My monthly roundup of ten excellent exhibitions to visit during October 2021.
Ends 24th October
Adults: £20 | Children: Free | Concessions: £18 | Members: Free
This exhibition explores the true story of Rome’s fifth emperor informed by new research and archaeological evidence from the time, challenging the biased historical accounts written after Nero’s death that have shaped his legacy.
Barbican Art Centre
Adults: £18 | Children: £5 | Concessions: £13 | Members: Free
An exhibition celebrating Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi, one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century. Over 150 works are presented, including an extraordinary range of sculptures – made in stone, ceramics, wood and aluminium – as well as theatre set designs, playground models, lighting and furniture design.
Natural History Museum
Adults: £22 | Children: £12.25 | Concessions: £17.50 | Members: Free
Discover where the real world and the Wizarding World intertwine, and how the wonders of the natural world have inspired myths, legends and magical creatures for generations. Celebrate real-world scientists who, like the character Newt Scamander, help us to understand our planet’s extraordinary creatures so we can protect them for the future.
This exhibition shows how a group of young Japanese designers and architects harnessed the opportunity presented by the 1964 Olympic Games to reframe the country’s profile and tell a fresh story to the world. Their ground-breaking designs are important as they have informed the design principles of all subsequent major international sporting events.
Adults: £27.50 | Children: £19.25 | Concessions: £19.25
This globally acclaimed showcase features original and authenticated works associated with, arguably, the most intriguing and talked-about artist in modern history. On display are prints, canvasses, screenprints, sculptures, unique works and limited-edition pieces mainly dated between the years 1997 to 2008, the period which resulted in Banksy’s most recognisable and well-known works.
Adults: £8.50 | Children: Free | Concessions: £3/£5 | Members: Free
This exhibition invites you to step inside the story and characters of one of the world’s most iconic graphic novels: V for Vendetta. Presenting 36 original comic artworks alongside storyboards and costume designs from the hit Warner Bros movie, V for Vendetta: Behind the Mask charts the rise from comic to graphic novel, Hollywood film to iconic symbol of protest.
National Maritime Museum
Adults: £10 | Children: £5 | Concessions: £6.50 | Members: Free
Come face-to-face with the kings and queens who have shaped British history for over 500 years. Tudors to Windsors: British Royal Portraits includes over 150 of the finest portraits from across five royal dynasties.
Adults: £8 | Children: Free/£4/£6 | Concessions: £6
Featuring over 50 books, documents, film clips and original artworks, the exhibition explores Michael Bond’s creation of Paddington, from his arrival in the UK from Peru, to finding a new home, and his adventures in London.
An exhibition to celebrate the release of A Field Guide to Larking by Lara Maiklem, author of the bestselling Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames. Objects from Lara’s own collection and treasures borrowed from other larkers. It also features some of the original illustrations by Johnny Mudlark and Chiz Harwood.
Five monumental views of the Saxon fortress of Königstein, painted by Bernardo Bellotto, are reunited for the first time in more than 250 years.
Painted at the height of Bellotto’s career, when he was court painter to August III, Elector of Saxony and King of Poland, these views were commissioned as part of a larger series of 30 views of Dresden and its surroundings.