6 – 8. Painters, poets and pioneering film directors in London
While Leonardo da Vinci, William Blake and Stanley Kubrick seem like an unlikely trio, they’re the headline acts in London‘s summer of art. Following a series of mini regional exhibitions – with UK-wide galleries each displaying 12 works – Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing brings together over 200 drawings at a Buckingham Palace finale. See intricate explorations of engineering, botany, architecture, anatomy and cartography in a once-in-a-generation showcase.
Across Westminster, Tate Britain celebrates William Blake this autumn. From September to February 2020, William Blake: The Artist gives visitors a rare look at the work of this visionary. As well as his politically charged paintings and prints, the gallery will use digitally technology to shed fresh light on his art and recreate Blake’s small domestic room, where he showed his art in 1809.
Jumping forward in time, The Design Museum is showing the extraordinary Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition until September 2019. Props, costumes, letters, photography and, of course, films let visitors into the mind of an era-defining, movie-making genius. Step through the screen into the world of Full Metal Jacket, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Shining… if you dare.
Where to stay: The Franklin puts you almost perfectly mid-way between Buckingham Palace and The Design Museum.