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Michelangelo, Holbein and Modernism are among the artists and subjects featured in London’s cultural calendar this year.

Michelangelo, Holbein and Modernism are among the artists and subjects featured in London’s cultural calendar this year.

The British Museum hosts an exhibition exploring Michelangelo’s brilliance as a draughtsman. ‘Michelangelo Drawings: Closer to the Master’ (on now - June 25) brings together works not seen together since the artist’s death including his Crucifixion scenes. Open daily, adults £10, tel: 020 7323 8181. www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk.

An exhibition at the Museumof London makes fun of the rich and famous with 350 social and political satires on display. ‘Satirical London’ (April 1-Sept. 3) explores three centuries of satire from etchings of George III to Charles and Diana slippers. Open daily, admission free, tel: 0870 444 3851. Website: www.museumoflondon.org.uk.

For the first time since it opened in 2000, Tate Modern’s permanent art collection will be rehung around a new concept. ‘UBS Openings: Tate Modern Collection’ (opening May 23) will feature four wings focussing on a key period of 20th century art history. Open daily, admission free, tel: 020 7887 8008. www.tate.org.uk.

A rare opportunity for a free behind-the-scenes tour at the Library and Museum of Freemasonry in Covent Garden will form part of a new exhibition. ‘The Hall in the Garden’ (July 13-Oct. 20) examines the history of this building, the centre of English Freemasonry for 230 years. Open Mon.-Fri., admission free, tel: 020 7395 9257. www.freemasonry.london.museum.

‘Modernism: Designing a New World 1914-1939’ at the Victoria and Albert Museum (April 6- July 23) will be the first exhibition to explore Modernism from an international perspective encompassing all of the arts. On display will be paintings, furniture, photography and fashion. Open daily, adults £9, tel: 020 7942 2000. www.vam.ac.uk.

The first great painter to work in England will be celebrated in a major exhibition at Tate Britain. ‘Holbein in England’ (Sept. 28-Jan. 7) examines the periods when Hans Holbein the Younger (1497-1543) worked in London and how his arrival brought the Renaissance painting from continental Europe to Britain. Open daily, adults £10, tel: 020 7887 8008. www.tate.org.uk.

Dirty Dancing the musical comes to London this autumn (opening Oct. 24) in a new stage show at the Aldwych Theatre. Fans of the movie starring Patrick Swayze can sing along to hits such as Hungry Eyes and Do You Love Me? in this dynamic production. Tickets from £20, tel: 020 7379 3367. www.aldwychtheatre.com.


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