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PERFUME: A SENSORY JOURNEY THROUGH CONTEMPORARY SCENT

Somerset House's Perfume exhibition is like nothing you've ever seen before. The multi-sensory exhibition features 10 perfumes and their pioneering creators who changed our perception of fragrance. There's of course lots to smell and a fully functioning laboratory, as well as physical representations of scent and a hands on workshop with the Experimental Perfume Club.

Until 17th September

Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 1LA -

somersethouse.org.uk

Temple

BENEDICT DREW: THE TRICKLE-DOWN SYNDROME

British artist Benedict Drew's first major institution show takes the idea that as the rich get richer, it will eventually trickle down to us poorer folk and has reimagined this economic theory in a dystopian daydream.  Expect kaleidoscopic projections, sculptures and hand drawn pieces. It's funny, but also slightly scary as it shows how complacent we've become.

Until 10th September 2017

77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, United Kingdom -

whitechapelgallery.org

Aldgate East

YOU ARE LOOKING AT SOMETHING THAT NEVER OCCURED

Be prepared for your head to be messed with at the Zabludowicz Collection's latest exhibition, 'You Are Looking At Something That Never Occured'. The exhibition brings together 14 artists that use the camera to push the boudaries between past and present, and fact and fiction. It really makes you step back and re-evaulate what you are actually looking at and will leave a lasting impression, as all the exhibitions at the Zabludowicz Collection do!

Until 9th July 2017

176 Prince of Wales Road, London NW5 3PT, United Kingdom -

zabludowiczcollection.com

Chalk Farm

THE JAPANESE HOUSE: ARCHITECTURE AND LIFE AFTER 1945

The Japanese House exhibition at the Barbican looks at the experimental architecture that emerged in Japan after WW2. With a full-size recreation of  SANAA co-founder Nishizawa's Moriyama House, a Japanese Tea House and lots of rooms to explore you could easily spend hours lost in here.  

Until 25th June 2017

Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS -

barbican.org.uk

Barbican

ASHLEY BICKERTON: ORNAMENTAL HYSTERIA

Bomb-proof seed boxes, post-apocalyptic boats crammed with magazines and a 10-foot serpant with 5 screaming heads? Yes, Ashley Bickerton's major exhibition at Damien Hirst's Newport Street Gallery is pretty damn wacky. With 3 decades worth of work the exhibtion tells a real story, and looks at themes of opposition and duality.  

Until 20th August 2017

Newport Street Gallery, Newport Street, London SE11 6AJ, United Kingdom -

newportstreetgallery.com

Vauxhall

MARC QUINN: DRAWN FROM LIFE

Marc Quinn is the guy that made a sculpture of his own head out of pigs blood and made Kate Moss out of 18-carat gold, and now he's got an exhibition at Sir John Soane's Museum. He's filled the museum with 12 casts of his partner's body - so expect bits of arm, leg and torsos hanging around the place.  

Until 23rd September 2017

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, United Kingdom -

soane.org

Holborn

QUEER BRITISH ART 1861-1967

This is the first ever exhibition dedicated to Queer British Art and contains paintings, drawings, personal photographs and film from artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington and David Hockney. The show at the Tate Britain marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England. Expect everything from the playful and political to the erotic...  

Until 1st October 2017

Tate Britain, Millbank, London SW1P 4RG, United Kingdom -

tate.org.uk

Pimlico

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