Art & Museum exhibitions in London – May 2017

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A guide to gallery and museum exhibitions if you’re visiting London in May

Victoria & Albert Museum

to V&A The 'Shaping Fashion' exhibition will showcase some of the best pieces by Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga.
British Museum
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Hokusai exhibition - Beyond the Great Wave

The British Museum will be putting on an exhibition of works by Japanese artist Hokusai, most famous for his 'Great Wave'.
Queen’s Gallery
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Canaletto and the Art of Venice - Queens Gallery

'Canaletto & The Art of Venice' collects together some of the greatest paintings and drawings of Venice by Canaletto.
Bank of England Museum
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Museums at Night - Bank of England Museum

Spend an evening at the Bank of England Museum, when they take part in the London-wide 'Museums at Night' event.
Benjamin Franklin House
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Candlelit tour of the Benjamin Franklin House

Enjoy a candlelit tour of the Benjamin Franklin House after hours, home to one of America's Founding Fathers.
Charles Dickens Museum
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Charles Dickens Museum after dark, with music and a bar

Walk around Charles Dickens' Bloomsbury home after hours, lit with lamps and candles, and with a candlelight bar,
Victoria & Albert Museum
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Pink Floyd exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

'Their Mortal Remains' is a huge new exhibition at the V&A about one of the most influential bands in rock: Pink Floyd.
Tate Modern
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Giacometti exhibition, at the Tate Modern

The Tate Modern will be putting on an exhibition of sculptures and paintings by Giacometti.
Billingsgate Roman House and Baths
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Billingsgate Roman House and Baths

See the ancient remains of a Roman house and baths in the basement of an office block in Lower Thames Street.
Photographer’s Gallery
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Yajooj Majooj - She Who Sees The Unknown

'Ya'jooj Ma'jooj - She Who Sees The Unknown' is the first solo UK exhibition by Iranian artist Morehshin Allahyari.
National Gallery
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Michael Palin talking about his favourite paintings

Michael Palin will be revealing his favourite paintings at the National Gallery, and discussing what they mean to him.
National Gallery
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Weaving Magic, by Turner Prize winner Chris Ofili

The National Gallery will be showcasing a brand-new tapestry work by the Turner Prize winning artist, Chris Ofili.
Tate Britain
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Queer British Art exhibition - at Tate Britain

Tate Britain's 'Queer British Art' will explore how artists expressed themselves when their sexuality had to remain hidden.
Saatchi Gallery
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From Selfie to Self-Expression - Saatchi Gallery

The Saatchi Gallery will be exploring the history of the selfie in their new exhibition -- From Selfie to Self-Expression.
Guildhall Art Gallery
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Echoes Across the Century (about World War I)

'Echoes Across the Century' will explore the loss and sacrifice that soldiers suffered whilst fighting the First World War.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
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Drawn From Life: 12 new sculptures by Marc Quinn

Sir John Soane's Museum will be showing twelve new sculptures by Marc Quinn, called 'Drawn From Life'.
National Portrait Gallery
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Howard Hodgkin exhibition: Absent Friends

The National Portrait Gallery will be be putting on an exhibition of works by Howard Hodgkin, called 'Absent Friends'.
Jewish Museum
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Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

An exhibition about Amy Winehouse at the Jewish Museum, using her personal belongings, family photographs and fashion.
National Gallery
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A Meeting of Minds - Michelangelo and Sebastiano

An exhibition showing two collaborations by the great Renaissance masters, Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo.
National Portrait Gallery
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Wearing & Cahun: Behind The Mask, Another Mask

The National Portrait Gallery will be comparing the work of two different artists -- Claude Cahun and Gillian Wearing.
British Museum
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The American Dream - Pop to the Present

The British Museum will be exploring the American Dream, using prints from the likes of Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.
Royal Academy of Arts
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America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

The Royal Academy of Arts new exhibition is called 'America after the Fall', and showcases 45 works from the 1930s.
Kensington Palace

to Kensington Palace The 'Her Fashion Story' exhibition at Kensington Palace has some of the most famous dresses worn by Princess Diana.
Courtauld Gallery
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Works by the Bloomsbury Group - Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery will be displaying some paintings, collages, drawings, watercolours by the Bloomsbury Group.
Tate Modern
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Wolfgang Tillmans exhibition, at the Tate Modern

The Tate Modern will be putting on an exhibition of works by the experimental photographer Wolfgang Tillmans.
National Gallery
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Cagnaccis Repentant Magdalene - National Gallery

You'll be able to see Cagnacci's 'Repentant Magdalene' on display at the National Gallery for the first time in thirty years.
Museum of Childhood
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Searching for Ghosts - V&A Museum of Childhood

Peer into the lives of east Londoners to see how buildings have documented the changes in taste and the passage of time.
Museum of London Docklands
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Tunnel - The Archaeology of Crossrail

The Museum of London Docklands will be showing some of the archaeological finds found during the Crossrail Tunnel project.
Tate Britain
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David Hockney exhibition - at Tate Britain

Tate Britain will be putting on a comprehensive exhibition of David Hockney's work, drawn from the last sixty years.
Science Museum
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500 years of Robots - at the Science Museum

The Science Museum will be exploring the last 500 years of robots, with over 100 robots on display, plus 12 working models.
Sir John Soane’s Museum

to Sir John Soane’s Museum On the first Tuesday of each month they open Sir John Soane's Museum in the evening, bathed in atmospheric candlelight.
Courtauld Gallery
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Reading Drawings, at the Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery will be exploring some of the marks that have been added to their works of art, in 'Reading Drawings'.
Royal Academy of Arts
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Anthony Green: The Life and Death of Miss Dupont

The Royal Academy of Arts' small exhibition of works by Anthony Green, called 'The Life and Death of Miss Dupont'.
Churchill War Rooms

to Churchill War Rooms Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass.
Imperial War Museum
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Afghanistan: Reflections on Helmand

'Reflections on Helmand' will explore how Britain got caught up fighting the Taliban in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
British Library
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Quentin Blake: The Roald Dahl Centenary Portraits

The British Library will be celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th birthday with an exhibition of character portraits by Sir Quentin Blake.
O2 Arena
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Star Wars Identities - Huge exhibition at The O2

'Star Wars Identities' is a huge new exhibition at The O2 with 200 props, models, costumes and artworks from the movies.
Natural History Museum
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Dino Snores sleep-over (for grown-ups)

Re-live Ben Stiller's "Night At The Museum" movie, with an adult-only sleep-over at the Natural History Museum.
Natural History Museum
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Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

"Wildlife Photographer of the Year" returns to the Natural History Museum, with an exhibition of the the top 100 nature photos.
Natural History Museum
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Dino Snores - Natural History Museum sleep-over

Re-live the movie 'Night At The Museum' by spending a whole night inside the Natural History Museum!
Natural History Museum
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Crime Scene Live - at the Natural History Museum

Collect evidence around the Natural History Museum and become a CSI for a night, during "Crime Scene Live".
Imperial War Museum
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Edmund Clark: State Control and the War of Terror

The Imperial War Museum will be putting on an exhibition by Edmund Clark, exploring State control and the War on Terror.
Science Museum
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Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care

The Science Museum's 'Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care' exhibition will look at medicine during the Battle of the Somme.
London Film Museum
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Bond in Motion - James Bond cars from the movies

"Bond in Motion" is a huge collection of original cars, bikes and boats used during filming in the 007 James Bond movies.
 
 
 
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