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Peter Paul Rubens, 'Pan and Syrinx', 1617

Peter Paul Rubens, 'Pan and Syrinx', 1617 Photo: Museumslandschaft Hessen Kassel, Gemaeldegalerie Alte Meister/Ute Brunzel

Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne

The first blockbuster of the year.

  1. Royal Academy of Arts Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
  2. Until Fri Apr 10
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Small Stories: At Home in a Dolls' House

Wonderful worlds in miniature.

  1. V&A Museum of Childhood Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
  2. Until Sun Sep 6
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BAFTA Backstage

  • Free

BAFTA throws open its doors to the public for its latest photography exhibition featuring knockout imagery from a vast archive. The exhibition and Q&A with the photographers is for two days only so book now.

  1. BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, W1J 9LN
  2. Until Sun Jan 25
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London Art Fair

Returning to the Business Design Centre for its 27th edition, the London Art Fair will feature works by leading Modern British and contemporary artists.

  1. Business Design Centre Upper Street, Islington, N1 0QH
  2. Until Sun Jan 25
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Elvis at The O2

Get ready to be all shook up, London, because we're getting a taste of Graceland in this exhibition of more than 300 artefacts, some of which have never previously been exhibited outside Memphis.

  1. The O2 Peninsula Square, SE10 0DX
  2. Until Mon Aug 31
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The Beginnings of that Freedome

This large-scale exhibition of banners in the medieval Westminster Hall commemorates 800 years of history. The 18 themes within the work take in the most significant movements and moments that have formed the rights and representation of modern day society.

  1. Westminster Hall Houses of Parliament, Westminster, SW1AQ 0AA
  2. Until Sat Nov 21
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The Institute of Sexology

  • Free

The Wellcome Collection's newly expanded gallery space will open with a wink and a blush with The Institute of Sexology, an exhibition that brings together the great pioneers of the study of sex. More than 200 pieces of art, erotica, photography and ethnography will help visitors get a new perspective on perversions, lust and normality, with live events, discussions and performances to accompany the X-rated exhibits.

  1. Wellcome Collection Euston Rd, NW1 2BE
  2. Until Sun Sep 20
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The Department of Repair

  • Free

We don't do a lot of mending in the modern world. If the job needs anything more than a tube of superglue then we're off to Argos to buy a new one instead. This exhibition will explore the identity and potential of 'repair' through a website, publication and workshops with visiting designers and makers (Jan 12-30) who will demonstrate and teach repair skills.

  1. Camberwell Space Camberwell College of Arts, 45-65 Peckham Rd, SE5 8UF
  2. Until Fri Feb 20
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Rethinking the Urban Landscape

  • Free

For all that we're fond of our looming buildings and hectic bus lanes, we'd definitely vote for more open spaces in London if there were a way to squeeze them in. This exhibition looks at how landscape architecture can help provide solutions to urban issues such as flooding and public health, showcasing contemporary UK projects from the Olympic Park to community allotments.

  1. The Building Centre Store Street, WC1E 7BT
  2. Until Tue Feb 10
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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: Gallery For Russian Arts And Design Little Portland Street, W1W 7JB
  2. Until Sat Feb 28
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Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection

  • Rated as: 4/5

A biggish chunk of this show of works from the Royal Photographic Society’s collection is so astounding because it is the product of artists-turned-scientists, scientists-turned-artists, self-taught geniuses and pioneering visionaries who had more in common with brave/naïve Victorian explorers than with modern ideas of what a photographer might be, or do.

  1. Science Museum Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD
  2. Until Sun Mar 1
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Maps of Persia 1477-1925

  • Free

Persia – now known as Iran – has been mapped extensively for centuries, and this exhibition of urban plans, topographic maps and sea charts shows how significantly cartography has advanced since the fifteenth century. The general printed maps and more specialist items often display as much skill in their artistry and design as the mapping itself.

  1. Brunei Gallery School of Oriental and African Studies, 10 Thornhaugh St, WC1H 0XG
  2. Until Sat Mar 21
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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!

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