2023: What to look forward to

I tend to read all the articles which tell one what’s coming up next year and have also been casually investigating what is coming up. It’s a way of mapping out and planning where to be in the year ahead. Please let me know if there are other things cultural/architectural I should be aware of.

January 19

Gagosian open an exhibition in Paris on the work of Phyllida Barlow, Rachel Whiteread and Alison Wilding. I hope we can get to see it.

January 21

Spain and the Hispanic World at the Royal Academy. It will be great to see the collection of the Hispanic Society in London.

February 11

Donatello at the V&A. I missed the exhibition in Florence, so am very pleased that a version of it is coming to London.

February 25

Tercentenary of Wren’s death. It’s a year for looking back at, and re-appraising, Wren and his legacy.

March 4

Lucie Rie at Kettle’s Yard.

March 19

An exhibition on ‘Art, Death and the Afterlife’ by Julian Stair opens at the Sainsbury Centre (Julian Stair: Art, Death and the Afterlife – Sainsbury Centre)


The Farrell Centre opens in Newcastle with an exhibition ‘More for Less: Reimagining Architecture for a Changing World’.

April 22

The Georgian Group has organised a conference on Wren (https://georgiangroup.org.uk/event-directory/symposium-wren-300/).

June 22

The National Portrait Gallery re-opens. I’m looking forward to seeing the way that Jamie Fobert has managed to enlarge and reconfigure it by taking in the space outside and the nineteenth century moat and the original east wing which has been used as offices, although originally designed as a top-lit (narrow) gallery space. Also how the collection has been selected and re-hung.

July 25

Yale University Press publishes Eeva-Liisa Pelkonen’s Untimely Moderns: How Twentieth-Century Architecture Reimagined the Past on how twentieth-century architects, particularly those based round the Yale School of Architecture, viewed history.

September 22

The Centre for Classical Architecture in Cambridge is organising a conference on ‘The Professional World of Sir Christopher Wren’.


The Faith Museum is due to open in Bishop Auckland. There is already a Gallery of Spanish Art in the main square and a hotel will open in the spring. The Faith Museum will be housed in a stone building by Niall McLaughlin, already added to the Bishop’s Palace.


Gill Hedley’s book on Henry Flitcroft is being published with an introduction by CSS (https://georgiangroup.org.uk/2022/07/20/henry-flitcroft/)


6 thoughts on “2023: What to look forward to

  1. A couple of items to add –
    March sees the publication of the excellent Blue Crow Media’s debut book, Brutalist Paris by Nigel Green and Robin Wilson (of PhotoLanguage and the Bartlett)
    April sees The Swimmer, by Patrick Barkham. One excellent nature writer with the first biography of another, Roger Deakin, best known for kickstarting the wild swimming movement, but whose book Wildwood is a must

  2. Bringing back pre pandemic memories . I visited Bishop Auckland in March 2020 two weeks after it first re opened to see Jacob and his 12 sons portraits by Zurbaran . I wanted to see in the dining room where they had hung since I think 1751 . I was fascinated by the back story of why they may have been acquired originally. Hopefully the walled garden and glasshouses where they grew the first pineapples in England will also be open

  3. Michael Brundle says:

    Charles, Probably too late to comment…? but we are thinking of attending the global gathering of Vermeer’s at the Rijksmuseum followed by a good lunch (or more likely dinner) at Buffet Van Odette. I hope that meets with your approval? best M
    Michael Brundle Dip Arch(Hons) RIBA +44(0)7770 684750 mick.brundle@gmail.com

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