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London has some of the best galleries in the world. Classical styles can be found at the National Gallery, Tate Britain, Queen’s Gallery, Wallace Collection, Courtauld and V&A. Contemporary art can be found at the Tate Modern, Hayward, Serpentine and Saatchi Gallery. Photography can be seen at the Photographer’s Gallery.
Art exhibitions this month
Here are the best art exhibitions taking place in London’s art galleries this April
to • National Gallery The National Gallery will be showing twenty rarely-seen pastels from the Burrell Collection, by the French Impressionist Degas.
to • Imperial War Museum The 'Age Of Terror' exhibition at the Imperial War Museum will include works by Ai Weiwei, Grayson Perry, Ivan Navarro and Gerhard Richter.
to • Tate Britain "Impressionists in London" will tell the story of the French artists who came to Britain to seek refuge from the war in the 1870s.
to • Queen’s Gallery The 'Art & Power' exhibition at the Queen's Gallery will explore how Charles II used art to glorify his restored monarchy.
• National Portrait Gallery Enjoy a free drop-in drawing session at the National Portrait Gallery, amongst some of the gallery's great works of art.
to • Photographer’s Gallery This year's Deutsche Prize shortlist includes work by photographers Mathieu Asselin, Rafal Milach, Batia Suter and Luke Willis Thompson.
to • Photographer’s Gallery The Photographer's Gallery 'Under Cover' exhibition explores filmmaker Sebastien Lifshitz's fascination with cross-dressing.
to • National Gallery The National Gallery will be re-uniting two self-portraits by Spanish artist Bartolome Esteban Murillo for the first time in 300 years.
to • Tate Britain 'All To Human: A Century Of Painting Life' will include works by the likes of Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon.
to • National Portrait Gallery See the work of four Victorian photographers: Lewis Carroll, Julia Margaret Cameron, Oscar Rejlander and Clementina Hawarden.
to • Tate Modern 'Love, Fame, Tragedy' will focus on just one year of Picasso's extraordinary career -- the so-called 'Year of Wonders' in 1932.
to • Tate Modern The Tate Modern will be putting on some film screenings and an exhibition of works by performance and video artist Joan Jonas.
to • National Gallery The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition about 'Still Life', examining its legacy and its importance as a source of inspiration.
to • National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery will be showing an exhibition of Tacita Dean's portraiture, created primarily through the use of film.
to • National Gallery The 'Monet & Architecture' exhibition collects together more than 75 of Monet's paintings that use buildings to create his composition.
to • British Museum This British Museum exhibition will show how the French sculpture Rodin was inspired by the Parthenon sculptures (Elgin marbles).
• National Gallery Enjoy a twilight walk along the Embankment and see some of the vantage points where Impressionist painter Monet captured Big Ben.
Art exhibitions starting in May
There are lots of interesting art shows in London during the month of May
to • Tate Modern 'Into The Light' will explore how photographers helped to develop abstract art alongside famous painters like Jackson Pollock.
to • Courtauld Gallery The Courtauld Gallery's new exhibition shows scenes of famous artists at work, and depictions of their busy artist studios.
Art exhibitions starting in June
Here’s a selection of upcoming art exhibitions in London’s galleries during June
to • Tate Britain Tate Britain's 'Aftermath' exhibition will explore how British, German and French artists responded at the end of World War I.
to • Queen’s Gallery The Queen's Gallery will be exhibiting four centuries of paintings from the Royal Collection in 'Splendours Of The Subcontinent'.
to • National Gallery Ed Ruscha's 'Course of Empire' is his take on American civilisation, inspired by Thomas Cole's 19th-century series of the same name.
to • National Gallery The National Gallery will be exhibiting works by American landscape painter Thomas Cole, alongside works by Turner and Constable.
to • National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery will be exploring Michael Jackson's influence on contemporary art in an exhibition called 'On The Wall'.
More Art exhibitions in 2018/19
Here are some future exhibitions in London’s galleries, for people who plan ahead
to • Tate Britain The Turner Prize is Britain's most prestigious contemporary art prize, and always has a controversial work (or two) on show.
to • National Gallery The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of works by the Italian Renaissance painters Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna.
to • Tate Modern The Tate Modern will be putting on a retrospective of work by the influential textile artist, Anni Albers.
to • Tate Britain Tate Britain will be putting on a retrospective of work by the last of the Pre-Raphaelites, Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones.
to • National Gallery The National Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of works by the Italian Renaissance portrait artist, Lorenzo Lotto.
to • Queen’s Gallery The 'Royalty & The Romanovs' exhibition will explore some of the events and works of art that passed between British and Russian Royal families.
to • Queen’s Gallery The 'Shadows of War' exhibition at the Queen's Gallery reveals the futility of war through Roger Fenton's photographs of the Crimean War.
to • National Portrait Gallery 'Gainsborough's Family Album' collects together fifty works showing the family life of 18th-century artist Thomas Gainsborough.