both artists and sitters exploit the absence of clothing, focusing on the exposed individual rather than the idealised nude of artistic tradition. From Nell Gwynn to Mick Jagger and Jerry Hall, Naomi Campbell to Gilbert & George, the portraits explore themes of gender, identity, feminism and the reappraisal of the naked body in art.


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FJ Mears, Rats, 1916

Brushes with War: Art from the Front Line 14-18

Marking the centenary of the end of the First World War, Brushes with War offers a view of the conflict from the men who actually fought it. For the first time in Europe, this collection of work – personal and free from propaganda – shows how soldier-artists from many different countries experienced first-hand the hope and horror of war.

Also at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and free to all, Christine Borland: I Say Nothing (until 30 June 2019) presents new work from the acclaimed Scottish artist after a year's residency supported by Art Fund. Inspired by an invalid feeder cup in Glasgow Museums' collections which was used both to nurse wounded soldiers and to forcefeed suffragettes, Borland’s work examines the duality of institutional care and brutality and highlights the importance of First World War collections in this poignant anniversary year.


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