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2018 exhibitions and displays programme

Release date: Tuesday, 31 October 2017

John Michael Wright, Charles II

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The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Charles II: Art & Power
8 December 2017 - 13 May 2018

After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England.  The court of Charles II became the centre for artistic patronage and for the collecting of great works of art to decorate the royal apartments, to glorify the restored monarchy and to reinforce the position of Charles II as the rightful king.  Including glittering silver-gilt used at the King's coronation, Old Master paintings, tapestries and silver-covered furniture, the exhibition presents the rich material world of Charles II's court and shows the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy.

Enjoy two landmark exhibitions celebrating the role of art in Stuart court culture with a joint ticket to Charles I: King and Collector at the Royal Academy of Arts, an exhibition in partnership with Royal Collection Trust, and Charles II: Art & Power at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.   Joint tickets: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk


Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875–6
8 June – 14 October 2018 

In October 1875, the Prince of Wales set off on a four-month tour of the Indian Subcontinent, visiting over 21 localities that today encompass India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.  The exhibition tells the story of this grand tour through the jewellery, gold and silverware and ceremonial arms presented to the future King Edward VII by local rulers as part of the traditional exchange of gifts.

Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875–6 is shown at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace with Splendours of the Subcontinent: Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts.

Splendours of the Subcontinent: Four centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts
8 June – 14 October 2018 

The Royal Collection contains some of the finest examples of South Asian paintings and manuscripts in the world.  For the first time, highlights from the collection are brought together in an exhibition exploring the long-standing relationship between the British Crown and the area historically called India, now the independent states of India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.  Including works of poetry, intimate portraits, images of court life, paintings inspired by contemporary literature and music, and vivid depictions of Hindu deities, the exhibition celebrates South Asian artistic traditions from Kashmir to Kerala. 

Splendours of the Subcontinent: Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts is shown at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace with Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875–6.


Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs
9 November 2018 – 28 April 2019

The exhibition tells the story of the familial, political, diplomatic and artistic associations between Britain and Russia and their royal families from the mid-16th century to two World Wars.  The unique relationship between the two countries is explored through portraits, sculpture, photographs and archival documents. Many of the works of art were commissioned as diplomatic gifts, others as intimate personal mementos, including miniature masterpieces by Fabergé. 

Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs is shown at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace with Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855.

Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855
9 November 2018 – 28 April 2019

Roger Fenton was already an accomplished and respected photographer when he was sent by the publishers Agnew's to photograph a war that pitched Britain, France and the Ottoman Empire as allies against Russia.  Arriving several months after the major battles were fought in 1854, he focused on creating moving portraits of the troops and capturing the stark, empty battlefields on which so many lost their lives.  Seen by the Victorian public in exhibitions across Britain in 1855 and 1856, Fenton's photographs showed the impact of war to the general public for the first time.  

Shadows of War: Roger Fenton's Photographs of the Crimea, 1855 is shown at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace with Russia: Royalty & the Romanovs.


 

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875–6
15 December 2017 – 22 April 2018

In October 1875, Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, set off on a four-month tour to over 21 localities that today encompass India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.  Travelling nearly 7,600 miles by land and 2,300 miles by sea, he met more than 90 rulers of the different regions he visited, establishing personal links and strengthening ties between the Subcontinent and the British Crown.  The Prince recognised the great cultural value and artistic merit of the gifts he had received during his tour and on his return to Britain made arrangements for the items to be placed on public display.  Entitled 'The Prince of Wales's India Collection', the exhibition toured Britain and Europe between 1876 and 1883 to allow as many people as possible to view the extraordinary examples of design and craftsmanship from the Subcontinent. 


Canaletto & the Art of Venice
11 May – 4 November 2018

Thanks to the young George III, the Royal Collection contains the world’s finest group of paintings, drawings and prints by Venice’s most famous view-painter, Canaletto.  This exhibition brings together the best 18th-century Venetian art in the Collection, with Canaletto’s greatest works shown alongside paintings and drawings by his contemporaries, Sebastiano and Marco Ricci, Francesco Zuccarelli, Pietro Longhi and Giovanni Battista Piazzetta.  Canaletto & the Art of Venice explores the many delights of the Italian city, from the splendours of the Grand Canal and St Mark’s Square to its festivals, theatre and masked carnival.


Charles II: Art & Power
23 November 2018 – 2 June 2019

After over a decade of austere Cromwellian rule, the restoration of the monarchy in 1660 led to a resurgence of the arts in England.  The court of Charles II became the centre for artistic patronage and for the collecting of great works of art to decorate the royal apartments, to glorify the restored monarchy and to reinforce the position of Charles II as the rightful king.  Including Old Master paintings, tapestries and silver-covered furniture, the exhibition presents the rich material world of Charles II's court and shows the role of the arts in the re-establishment of the Stuart monarchy.

 


 

Windsor Castle

Christmas at Windsor Castle
24 November 2017 – 5 January 2018

This year the Christmas display at Windsor marks the 20th anniversary of the restoration of the Castle following the devastating fire of November 1992.  The State Apartments will be decked with gold decorations inspired by the highly skilled gilding work carried out to return the Castle to its former glory.  The highlight of the display is the magnificent 20-foot-high Nordmann Fir Christmas tree in St George's Hall, taken from Windsor Great Park and covered in gold decorations.  In the State Dining Room, the table will be laid with silver-gilt pieces from the spectacular Grand Service, commissioned by George IV and still used today by The Queen and her guests at State Banquets.


 

Palace of Holyroodhouse

Christmas at the Palace of Holyroodhouse
1 December 2017 – 5 January 2018

This year the festive decorations at Her Majesty's official residence in Scotland are inspired by the baroque architecture of the Palace, echoing the garlands of fruits and flowers on the famous 17th-century plasterwork ceilings.  The Great Stair leading to the historic State Apartments will be draped with twinkling garlands and wreaths, while in the Great Gallery a 15-foot-high Christmas tree will be adorned with white and silver decorations.  In the Royal Dining Room, the table will be decorated with flowers, wreaths and spires of faux candied sugared fruits, and laid with pieces from a silver service presented to King George V and Queen Mary in 1935 to mark their Silver Jubilee.  


 

Royal Collection Trust touring exhibitions and major loans

Portrait of the Artist: An Exhibition from the Royal Collection
Vancouver Art Gallery                                                                
28 October 2017 – 4 February 2018                     

This first-ever exhibition to focus on images of artists in the Royal Collection includes both self-portraits by world-renowned figures, such as Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lucian Freud and David Hockney, and representations of artists by their friends and pupils, including the most reliable surviving likeness of Leonardo da Vinci by his student, Francesco Melzi.  Through paintings, drawings, prints, photographs and decorative arts from the 15th to the 21st centuries, the exhibition examines the cult and changing status of the artist, images of the artist’s studio, and the role of monarchs in commissioning, collecting and displaying portraits of artists. 

http://www.vanartgallery.bc.ca


Charles I: King and Collector
Royal Academy of Arts                                                               
27 January – 15 April 2018   

This landmark exhibition, organised in partnership with Royal Collection Trust, reunites one of the most extraordinary and influential art collections ever assembled.  During his reign, Charles I acquired and commissioned exceptional masterpieces from the 15th to the 17th centuries, including works by Mantegna, Titian, Holbein, Van Dyck and Rubens.  The King was executed in 1649, and just months later his collection was offered for sale and dispersed across Europe.  Although many works were retrieved by Charles II following the restoration of the monarchy, others now form the core of collections such as the Musée du Louvre and the Museo Nacional del Prado.  This exhibition brings together around 150 of the most important works for the first time since the 17th century, including 90 items lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/charles-i-king-and-collector


Queen Victoria in Paris
The Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle                                                        
24 March – 24 June 2018 

In August 1855, Queen Victoria made a historic State Visit to Paris, the first time a British monarch had visited the French capital in over 400 years.  Just 40 years after the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo, France and Britain had entered a military alliance against Russia in the Crimean War.  The Queen's visit to Paris was a celebration of this remarkable turnaround in Anglo-French relations and marked a close personal friendship between Queen Victoria and the French Emperor Napoleon III.  This exhibition brings together 44 watercolours created for Queen Victoria to remember the events of the visit.

http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/


Please note that tickets for exhibitions opening after 1 January 2018 will be available from Wednesday, 1 November 2017.

For further information and images please contact the Royal Collection Trust Press Office, [email protected], +44 (0)207 839 1377.

A selection of images is available to download from www.picselect.com