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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An exhibition that has been a year in the making, about the history of Speakers' Corner, launches on Saturday December 7. There will be MP3 players at the library desk for visitors who want the soundtrack to the exhibition and haven't downloaded it from the website or can't stream it on their mobile.
Tate Modern's major autumn show focuses on Paul Klee's intense abstract compositions, works which earned him a position at the forefront of twentieth-century art. The Tate's exhibition, the first in the UK for more than a decade, challenges his reputation as a whimsical dreamer – famous for describing drawing as being like 'taking a line for a walk – drawing attention to the rigour with which he recorded and catalogued his work throughout his career.
Subtitled 'Battersea Bridge and the Thames', this will be the first major exhibition dedicated to American-born artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler's time in the capital between 1859 and 1903. John Ruskin accused him of 'flinging a pot of paint in the public's face' for one of these pictures. Whistler took him to court and won – then was awarded a farthing in damages, and went bankrupt.
A sexually explicit feast of paintings, prints and illustration, the exhibition celebrates an erotically charged style known as ‘shunga’ or ‘spring pictures’. It was produced in Japan between 1600 and the mid-1800s, a time when the country was secluded from the rest of the world, and enjoying its own internal order and culture.
- Rated as: 4/5
Celeb mums, endless Instagram baby pics: we're used to seeing images of motherhood but its realities are seldom expressed. In unflinching photos and videos, the eight artists here consider more nuanced ways of seeing a universal subject. Playful and eloquent, unsentimental yet deeply moving, this is a welcome reassessment of maternal iconography.
- Rated as: 4/5
Get ready to be tantalised and titillated by this long-overdue survey of an often-overlooked YBA (Young British Artist). This retrospective revisits the playfully suggestive works of Sarah Lucas – and it is not for the faint-of-heart.
As a photographer who has always worked outside the box, the New Delhi-born artist will exceed expectations with this innovative presentation of 2D imagery. In her first major UK retrospective at the Hayward, Singh presents her portable museums that ingeniously house numerous photographs in a dynamic wooden environment.
- Critics choice
Photogenic plants, fascinating animals and dramatic landscapes are all ready for their close-ups in this annual photography competition and exhibition, which this year attracted almost 43,000 entries by professional and amateur snappers from 96 countries. Wildlife Photographer of the Year is owned by the Natural History Museum and BBC Worldwide.
The V&A's autumn 2013 exhibition brings together examples of Chinese painting from the beginning of the eighth century to the end of the 19th century. Presenting an overview of one of the world's greatest artistic traditions, more than 100 works are on show.
- Rated as: 3/5
Given the amount of work she produced, it’s remarkable to think that Ana Mendieta lost her life so young (in 1985, aged 37). Experimenting with her body as a medium, the Cuban artist placed herself in situations that veer between the exploratory, ritualistic and disturbing.
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