12 art exhibitions to see in the next 12 months

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Carve a space in your diary for the best exhibitions of the next 12 months.

Picture credits: Rex Features

  • September 2012

    Love And Death: Victorian Paintings From Tate, Birmingham Museum (8 Sep-13 Jan)

    Victoriana is having a moment this autumn with this celebration of 19th-century painting, including the work of John William Waterhouse (pictured).

  • October 2012

    The First Cut, Manchester Art Gallery (5 Oct-27 Jan)

    Paper is the new painting (we say) and this show highlights the art of folding, cutting and sculpting. See Stylist cover artist Rob Ryan in conversation on 5 October.

  • November 2012

    BP Portrait Award 2012 Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Edinburgh (3 Nov-27 Jan)

    The annual must-see is showing at London’s National Portrait Gallery until 23 september, before making its traditional trip north. the show features 55 portraits, chosen from 2,187 entries.

  • December 2012

    Everything Was Moving: Photography From The 60s And 70s, Barbican Art Gallery, London (until 13 Jan)

    From the US Civil Rights movement to chairman Mao, this collection documents an era of global change, featuring the work of photographers such as Bruce Davidson.

  • January 2013

    Light Show, Hayward Gallery, London (30 Jan-28 Apr)

    Bringing together works that use light to sculpt and shape our space, this will be a mind-expanding exhibition, with pieces by Jenny Holzer, Olafur Eliasson and more.

  • February 2013

    Roy Lichtenstein, Tate Modern, London (21 Feb-27 May)

    Pop art fans will be travelling from far and wide for the first major Lichtenstein retrospective in 20 years, which brings together 125 of his paintings and sculptures. expect to see his revolutionary cartoon strip canvasses alongside some of his lesser-known works.

  • March 2013

    RCA Secret 2013, Dyson Building, London (14-23 March)

    The secret art sale offers 3,000 postcard-sized artworks, some by famous artists, some by unknowns. You’ve got no idea whose work you’re buying – but that’s the fun.

  • April 2013

    Artist Rooms: Damien Hirst, The New Art Gallery, Walsall (until 27 October)

    If you didn’t catch Hirst’s 2012 London retrospective, this is your chance to see his key works alongside the collection of Sir Jacob Epstein, whose focus on birth and fertility is a fitting counter to Hirst’s preoccupation with mortality.

  • May 2013

    Birth Of A Collection: The Barber Institute Of Fine Arts And The National Gallery, National Gallery, London (22 May-1 Sep)

    Masterpieces by Monet and Turner are on loan to celebrate 80 years of Birmingham’s Barber collection.

  • June 2013

    Lowry And The Painting Of Modern Life, Tate Britain, London (25 Jun-20 Oct)

    Noel Gallagher and Sir Ian McKellen are both fans of the man who made the industrial north his muse. This show features 80 of his works.

  • July 2013

    Vermeer And Music: Love And Leisure In The Dutch Golden Age, National Gallery, London (until 8 Sep)

    The Girl with a Pearl Earring may be his most recognised work, but Vermeer wasn’t just a portrait painter. The National Gallery is bringing together three rare paintings to discuss the role of music and metaphor in 17th century Dutch painting.

  • August 2013

    Marc Chagall Tate Liverpool (until 29 Sep)

    One of the forefathers of modern art, Chagall wove together Cubist, Expressionist and Fauvist ideas. This exhibition showcases 60 of his paintings and works on paper.

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