PAST EXHIBITIONS 2014 - 2017

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ALMA-TADEMA: AT HOME IN ANTIQUITY

7 JULY - 29 OCTOBER 2017

 
Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema Coign of Vantage (detail)

Alma-Tadema: At Home in Antiquity (7 July – 29 October 2017), was the largest exhibition devoted to the celebrated Victorian artist held in London since 1913, and explored Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s fascination with the representation of domestic life in antiquity and how this interest related to his own domestic circumstances expressed through the two remarkable studio-houses that he created in St John’s Wood together with his wife Laura and daughters.

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FLAMING JUNE: THE MAKING OF AN ICON
4 NOVEMBER 2016 - 2 APRIL 2017

 
 Flaming June

Depicting a sensual, sun-drenched, sleeping female figure wrapped in orange draperies against a Mediterranean backdrop, the exhibition explored the extraordinary story of this picture, from its creation in Leighton’s studio, its first critical reception at the Royal Academy, through its ‘disappearance’ in the middle of the twentieth century, its acquisition by Luis A. Ferré, Governor of Puerto Rico for the Museo de Arte de Ponce in 1963 and subsequent rise to international fame as one of the most memorable and reproduced images in the whole of British art.

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SEVEN HALTS ON THE SOMME

HUGHIE O'DONOGHUE RA
29 JULY - 2 OCTOBER 2016

 
 Hughie ODonoghue in his studio. Nicholas Sinclair Coinciding with the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, this exhibition showcased the progress endured by British soldiers between July and November 1916 along the seven halts on The Somme, exploring and revealing the ways in which remembrance and consciousness evolve. Hughie O’Donoghue’s awareness of the Battle of the Somme began as a child, but his most intense engagement occurred during a residency in the Drawing Schools at Eton College (2013 – 2014) where he researched the seven halts further in the College’s First World War archive.

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PRE-RAPHAELITES ON PAPER 
12 FEBRUARY - 29 MAY 2016
 
 Pre-Raphaelites on Paper at Leighton House Museum

A remarkable collection of over 100 works by the most prominent Victorian and Pre- Raphaelites artists, including Edward Burne-Jones, John Everett Millais, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Poynter and Frederic Leighton himself. From preparatory sketches to highly finished drawings intended as works of art  themselves, the exhibition presented diverse ways in which Victorian artists used drawing to further their artistic practice, creating images of great beauty and accomplishment.

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THE GUARDIANS (OF THE PROPHET'S MOSQUE). Works by Adel Quraishi

21 OCTOBER - 29 NOVEMBER 2015

 
LHM The Guardians exhibition

Saudi photographer Adel Quraishi is the only man to have been permitted to photograph the eight remaining ‘Guardians’ of the Prophet’s Mosque (Al-Masjid al-Nabawī). Once numbered in the hundreds, the Guardians date back to the 11th Century and are the keepers of the keys to the Prophet Muhammad’s burial chamber. Rendered on a large scale, it is impossible not to be moved by the connection between viewer and subject when confronted with the works.

As part of the Nour Festival of Arts, celebrating contemporary arts and culture from the Middle East and North Africa.

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THE CRAFT OF DRAWING AND PAINTING. CELEBRATING TRADITION TODAY

1 SEPTEMBER - 4 OCTOBER 2015

 
The Craft of Drawing and Painting

Leighton House Museum celebrated the craft of drawing and painting in an exhibition that showcases the methods used by a long line of Masters, including Lord Leighton, as they are applied by a new generation of figurative artists. The collection included delicate sketches and studies; life-size, oil portraits; colourful landscapes and exquisite nudes. The artists featured in the exhibition work within the age-old atelier tradition; preserving classical techniques while at the same time bringing individuality to their discipline.

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KISSING AMNESIA by Raed Yassin

13 JULY - 2 AUGUST 2015

 
 Kissing Amnesia Raed Yassin Kevin Moran

Kissing Amnesia presented a series of beautiful porcelain vases depicting battles from the Lebanese war alongside colourful and ornamental embroideries that stitch together his childhood memories. The opening of the exhibition coincided with Raed's concert, a special electronic and turntabling set, remixing popular Arabic music. The exhibition was organised in partnership with Shubbak Festival. 

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A VICTORIAN OBSESSION. THE PÈREZ SIMÓN COLLECTION

14 NOVEMBER 2014 -  6 APRIL 2015

 
 Frederic Leighton, Crenaia, Nymph of the Dargle A Victorian Obsession. The Pérez Simón collection at Leighton House Museum presents over fifty exceptional and rarely exhibited paintings by leading Victorian artists. The pictures all belong to the Mexican collector Juan Antonio Pérez Simón and form the largest private collection of Victorian art outside the UK. Six important pictures by Leighton himself have returned to the house in which they were first painted. The collection's highlight is Lawrence Alma-Tadema’s magnificent The Roses of Heliogabalus, one of the most iconic images of Victorian art which is now exhibited in London for the first time since 1913.

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