Exhibitions and Displays 2009

The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Bruegel to Rubens: Masters of Flemish Painting
Until 26 April 2009

The exhibition brings together over 50 of the Royal Collection’s finest Flemish paintings from the 15th to17th centuries. The works were produced during the turbulence of the Eighty Years War (1568-1648) and its immediate aftermath, when peace was finally restored to the region.  Highlights of the exhibition include masterpieces by Hans Memling, Van Dyck and Teniers and a wonderful group of landscapes by Jan Brueghel and Rubens.  Pieter Bruegel’s Massacre of the Innocents forms a powerful centrepiece to the exhibition. This deceptively beautiful scene of a Flemish village under snow is now regarded as one of the most savage satires in the history of art.

Advance tickets and information: 020 7766 7301

French Porcelain for English Palaces: Sèvres from the Royal Collection
23 May – 11 October 2009

This exhibition brings together around 300 pieces created by the pre-eminent European porcelain factory of the 18th century.  The finely painted and gilded works by Sèvres were loved by royalty, aristocrats, connoisseurs and collectors.  The factory’s unrivalled techniques and revolutionary methods of production appealed to their liking for the rare, exotic and extravagant.  The Royal Collection contains the world’s finest group of Sèvres, much of it acquired between 1783 and 1830 by George IV, who popularised the taste for French porcelain in Britain.

Advance tickets and information: 020 7766 7301

The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life
30 October 2009 – 14 February 2010

This exhibition will explore the tradition of the ‘Conversation Piece’, group portraits of high-society sitters in strikingly informal situations.  With its roots in 17th-century Dutch painting, the genre is best known through the work of the English artists, William Hogarth and George Stubbs in the 18th century and Sir Edwin Landseer in the 19th century.  The greatest exponent of the Conversation Piece was Johan Zoffany; the exhibition will include a remarkable series of works produced by the artist for his royal patron George III.  The Conversation Piece depicts sitters going about their daily lives and thus provides a fascinating insight into the fashions, interiors and manners of the age.

Advance tickets and information: 020 7766 7301

Treasures from the Royal Collection
Throughout 2009

A changing selection of highlights from the Royal Collection, including paintings, furniture, sculpture, arms and armour, gems and jewels, and silver and gold, brought together from royal residences across the UK.

Advance tickets and information: 020 7766 7301

The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

The Art of Italy in the Royal Collection: The Baroque   
13 November 2008 - 8 March 2009

The drama of the Baroque comes to Edinburgh in part two of The Art of Italy, which focuses on the
17th century.  Among the masterpieces on show will be The Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew, recently revealed as an original work by the Italian master Caravaggio rather than a copy.  Other highlights include Annibale Carracci’s Allegory of Truth and Time, Orazio Gentileschi’s Joseph and Potiphar’s wife, Cristofano Allori’s Judith with the Head of Holofernes and drawings by artists such as Guido Reni, Guercino and Bernini.

Advance tickets and information: 0131 556 5100

The Conversation Piece: Scenes of Fashionable Life
27 March – 20 September 2009

This exhibition will explore the tradition of the ‘Conversation Piece’, group portraits of high-society sitters in strikingly informal situations.  With its roots in 17th-century Dutch painting, the genre is best known through the work of the English artists William Hogarth and George Stubbs in the 18th century and Sir Edwin Landseer in the 19th century. The greatest exponent of the Conversation Piece was Johan Zoffany, and the exhibition will include a remarkable series of portraits produced by the artist for his royal patron George III.  The Conversation Piece depicts sitters going about their daily lives and thus provides a fascinating insight into the fashions, interiors and manners of the age.

Advance tickets and information: 0131 556 5100

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography
2 October 2009 – 11 April 2010

This exhibition of remarkable Antarctic photography by George Herbert Ponting and Frank Hurley marks the 100th anniversary of Captain Scott’s ill-fated journey to the South Pole.  Ponting’s dramatic images record Scott’s Terra Nova expedition of 1910-12, which led to the tragic death of five of the team on their return from the South Pole.  Hurley’s extraordinary icescapes were taken during Ernest Shackleton’s Polar expedition on Endurance in 1914-17, which ended with the heroic sea journey from Elephant Island to South Georgia.  Both collections of photographs were presented to King George V and are today part of the Royal Photograph Collection.

Advance tickets and information: 0131 556 5100

The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle

HRH The Prince of Wales: An Exhibition to celebrate his 60th Birthday
Until 22 February 2009

Selected from the Royal Collection and from His Royal Highness’s personal archive, the exhibition illustrates key moments in The Prince’s life and reflects his many interests, particularly music, theatre and the arts.  Family photographs,  favourite books and childhood memorabilia are shown alongside The  Prince  of  Wales’s  spectacular  Investiture  coronet  and  a  small  group  of  watercolours  painted by His Royal Highness.
  
Advance tickets and information: 020 7766 7304

Henry VIII: A 500th Anniversary Exhibition
8 April 2009 – 18 April 2010

To mark the 500th anniversary of Henry VIII’s accession to the throne, some of the most important and beautiful treasures to survive from the king’s reign will be brought together from the Royal Collection and
the St George’s Chapel archives. Windsor Castle played host to Henry VIII and his court on many occasions, and the monarch is buried in St George’s Chapel with his third wife Jane Seymour.  Through paintings, drawings, miniatures, prints, books and manuscripts, the exhibition will explore the life of a king who had a profound impact on British history and whose fascinating story continues to generate widespread interest today.

Advance tickets and information: 020 7766 7304

Further information and photographs are available from Public Relations and Marketing, the Royal Collection, 020 7839 1377,press@royalcollection.org.uk.  Images are also available from the Royal Collection’s folder in the ‘Companies Available’ section on PA’s Picselect at www.picselect.com

 

Date: 
Thursday, 16 October 2008