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AA XX 100: Masna'at Urah in Wadi Daw'an-Hadramut, Yemen, the fortified east facade of the town with 12 houses, reconstruction and rehabilitation © Salma Samar Damluji, 2010

What’s on in October and November 2017: the best C20 architecture, art and design

Our pick of the autumn exhibitions takes us from Hodgkin’s India to revolutionary Russia via the charming world of the Moomins and their creator, Tove Jansson.

AA XX 100: AA Women in Architecture 1917–2017
Architectural Association, London, from 7 October to 9 December FREE ENTRY

From the first female students at the AA in 1917 to recent projects by Amanda Levete’s practice, this is a multi-faceted look at 100 years of women in architecture. Curated by Elizabeth Darling and Lynne Walker, the exhibition also explores the late Zaha Hadid’s connections to the AA. More

Howard Hodgkin: India on Paper
Victoria Art Gallery, Bath, from 14 October to 7 January 2018

India was source of inspiration to Howard Hodgkin from the mid-1960s until his death in March 2017. His love of the subcontinent can be seen here in rich and vibrant paintings and prints, including Indian Views (1971) and the Indian Waves series (1990-91). More

Designs on Britain
Jewish Museum, London, from 19 October to 15 April 2018

From Tom Karen’s Marble Run toy to posters by Hans Schleger, FHK Henrion and Dorrit Dekk, Jewish émigré designers revolutionised post-war British design. More 

Tove Jansson (1914–2001)
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, from 25 October to 28 January 2018

Renowned as the creator of the Moomins, Tove Jansson was also an exceptional illustrator and painter. This exhibition of more than 150 works celebrates the wide-ranging talents of one of Finland’s best-loved artists. More

A Green and Pleasant Land – British Landscape and the Imagination: 1970s to Now
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, 30 September to 21 January 2018 FREE ENTRY

Martin Parr, Keith Arnatt and Fay Godwin are among the many photographers and artists whose work has influenced how we relate to British urban and rural landscapes. More

Red Star over Russia: a Revolution in Visual Culture 1905–55
Tate Modern, London, from 8 November to 18 February 2018

Fifty tumultuous years of Russian and Soviet history are brought to life through posters, prints and photos from the collection of David King (1943-2016). Featuring work by El Lissitzky, Nina Vatolina and Aleksandr Deineka. More

Pablo Bronstein: Conservatism, or the Long, Reign of Pseudo-Georgian Architecture
RIBA, London, until 11 February 2018 FREE ENTRY

British-Argentinian artist Pablo Bronstein explores the popularity and desirability of the neo-Georgian style through 50 new drawings of C20 buildings. By contrast, you can also see drawings by Colen Campbell, Michael Searles and others from the RIBA archive. More

Still showing

Plywood: Material of the Modern World
V&A, London, until 12 November FREE ENTRY

Chairs by Alvar Aalto and Charles and Ray Eames, ice-skating shelters, and a 1930s house showcase the versatility and beauty of plywood in architecture, design and leisure. More


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