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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 28 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 28 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 Monday February 27 2017 - 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 March 1 2017 - Saturday March 18 2017

Plages

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 March 4 2017 - Saturday March 18 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 Until Sunday March 5 2017

Legacy: Photographs by Vanessa Bell and Patti Smith

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Dulwich Picture Gallery , Dulwich Village Until 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

Plastic Show

An exhibition that looks at five artists who belonged to Light and Space movement of late-'60s California, and experimented in plastics, resins and other industrial materials to make works of a minimalist, abstract poetry.

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Almine Rech Gallery (Grosvenor Hill) , London Tuesday February 28 2017 - Saturday March 25 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

Force of Nature II

Mile End's arts space is being given over to a group show about all things to do with nature. The exhibiting artists are both established and up-and-coming, and work across a range of media, but all share a common interest in how art can act as a prism for the natural world, and also reflect mankind's tricky relationship with it. 

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Mile End Arts Pavilion , Mile End Thursday March 2 2017 - Sunday April 9 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

Peter McDonald: Mushrooms of Language

The title of this exhibition comes from a 1973 essay about the usage of psychedelics with shamans in Mexico – and it's this that the London and Tokyo-based painter has based his latest series of work around. Our advice: take someone you feel safe with when you visit.

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Kate MacGarry , Shoreditch Thursday March 2 2017 - Saturday April 8 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
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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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Top ten art exhibitions in London

Fancy seeing an art show this weekend but no idea where to go? Well look no further. You can't go wrong if you head down to one of our ten favourite art exhibitions taking place in the capital right now.

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By: Time Out London Art

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Tan - XLVII D

WEST16 Street art exhibition at the Westbank Gallery is what you need to get out = it's gonna be out of this world 25+ London artists!!