Daytripper: Springtime City Exhibition Planner

  • V&A Museum
  • Ashmolean Oxford
  • Tate Modern

With the Cotswolds’ great rail links, it’s never been easier to reach those big city exhibitions. Schedule your next gallery visit with our quick Spring 2018 primer.

Picasso, Monet - and Winnie-the-Pooh? We’re definitely getting some interesting exhibitions to visit in 2018. Here’s a few worth travelling to:

Tate Modern, London

Amedeo Modigliani at the Tate Modern will close on 2 April 2018. Don’t miss your chance to see the distinctive elongated figures and controversial nudes that made Modigliani’s name - it’s the biggest ever UK showing of the tormented artist’s works.

The month of March brings numerous delights: not least the Tate Moderns first ever solo showing of Picasso’s work. The EY Exhibition Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy (8 March - 9 September 2018) promises to be ‘one of the most significant shows the gallery has ever staged.’ The focus of the show is the year 1932: often referred to as Picasso’s ‘Year of Wonders.’

V&A Museum, London

Meanwhile, bear lovers of all ages are in for a treat with Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic at the V&A Museum (until 8 April 2018). Marvel at illustrator E.H. Shepard’s original Pooh sketches, see a tea set gifted to the infant Queen Elizabeth II in 1926, and find out all about the creation of A.A. Milne’s classic characters in this ‘magical’ exhibition.

Fashioned from Nature opens at the V&A in April (runs from 21 April 2018 - 27 January 2019). This exhibition explores over 400 years of nature’s influence on fashion, placing ‘fashionable dress alongside natural history specimens.’ Intriguing!

National Portrait Gallery, London

At London’s National Portrait Gallery, visitors will soon be able to peer at the faces of a bygone age with Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography (1 March - 20 May 2018). Photographic portraits of luminaries such as Charles Darwin, Alice Liddell and Dante Gabriel Rossetti are sure to amaze.

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

Over in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, Americas Cool Modernism (23 March - 22 July 2018) promises to connect English audiences with modern American masterpieces from the likes of O’Keeffe and Hopper.

National Gallery, London

Along with its traditional showers, April ushers in the National Gallerys Monet: Art and Architecture (9 April - 29 July), which offers a new look at the impressionist’s relationship with architecture - from quaint village houses to the stately Rouen Cathedral.

Don’t forget to check the official gallery websites for opening times, ticket booking and travel information.

If you frequent museums and galleries, the National Art Pass is a fantastic way to keep those admission prices down; meanwhile, a small investment in a Network Railcard can save you up to a third on rail fares. (See and for details).

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