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London art exhibitions calendar

Our handy collection of all the big, small and scary art exhibitions coming to town

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Hello eager art friend, want to do some planning ahead? Well, you've come to the right place with our one-stop shop for all the art exhibitions, big or small, coming to London over the next couple of months. From exciting new gallery openings to upcoming London photography shows, keep your eyes peeled and your paintbrush poised for as much art as your diary can handle. Or, if you can’t wait that long, here's the best new art in London this week to satisfy those creative cravings sooner. 

Art exhibitions in February

Urs Fischer: The Kiss

The madcap Swiss artist will be showing a huge plasticine version of Auguste Rodin's sculpture 'The Kiss', which viewers are free to bend and alter as they please. Expect some very immature alterations in the name of interactive art. 

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Sadie Coles , Mayfair Tuesday February 21 2017 - Saturday March 11 2017

Fernanda Gomes

The Brazilian artist – whose work comes in the wake of her native country's 1960s neo-concrete movement – has created a series of white-coloured works that incorporate canvas, wood and paint, but aren't quite straightforward paintings.

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Alison Jacques , Fitzrovia Tuesday February 21 2017 - Wednesday March 1 2017

Screen Memory

The title of the show is pilfered from Freud, who used it to describe how memories often veil others lurking beneath them. The group show brings together artists that work in painting, photography, installation and video and tackle the slippery realm of collective memory.

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Simon Lee , Mayfair Until Saturday March 11 2017

Laura Oldfield Ford: Alpha/Isis/Eden

Oldfield Ford will be creating an installation that looks at the tide of gentrification enveloping the gallery's neighborhood – focusing on the three housing blocks Alpha, Isis and Eden. Central to the work is a sound piece, the result of a collaboration with producer Jack Latham.

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The Showroom , Lisson Grove Wednesday February 22 2017 - Saturday March 18 2017


In French, 'plage' has a double meaning: it's not just a beach, but an enclosed area of land. The 12 artists in this show all explore the tricky issue of private versus public space.

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Campoli Presti , Bethnal Green Saturday February 25 2017 - Saturday March 18 2017

Anya Gallaccio: Beautiful Minds

The Brit artist, who rose to fame with her installations made of decaying organic matters like flowers and chocolate, is filling the gallery space with an enormous 3D clay printer that will create a scaled-down replica of a mountain in Wyoming.

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Thomas Dane , St James' Tuesday February 21 2017 - Saturday March 25 2017

Deimantas Narkevičius: 20 July.2015

The Lithuanian artist will be screening a recent 3D film, '20 July 2015', that traces the removal of several Communist-era sculptures in the capital Vilnius, along with an older work that plays out news footage of a similar activity, but in reverse.

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Maureen Paley , Bethnal Green Wednesday February 22 2017 - Sunday March 5 2017

Legacy: Photographs by Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith


Whether it’s Robert Mapplethorpe’s sleeve photo for ‘Horses’ or the cover of Time Out, we’re used to seeing Patti Smith in front of the camera. But next spring Londoners will get a chance to see the world through the singer’s own lens, as 17 of her photographs go on display at Dulwich Picture Gallery. 

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Dulwich Picture Gallery , Dulwich Village Tuesday February 21 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

Vanessa Bell (1879-1961)

Vanessa Bell spent her life surrounded by famous people, and has come to be remembered primarily as Virginia Woolf’s sister. But she was one of the most interesting characters of her day and – from the look of this exhibition – one of its finest artists too.

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Dulwich Picture Gallery , Dulwich Village Tuesday February 21 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017

David Hockney

Have we reached peak Hockney? The Royal Academy has granted him two shows in the last four years, focusing on his eye-poppingly colourful, hit-and-miss recent works. Fortunately, this big Tate retrospective – scheduled ahead of Hockney's 80th birthday – will go all the way back to his student work of the early '60s, and trace what's frankly a stupendous journey of ceaseless innovation. From his 'gay propaganda' works, to his glossy LA pool scenes, to his intricate photocollages and experimental fax works, this looks set to be one of the biggest crowd-pleasers of recent years.  

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Tate Britain , Westminster Until Monday May 29 2017
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Art exhibitions in March

Josiah McElheny: The Crystal Land

'Anti-vortex' drawings, films about socialites in Indonesia and aluminium models of the universe all figure into the American artist's new show, as he casts an eye over the murky legacies of modernism. 

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White Cube Bermondsey , The Borough Wednesday March 1 2017 - Thursday April 13 2017

Ibrahim Mahama: Fragments

For his first solo show in the UK, the Ghanian artist will be showing work that reclaims found materials, including an installation made up of hundreds of boxes that are used in his native country to contain shoemakers' tools.

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White Cube Bermondsey , The Borough Wednesday March 1 2017 - Thursday April 13 2017

A World View: John Latham

John Latham was one of the foremost figures of British conceptual art – and a bit of a troublemaker too (he was sacked from his teaching post at St Martins in the '60s after chewing a library book and returning the pulped remains in a phial – all in the name of art, natch). This exhibition will take a look across a dizzying career of radical experimentation, and will include his 'one-second drawings' and iconic spray paintings.

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Serpentine Gallery , Knightsbridge Thursday March 2 2017 - Sunday May 21 2017

Maggi Hambling: Edge

For her eighth show at Marlborough, the bold and fearless expressionist is showing a series of works that deal with big themes like the fragility of existence, featuring images of melting polar icecaps and the like.

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Marlborough Contemporary , Mayfair Thursday March 2 2017 - Thursday April 13 2017

Jaki Irvine: If the Ground Should Open...

The artist and author has created a film based around her 2013 novel 'Days of Surrender', which focuses on the role that women played in the Easter Rising rebellion of 1916, and throws an entirely new light on that bloody chapter of Irish history. 

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Frith Street Gallery , Soho Friday March 3 2017 - Thursday April 13 2017

Roger Mayne

A major – and long overdue – survey of the British photographer, whose scenes of inner-city scenes from the '50s and '60s document the seismic period of postwar social change.

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Photographers' Gallery , Soho Friday March 3 2017 - Sunday June 11 2017

The Ends of Collage: London

A show of two neatly snipped halves (the other being at Luxembourg & Dayan's New York space), this exhibition takes a sweeping look at the history of collage – from Max Ernst's Dadaist experiments to the contemporary trickery of John Stezaker.

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Luxembourg & Dayan , Mayfair Tuesday March 7 2017 - Saturday April 29 2017
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Art exhibitions further ahead

Queer British Art

2017 marks the fiftieth anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. This show charts the preceding century: a hundred years of queer artists either making deeply personal work (about lives led in necessary secrecy) or avowedly political statements. Duncan Grant, John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington and David Hockney are among those on display.

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Tate Britain , Westminster Wednesday April 5 2017 - Sunday October 1 2017

Mat Collishaw

A show of new work from the Brit artist famed for his grisly scenes of violence and tragedy, displayed across lightboxes, photography and sculpture.

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Blainsouthern , Mayfair Friday April 7 2017 - Saturday May 27 2017

Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic

Ofili rose to fame in the '90s with his exquisite paintings featuring materials like elephant dung – but for this NG commission, he's created a hand-woven tapestry that features a mixture of classical mythology and the magic and folklore of his adopted home Trinidad.

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National Gallery , Trafalgar Square Wednesday April 26 2017 - Monday August 28 2017

Alberto Giacometti

Fifty years after showing his work for the first time, the Tate is delivering a large-scale retrospective of the Italian artist. He'll always be associated with the tall, spindly, existential figures of his later years – but this exhibition should flesh out his wider career, including early dabblings in surrealism and abstraction.

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Tate Modern , South Bank Wednesday May 10 2017 - Sunday September 10 2017

Beyond the Great Wave

Four years on from displaying his iconic work 'The Great Wave', the BM are once again turning their attention to master ukiyo-e painter and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849). This time, the focus will be on the last three decades of his life and career. This is pretty exciting – a lot of what's on display has never before been seen in the UK. Expect works of stunning and lyrical simplicity.

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British Museum , Bloomsbury Thursday May 25 2017 - Sunday August 13 2017

Fahrelnissa Zeid

Part of the Tate's ongoing shift towards showcasing artists from outside the well-trodden West, this is a retrospective of a Turkish artist who lived across 90 years of the twentieth century and travelled extensively across Europe, Asia and America. Zeid's dazzling, jewel-like paintings were influenced by art of the Islamic world and Western avant-garde abstraction.

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Tate Modern , South Bank Tuesday June 6 2017 - Sunday October 8 2017

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Wow: based on the title on this exhibition, it sounds like Grayson Perry's feeling mighty full of himself. Or is it meant with a touch of irony? The cross-dressing artist – and one of Britain's most unlikely national treasures – tends to be either denounced as a twee middlebrow populist, or championed as a razor-sharp commentator on the foibles of our society. In any case, this major show of new works promises to look at the idea of the popular: how art can resonate with the average joe, and what it means in these uncertain post-Brexit times.

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Serpentine Gallery , Knightsbridge Thursday June 8 2017 - Thursday September 7 2017

Sargent: The Watercolours

Although he's best known for his portraits, John Singer Sargent was also a highly accomplished watercolourist. This show will bring together a number of the dazzling landscapes he executed while doing the obligatory artist-travelling-around-Europe thing – everything from Alpine mountainscapes to the canals of Venice.

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Dulwich Picture Gallery , Dulwich Village Wednesday June 21 2017 - Sunday October 8 2017

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power

This exhibition looks set to flip the idea of 'black art' on its head, tracing an underlooked 20-year period of creative innovation among African-American artists, against the seismic backdrop of the Civil Rights movement.

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Tate Modern , South Bank Wednesday July 12 2017 - Sunday October 22 2017

Matisse in the Studio

Not just an extraordinary painter, Henri Matisee was also an avid collector, who picked up all sorts of objects and artefacts during his travels to North Africa, Mali and the Far East. This exhibition will look at the influences these exotic acquisitions had on his art.

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Royal Academy of Arts , Mayfair Saturday August 5 2017 - Sunday November 12 2017
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By: Time Out London Art



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