Royal Collection Exhibitions 2011

Release date: 
Monday, 1 November 2010

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Dutch Landscapes
15 April – 9 October 2011

This exhibition brings together 42 remarkable landscapes from the ‘golden age’ of Dutch 17th-century painting.  Following the Protestant Reformation, landscape painting was no longer confined to the background of a religious narrative, but gained an independent status and currency in its own right.  Artists turned to the countryside and to the sea to convey a pride in their homeland – the newly reformed Dutch Republic.   While some painters looked to their native surroundings for subject matter, others found inspiration in the mountainous vistas and golden light of Italy.  The exhibition includes works by Jacob van Ruisdael, Aelbert Cuyp, Nicolaes Berchem and Meyndert Hobbema.

Advance tickets and information: +44 (0)20 7766 7301

The Heart of the Great Alone: Scott, Shackleton and Antarctic Photography
21 October 2011 – 15 April 2012

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’sTerra Nova expedition of 1910-13, 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.

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The Special Exhibition at the Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace

Royal Fabergé     
1 August – 25 September 2011*
(*core dates only, additional dates will be added at the beginning and end of the season)

The exhibition at the annual Summer Opening of Buckingham Palace brings together masterpieces by Carl Fabergé, from Imperial Easter Eggs and dazzling jewel-encrusted boxes to miniature carvings of favourite royal pets. Royal Fabergé reveals how the world’s finest collection of work by the great Russian goldsmith and jeweller has been created by successive generations of the British Royal Family.

Advance tickets and information: +44 (0)20 7766 7300

The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse

Marcus Adams: Royal Photographer
25 February – 5 June 2011

Over 100 photographs are brought together in an exhibition to celebrate the work of Marcus Adams (1875-1959), who devoted 50 years to photographing children.  Adams overturned the long tradition of formal royal portraiture and between 1926 and 1956 created a unique record of two generations of royal children, presenting a new, relaxed image of royalty.  Vintage prints from almost all the royal sittings are included, many formerly part of the personal collection of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother.  The  centrepiece  of  the  exhibition  is  a  charming  group  of  photographs  of  the  very  young Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret taken in the late 1920s and 1930s.

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The Northern Renaissance: Dürer to Holbein          
17 June 2011 – 15 January 2012

The 15th and 16th centuries were a time of dramatic change in Northern Europe.  Monarchs vied for territorial power, religious reformers questioned the central tenets of the church and scholars sought greater understanding of their world.  Against this backdrop, artists produced works of extraordinarily diverse subject matter and superb technical skill.  This exhibition brings together over 100 works by the greatest Northern European artists of the period.  Among the highlights are prints and drawings by Albrecht Dürer, mythological paintings by Lucas Cranach the Elder, and preparatory drawings by Hans Holbein the Younger displayed alongside the finished oil portraits.

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The Drawings Gallery, Windsor Castle

Prince Philip: Celebrating Ninety Years
12 February 2011 – 22 January 2012

The 90th birthday of His Royal Highness Prince Philip (on 10 June 2011) is marked by a special exhibition at Windsor Castle, the home of The Duke of Edinburgh and The Queen for nearly 60 years.  The exhibition brings together photographs, memorabilia, paintings and gifts selected from the Royal Collection, the Royal Archives and The Duke’s personal collection to illustrate key moments in His Royal Highness’s life.  It also reflects Prince Philip’s many interests, from carriage driving to painting and design, as well as his extensive work as patron or president of 800 organisations, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Advance tickets and information: +44 (0)20 7766 7304