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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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Missoni Art Colour

The stripey overhead lighting makes it clear that the Fashion and Textile Museum is under occupation by Missoni, the Italian family firm founded in 1953 and famous for its stripes and zig-zags.  Before you get to the meat of the exhibition, there’s a screening room – think of it as the antipasti – with films showing what it takes to make a Missoni garment. 

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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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The Other Dickens: Discovering Catherine

The author of such classics as ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Oliver Twist’ might appear from his writing to be a family man at heart. Indeed, Charles Dickens and his wife Catherine produced ten children, and the couple were close to both of Catherine’s sisters. 

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Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design

This exhibition charts the career of Ove Arup (1895-1988), an incredibly influential engineer of the 20th century whose projects include the Sydney Opera House and Penguin Pool at the London Zoo. Large scale prototypes, building components, digital animations, models and previously unseen archive material shed light on Arup's design philosophy

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Xhibit

A carefully selected group of 13 UAL artists working within different disciplines showcase their work at this annual exhibition. The creatives range from final year fashion illustration students to post-grad photographers meaning visitors can see London's next wave of budding artists before they hit the big time.

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Clangers, Bagpuss & Co

Hopefully you were first introduced to the wonderfully weird worlds of Smallfilms, the production company of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firman, at an early enough age that this small but beautifully put together exhibition will be like a magician revealing his secrets. See the paper pieces that became Noggin the Nog, find out which '60s model was the fashion inspiration for the Clangers, learn how Bagpuss ended up pink and make your very own stop-frame animation starring Ivor the Engine. With lots of beautiful artefacts to admire – including Bagpuss himself – you'll feel even more fond of the shows than you were to start with.

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Sculpture in the City

Unexpected interactions in the Square Mile

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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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9 comments
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.