London exhibitions

Eager to find out the best exhibitions landing in 2023? From street art showcases to a look back at Renaissance art, we’ve scoured the web to find the biggest London exhibitions to book this year. 

Can’t wait? Check out our January Culture Fix and What’s On section to see what’s happening this month.

DIVA, V&A

The V&A always puts on some of London’s biggest and brightest exhibitions, and their next arrival is set to impress. 

Running from 24th June, DIVA will take a look back at the greatest performers across generations, from the Opera goddesses of the Victorian era to today’s megastars. Featuring fashion, photography, design, costumes, music and live performance, it’ll look at what it means to be a ‘diva’ and how it’s been subverted or embraced over time.

Running 24.06.2023 – 07.04.2024

www.vam.ac.uk

Beyond The Streets, Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery is preparing for a mega exhibition takeover arriving this February. Beyond the Streets will be taking over the entirety of the gallery, featuring original art, photography, immersive and site-specific installations, archival fashion and a few surprises. 

The exhibition brings together works from over 150 artists and creatives in street artwork, paying homage to the greatest moments in graffiti history. From painting trains to social activism, to the clothes renowned in the underground art and culture scene, head down to catch the gallery’s biggest exhibition to date.

Running 17.02.2023 – 09.05.2023 

www.saatchigallery.com

The Ugly Duchess: Beauty & Satire in the Renaissance, National Gallery

The National Gallery will take a look back at one of the most renowned faces at the gallery: Quinten Massy’s 16th-century depiction of an old lady, a painting known as ‘The Ugly Duchess’. 

In an all-new exhibition, ‘The Ugly Duchess’ will be presented alongside her long-lost companion, ‘An Old Man’, on rare loan from a private collection. While the portrait might evoke thoughts of cruelty, once the viewer looks further into detail, viewers are invited to uncover the other hidden meanings behind the painting. It takes a “look at how women, old age and facial difference were satirised and demonised in the Renaissance, shaping attitudes that still exist today.”

Running 16.03.2023 – 11.06.2023 

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Women in Revolt, Tate Britain - London exhibitions
Image Credit: Helen Chadwick, In the Kitchen (Stove), 1977 © The Estate of the Artist. Courtesy Richard Saltoun Gallery, London and Rome

Women in Revolt!, Tate Britain

The first of its kind, Tate Britain has curated an exhibition that spans the art, activism and the Women’s movement in the UK from 1970 to 1990. 

Showcasing art from over 100 women artists working during this time frame, it’ll explore the impact and issues faced. The exhibition is inspired by the British Women’s Liberation Movement; maternal and domestic experiences; the fight for legal changes impacting women; Rock Against Racism and Punk; Greenham Common and the peace movement; the visibility of Black and South Asian Women Artists; Section 28 and the AIDs pandemic. 

Running 08.11.2023 – 07.04.2024

www.tate.org.uk

Brick Dinos, Horniman Museum & Gardens

Another brilliant one for the little ones, Horniman Museum & Gardens will be bringing the dinosaurs back to life this year with their epic exhibition, titled Brick Dinos. 

This family-friendly exhibition takes a look at the Jurassic and Cretaceous Period, offering visitors the chance to get to meet dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures. And the interesting part? All of the creatures have been built using LEGO® bricks. 

Running 10.02.2023 – 29.10.2023 

www.horniman.ac.uk

A World In Common- Contemporary African Photography, Tate Modern - London Exhibitions
Image Credit: Kudzanai Chiurai, We Live in Silence IV, 2017. Courtesy the Artist and Goodman Gallery

A World In Common: Contemporary African Photography, Tate Modern

Another exhibition arriving at the Tate Modern this year will be A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography, a celebration of African photography in today’s world. 

Showcased through photography, film and audio, the exhibition brings together a group of artists from different generations, exploring how these mediums have been used to reimagine Africa’s diverse cultures and historical narratives. It explores themes of spirituality, identity, urbanism and climate emergency.

Running 06.07.2023 – 14.01.2024

www.tate.org.uk

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto, V&A

The first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of French couturière, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, is set to land at the V&A this September. 

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto takes a look at the evolution of Chanel’s iconic design style and charts the rise of the House of CHANEL name. From her first millinery boutique in Paris in 1910 to her final collection in 1971, this exhibition spans over 180 looks drawn together for the first time. Expect everything from jewellery to accessories, cosmetics to perfumes. 

Although we’ve got a little while to wait, we can already tell this is going to catch the attention of every fashion lover around.

Opening 16.09.2023 

www.vam.ac.uk

Ribbons – Matty Bovan, NOW Gallery

Add some colour into your day and venture over to NOW Gallery to explore their latest commission. Ribbons, created by Matty Bovan, is an immersive installation that explores the York-based designer’s textile-rich work and the raw craftsmanship that was taken to create such a masterpiece.

Having been awarded NOW Gallery 2022’s Fashion Commission, RIBBONS takes a look at the creativity beyond the garment and creates its own world. 

Expect to find giant towering structures, cosy cove-like areas and multi-sensory designs.

Running until 05.03.2023

www.nowgallery.co.uk

Paula Rego: Crivelli’s Garden, National Gallery

The National Gallery welcomes works from Paula Rego, exploring her connections to the Gallery and her time spent as a resident artist. 

The exhibition takes a look at Rego’s ‘Crivelli’s Garden’, exploring the relationship between the painting and the 15th-century altarpiece by Italian artist Carlo Crivelli and all those inspired by it.

Running 20.07.2023 – 29.10.2023

www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Hilma Af Klint & Piet Mondrian, Tate Modern - London exhibitions
Image credit: Hilma af Klint The Ten Largest, Group IV, No. 3 Youth 1907 Courtesy of The Hilma af Klint Foundation

Hilma Af Klint & Piet Mondrian, Tate Modern

This spring sees the Tate Modern bring together the works of Swedish painter Hilma Af Klint and experience Dutch painter Pier Mondrian in a fresh new way. 

Despite never meeting, both Af Klint and Mondrian’s work has been influential in many ways, with both creating their own languages of abstract art. This new exhibition explores their connection and shared interest in spirituality, scientific discovery and philosophy. 

Running 20.04.2023 – 03.09.2023 

www.tate.org.uk

Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur, Natural History Museum

If you’ve got a little dinosaur-obsessed human at home, make their dreams a reality this year and book in for the Natural History Museum’s brand new exhibition dedicated to the largest creatures to have ever walked our planet. 

Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur takes a look at the Patagotitan mayorum. On display for the first time in Europe, this gigantic dino is four times heavier than Dippy the Diplodcus and 12 metres longer than Hope, the museum’s blue whale. 

The dinosaur kingdom will come to life through this mega exhibition, from illustrations of Cretaceous plants and animals to interactive zones.

Running 31.03.2023 – 07.01.2024

www.nhm.ac.uk

The Offbeat Sari, Design Museum

London’s Design Museum will be bringing a major exhibition celebrating the contemporary sari. Curated by Head of Curatorial, Priya Khanchandani, the exhibition takes a look at the sari and its layered meaning and metaphors across India today. 

Expect to uncover bespoke saris from the finest designers, wearers and craftspeople in India.

Running 19.05.2023 – 17.09.2023 

www.designmuseum.org


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