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Exhibitions in London

Our guide to the best free, new and critically-acclaimed exhibitions in London

Got a free hour to spare? Soak up some culture at one of London's many exhibitions. Whether you want to see paintings, photography, fossils or washing powder packaging through the ages, there's an exhibition to suit your mood. We've also put together a comprehensive guide to the seven wonders of London's museums and attractions, to help you really zone in on our city's cultural core.

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This Is A Voice

Through exploration of vocal tracts, speech devices and restless minds, this exhibition sheds light on the human voice and why we make the weird and wonderful sounds we do. Live performances, demonstrations and visuals examine the voice from its beginnings within the body to the sounds that ring out in our heads. Joan La Barbara, Sam Belinfante, Imogen Stidworthy, Marcus Coates and Emma Smith are among the artists and vocalists involved and visitors are invited to add snippets of their own voices to the exhibition by participating in Matthew Herbert's ever-expanding sound installation that will fill the gallery. 

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Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear

Get ready to have shirts and skirts stripped back to focus on the skivvies that shape the body below at this exhibition charting how underwear supports and firms the figure, as well as the sexual and sensual appeal it holds. Around 200 garments and accessories will be on display, from long cotton drawers worn by Queen Victoria's mother to an Antonio Berardi dress sported by Gwyneth Paltrow. Designs from the eighteenth century to the present day will have you blushing, among them rib-crushing corsets, steamy Agent Provocateur skimpies, Y-fronts by David Beckham for H&M and men's 'genital-enhancing' briefs by aussieBum.

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Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century

The American photographer Paul Strand (1890-1976) was one of the first to make a photographic abstraction (intentionally). Inspired by the latest trends in European art – which he saw in shows of Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse and others in New York – he was applied a new-fangled language of geometric surface design, and a new way of looking at the modern world, initially to objects such as furniture (and its shadows), then to the streets of Manhattan.

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The Man Who Branded London: Edward Johnston Talk Series

You may not know his name, but you certainly know the iconic work of Edward Johston. The calligrapher and craftsman's timeless letterform was introduced to the London Underground 100 years ago, transforming it into one of the most enduring corporate brand identities in the world. To celebrate the 'Johnston' letterform, the London Transport Museum are hosting a series of talks exploring how great design can affect the experience of travelling.

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It’s a Hard World for Little Things

These six large-scale graphite drawings by C A Halpin depict children carrying physical, societal and political burdens such as water, a blackboard and each other. The series, titled 'Children Carrying Heavy Objects', explores children's will to survive in a sometimes hostile adult world.

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Sculpture in the City

Unexpected interactions in the Square Mile

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Curtain Up: Celebrating 40 Years of Theatre in London and New York

This glam little exhibition makes the V&A's permanent 'Theatre and Performance' collection look positively drab with its flashing lights, sequins and showstoppers. It's a collection of posters, costumes, artefacts and recordings that represent the biggest shows in West End and Broadway history. It celebrates 40 years of the Olivier awards, and you won't forget it – most of the exhibit label space is taken up with listing exactly who won which gong and when. The collection is impressive and varied, though; a note from Sir Ian McKellen to his 'Amadeus' understudy from 1980, the mask Michael Crawford wore in the original production of 'The Phantom of the Opera', a model of the magnificent set from the current West End production of 'Matilda'. Its 'immersive' elements are stretching the definition, though a primary school trip was certainly enjoying the sound board that blasts out one of the most annoying songs from 'Hairspray', and it's hard not to shuffle yourself into step in the mirrored corridor celebrating the sparkly finale of 'A Chorus Line'. If jazz hands make you shudder then this tribute to all things stagey won't convert you, but luvvies will simply love it.

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Guerrilla Girls

The feminist activist group looks at the Whitechapel Gallery’s history of exhibiting female artists including Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin, Sarah Lucas and Bridget Riley for this Archive display. Founded in 1985 by an anonymous group of artists to expose the inequality of the male dominated art world, culture in general and politics, the Guerrilla Girls will don their gorilla masks and scan their critical eye over this east London institution. Will we like what they find?

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Evelyn H
Evelyn H

@Evelyn H 


You are very welkome to visit my first expo in Londen.

Hilton Hotel on Park lane. Executive room.

16 februari-15 march

Evelyn Hamilton

www.hamilton-art.nl

Shahib A
Shahib A

My Boss is going to WTM 2014 his name is Mr Abbas Ali Zaidi from Indian travel market


Thanks



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007

amazing

Nina B
Nina B

Many of your exhibitions are closed. Your website is clearly not regularly updated.