January can always be a bit of an anti-climax after the bright lights of Christmas and New Years, so to keep our spirits up we’ve selected our top picks of the exhibitions happening in Britain and around the world this month.

Constable and Freud: Legacy and the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing

12 September 2015 – 31 January 2016
Christchurch Mansion, Suffolk
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This fascinating exhibition is an exploration of the relationship between Constable and his fellow East Anglian painter Lucian Freud, which may seem surprising, Freud being renowned for his portraits and nudes; but the artist often spoke of Constable as a huge influence and had been an avid collector of his work – even curating an exhibition of constables work at The Grand Palais in 2002. Constable’s infamous ‘Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows’ will be on display alongside some of Freud’s major works, and his contemporaries from the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, such as Cedric Morris and Arthur Lett Hain.

Takashi Murakami: The 500 Arhats (pictured)
31 October 2015 – 6 March 2016
Mori Art Museum, Tokyo

Often dubbed “The Andy Warhol of Japan” and inventor of the “Superflat theory” Murakami is considered one of the premier Japanese artists of today. The hotly anticipated exhibition is Murakami’s first retrospective in 14 years mainly features Murakami’s most recent works, primarily his epic The 500 Arhats (2012), a 3-meterhigh, 100-meter-long painting of the 500 enlightened followers (arhats) of Buddha, created in response to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake. The exhibition’s theme is “to examine the role of art and religion in facing social turmoil and human mortality.”

Frank Auerbach
9 October 2015 – 13 March 2016
Tate Britain, London
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Frank Auerbach, one of the world’s greatest in living artists  will enjoy a celebration of his 84th birthday at Tate Britain. The exhibition will feature around 70 paintings and drawings from Auerbach’s career – many of which were created at the London studio he has painted from since 1954, and, continues to paint from. The exhibition offers a rare insight into the connection between artist and model, as the curator, Catherine Lampert, has sat for the artist every single week for 37 years. The majority of his works on view are from private collections and are very rarely on public display. Read more about the exhibition here.

Giacometti: Pure Presence

15 October 2015 – 10 January 2016
National Portrait Gallery, London
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Having broken the record for a sculpture sold at auction this year (L’Homme au Doigt fetched $141.3 million (£90 million) in New York) Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti cemented his presence as one of the world’s most highly prized sculptors of the modern age.

To mark the 50th anniversary of his death, the National Portrait Gallery is presenting the first exhibition dedicated solely to Giacometti’s portraits, with over 60 sculptures, paintings and drawings that the artist produced between 1914 and 1966; highlight the artist’s passion for portraiture.

Grayson Perry: My Pretty Little Art Career

15 October 2015 – 10 January 2016
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Sydney
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This exhibition, curated especially for the MCA is being advertised as the most comprehensive exhibition of Grayson Perry’s work. Chronicling the artist’s early practice from the 1980s to his accomplished work in the present. It encompasses the full spectrum of Perry’s work, with ceramics, sculptures in iron and bronze, prints drawings and large Hogarth inspired tapestries.

Museum of Contemporary Art Director, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor OBE, commented: “Grayson Perry is one of Britain’s most acclaimed contemporary artists. With his strong commitment to audiences and his media presence, Grayson’s appeal extends beyond the art world. It is exciting to be welcoming him and his work to Sydney for the first time in the region.”

Lucky Sydney! Though, not to be outdone, the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath will be hosting an exhibition of Perry’s titled ‘The Vanity of Small Differences’ from January 9th  – 10th April 2016. Here, Perry’s will be exhibiting his celebrated series of tapestries, made during the filming of his Channel 4 documentary ‘All in the Best Possible Taste’.

Lowry and Berry: Observers of Urban Life

25 July 2015 – 10 January 2016
The Potteries Museum and Art Gallery, Stoke on Trent
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Here works by the celebrated northern artist LS Lowry have been brought together with that of his lesser-known local companion, Arthur Berry, for the first time. The exhibition gives a hidden insight into the influence the two men had on each other, as well as highlighting what makes the artists distinctly individual at the same time.

Roy Lichtenstein

14 March 2015 – 10 January 2016
Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh
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This display of the one of the most recognisable and influential artists of the 20th century, Roy Lichtenstein, showcases a newly assembled group of works by the master of pop art spanning three rooms. The exhibition was made possible thanks to the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation and the Estate of Roy Lichtenstein.