If your resolution this year is to visit more exhibitions or you’re just looking for somewhere to dash to as you escape the wintry showers, we’ve got you covered with our edit of the best must-visit exhibitions in London this Spring. 

From a dedication to one of the most influential children’s authors of the 20th century to the installation that’s bound to brighten the most dreary of days, here’s what to see this spring.

Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature 

Rediscover Beatrix Potter’s loveable characters this February at the V&A’s family-friendly exhibition, Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature. Open to fans from 12th February, the exhibition will guide you on a journey through Potter’s life as a scientist and conservationist, spanning the places and animals that inspired her famous characters. 

Created in collaboration with the National Trust, the exhibition features drawings and detailed illustrations, studies and paintings created by the children’s author. Fall back in love with Peter Rabbit and all of his friends in this fun and detailed exhibition. 

When: Opening 12th February
Where: The Porter Gallery at V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Website: www.vam.ac.uk

© Gucci / V&A

Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear 

Created in partnership with Gucci, the V&A’s next fashion facing exhibition is Fashioning Masculinities: The Art of Menswear. Opening on 19th March, the exhibition will reflect on its artistry, exploring how designers, trailers and artists have constructed – and challenged – the role of masculinity through fashion. 

Spanning over 100 looks alongside 100 artworks, the display will be centred around three ideas: Undressed, Overdressed, and Redressed. Expect historic garments, photography and fashion-forward thinking ideas to come to light.

When: Opening 19th March
Where: The Sainsbury Gallery at V&A, Cromwell Road, SW7 2RL
Website: www.vam.ac.uk

© CHARLES EMERSON

Your Ship Has Landed – Lydia Chan

From 19th November until 6th March 2022, set designer, multidisciplinary artist and world-builder Lydia Chan will be transforming the curving facades of NOW Gallery into a vibrant fantasy world.

Titled Your Ship Has Landed, the installation is bursting with vivid colours, from fluorescent pinks and purples to neon greens, blues and yellows. Chan’s work has reinvented nature as a foreign planet, incorporating AR technology and alien motifs, and bridged the gap between our digital lifestyle and our renewed experience of the natural world. 

Free to roam, art lovers and colour fiends are invited to explore this new take on nature through the goggles of the artificial, taking a look at how the isolation period spent in our homes has allowed the natural world to become unfamiliar to us. Similar to how space explorers feel when treading on a foreign planet, away from familiarities.

When: Until 6th March
Where: NOW GALLERY, THE GATEWAY PAVILIONS, PENINSULA SQUARE, GREENWICH PENINSULA, SE10 0SQ
Website: www.nowgallery.co.uk

 

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Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s – Now 

A new exhibition exploring the work of artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain has landed at the Tate Britain. Running until early April 2022, Life Between Islands delves into the works of Caribbean artists as they settled in Britain, as well as the influences from other British artists whose work has since been inspired by Caribbean themes and heritage. 

The giant exhibition spans the movement, from the 1950s through to present day, in a series of visionary paintings, documentary photography, film, sculpture and fashion.

WHEN: UNTIL 3RD APRIL 2022
WHERE: TATE BRITAIN, SW1P 4RG
WEBSITE: WWW.TATE.ORG.UK

Hair: Untold Stories 

A hairstyle can speak a thousand words. It tells a story, a situation and unlocks endless possibilities, but it doesn’t get enough air time. Which is why Horniman Museum & Gardens has curated an exciting new exhibition dedicated to the stuff – and it’s untold stories. 

Available to see until 19th June, this intriguing exhibition spills all on hair. Expect to get to know more about the stuff through a series of complex, interesting and inspiring stories. Uncover stories from Forest Hill hairdressers to the global hair trade, as well as work from artists, filmmakers, designers and members of the public.

WHEN: UNTIL 19TH JUNE
WHERE: THE STUDIO AT HORNIMAN MUSEUM & GARDENS, 100 LONDON ROAD, FOREST HILL, SE23 2PQ
WEBSITE: WWW.HORNIMAN.AC.UK

Beano: The Art of Breaking The Rules 

Add some fun to January and book in for a visit to the Beano exhibition running at Somerset House. On show until 6th March, the exhibition will bring all of your favourite childhood characters to life before your  eyes. 

Take a trip down memory lane as you jump into the pages of the comic and visit Beanotown, exploring the icons that became principal to childhood and bending the rules of artistry. See all of the gang, from Dennis and Gnasher, Minnie the Minx, Bananaman and the Bash Street Kids.

When: Until 6th March
Where: EMBANKMENT GALLERIES, SOUTH WING, SOMERSET HOUSE, STRAND, WC2R 1LA
Website: www.somersethouse.org.uk

SECOND VERSION OF TRIPTYCH 1944, 1988. FRANCIS BACON

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast

You’ll no doubt have studied Francis Bacon during your GCSE art, but his work stems further than meets the eye. 

One thing that’s often apparent in Bacon’s bountiful work is his fascination with animals, from their shapes to how they resemble human parts too. This exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts explores his work, ‘where the line between human and animal is constantly blurred’.

When: 29th January – 17th April
Where: Royal Academy, Burlington House, Piccadilly, W1J 0BD
Website: www.royalacademy.org.uk

Lubaina Himid 

See as Lubaina Himid’s influential career comes to life at Tate Modern’s large exhibition exploring her recent and most poignant works. 

Despite originally training in theatre design, Himid is most recognised and known for her unusual approach to painting and social engagement. The retrospective, on display until 3rd July, draws inspiration from her theatre career and places the visitor centre-stage and backstage of where the magic on stage happens.

When: Until 3rd July
Where: Tate Modern, Bankside, SE1 9TG
Website: www.tate.org.uk


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