The Barbican delves into the world of collectors for Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, the first major exhibition in the UK to present the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists. Its display of masterpieces, post-war pieces and oddball artefacts comes from such artists as Peter Blake, Edmund de Waal and Damien Hirst. The exhibition shows the artist as collector revealing how they gather objects for research and inspiration. An exhibition "bursting at the seams with bizarre and beautiful objects", says the Telegraph.
Damien Hirst's collection of skulls is among the collections built up by well-known artists.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
Dates: 12th February to 25th May 2015
The most significant Impressionist exhibition in this country in two decades.
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN
Dates: 4th March to 31st May 2015
Hailed as "the exhibition of the year" by an "awe-struck" Richard Dorment writing in the Telegraph, Inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery explores how one of painting's best loved movements owes much of its success to one man: art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel, of whom Moet said 'Without him, we wouldn't have survived'. This is the most significant Impressionist show we've seen in this country in 20 years, featuring more than 85 key works, including a number of Impressionism's greatest masterpieces, from the likes of Monet, Pissarro, Degas and Renoir. The exhibition starts in Durand-Ruel's home, tracks back to 40 years earlier and takes in the outbreak of the Franco Prussian War in 1870. "If you see only one exhibition this year, make it this one" advises the Telegraph reviewer.
The British Museum's big spring blockbuster examines how Greek art represented the human body.
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Dates: 6th March to 22nd June 2015
Taking place in the Sainsbury's Exhibition Gallery, the British Museum's big spring blockbuster is Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art. The exhibition examines how Greek art represented the human body and features world-famous sculptures alongside amazing frescoes and pottery. A highlight will be the Belvedere Torso which, once named 'the most famous Greek body in Europe', will be lent to the UK from the Vatican. The exhibition will also look at how Greeks explored the body's sexual and social identity, including how they venerated the toned male body of athletes and how gods and other beings of myth and supernatural are depicted.
McQueen's entire extraordinary career is presented by the V&A in specatcular style.
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: 14th March to 2nd August 2015
Sure to be a sell-out this Easter, the Alexander McQueen exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum is a cultural highlight in London this spring, whether you're into fashion or not. Spanning his entire career, from his 1992 graduate show to his unfinished A/W 2010 collection, Savage Beauty shows McQueen's extraordinary designs with an appropriate sense of spectacle. One of the best-selling shows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the V&A exhibition features 30 additional garments, including some rare early pieces lent by private owners and a new section focusing on McQueen's fledgling career as a designer in London. Headline making moments are recreated, including the time Kate Moss appeared as a holographic 3D image in a gown of rippling organza, shown near life size as it was for the finale of the Widows of Culloden catwalk show.
The team host their first-ever spring project.
Forza Win, Unit 4.1, 133 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN
Tube: Denmark Hill Station
Dates: 12th March to 9th May 2015
The team at Forza Win, London's foremost seasonal rooftop pop-up, present their first-ever spring project in 2015. Spring Chicken will take place at their Peckham home and will serve a five-course menu of Italian food that's inspired by everything England has to offer in the spring. Dishes include rabbit terrine with mostarda and sourdough, spit roast 100 day chicken, fire-baked potatoes, and rhubarb and custard. There will be one sitting per evening, with all the food cooked over wood fires and guests sitting at communal tables enjoying natural wines, good music and strong cocktails.
The home improvement show runs throughout the Easter weekend.
Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, London, W14 8UX
Dates: 20th March to 6th April 2015
Britain's biggest consumer home event returns for its 107th year, featuring everything you need to spruce up your abode. Celebrities appearing at the Ideal Home Show in 2015 include TV presenter and inspirational author Katie Piper, TV presenter and architect George Clarke, gadget expert Suzi Perry, food critic Gregg Wallace, interiors icon Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen and returning favourite Alan Titchmarsh. The show is divided into seven dedicated sections including areas on home improvements, interiors, gardens, technology, food and housewares as well as fashion and beauty. There are competitions to find the Young Gardeners of the Year and the Ideal Wallpaper Designer of the Year. And Moneysavingexpert.com founder Martin Lewis and his team will be on hand to help you save on the cost of running your home.
Hop to toys on the 4th floor of Selfridges and meet Peter Rabbit himself.
Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, London, W1U 1AB
Dates: 28th March 2015
Hop to toys on the 4th floor of Selfridges on Saturday afternoon on the 28th March and you'll get to meet Peter Rabbit himself as a special Easter treat! Beatrix Potter's beloved first children's book which follows the mischievous Peter Rabbit is told at a magical story telling hosted by chocolatiers Charbonnel et Walker, holders of the royal warrant to Her Majesty The Queen. They are also running an Easter Egg hunt at their Canary Wharf store from 21st March to 1st April where you can win a Pink Celebration Hamper, a Peter Rabbit Hamper (these are adorable) or a Charbonnel et Walker Easter egg if you're one of the ten runners up.
The Southbank's two-week singing festival comes to a close with a choral flashmob.
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, South Bank, London, SE1 8XX
Dates: 30th March to 12th April 2015
Back at the Southbank Centre for its seventh year, Chorus is a celebration of the voice and the power of singing. This year's festival fills Royal Festival Hall with 1,000 voices for Sing Out Sunday on Easter Sunday. On Saturday 4th April 2015, Europe's largest and best-known gay choir, the London Gay Men's Chorus, grace the stage of The Clore Ballroom with a free Easter performance. And on Easter Sunday, 5th April 2015, The Southbank Easter Flashmob invites you to join over 100 young singers from across the country, the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, are led by Dominic Peckham - "one of the most exciting conductors of his generation". Join the free sing-along in The Clore Ballroom at Royal Festival Hall from 11am until 12noon.
Easter weekend conclusion for niche music festival.
Jazz Cafe, 5 Parkway, Camden Town, London, NW1 7PG
Dates: 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Apr 2015
Lee Scratch Perry plays at the Jazz Cafe on the opening night of The London International Ska Festival, getting the festival off to a strong start. Originally launched in 1988, this four-day festival returns to the capital over the Easter weekend (2nd to 5th April 2015) and invites 50 acts to perform at the Jazz Cafe, The Forum, The Forge and the Dixie Queen cruiser in celebration of all things Ska. Confirmed acts for the 2015 festival include Sir Horace Uptown Ska Collective (from The Specials), Rhoda Dakar from The Bodysnatchers, Everett Morton from The Beat's new band Beat Goes Bang, and DJ Don Letts who is credited with bringing dub and reggae to the London punk Mecca, The Roxy, in the 1970s.
Easter Thursday at Corisca Studios: a great start to the four day weekend.
Corsica Studios, Unit 5 Farrell Court, 4-5 Elephant Road, London, SE17 1LB
Dates: Thursday 2nd April 2015 - 11pm-6am
Consistently one of the best shows of the year at Corsica Studios, this Easter Thursday Marcellus Pittman returns to Trouble Vision to give us a great start to the four day weekend. He'll be supplying his signature heady soundtrack of motor city inspired house, disco and soul while New Yorker Anthony Naples provides support having just released his debut album 'Body Pill'. Further support comes from Cologne native Barnt and local hero Dan Beaumont completes the lineup to kick off the Easter weekend.
The Royal Choral Society's Good Friday performance dates back to 1878.
Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London, SW7 2AP
Tube: South Kensington Station
Dates: Friday 3rd April 2015
The Royal Choral Society presents its renowned Good Friday performance of Handel's 'Messiah' at the Royal Albert Hall on Good Friday continuing a tradition which, for many, marks the start of Easter - the Royal Choral Society's Good Friday performance stretches back to 1878. For those who find the year flat and empty between Prom seasons, this afternoon performance of the world's favourite sacred work may help in some way to fill the gap, offering a similar mixture of patriotism, good cheer and excellent performers. Messiah is the Baroque composer's most famous creation and amongst the most popular works in Western choral literature, presenting Jesus's life and its significance according to Christian doctrine. It is thought that the Royal Choral Society has sung the work more than any other choir - estimated at around 280 times.
A free, open air recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus.
Trafalgar Square, Central, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DS
Dates: Friday 3rd April 2015
Now a regular addition to Easter in London, The Passion of Jesus is a recreation of the story of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ, put on for free for the public in Trafalgar Square on Good Friday. Not to be outdone by the scores of Easter egg hunts and other events across the city, Trafalgar Square hosts this special adaptation giving viewers the chance to get to grips with the story at the heart of Easter. Featuring a cast of over a hundred, all donning period costumes, a donkey and horses, the 90-minute show attracts up to 20,000 people for each of its two performances at 12noon and 3.15pm and undoubtedly has a big impact on the watching crowds as they witness the tale of Christ's betrayal by Judas and his trial before Pontius Pilate.
World class cyclists compete in two sprint competitions at this family friendly meeting.
Lee Valley VeloPark, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London, E20 3EL
Tube: Leyton Station
Dates: Friday 3rd April 2015
The world famous Good Friday Meeting, one of the most iconic track cycling competitions in the calendar, comes to the Lee Valley VeloPark for the first time in 2015. The race, which dates back to 1903 when the meeting was held at Herne Hill, brings Olympic standard cyclists together to compete in two sprint competitions with the 15k Golden Wheel scratch race as the grand finale. As an added bonus, the first 250 ticket holders get to meet the cycling stars including two-time Olympic Gold medallist Ed Clancy at this family friendly event.
A special Easter Sunday menu, with Highland classics paired with beers.
BrewDog Shepherd's Bush, 15-19 Goldhawk Road, London, W12 8QQ
Dates: Sunday 5th April 2015
Haggis and deep-fried Mars bar are the order of the day at The Last Sipper, a craft beer and Scottish food collaboration between BrewDog and Scottish pop-up Dram & Smoke. The special six course Easter Sunday tasting menu pairs Highland classics like Haggis Bon Bons with Buckfast broon sauce, kedgeree, and slow cooked rabbit on tattie scone with six BrewDog and guest beers. The feast continues with smoked pork belly with carrots and puffed barley and finally the infamous deep-fried Mars bar, served with cornflake ice cream and Irn Bru drizzle. Play 'Beer Bingo' and if you guess the food and beer pairings correctly before the meal begins you'll be in with a chance of winning some Easter goodies. The laid back Shepherds Bush bar also has vintage arcade games and pinball machines so you can take advantage of the long weekend and enjoy the chilled Sunday vibe.
A charity run that awards runners with Easter eggs and seasonal prizes.
Regent's Park, Inner Circle, Regent's Park, London, NW1 4NR
Tube: Regent's Park Station
Dates: Monday 6th April 2015
Earn the right to feast on a year's worth of chocolate in one weekend this Easter by taking part in the London Easter 10K. A fundraiser for The Children's Trust, this special event returns to Regent's Park for a fourth time in 2015. Held in the surroundings of the park, runners are treated to Easter eggs and other seasonal goodies, plus a well-deserved medal, as a reward for taking part. Or, if 10K seems a little daunting, the day also includes a one mile Easter egg scurry for adults and children.
Feast on chocolate and Prosecco while you ride the London Eye.
London Eye , Jubilee Gardens, South Bank, South Bank, London, SE1 7PB
Dates: 4th to 19th April 2015
This Easter the London Eye is treating visitors to more than your standard chocolate fix, serving up the Hotel Chocolat Tasting Experience. A must for chocolate lovers, it will offer an array of tempting chocolates and truffles while an expert from Hotel Chocolat guides you through an exclusive tasting adventure. Guests will also be treated to a couple of glasses of Prosecco, a goodie bag to take home and performances from Zippos Circus while they enjoy a 360 degree view of London.
27th April 2015
IN THIS ARTICLE
Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector
Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty
Forza Win: Spring Chicken
Ideal Home Show
Meet Peter Rabbit
The London International Ska Festival
Handel's Messiah on Good Friday
The Passion of Jesus
Good Friday Meeting
Dram & Smoke: The Last Sipper
London Easter 10K
Easter at the London Eye
Easter in London 2015
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