Top 10 art exhibitions outside of London this summer
Pack your bags, grab your camera and head for the open road: these are the best exhibitions across the UK that may just tempt you on a mini-break.
As one of the greatest masterpieces of 18th-century Baroque architecture in the UK, you never really need another reason to visit Blenheim Palace. But Blenheim's solo exhibition of visionary French artist Yves Klein may be just the one you need to tempt you on a day trip out of the capital.
With over 50 pieces on display, Yves Klein at Blenheim Palace is the most comprehensive exhibition of the artist’s work to ever take place in the UK.
Klein’s minimal, post-modern, paintings, sculptures and installations are displayed amidst the overwhelming grandeur of Churchill's ancestral home.
How far from London: Nearest train stations to Blenheim Palace are Oxford and Oxford Parkway, both stations are approximately an hour away from London on the train from London Paddington and London Marylebone respectively.
What to Read on the Train: Ordinary People, Diana Evans
Ordinary London lives are captured with lyricism and integrity in Diana Evans’s story of two black couples at turning points. In the city, Melissa and Michael negotiate the desire for a baby and the hypocrisy of intimacy. In the suburbs beyond, Stephanie and Damian find their quiet family life in crisis. Against the backdrop of Barack Obama’s victory and London’s shifting racial landscape, this is a quiet, vividly-drawn novel about the the moments of angst and joy that make up everyday life.