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February by Evelyn Dunbar
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What’s on: the best C20 architecture, art and design ** UPDATED**

If the season of panto, presents and office parties has left you in need of some culture, C20 has a few suggestions for what to see. In this round-up, we select some of the most interesting exhibitions in the UK on C20 architecture, art and design. The venues are in London, unless otherwise indicated.

Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected
RIBA Architecture Gallery until 9 January
There’s still time to visit this RIBA show about the enduring influence of Andrea Palladio on architecture in the post-modern era. More.

The World of Charles and Ray Eames
Barbican Art Gallery until 14 February
The work of America’s most prolific and inventive C20 designers is showcased in this inspiring exhibition at London’s Barbican. From moulded plywood nose cones, films, toys and chairs cheekily customised by cartoonist Saul Steinberg, this collection has something for everyone. More.

Evelyn Dunbar: The Lost Works until 14 February
David Jones: Vision and Memory until 21 February
Pallant House Gallery
A rare opportunity to see ‘lost’ works by WWII War Artist Dunbar (1906-1960), which brings together paintings from public and private collections. To coincide with the WWI centenary, Pallant House also presents 80 works by painter, engraver and poet David Jones (1895-1974), covering this extraordinary artist’s long career.

Liberty in Fashion
Fashion and Textile Museum until 28 February
The 140-year history of Liberty reveals much more than a chic West End department store with fabulous scarves. This exhibition uses garments, textiles and other objects to chart the company’s impact on a wide range of fashion styles, including 19th-century Orientalism, Art Deco and those much-loved paisley and patterned prints. More.

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture
Tate Modern until 3 April
See more than 100 works by the pioneer of kinetic sculpture, who was also a key figure in shaping the history of modernism. More.

Modern Scottish Women Painters and Sculptors 1885-1965
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art (Modern Two) until 26 June
Women artists take centre stage in this fascinating exhibition covering 80 years of Scottish art. A chance to see the work of Margaret Macdonald Mackintosh, sculptor Phyllis Mary Bone and watercolourist Dorothy Johnstone alongside lesser-known artists. More.

Tibor Reich
Whitworth Gallery, Manchester from 29 January to August 2016
The Art Fund’s Museum of the Year 2015 will host this centenary retrospective of the work of the Hungarian-born textile designer. From the mid-1940s Tibor Ltd pioneered the use of bright new colours and textures in post-war Britain, making a strong impact at the Festival of Britain and Expo ’58. More.

Walter’s Way – The Self-Build Revolution
Architectural Association School of Architecture from 16 January to 13 February
Learn about the pioneering work of Walter Segal (1907-85) in the field of self-build housing in the UK. This free exhibition focuses on his work with Lewisham Council in the late 70s and 80s to create housing projects on four sites. Visitors can see a newly constructed section of a Segal house, as well as drawings, photos, archival films and furniture. More.


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