New exhibitions in London
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.
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The exhibition showcases the best entries to this year's Serco Prize for Illustration. The brief was simple: illustrate a well-known or obscure London story, contemporary or historical, real or imagined. The results draw on all sorts of sources, from urban myths to well-known historical events, from Lenin’s ‘love letter to London’ via an escaped monkey jazz band to the Pearly Kings and Queens. This year, the exhibition includes five short animated films.
If biology lessons were taught using engaging illustrations like those showcased in a free exhibition opening at the British Library on February 20, school might have been a whole lot more fun. ‘Beautiful Science’ aims to open our eyes to a world where science is creative, accessible – and really rather beautiful.
As an artist who consistently looks to the new, his iPad drawings are no exception; Hockney started as a printmaker and has continued to champion the medium throughout his career. From his earliest lithograph's made whilst at the Royal College of Art through to his recent digital experiments, this exhibition charts the prolific diversity and technical abilities of one the UK's greatest artistic exports.
The Horniman's major exhibition for 2014 looks at how plants and animals survive in extreme heat, cold, dryness and darkness. The answer? By adapting some downright wacky traits. This family-friendly exhibition is in three languages – English, French and Spanish – and features loads of games and hands-on experiences.
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How do you portray something as vast and scientifically precise as the Large Hadron Collider in a few meagre rooms of exhibition space? Answer: in true Brian Cox style – by using all the film, drama and sense of discovery you can muster to convey the sheer excitement and spectacle of science.
The man responsible for capturing the swinging 60s and creating some of the most iconic fashion images of the past fifty years selects over 250 portraits from famous sitters to unknowns. Organised thematically, the show will take you on a journey through rock and roll London all the way to Papua New Guinea showing the variety of Bailey’s lens.
Taking its title from a Samuel Beckett play, this year’s RCA's curating students final show, will be a sensory overload with multimedia installations by a crop of internationally renowned artists including Marlene Haring, John Stezaker and Jon Wozencroft.
The American artist has captured the multiplicity and breadth of London in 24 paintings that follow on from his previous series that have focused on New York and San Francisco. Spending hours researching and cycling around the capital, Amory has immortalized iconic locations as well as areas with significance to its inhabitants, presenting a truly diverse city.
This show looks at the depiction of ruins in art from the seventeenth century onwards, featuring work by Constable and Turner alongside contemporary artists like Rachel Whiteread and Tacita Dean. John Martin's incredible apocalyptic masterpiece 'The Destruction of Pompeii and Herculeanum' (1822) will also be making a very welcome appearance.
The haunting carvings in the British Museum’s Ice Age Art exhibition last year gave us a real taste for prehistory, so we’re thrilled about this new blockbuster at the Natural History Museum. The artefacts alone sound amazing: a hippo tooth dug up in Trafalgar Square in the 1950s, a 400,000-year-old Neanderthal skull, and cannibalised skeletons dating back nearly 15,000 years, their skulls carved into drinking cups.