These are our fave exhibitions in London right now
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 -
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 -
With over 170 works of surrealist-inspired women artists, Dreamers Awake is a show not to miss.The exhibition brings together sculpture, painting, collage, photography and drawing from the 1930s to the present day and includes works from Tracey Emin, Sarah Lucas, Louise Bourgeois, alongside emerging artists. Expect everything from Sarah Lucas' ‘The Kiss’ (2003) – two chair frames lashed together, with a big cock and some tits made of cigarettes and terracotta vaginal desk-tidies from Hannah Wilkes.
Until 17th September 2017
144-152 Bermondsey Street, London SE1 3TQ, United Kingdom -
Tate Modern's exhibition 'Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power' brings together the works of African-American artists between 1963- 1983. Marked by Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Angela Davis, Black Power rallies and a struggle for change, the period saw a change in American art as artists responded to the times by provoking, confronting, and confounding expectations. Expect paintings, murals, collage, photography, clothing designs and sculptures made with Black hair, melted records, and tights.
Until 22nd October 2017
Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom -
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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 -
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 -
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 -