There are plenty of exhibitions and events that are on our ‘must see’ list this summer. One such thing is The Titian Experience, the National Gallery’s mobile cinema which will be appearing at Hay, Grassington, Buxton and Latitude festivals with backing from the Art Fund. The National Gallery acquired the Renaissance master’s Diana and Callisto in 2012, a painting inspired by Ovid’s Metamorphoses and is thought by many to be one of the most important works in art history. The outside of the mobile cinema will display a reproduction of the painting, alongside two related pieces, Diana and Actaeon and The Death of Actaeon. Inside the mobile cinema visitors will see a short film about Titian’s work and its continuing impact today. An expert from the National Gallery will be present to give an introduction and answer audience questions about the film and the paintings. All in all it sounds like an enjoyable and inventive way of taking art out on the road, and we’re looking forward to catching it on tour.
The summer blockbuster is a regular event now in every art lover’s calendar, and each year brings a bumper crop of shows competing to be the season’s most sought-after ticket. Tate Britain has two offerings sure to delight fans of modern and contemporary painting – parallel exhibitions by Gary Hume and Patrick Caulfield both run from 5 June to 1 September 2013 and entrance to both shows is covered by a single ticket. Visitors are given the chance to view and compare works by two leading British painters from different generations. Caulfield’s bold, colour-filled paintings from the 1960s are often credited with reviving the traditional still life, and Hume is one of the much-talked about Young British Artists to come out of Goldsmith’s College in the 1980s.
Also on the list is London Art Week, which is happening 28 June to 5 July 2013. This new initiative is a large-scale collaboration which brings together Master Paintings Week with Master Drawings and Sculpture Week, uniting more than 50 art dealers and London auction houses. The website will feature a useful map locating all of the participants and links to each of the individual websites, making it easy for buyers and enthusiasts to explore what is on offer. Co-ordinated exhibitions will be happening across St James and Mayfair, traditionally the heart of London’s art market.