Art exhibitions in London

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 in June

Here are the best art exhibitions taking place in London’s art galleries this June

Craig recommends… My favourite galleries are the National, Courtauld and Tate Britain. The Wallace Collection and V&A are good as well because they’re half-art gallery and half-museum

Tate Modern
free

Magic Realism - Art In Weimar Germany

30 Jul 2018 to Magic Realism is an exhibition of paintings created during the Weimar Republic years between World Wars I and II
Bank of England Museum
free

Feliks Topolski - Drawing Debden

1 Oct 2018 to The Bank of England Museum will be putting on an exhibition of work by Feliks Topolski about the Debden printing works
Natural History Museum

Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

19 Oct 2018 to Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum with this exhibition of the top 100 photos
British Museum
free

The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard

7 Feb to An exhibition of artists postcards that have been used to highlight political and social issues from the 1960s onwards
British Museum
free

Rembrandt - Thinking On Paper

7 Feb to An exhibition of 65 rarely seen Rembrandt prints and drawings to mark the 350th anniversary of the Dutch Masters death
Royal Academy of Arts

Phyllida Barlow at the Royal Academy

23 Feb to The RA will be showing one of Phyllida Barlows large-scale installations in the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Gallery
National Gallery

Sorolla - Spanish Master of Light

18 Mar to The National Gallery will be putting on a rare exhibition of sixty works by the Spanish Impressionist painter Joaquin Sorolla
British Library
free

The New Londoners - British Library

22 Mar to An exhibition of photographs by Chris Steele-Perkins who has captured families living in their London homes
Tate Britain

Van Gogh and Britain

27 Mar to The 40 paintings in this important exhibition will represent the largest collection of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh in the UK for 10 years
National Army Museum

Wartime Posters - The Art of Persuasion

6 Apr to An exhibition of posters by the wartime artist Abram Games during his time as Official War Poster Artist in World War II
British Museum

Edvard Munch - Love And Angst

11 Apr to The British Museum will be putting on the largest exhibition of Edvard Munchs prints in the UK for nearly half-a-century
National Gallery
free

Sean Scully - Sea Star

13 Apr to Sean Scullys new work on display at the National Gallery was inspired by JMW Turners atmospheric painting The Evening Star
British Museum

Japanese Manga exhibition

23 May to An exhibition of Japanese manga art exploring its cultural crossover and the global appeal of anime and cosplay dressing up
Queen’s Gallery

Leonardo Da Vinci - A Life In Drawing

24 May to More than two hundred of Leonardo Da Vincis drawings from the Royal Collection will be on display at the Queens Gallery
Tate Britain

Frank Bowling at Tate Britain

31 May to A major new exhibition at Tate Britain that covers the entire career of abstract painter Frank Bowling from the 1960s to the present day
Hayward Gallery

Kiss My Genders - Hayward Gallery

12 Jun to This group exhibition will explore the idea of gender fluidity with artworks that challenge the accepted definitions of gender
Tate Modern

Natalia Goncharova at the Tate Modern

6 Jun to The Tate Modern will be putting on a major retrospective of the work by Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova
Serpentine Gallery
free

Faith Ringgold exhibition

6 Jun to The Serpentine Gallery will be putting on an exhibition of artworks by the American artist and political activist Faith Ringgold
British Library

Leonardo da Vinci - A Mind in Motion

7 Jun to The British Librarys Leonardo da Vinci exhibition will bring together pages from three of his extraordinary scientific notebooks
Royal Academy of Arts

Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

10 Jun to The Royal Academys Summer Exhibition is the largest open art exhibition in the world attracting 12000 entrants
Saatchi Gallery

Beyond The Road - Saatchi Gallery

12 Jun to Beyond The Road is an immersive art installation that uses audio and visual material taken from two UNKLE albums
National Gallery
free

Bermejo - Master of the Spanish Renaissance

12 Jun to The National Gallery will be showing two masterpieces by the Spanish painter Bartolome Bermejo
National Portrait Gallery

BP Portrait Award 2019

13 Jun to The National Portrait Gallerys annual BP Portrait Award is one of the most prestigious portrait painting competitions in the world
National Portrait Gallery

Cindy Sherman - National Portrait Gallery

27 Jun to A forty-year retrospective of Cindy Shermans entire career including her ground-breaking series Untitled Film Stills
Royal Academy of Arts

Felix Vallotton at the Royal Academy

30 Jun to The Royal Academy of Arts will be putting on an exhibition of work by the French painter and printmaker Felix Vallotton

Art exhibitions starting in July

There are lots of interesting art shows in London during the month of July

Tate Modern

Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern

11 Jul 2019 to Olafur Eliasson is back at the Tate Modern with some more of his immersive installations that focus on environmental issues
Royal Academy of Arts

Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy

20 Jul to The Royal Academy of Arts will be putting on an exhibition of work by the Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck

Art exhibitions starting in September

There are some great exhibitions coming up in September in London’s galleries

Tate Britain

William Blake - The Artist

11 Sep 2019 to Tate Britain will be putting on an exhibition of 300 works by the English poet painter and printmaker William Blake
Royal Academy of Arts

Antony Gormley at the Royal Academy of Arts

21 Sep to A solo exhibition by the famous sculptor Antony Gormley showcasing some of his best work both old and new
Tate Britain

Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey

24 Sep 2019 to Discover how technology has been changing British culture through the work of Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey

Art exhibitions starting in October

Art lovers coming to London in October might like to visit these art galleries

National Portrait Gallery
free

Elizabeth Peyton - National Portrait Gallery

3 Oct 2019 to An exhibition of paintings by Elizabeth Peyton exploring her development from the 1990s to the present day
National Gallery

Gauguin Portraits - National Gallery

7 Oct 2019 to This exhibition will be totally devoted to Paul Gauguins portraits and feature around fifty works from his later years

Pre-Raphaelite Sisters

17 Oct 2019 to The National Portrait Gallery will be exploring the untold story and contributions of twelve women from the Pre-Raphaelite Movement
Tate Modern

Nam June Paik - The Future Is Now

17 Oct 2019 to Nam June Paiks pioneering use of video and media images will be explored in a major new retrospective at the Tate Modern
Hayward Gallery

Bridget Riley at the Hayward Gallery

23 Oct 2019 to A major retrospective of Bridget Rileys work including her iconic black-and-white paintings and colour canvases
Royal Academy of Arts

Lucian Freud: The Self Portraits

27 Oct to The Royal Academys landmark exhibition will unite more than fifty of Lucian Freuds self-portraits in a single exhibition

More Art exhibitions in 2019/20

Here are some future exhibitions in London’s galleries, for people who plan ahead

Queen’s Gallery

George IV - Art & Spectacle

15 Nov 2019 to An exhibition of paintings and porcelain from the Royal Collection that were collected together during the reign of George IV
Royal Academy of Arts

Eco-Visionaries at the Royal Academy

24 Nov to Eco-Visionaries will show how artists and architects are helping to fight climate change with their innovative new designs
National Gallery
free

Young Bomberg and the Old Masters

27 Nov 2019 to An exhibition of early works by David Bomberg alongside some of the Old Master paintings that inspired him
 
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