Summer may be coming to an end, but London’s still got plenty of cultural offerings for the autumn months ahead. We’ve put together an edit of the best exhibitions in the capital, from thought-provoking art to fascinating historical displays and an exhibition all about the world of musicals.

The Design Museum: Colourful: Yinka Ilori

We’ve covered some of artist Yinka Ilori’s works and installations in the past and we’re delighted to see he’s now got a new exhibition dedicated to him at the Design Museum. ‘Colourful’ celebrates his signature aesthetic of bright bold shades inspired by the African fabrics and Nigerian design that defined his childhood, reworked to create incredible large-scale graphic pieces.

Dates: 15 SEPTEMBER 2022 – 25 JUNE 2023

Address: 224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG

Tickets available here

 

The Design Museum – Objects of Desire: Surrealism and Design 1924 – Today

This exhibition is all about the weird and the wonderful: beginning from the birth of surrealism as a modern art form in 1924, Objects Of Desire takes you through a history and exploration of the movement, focusing on classic Surrealist artworks and design across the 20th century, and moving toward surrealist expression today. The works of famous Surrealists like Salvador Dali, Dora Maar, Man Ray, Leonora Carrington and Lee Miller are featured, along with pieces from fashion house Dior and internationally-acclaimed singer Bjork.

Dates: 14 OCTOBER – 19 FEBRUARY 2022

Address: 224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG

Tickets available here

Banking on Banksy, Red Eight Gallery

The Red Eight Gallery, located within The Royal Exchange, is currently hosting Banking on Banksy, a new exhibition dedicated to the works of the world’s most famous anonymous artist. Some of Bansky’s most famous works like Happy Choppers and Girl With A Balloon will be featured, along with some of his lesser known street art. You can even buy pieces like Christ With Shopping Bags, Flower Thrower and No Ball Games, though all of them will set you back a fair chunk (think from the tens of thousands to the millions). You can read more about Banking On Banksy here.

Dates: 25 August – 15 September 2022

Address: The Royal Exchange, London EC3V 3LR

Tickets available here

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature, V&A

The delightful drawings and stories of Beatrix Potter come to life at this new V&A exhibition that celebrates the life of the beloved children’s author. Obviously familiar faces like Peter Rabbit, Mrs Tiggy Winkle and Squirrel Nutkin will feature, but the event also explores Potter’s work as a scientist and conservationist, as well as the places and parts of nature that inspired her stories. Plenty of her sketches and letters will feature too, building a portrait of a person behind the world famous name. Drawn To Nature is made in collaboration with the Natural Trust.

Dates: On now until Sunday, 8 January 2023

Address: Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL

Tickets available here

Re:Imagining Musicals

Re:Imaginging musicals is another exhibition at the V&A worth visiting this autumn, and is one for the theatre nerds: the display is themed around musicals and how they’ve evolved over the years. You’ll see the impact and influence classic musicals like My Fair Lady and Miss Saigon have had on the genre, as well as the popularity of newer cult shows like SIX and Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. Unseen items and props from the museum’s theatre and performance collections will be displayed, allowing you to get an immersive look into the world of musical theatre.

Dates: Opens on Saturday, 15 October 2022

Address: Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL

Tickets available here

Hallyu! The Korean Wave

It’s been hard to miss the rising influence Korean culture has had on the west, with films and TV shows like Squid Game, Oldboy and Academy Award-winning Parasite becoming classics loved outside of Korea and K Pop like BTS, Girl’s Generation and PSY becoming increasingly mainstream with dedicated fanbases. Hallyu! The Korean Wave celebrates this, charting how South Korea grew from being a war torn nation to a modern cultural powerhouse, through its influential culture and fashion and through events like the 1988 Seoul Olympics. The exhibition is a fascinating look into one of the world’s boldest cultures, and is well worth a trip.

Dates: Opens on Saturday, 24 September 2022

Tickets available here

The British Museum: Hieroglyphs Unlocking Ancient Egypt

Ancient Egypt is one of the world’s most fascinating time periods, with its huge pyramids, wealthy pharaohs and hidden tombs. The writing system of hieroglyphs are a source of fascination on its own, and this new exhibition at the British Museum explores how our understanding of them came about. The central puzzle piece of it all is the Rosetta Stone – the world famous artefact currently housed in the museum, and the exhibition takes you through the earliest attempts at understanding hieroglyphics in the centuries before the Stone was found, to its discovery, and to the understanding and revelations the finding brought with it.

Dates: 13th October to 19th February 2023

Address: Great Russell Street London WC1B 3DG

Tickets available here

Newport Street Gallery: The Currency by Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst will be collaborating with HENI to present this new exhibition of paintings from Hirst’s NFT collection. Called The Currency, it’s a collection of NFTs (Non Fungible Tokens), each of which represent unique physical artworks made by Hirst. The collection holds 10,000 of them, and collectors of the NFTs had the option to either keep it or exchange it for the physical artwork. While they’d get the artwork, the NFT would be destroyed. The Currency will open on 9th September, and in October Hirst will destroy the remaining NFTs.

Dates: Until 1st January 2023

Address: Newport St, London, SE11 6AJ

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Brown’s East – Reflections of The Time by Times New Roadman

Artist Times New Roadman has a new exhibition of his art entitled Reflections of the Time. Several of his artworks (about which the artist questions “Is it art, or memes?” will be on display, with pieces like Petition For Influencers to Stop Taking Pictures In Car Parks, The World Doesn’t Need Anymore Podcasts and You’re From Surrey, Stop Saying My G adorning the gallery. Each piece takes on an element of social phenomena, from Line of Duty to Tesco to the Jubilee.

Dates: Until early October 2022

Address: 21 CLUB ROW, LONDON E2 7EY, UK

Tickets available here

The Design Museum: Art of Movement by Van Cleef & Arpels

The Art of Movement comes from luxury jewellery brand Van Cleef & Arpels, and is a display of a rare set of jewellery creations. Set to run from 23rd September until 20th October, the exhibition features close to 100 jewellery pieces from its collection, complete with documents dug from archives and creations from other private collections, all to show how movement plays a role in precious materials.

 

Dates: 23 September – 20 October 2022

Address: 224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG

Tickets available here

Queer Britain Museum: We Are Queer Britain

We Are Queer Britain is part of Queer Britain, the UK’s first dedicated LGBTQ+ museum, which opened earlier this year in London. The exhibition has been open for a while now, but is certainly worth a visit if you’ve not been, giving you a history and overview of the LGBTQ+ community in Britain, with plenty of emotional points that’ll make you pause and reflect. There’s plenty of exhibits here showcasing the activism and anger of the community in search of rights, but also photos of people being happily in love. The journey round is a must see.

Dates: Until Spring 2023

Address: 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London, N1C 4BH

Tickets available here

 

45 Park Lane – Bailey: Vision and Sound

One for the music fans, this upcoming exhibition celebrates the music photographer David Bailey and his photo archive. The experience will allow visitors to view and take in photos from across Bailey’s archives, with genres like rock n roll, jazz, Britpop, hip-hop and more all featured. Artists photographed include some of the biggest names on the planet, like The Beatles, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Miles Davies, Kate Bush, Dr Dre and others. It opens on 22nd September at 45 Park Lane.

Dates: 22nd September to January 2023

Address: 45 Park Lane, London W1K 1PN

Tickets available here


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