The diary: what’s on this March

Celebrate the arrival of spring with covetable mid-century finds and arresting modern art

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A painting of the Titanic sinking

Titanic Stories

In 1912, the RMS Titanic was the largest ship to set sail, and its momentous sinking on 14th–15th April is one of the most documented in maritime history. And yet the tragedy is still surrounded by myth, controversy and intrigue. In a new major exhibition, National Maritime Museum Cornwall seeks to uncover the true stories from the Titanic disaster, which continues to fascinate us, illustrated by personal accounts, letters and objects recovered from the wreckage.

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Visitors can investigate the commercialisation of the ship, from the first newspapers to break the story, to the blockbuster film adaptations created years later. There will also be large-scale installations created by local artists, plus an exploration into the Titanic as a story of migration.

* 8th March–7th January 2019. National Maritime Museum Cornwall, Discovery Quay, Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 3QY. 01326 313388; nmmc.co.uk

A Picasso painting

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

For Pablo Picasso, 1932 was a pivotal year. The surrealist artist developed true stardom in the contemporary art world, and curated his first retrospective, and, most importantly, he painted some of his most intimate portraits of Marie-Thérèse Walter, who was his muse and lover from 1927 to 1935. ‘Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy’ is the first solo Picasso exhibition to take place at Tate Modern, and offers visitors the chance to get up close to over 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings. Highlights include three extraordinary portraits of Marie-Thérèse, painted over a period of five days and displayed together for the first time, plus a collection of Picasso’s family photographs.

* 8th March–9th September. Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG. 020 7887 8888; tate.org.uk

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Women and Power with the National Trust

With 2018 marking 100 years since some women won the right to vote, the National Trust has developed a year-long calendar of celebrations. Extra-special events will take place at National Trust properties with close links to the Suffragette movement, including Cliveden in Buckinghamshire, the home of Nancy Astor (pictured left), the first female MP, and Bodnant in Conwy, where Laura McLaren founded the Liberal Women’s Suffrage Union.

* 0344 800 1895; nationaltrust.org.uk/womenandpower

A piece of modern art

Midcentury Modern at Dulwich College

This buying event is perfect for those who go weak at the knees over an original Wegner ‘Wishbone’ or Eames ‘DSW’. Visit Dulwich College in south London on 18th March to discover fetching and collectable 20th-century furniture in sleek and iconic designs.

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* 18th March. Midcentury Modern, Dulwich College, London, SE21 7LD. modernshows.com