Stellar line-up of exhibitions in South Kensington quarter this year

Released on: June 20, 2014, 9:34 am (EDT)
Industry: Travel, Entertainment

Highlights include wildlife photography, The Haywain and Russian spacemen.

LONDON, -- /EPR NETWORK/ -- Three of London's greatest museums the South Kensington trio of the Natural History Museum, Science Museum and V&A will be holding major exhibitions this autumn and winter. The three museums are located side-by-side close to South Kensington and constitute one of London's major tourist destinations. To get an idea of what the area has to offer, see, where you can also book hotels in London at the cheapest available rates.

AThe Natural History Museum's annual highlight is the Wildlife Photographer Of The Year 2014 (from October 2014), featuring dozens of awe-inspiring photographs from around the world. The neighbouring Science Museum will also be displaying photographs for Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction (3rd July 9th November 2014), the first major UK exhibition by Catalan artist Joan Fontcuberta, and Open For Business (22 nd August 2 nd November 2014), a free exhibition that will tell the story of British industry through the lens of photographers, showing everything from foundries and assembly lines to modern research labs. The Science Museum's big exhibition will be Cosmonauts: Birth Of The Space Age (November 2014-May 2015), the first UK exhibition to look at the remarkable story of Russian space travel through a unique collection of space artefacts, many of which have never before been seen outside Russia. These include spacecraft as well as personal memorabilia belonging to some of the biggest names in spaceflight, such as Yuri Gagarin, the first man in space.

Across the road at the V&A, the big exhibition will be Constable: The Making of a Master (20 September 2014 11 January 2015), examining the work of British landscape artist John Constable, showing how he painted and placing his work alongside some of the old masters of classical landscape. The V&A's contemporary, international audience will enjoy Horst: Photographer of Style (6 September 2014 4 January 2015), which will present the definitive retrospective of fashion photographer Horst P Horst. The V&A's other exhibition is Disobedient Objects (26th July 2014 1st February 2015), showcasing items made for political protest, including everything from Suffragette teapots, inflatable cobble stones and protest robots, with particular focus on objects from the 1980s to the present day. The V&A will also open their new Rapid Response Collecting gallery on July 5, which promises to showcase recently acquired items of immediate public interest. At the opposite end of the scale to that are the redesigned Europe 1600-1800 Galleries (from December 2014), featuring spectacular examples of textiles and fashion, painting and sculpture, ceramics and glass, furniture and metalwork, prints and books created by Europe's finest artists and craftsmen for figures such as Louis XIV, Marie Antoinette and Catherine the Great.

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