Dulwich Picture Gallery
Think of Surrealism and you’ll no doubt picture Salvador Dalí’s melting clocks or René Magritte’s bowler-hatted gentlemen obscured by floating apples. British artists who contributed to the Surrealist movement – which celebrates its centenary this year – have long been overshadowed by their European counterparts. This year Dulwich Picture Gallery is redressing the situation with an exhibition dedicated to British Surrealists, such as Leonora Carrington, Francis Bacon, Henry Moore and Paul Nash in a celebration of what curator Dr David Boyd Haycock calls ‘probably the most exciting, transgressive and bizarre art movement of the 20th century’.
26 February – 17 May 2020; dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk
Britain’s original enfant terrible scandalised Victorian England with his beautiful but risqué Art Nouveau illustrations. On his deathbed, aged just 25, Beardsley turned to the Catholic Church and pleaded with his publisher to destroy some of his ‘obscene’ drawings – a final wish that was thankfully ignored. A large and diverse selection of work from Beardsley’s short yet prolific career will be on display at Tate Britain this spring. It will feature bold poster designs, Beardsley’s only oil painting and more than 200 of his most celebrated illustrations, including those for Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte d’Arthur and Oscar Wilde’s Salomé.
4 March – 25 May 2020; tate.org.uk
Tate Modern is pulling out all the stops for a major new retrospective of Pop Art visionary Andy Warhol; the first in nearly 20 years. Expect many of the New Yorker’s most famous and recognisable works depicting pop icons and brands, including paintings of Marilyn Monroe, Coca-Cola and Campbell’s soup cans. Taking a deeper insight into Warhol’s oeuvre, the exhibition also includes a lesser-known series of radical portraits of black and Latinx drag queens and trans women.
12 March – 6 September; tate.org.uk
The National Gallery
To call Artemisia Gentileschi ahead of her time is quite the understatement. The 17th-century Italian painter blazed a trail in Europe, not just by making a career as a woman artist and being the only female member of Florence’s prestigious Accademia di Arte del Disegno, but by depicting strong women from myths, poems and the Bible in her art. This year The National Gallery celebrates Artemisia’s extraordinary achievements and talent in the artist’s first ever UK exhibition.
4 April – 26 July 2020; nationalgallery.org.uk
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser
The V&A’s immersive new exhibition takes visitors down the rabbit hole of Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s story, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Curated by award-winning theatre director Tom Piper, Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser explores the novel’s origins and enduring impact on modern popular culture.
27 June – 10 January 2021; vam.ac.uk