Looking to soak up some culture in the capital? The search ends here; read our round-up of the best of the current art exhibitions in London. So whether it’s contemporary classics, shoppable pop-ups or a date with the masters that you crave, you’ll find it here.
Best Current Art Exhibitions in London
Invisible Realm at Lauren Baker Contemporary
Kinetica launches a new exhibition at the Lauren Baker Contemporary in Covent Garden this summer, featuring six artists exploring the hidden dimensions of what lies beneath and between our sensory experience. The Exhibition features the work of Lauren Baker, Bardula, Ivan Black, Daniel Chadwick, Dianne Harris and Margaret Michele. 8 June – 14 July. laurenbakerart.com
Anything You Destroy, We Will Rebuild at David Gill Gallery
New York based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz has come to be known for his provocative and playful works. ‘Anything You Destroy, We Will Rebuild’ at David Gill Gallery will be his first UK show and will showcase Greek and Roman masterpieces from renowned museums which he has 3D scanned, digitally manipulated and re-cast in marble as sculptural furniture. 1 June – 4 July. davidgillgallery.com
Sleep Rock at Camden Arts Centre
Sleep Rock is the first solo exhibition in the UK by New York-based artist Sadie Benning. The exhibition’s title evokes a dream state where perception is blurred by the merging of memory, vision and association. Installed sequentially in the galleries, this new body of work reads in the register of film – frame by frame – catching sight of pictures from a distance and inspecting details close up. The exhibition includes a series made with a new approach to materials: transparencies, analogue photos and digital prints are embedded within layers of resin, enamel and spray paint on wall-based panels. Until 24 June. camdenartscentre.org
Money Must be Made
Themes of globalisation, colonialism and capitalism are explored in Lorenzo Vitturi’s new series Money Must be Made. Inspiration for the works came from the juxtaposition of a thriving local market with the breakdown of global corporations that he saw in Lagos, Nigeria. 11 May to 30 June, flowersgallery.com.
Monet & Architecture Exhibition
Head down to the National Gallery from April to July to experience the first solely Monet exhibition to be held in the UK for nearly 20 years. 9 April – 29 July, nationalgallery.org.uk.
Joan Jonas at Tate Modern
Joan Jonas, the performance and video legend, has been raised up especially by this generation’s young artists and celebrated for pushing the boundaries of art for the last five decades. This exhibition is the largest of Jonas’s work ever held in the UK. Early works from the late 1960s are shown alongside recent installations dealing with topical themes such as climate change and extinction. Her iconic installations including Lines in the Sand, The Juniper Tree and Reanimation are on view in this exhibition’s experimental format throughout exhibition galleries, film screenings in the Starr Cinema and installations in the Tanks. Until 5 August. tate.org.uk
Protests in Pictures at The Design Museum
It has been a decade of unrest, from the credit crunch of 2008 to Brexit and Trump, to the Arab Spring and refugee crisis. The Design Museum’s Hope to Nope exhibition explores the visual representations of political messages that have emerged from good old-fashioned placards to hashtags and memes. 28 March to 12 August, designmuseum.org.
All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life at Tate Britain
All too Human, one of this year’s most highly-anticipated exhibitions, recently opened in a vivid celebration of British painters who focus on the intimate representation of human figures, relationships and surroundings. Artists include Lucian Freud, Francis Bacon, Walter Sickert, David Bomberg, as well as rarely seen work from Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego. Three important works by Francis Bacon will be shown in the UK for the first time in at least three decades. All artists have drawn inspiration from living in London in their works. Until 27 August tate.org.uk
Science, art, or somewhere in between? Wellcome Collection’s spring exhibition displays four contemporary artists’ collaborations with scientists. ‘Somewhere in Between’ features Martina Amati, Daria Martin, Maria McKinney and John Walter’s art that interprets human experience, sense, sexual health, bodily limitation and position on the food chain. Until 27 August. wellcomecollection.org
The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern
Tate Modern’s first ever solo exhibition of Picasso’s work cuts straight to the juicy part. Considered to be his ‘year of wonders’, his work in 1932 took on a heightened sensuality, leading him to even greater fame. The curators delve behind the myth of Picasso to reveal his true character in a month by month exploration of his work that year. 8 March – 9 September 2018, find out more here.
Edward Bawden at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Known for his illustrations for Fortnum & Mason and the London Underground, Edward Bawden’s works will be shown in the most wide- ranging exhibition since his death at Dulwich Picture Gallery. His works of fine art, which have largely been forgotten, will be on display including 18 scarcely seen war portraits and his early paintings of the everyday. 23 May to 9 September, dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk.
Wellcome Collection’s Summer Exhibition: TEETH
Running from 17 May – 16 September, this weird but wonderful event will feature more than 150 objects including cartoons, advertisements, chairs, drills, caricatures and more which all relate to teeth! Head down to Wellcome collection, Euston Road to get your teeth stuck into this interesting event and learn all about the teeth you use every day! Free event, 17 May – 16 September, wellcomecollection.org.
Azzedine Alaïa: The Couturier
Before his death last year, Azzedine Alaïa worked with the Design Museum to curate an exhibition of his works called The Couturier. Stories from his life are told through over 60 garments that give an insight to the designer, who very much danced to the beat of his own drum. 10 May to 7 October, designmuseum.org.
Anthea Hamilton Tate Britain Commission
A solo performer in a squash-like costume inhabits the Duveen Galleries every day. Each element of The Squash has evolved from Hamilton’s interest in an improvisational photograph that showed a person dressed as what looks like a vegetable lying among vines. The artist has brought together tiles, structures, sculptures and costume, inviting a performer to explore their own interpretation of the image and how it might feel to imagine life as other, as vegetable. The performer selects their outfit for the day from a collection of seven elaborate costumes and is in the gallery from 10am to 6pm every day. Until 7 October. Visit tate.org.
First Amongst Equals at the Foundling Museum
As part of The Foundling Museum’s year-long programme of exhibitions and events to mark the centenary of female suffrage and International Women’s Day, Maker Not Muse is a series of talks which rewrites the narrative of women as artists and creators rather than subject of matter. About time too. Until 13 Jan 2019, foundlingmuseum.org.uk.
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