London's brand new Science Gallery opens its doors with a show looking at addiction and getting better. It's casting the net far and wide, looking at everything we're 'hooked' on from hard drugs to iPhones.
The First World War brought destruction to Europe on an almost unimaginable scale. In the years following the end of the conflict, people were tasked with rebuilding shattered cities, town and rural dwellings. But despite the devastation, a new optimism often flourished. To mark the centenary of the end of the war, the IWM exhibits 130 photos and related objects showing how Europe started to put itself back together again.
Videogames are no longer the preserve of geeky teenage boys locked away in bedrooms filled with unwashed clothes and empty Pringles cans. They're seriously clever business. And this major exhibition at the V&A will show you exactly how, with everything from insights into the design process to DIY gadgets made by grassroots gamers. Ticket holders to the exhibition will get to try out new videogames and go inside immersive installations. If you've ever turned your nose up at the world of gaming before, this is sure to convince you otherwise.
When the Armistice was called at 11am on 11/11/1918, it marked an end to the First World War and the end of an event that shaped a generation of people from countries across the world. This immersive sound installation is made up of 32 different voices, all telling a different story of how they experienced the day we now call Remembrance Day.
Now in its fifty-fourth year, the renowned and celebrated annual wildlife photography competition exhibition returns to the Natural History Museum with images of the most extraordinary species on the planet captured by professional and amateur photographers. This year saw more than 45,000 entries from across the globe, with 100 selected for what is always a highlight in the NHM's calendar.
This is the first fashion-focused exhibition to even be held at the Serpentine Gallery and it's a novelty in more than one way. Atelier E.B. is a label run by designer Beca Lipscombe and artist Lucy McKenzie. Their new collection is called Jasperwear and it's made up of the type of effortlessly chic wool, jersey and cashmere that traditionally characterises French clothing. It's shown here as part of an exhibition all about mannequins and based on collaborations with a number of contemporary artists. You'd be a dummy to miss it.
Gunther von Hagens' famous collection of **REAL BODIES** preserved via his own 'plastination' technique find a permanent home bang in the centre of London. That's right, en route to Chinatown or Theatreland you can now stop off for a quick reminder of what lurks beneath your own skin. Von Hagens' calling card might seem like something for living Draculas to get high on, but visitors report finding the skinless cadavers sincerely life-affirming, sometimes even spurring them on to give up the booze and start exercising.
When Tim Walker took over Somerset House with his 'Story Teller' exhibition in 2012, the gallery was filled with, among other things, a 10ft tall baby doll and an orchestra of oversized bugs. Seven years later and the photographer, a long-time contributor to British Vogue, now gets a show at the V&A. The venue isn't incidental. Walker has long used the South Kensington museum as a source of inspiration for his photography and this show contains a collection of brand new photos created in response to its archives.
In 2017, the Fashion and Textile Museum hosted an exhibition titled '1920s Jazz Age: Fashion and Photographs'. It was such a hit they're now back with this, an exhibition looking at the era between the Roaring Twenties and wartime austerity. Fashionwise, the 30s are a bit of a forgotten decade, but as this show will surely prove, it was a time of beautiful and innovative design - one that anticipated the joyous femininity of Dior's New Look in the 1950s.
The fantastic talents of Charles M. Schulz are celebrated in this exhibition showing not just the cartoonist's own creations, but those of many artists inspired by his kooky drawings. Join Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Schroeder and Peppermint Patty in discovering the enduring appeal of 'Peanuts'.
'Designer of dreams': has an exhibition ever been so appropriately named? The V&A goes bigger than a post-war circle skirt with this massive retrospective of Christian Dior. Famous for the 'New Look' which threw out wartime austerity in favour of tiny waists and more, more, more fabric, Dior's creations really are the fuel of fantasy. This is the biggest fashion exhibition the South Kensington museum has staged since the hugely popular Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015. The French designer's anglophile tendencies are explored, along with the very different creatives who have succeeded Dior at the house bearing his name.
Photographer Dorothy Bohm captured the joy and innocence of childhood without ever making images that looked kitsch or saccharine. The V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green now shows a selection of Bohm's photos taken in locations across the globe. Spoiler: they're beautiful.
Even if you were born too late to enjoy strutting down the King's Road wearing a mini skirt and coloured tights, there's a good chance Mary Quant influences what you wear. The British designer revolutionised the high street and the public's access to fashion (so if you get a kick from so-called 'fast fashion', you're benefitting from what Quant started). When the V&A announced the spring blockbuster exhibition, they did so with a public call out asking people to search their own wardrobes in the hope of locating rare and iconic Quant pieces. Don't miss seeing the fruits of this labour when it opens - the V&A fashion shows are nearly always big hits.
In an era where it's not worth eating if it's not worth also Instagramming, it's hardly surprising the V&A have decided there's no better topic for an exhibition than food, glorious food. But whilst a visual feast of actual feasts surely awaits, the real point of this show is to suss out how our avocado and almond milk habits are screwing up god's green Earth. Much like the V&A's 2018 blockbuster 'Fashioned from Nature' this show dares to imagine a time when trees, animals and rivers aren't always the losers. Food for thought, right there.
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Get ready culture vultures: some of London's best museums are showcasing an abundance of cracking exhibitions on now and throughout the year's events calendar. Whatever the day, week or season, there's always an exciting show to delve into, on subjects as varied as history, fashion, art and the natural world.