Looking for the most exciting exhibitions happening in London right now?
With the end of winter and arrival of spring comes a calendar full of exciting cultural events, from art to photography and beyond! It might still be a little cold and dark, but our guide to the best events, will leave you itching to get out and embrace all that London has to offer.
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (2 February-14 July)
The Victoria & Albert museum is going big this month with their latest exhibition: “Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams”. The biggest exhibition held since “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty”, the V&A will showcase over 200 rare Haute Couture garments, 500 exquisite jewels, gowns and photographs tracing the history and impact of one of the most influential couturiers of the 20th century. If you haven’t grabbed your tickets yet, do so now as they are selling fast!
Victoria & Albert Museum, Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
Bedrooms of London (8 February-5 May)
The Foundling museum, in partnership with The Childhood Trust, is presenting “Bedrooms of London”, a new photography exhibition by Katie Wilson, highlighting how themes such as poverty and wealth sit so close together in a vast city such as London, in a comfortable – uncomfortable relationship. A range of stark imagery including the narrow spaces in which entire families are sleeping, this exhibit offers a touching insight into the lives and difficulties of youth affected by poverty across the capital.
The Foundling Museum, 40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ
Mandela: The Official Exhibition (8 February-2 June)
What does the name ‘Nelson Mandela’ mean today, in a world where disparity and injustice are still so strong and alive? Celebrating a century since Mandela’s birth, a new major exhibition takes visitors into the private life of the world’s most famous freedom fighter, revolutionary, political leader and symbol of the struggle against oppression. Photos, unseen film and personal effects are displayed to reveal the secrets of Mandela’s epic story till his final years as South Africa’s first black president. It is the exhibition to see, for now and always.
26 Leake St Gallery, South Bank, London SE1 7NN
Bloomberg New Contemporaries (5 December-24 February)
Returning to South London after 20 years, Bloomberg New Contemporaries is presenting an insight into today’s most outstanding works made by emergent worldwide artists. Showcasing at the South London Gallery, 57 artists have been selected for the exhibition, featuring sculptures, drawings, and videos on several current themes such as migration, gender identity and technology use. Just a few of the artists you will find include names such as Chris Alton, Ayo Akingbade, Kara Chin, Camilla Hanney, Mohammed Sami, Rhona Foster! Don’t miss it!
South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8UH
Pierre Bonnard (23 January-6 May)
After 20 years, Pierre Bonnard is coming back to London, more precisely to the Tate Modern, with a major exhibition that will bring together around 100 of the artist’s greatest works. Born in 1867, Pierre Bonnard was, with Henri Matisse, a French painter who became well-known for his unconventional use of colour, illustrating in his paintings scenes of everyday life and capturing the spirit of the moment through his unique handling of colour and composition. At this exhibition visitors will be lucky enough to discover breakthrough works such as: “Coffee”(1915), “Studio with Mimosa”(1939-1946) and Dining Room in the country”(1913).
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG
Celebrate the changing of the seasons with a heady dose of art and culture. Be sure not to miss these brilliant events that are in London this spring!