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New exhibitions in London

Get your dose of culture at one of these new and upcoming museum exhibitions in London

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Our round-up of new and upcoming exhibitions in London will help keep you updated with the dizzying array of displays in London. If planning ahead isn't your thing, we've also brought together the top ten museum exhibitions in London and free exhibitions going on the capital, so you'll morph into a culture vulture before you even know it.

RECOMMENDED: our full guide to exhibitions in London

This month

Rachel Kneebone at the V&A

Kneebone's sculpture '399 Days' – originally shown at White Cube in 2014 – is a towering colossus made of porcelain tiles and writhing limbs, and is going to look pretty damn spectacular amongst the objects of Gallery 50a at the V&A. Three other sculptures will also be presented in the Hintze Sculpture Galleries in Gallery 21.

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V&A , Brompton Until Sunday January 14 2018

AXA PPP Health Tech & You 2017

A showcase of award-winning advances in design and tech in the field of health and medicine. Expect bold ideas and radical approachs – previous winners have included everything from digital therapy platforms to sensors that track the filling of colostomy bags.

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Design Museum , Kensington Until Monday May 8 2017

Call Me By My Name: Stories From Calais and Beyond

This exhibition at the brand-new Migration Museum focuses on the migrants of the twenty-first century, whose personal stories often go unheard over the noise of tabloid headlines and bitter debate. Particular focus will be on the Calais 'jungle', the refugee camp that was cleared in October 2016.

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Migration Museum , Lambeth Until Sunday July 30 2017

100 Images of Migration

Back in 2013, the Guardian ran a competition for people to submit photographs that reflected the migrant experience in modern-day Britain. This is the ultimate result: 100 of the most resonant and affecting images.

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Migration Museum , Lambeth Until Sunday July 30 2017

Russian Revolution: Hope, Tragedy, Myths

One of several exhibitions that mark the centennary of the Bolshevik uprising, the BL's offering will take a look at those tumultuous times through a wide range of exhibits, including propaganda wallpaper and a letter written by Lenin.

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British Library , Euston Until Tuesday August 29 2017

Further ahead

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Fifty years since their first single, Arnold Layne, the V&A is hosting a retrospective of those psychedelic pioneers, the Floyd. Set and construction pieces from The Dark Side of the Moon and The Wall join instruments, designs, lyrics and prints - and, yes, a laser show. Wish You Were Here?

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V&A , Brompton Saturday May 13 2017 - Sunday October 1 2017


An exhibition that aims to highlight the environmental issues that the rivers and waterways of South Asia face right now and in the years to come ('pani' being the widely-used word for water). Artist Daksha Patel will be showing a number of colourful maps and terracotta ceramics to explore the relationships between the region's people and their water.

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Horniman Museum , Forest Hill Saturday May 20 2017 - Sunday November 26 2017


California: is there any other place in the world as synonymous with hedonistic glamour and effortless cool? But what often gets overlooked among the praises heaped on the Golden State is its rich design history. This show should put paid to that, looking at 50 years of innovation – from LSD in the countercultural '60s to the tech revolution of Silicone Valley.

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Design Museum , Kensington Wednesday May 24 2017 - Sunday October 15 2017

The World of Anna Sui

An overview of the acclaimed American fashion designer, who shot to fame in the early '90s and has been captivating us all ever since. Over 100 items from Sui's archive will go on display, exploring her evolving designs, which touch upon punk, rock 'n' roll and surfer cool styles.

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Fashion and Textile Museum , London Bridge Friday May 26 2017 - Sunday October 1 2017

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

Cristóbal Balenciaga all but reinvented haute couture in the 1950s, and has earned a place among the giants of twentieth-century fashion. This exhibition, marking the hundredth anniversary of the opening of his San Sebastian fashion house, will chart the Spanish designer's rise through garments, hats, drawings, photographs and film.

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V&A , Brompton Saturday May 27 2017 - Sunday February 18 2018

Into the Unknown: A Journey through Science Fiction

Original concept art and models from Godzilla, Stargate and Dark City, original manuscripts by Jules Verne, new commissions and music, film and contemporary art come together in this huge summer exhibition capturing sci-fi as we know it. Objects from beloved films, including pieces from the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation, tell the story of how the genre went mainstream, and how the sci-fi imagination has changed for the 21st century. 

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Barbican Centre , Barbican Friday June 2 2017 - Friday September 1 2017

Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour

Dutch designer Jongerius will be created an installation-based exhibition that builds on years of her company's research into how we see, encounter and process colour.

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Design Museum , Kensington Wednesday June 28 2017 - Sunday September 24 2017

Death in the Ice: The Shocking Story of Franklin's Final Expedition

We all know about Captain Scott and his ill-fated expedition into the Antarctic. But who remembers John Franklin and the voyage into the North-West Passage of the Arctic? Both ships he took there went missing, and in the following years, dark stories of scurvy and cannibalism arrived in Britain. This exhibition delves into what really happened to Franklin and his crew in the freezing Arctic wastes.

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National Maritime Museum , Greenwich Friday July 14 2017 - Sunday January 7 2018


An exhibition about industrially produced sheet wood might not exactly sound enthralling. But never underestimate the V&A's ability to take the most humdrum of subjects and bring it to life. This exhibition will cast a look at plywood's revolutionary use within furniture, aircraft and architecture, and the role it currently plays in digital design.

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V&A , Brompton Saturday July 15 2017 - Sunday November 12 2017
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Top ten museum exhibitions in London

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. 

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Lisa Hassell

Inkygoodness presents Beermat Characters at The Coningsby Gallery, 29th April - 4th May Beermat Characters is the latest project by Inkygoodness, inviting illustrators, artists & character designers to transform a beer mat (coaster) into a character. Showcasing the talents of over 80 artists & illustrators tasked with the challenge to transform a simple beermat into a character, our latest project will launch on Tue 30th April 2013 at the Coningsby Gallery in central London, with music, plenty of drinks on offer and a great atmosphere guaranteed! Expect a diverse selection of artworks from handmade to digital, felt plush, paper-cut outs, inked & painted, 3D sculptures & much much more! http://inkygoodness.com/blog/inkygoodness-beermat-characters/