London art exhibitions calendar

Our handy calendar of the must-see art shows coming to town this year

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As we come to the end of 2014, get your diary out for a new season of must-see exhibitions in 2015, which include the National Gallery's 'Inventing Impressionism', Tate Britain's 'Barbara Hepworth' retrospective and the Royal Academy's Ai Weiwei exhibition.

  1. December
  2. January
  3. February

Art shows opening this December

Tatiana Bruni, 'The Terrorist Costume Design for The Bolt', 1931

Tatiana Bruni, 'The Terrorist Costume Design for The Bolt', 1931 Courtesy GRAD

Bolt

  • Free

In 1931, Shostakovich’s ballet 'Bolt' was banned by the Soviet authorities after its premiere. Featuring real hammers and machines, the experimental industrial production is now brought to life in this vibrant exhibition, organised in collaboration with the St Petersburg State Museum of Theatre and Music. The ballet's characters including the Komosomol Girl and the Drunkard can be re-envisioned through the original set designs and costumes.

  1. GRAD 3-4a Little Portland Street, W1W 7AB
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Sat Feb 28
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Photo: Annie Collinge

Julie Verhoeven: Whiskers Between My Legs

The ICA’s Fox Reading Room is transformed into a kaleidoscopic installation by the artist and designer. Demonstrating her diverse practice that incorporates illustration, design, film and textiles, Verhoeven creates an extravagant immersive grotto to explore female identity.

  1. ICA The Mall, SW1Y 5AH
  2. Tue Dec 23 - Sun Jan 18
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  1. December
  2. January
  3. February

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7 comments
Eleanor Ferguson
Eleanor Ferguson

To all the people scandalized by the Paul Klee comment, you do understand that we live in a world where peopel are allowed to have opinions; rather than some sort of mythical dictatorship where cultural appreciation is sanctioned by the state and anyone who doesn't toe the party line will be expunged ?? Also art criticism is just that.....criticism.

Celeste Ponzellini
Celeste Ponzellini

In reference to the exhibition in October on Paul Klee your opening line reads:''A wishy-washy favourite of the student bedroom wall...'' HOW DARE YOU? I appreciate that in the more detailed description of the actual show, you are more respectful to this great artist, but this initial line is unacceptable and offensive to the man and the potential visitors alike, not to mention the curators of the exhibition. I do sincerely hope you will change this by the time we get closer to October. I would also like to point out that this less than tasteful joke, has for me finalised the decision of cancelling my subscription to your magazine, which has in the last two years or so declined so much it has reached the bottom. Regards

Esar Quais
Esar Quais

Nice paintings ! I like them. Paintings made in February, June and November are the best of all others. Thanks

Liz Keevill
Liz Keevill

Paul Klee a "wishy-washy favourite of the student bedroom wall"? How very dare you. Who writes this tosh?

thaer jrab
thaer jrab

Iwould like to show my liters and simpoles from my oun world

mulondo patrick
mulondo patrick

My name is Mulondo PATRICK from Uganda East Africa. I am student at Makerere university 3rd year studding art. I want to be part of these exhibitions and exhibit my works as well. I am a sculptor working with fiberglass mixed media with scrap metal welded together. Below is a link to my works. How can I please be part of these exhibitions? http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2642977811187.71152.1757875344&type=3 http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.2805850882912.72528.1757875344&type=3

Saskia Whinney
Saskia Whinney

I hear the great French Artist/ Graffiti Writer Horfe is coming and doing a show in London in March. That should definitely be added to the list