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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

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

Amy Winehouse cooking chicken soup? This incongruous image of the famously bohemian singer is conjured up by a Claudia Roden Jewish cookery book. An inscription inside the front cover reads: ‘In case of loss of faith, turn to page 75.’ It is signed by Winehouse’s brother Alex. And on page 75 is a recipe for faith-affirming Jewish chicken soup.  The book is one of many poignant exhibits in a show opening on July 3 at the Jewish Museum in Camden. Co-curated by Amy’s brother and sister-in-law, it’s an examination of her Jewish family origins which feels quite unique: in the past Winehouse’s life has been raked over in (often intrusive) detail, but surprisingly little has been written about her Jewish background. Initially, the family approached the museum to suggest loaning one of the singer’s dresses to tie in with the second anniversary of her death in July this year and her thirtieth birthday in September. ‘Her roots are Jewish (through her parents Mitch and Janice) and Camden was home for so much of her life,’ says curator Liz Selby. ‘The more we talked, the more it became about her roots.’ The exhibition that grew out of that dialogue is narrated through the eyes of Alex, 34, who provides a series of candid and affectionate captions recalling an upbringing that wasn’t particularly religious but was suffused with traditions that most British Jews would recognise. Winehouse grew up celebrating the Friday night Shabbat meal with her family, and regularly visited the family b

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Jewish Museum , Camden Town Friday March 24 2017 - Sunday September 24 2017

War Paint: Brushes With Conflict

Coinciding with the NAM's reopening after a colossal three-year redevelopment project is this new exhibition, which takes a look at the ever-changing relationship between war and artists. Sometimes damning, sometimes celebratory, the 130 paintings and objects on display will shed light on all sorts of unique perspectives about conflict.

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National Army Museum , Chelsea Thursday March 30 2017 - Sunday November 19 2017

Further ahead

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 Thursday April 27 2017 - Monday May 8 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 exhibitions, including propaganda wallpaper and a letter written by Lenin.

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British Library , Euston Friday April 28 2017 - Tuesday August 29 2017

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
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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/