New exhibitions in London



Add +

Our round-up will help you keep updated with the dizzying array of new and recently opened exhibitions in London. Think there's a great show we've missed? Tell us in the comments below.

Recommended new exhibitions


  • Rated as: 5/5

The creator of the first and last word in abstraction

  1. Tate Modern Bankside, SE1 9TG
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Oct 26
More info
Percy Wyndham Lewis, A Battery Shelled, 1919

Percy Wyndham Lewis, A Battery Shelled, 1919 digitised by Ted Dearberg (IWM)

Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War

  • Rated as: 5/5
  • Free

You won't find a better illustration of the war's impact

  1. Imperial War Museum Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ
  2. Until Sun Mar 8
More info

More new exhibitions

Gilbert & George: Scapegoating Pictures for London

  • Free

London's favourite art duo fill White Cube's cavernous Bermondsey gallery with 123 'Scapegoating' works in their signature style of chopped up, reversed and multiplied images and texts. The inspiration for this new series comes from the streets around Brick Lane, where Gilbert & George have lived for the past 45 years. 'Whippets', discarded bullet-like shells that contain nitrous oxide, feature prominently, as, of course, do images of the artists themselves in various guises. READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH GILBERT & GEORGE HERE

  1. White Cube Bermondsey Bermondsey Street, SE1 3TQ
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Thu Aug 28
More info

An Idiosyncratic A to Z of the Human Condition

  • Rated as: 4/5
  • Free

Each entry presents a whole theme and offers visitors the chance to get cogs turning in some curious ways. ‘A for Acts of Faith’, for instance, is anillustrator’s interpretation of our accidents and near misses as inspired by the accompanying selection of ex-voto images. ‘P for Philosophy’ asks you to take a philosophical fortune cookie to be opened on the way home.

  1. Wellcome Collection Euston Road, NW1 2BE
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Oct 12
More info

Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction

The Science Museum’s Media Space, which launched last year, showcases work held in the National Photography Collection. Barcelona-born Joan Fontcuberta’s ‘Stranger Than Fiction’ plays on the viewer’s trust in the authenticity of photography by presenting mischievously misleading evidence of extraordinary creatures, people and places. The conceptual artist’s convincingly documented ‘discoveries’ include mermaid fossils, winged monkeys, dolphin-surfing monks and never-before-seen constellations.

  1. Science Museum Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Nov 9
More info

British Folk Art

  • Rated as: 5/5

My wife once painted a sign for a local pick-your-own strawberry farm, and it got stolen within a week. It got stolen because it was good. This is by way of illustrating the very basic transaction at work in this Tate Britain show. It is full of brilliantly executed, unselfconscious works of sublime creativity.

  1. Tate Britain Millbank, SW1P 4RG
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Sep 7
More info

Marina Abramović: 512 Hours

  • Free

For six days a week, eight hours a day, the doyenne of performance art, Marina Abramovic will be at the Serpentine Gallery. Although there will be nothing in the gallery, the Belgrade-born artist will be interacting directly with gallery visitors for a total of 512 hours. Expect the most extraoridnary encounter you’ll ever experience in a gallery.

  1. Serpentine Gallery Kensington Gardens, W2 3XA
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Aug 24
More info

Disobedient Objects

  • Free

A selection of objects from the 1980s to now that detail the history of protest and the role these objects played in making change happen. Including woven barriers, political videogames, an inflatable general assembly (a creation by Greta Hansen that brings together and covers a public gathering, a bit like a marquee), experimental activist bicycles and much more.

  1. V&A Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Feb 1
More info

Royal Childhood

This year's exhibition at the summer opening of Buckingham Palace is on 'Royal Childhood'. Find out what it's really like to grow up in London's flashest pad in this exhibition of toys, outfits and treasured family belongings. Some of the exhibits date back as far as 250 years, and many were the prized possessions of our monarchs-to-be, such as a set of dolls made by a young Queen Victoria, and little Queen Liz's rocking horse. You may recognise Prince William's page boy sailor suit from the Duke of York's wedding in 1986.

  1. Buckingham Palace Buckingham Palace Rd, SW1A 1AA
  2. Sat Jul 26 - Sun Sep 28
More info

Giulio Paolini: To Be Or Not To Be

  • Free

The Italian artist's first solo exhibition in the capital since 1980, featuring works from the 1960s to the current day, and a recent installation created especially for this latest showcase.

  1. Whitechapel Gallery 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Sep 14
More info

The Human Factor

A major survey examining how figurative sculpture has been reinvented from the late-1980s to the present, by artists including Pawel Althamer, Frank Benson, Huma Bhabha, Katharina Fritsch, Ryan Gander, Rachel Harrison, Georg Herold, Thomas Hirschhorn, Rebecca Warren and Jeff Koons.

  1. Hayward Gallery Southbank Centre, SE1 8XX
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Aug 31
More info

Digital Revolution

This immersive exhibition explores and celebrate the transformation of the arts through digital technology, bringing together artists, filmmakers, architects, designers, musicians and game developers. The exhibition includes new commissions from artists Umbrellium (Usman Haque and Nitipak 'Dot' Samsen) and Universal Everything; global music artist and entrepreneur and artist Yuri Suzuki as well as DevArt, a major new collaboration with Google exploring creative coding.

  1. Barbican Centre Silk St, EC2Y 8DS
  2. Wed Jul 23 - Sun Sep 14
More info

Users say

Lisa Hassell
Lisa Hassell

Inkygoodness presents Beermat Characters at The Coningsby Gallery, 29th April - 4th May Beermat Characters is the latest project by Inkygoodness, inviting illustrators, artists & character designers to transform a beer mat (coaster) into a character. Showcasing the talents of over 80 artists & illustrators tasked with the challenge to transform a simple beermat into a character, our latest project will launch on Tue 30th April 2013 at the Coningsby Gallery in central London, with music, plenty of drinks on offer and a great atmosphere guaranteed! Expect a diverse selection of artworks from handmade to digital, felt plush, paper-cut outs, inked & painted, 3D sculptures & much much more!

See more exhibitions in London

See our regularly updated guide to the best free, new and critically acclaimed exhibitions in London.

Check out our guide to London's exhibitions