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Past exhibition

After Impressionism: Inventing Modern Art

25 March – 13 August 2023

Admission charge

Rooms 1 to 8

Explore a period of great upheaval when artists broke with established tradition and laid the foundations for the art of the 20th and the 21st centuries.

The decades between 1880 and the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 were a complex, vibrant period of artistic questioning, searching, risk-taking and innovation.

The exhibition celebrates the achievements of three giants of the era: Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin and follows the influences they had on younger generations of French artists, on their peers and on wider circles of artists across Europe in Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels and Vienna.

With nearly a hundred works by artists ranging from Klimt and Munch, Matisse and Picasso to Mondrian and Kandinsky complemented by a selection of sculpture by artists including Rodin and Camille Claudel, the exhibition follows the creation of a new, modern art, free of convention, taking in Expressionism, Cubism and Abstraction.

The exhibition includes some of the most iconic works of art created during these decades. Important loans come to the exhibition from institutions and private collections worldwide including Museum of Modern Art, New York; Musée d’Orsay, Paris; Art Institute of Chicago; Musée Rodin, Paris; National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh; Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya, Barcelona; and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.

Image above: André Derain, 'The Dance / La Danse', 1906 (Detail) © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2023 / photo courtesy of the owner

Exhibition supported by

Gregory Annenberg Weingarten, GRoW@Annenberg Foundation

The Monument Trust

With additional support from


Richard Green and Family

Adrian Sassoon and Edmund Burke

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