Exhibitions opening in 2024

Find out about our varied and diverse programme of exhibitions coming up in 2024. There’s something for everyone coming up!

Look forward to a major solo show by the Belfast-born, ‘Glasgow Boy’, Sir John Lavery, treasures drawn from over 500 years of printmaking, stunning drawings by renowned artists such as Albrecht Dürer, Sir Peter Paul Rubens and Rembrandt and the first ever retrospective by Edinburgh-based artist Everlyn Nicodemus and more. We'll update here with news on further displays and exhibitions as they are confirmed.

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Katsushika Hokusai, Sudden Shower below the Summit, from the series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji, about 1831 © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The Printmaker's Art | Rembrandt to Rego

2 December 2023–25 February 2024 
Royal Scottish Academy
Full price ticket £14. Concessions available. 
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Come and experience the print pioneers who have made their mark in the last five hundred years. You will go on a journey from Albrecht Dürer in the fifteenth century right through to contemporary artists like Tracey Emin and Chris Ofili. On the way you will discover how artists have pushed the boundaries in both subject and technique through screen printing, etching, engraving and more.

Big names on show include Andy Warhol, Goya, Rembrandt, William Blake, Elizabeth Blackadder, Paula Rego, Bridget Riley and Pablo Picasso. See the techniques, tools and materials up close – you may even be inspired to give it a go. 

Joseph Mallord William Turner Venice from the Lagoon About 1840

Turner in January

1 January–31 January 2024
Free admission

Another highlight is the return of a keenly-awaited tradition: the opening of Turner in January, an exhibition of mesmerising watercolours to help us through the dark days of winter.

Eduardo Paolozzi Marine Composition Dated 1950 © Trustees of the Paolozzi Foundation. Licensed by DACS, London 2022.

Paolozzi at 100

27 January–21 April 2024
Modern Two
Free admission

Celebrating 100 years since the birth of Scottish pop artist Eduardo Paolozzi, this vibrant exhibition takes you on a tour through his most popular artworks and marvellous highlights. Discover Paolozzi’s eclectic take on popular culture and the machine age. 

Do Ho Suh, Blueprint, 2013. Thread embedded in cotton paper. Courtesy of the artist and Dieu Donné paper mill.

Do Ho Suh | Tracing Time

17 February–1 September 2024
Modern One
Free admission

South Korean-born, London-based Do Ho Suh (born 1962, Seoul) is one of the world’s leading contemporary artists. This expansive exhibition will explore the foundational role that drawing and paper play in Suh’s artistic practice, focusing on his collaborative methods, experimental techniques, and innovative use of materials.

Sir John Lavery Loch Katrine 1913

Sir John Lavery

20 July–27 October 2024
Royal Scottish Academy
Full price ticket £19. Concessions available. 
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Next summer we will stage the first exhibition in over thirty years to focus on the work of the significant Irish artist Sir John Lavery. Born in Belfast, Lavery spent much of his early career in Scotland and was a leading member of the group of artists known as the Glasgow Boys. Much celebrated as a dazzling society portrait painter and a war artist, Lavery also travelled a great deal and recorded popular tourist destinations from Palm Springs to the Italian Riviera. The exhibition of around 90 paintings will feature works produced in France – a crucially formative period when he was painting outdoors and absorbing the lessons of French Impressionism – and Morocco, when he was capturing the light of North Africa.

This exhibition is organised by the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, in collaboration with National Museums NI and National Galleries of Scotland.

Everlyn Nicodemus, Fnitter [Giggle], 1984. Copyright the Artist, Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery London and Rome.

Everlyn Nicodemus

19 October 2024–25 May 2025
Modern One
Free admission

Get ready for the first ever retrospective exhibition of artworks by Edinburgh-based Everlyn Nicodemus. Discover drawings, collages, paintings and textiles from the last 40 years of the artist’s life, as well as new works created especially for this show. This inspiring experience is made possible because Nicodemus was the winner of the prestigious Freelands Award in 2022.

Sir Anthony van Dyck, A Wolf and Fox Hunt, The Devonshire Collections, Chatsworth

Dürer to Rembrandt | Drawings from Chatsworth

8 November 2024–23 February 2025
Royal Scottish Academy
Full price ticket £14. Concessions available. 
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A spectacular group of some 50 Flemish, Dutch, Early Netherlandish, and German drawings and watercolours, spanning from about 1500 to 1700, will be exhibited in Scotland for the first time. They have been selected from the collection of drawings at Chatsworth (Derbyshire), home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire, one of the finest and most significant holdings of drawings anywhere in the world. This exhibition is exclusive to the National Galleries of Scotland and will not travel elsewhere. Look forward to stunning drawings by, among others, Albrecht Dürer, Hans Holbein the Younger, and Sir Peter Paul Rubens, alongside no less than eleven works by Sir Anthony van Dyck, and nine by Rembrandt.

10 July 2023