Things have moved on since Horace Walpole described the Dulwich Gallery collection as ‘100 mouldy paintings’. The Sir John Soane-designed museum has had a gorgeous refurb, and while the collection still includes paintings of ‘apostles, sibyls and kings of England’, it also boasts work by Gainsborough, Canaletto, Rembrandt, Rubens and Poussin. Regular exhibitions have included Eric Ravilious and Moomins’ creator, Tove Jansson, and in spring 2018, Canadian modern artist David Milne. A related ‘Gallery Lates’ includes a talk on/tasting of wild food, a tour of the collection exploring wildness, and an immersive (blindfolds, contemporary electro-acoustic music and dance) wander through the Soanes-designed mausoleum that houses the gallery’s founders. If that wasn’t enough, there are regular adult workshops, film screenings, music and family events, and some excellent lectures on subjects as diverse as terrorism, women’s suffrage and weight loss. There’s also a lovely light-filled café, and garden.
A gem of a gallery, with plenty to see and do
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Address: Gallery Road, Dulwich, London SE21 7AD
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