From Sythians to Degas, Dali to Balenciaga; London is hosting a vast array of fascinating special exhibitions this autumn. Whatever your interest, there is definitely an exhibition that will appeal.
Guaranteed to capture attention is the incredible Scythians: warriors of Ancient Siberia exhibition at the British Museum in conjunction with the State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. These formidable warriors roamed the plains of Siberia between 900 and 200 BC. Over the centuries all trace of their culture was lost, buried in ice until recent excavations revealed their amazing treasures and lifestyle. Preserved in the permafrost were food, weapons, fabrics, mummified warriors, horses and spectacular gold jewellery.
Book a stay at one of the hotels in North London and Head over to the Victoria & Albert Museum for one of the most stylish of all exhibitions – the iconic Spanish couturier Balenciaga. On display are some of the most stunningly beautiful garments and hats that have been created by this fashion house. You can discover just how Balenciaga has become so popular and so influential as the exhibition charts the growth of his fashion house through original costumes, drawings and film.
A very different world can be seen in the Barbican’s Curve Gallery where science fiction comes to life. This is the world of Ray Harryhausen, responsible for the concepts that have delighted everyone in films like Godzill and 2001 A Space Odessey. If you’ve booked a few days in the capital – potentially in one of the hotels near Wembley Stadium make sure to find out about the history of Sci-fi and how it has been presented over the years. Take a look at concept art and the incredible Ray Harryhausen models on display.
Harry Potter fans will be heading for the British Library this autumn where the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter novel is being marked with an exhibition of ‘rarely seen documents from J K Rowling’s archives, revealing her magical inspirations’. This is where you can see countless ancient texts, artifacts and artworks that helped bring her fantastical world alive to millions of readers worldwide. Thousands of fans are expected to stay in London with many booking rooms at Best Western Palm Hotel London.
Among the many art exhibitions which will be capturing attention are Canalettos and the Art of Venice at the Queen’s Gallery and Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell at the National Gallery. This latter exhibition offers a rare opportunity to see some stunning pastels by this French artist while works by Salvador Dali and Marcel Duchamp are on display at the Royal Academy.