Upcoming Exhibitions at the Wallace Collection
Rubens: Reuniting the Great Landscapes
For the first time in over two hundred years, Peter Paul Rubens’s (1577-1640) two great masterpieces of landscape painting, The Rainbow Landscape (The Wallace Collection) and A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning (The National Gallery) will be reunited as part of an exhibition at the Wallace Collection. Although kept together in Rubens’s own collection, the paintings were brought to London in 1803, and separated for good with The Rainbow Landscape eventually entering the Wallace Collection and A View of Het Steen in the Early Morning, the National Gallery collection.
Painted as a companion pair, these sweeping panoramic works show Rubens’s newly acquired manor house and estate, Het Steen, at Elewijt (between Brussels and Antwerp) as it was in about 1636. They both celebrate the fertile countryside of Brabant, and pay homage to the great Flemish tradition of landscape painting. The exhibition will explore these paintings as the culmination of Rubens’s practice as a landscape painter, offering new insights into how they were developed as compositions through new technical imaging and photography, together with a newly commissioned documentary exploring Rubens’s work.
20 May 2020 – 13 September 2020
In partnership with VISITFLANDERS
Faithful and Fearless: Portraits of Dogs
In October 2020, the Wallace Collection presents Faithful and Fearless: Portraits of Dogs. Curated by Dr Xavier Bray, Director of the Wallace Collection, the exhibition will trace the evolution of the representation of dogs, from antiquity to the 21st century.
For the first time in a UK exhibition, it will focus uniquely and solely on the portrayal of dogs, with no human beings featuring in any of the portraits or objects. The exhibition will feature around 50 works, from small-scale sculpture to life-size paintings, drawings and photographs, this new exhibition will feature works by renowned British artists including Thomas Gainsborough and Edwin Landseer, alongside French painter Rosa Bonheur. Faithful and Fearless draws from UK public collections and is complemented by a selection of the Wallace Collection’s own internationally renowned works.
14 October 2020 – 21 February 2021
Tickets on sale spring 2020
Members go free