THE BEST EXHIBITIONS TO SEE THIS WEEKEND

Got no plans this weekend and need something to do? You can’t go wrong with a trip to one of London’s best galleries or museums. Here are all the best exhibitions on this weekend. 

Highlights

London is filled with great galleries and museums, with iconic institutions like the Science Museum, the V&A, Tate Modern, and the Royal Academy all calling the city home. That means on any given weekend, you’re spoiled for choice with interactive exhibitions, art installations, photography exhibitions and more all happening in the city. 

If you like immersive exhibitions, there are two massive ones on this weekend – one is all about Vincent Van Gogh and his most iconic paintings and the other is an Infinity Room from Yayoi Kusama at the Tate Modern, and both are perfect selfie opportunities too. 

The range of subjects and topics represented across all the exhibitions in London is vast. There’s everything from the history of postcards at Wish You Were Here at the Postal Museum; the legacy of Alice in Wonderland at the V&A; carbon capture and storage technology at the Science Museum; a retrospective of Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi’s work at the Barbican; and hundreds of works by a whole range of artists at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, which is back in the autumn once again.

There are also a load of free exhibitions on in London that are perfect for the weekend. With no need to book tickets, you can decide to drop in last minute – very handy for when your plans get cancelled or the forecast is showing wall-to-wall rain. 

Whether you’re looking for exhibitions today, exhibitions this weekend or you want to stay on top of all upcoming art exhibitions, we’ve got you covered.

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MUSEUM OF THE MOON

13th December 2022 - 5th February 2023
King William Walk, London SE10 9NN, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Luke Jerram’s touring artwork Museum of the Moon, a six-metre model featuring incredibly detailed NASA imagery of the moon with ambient moonlight and soundscape from Dan Jones, is popping up in the Painted Hall at the Old Royal Naval College. Lie back on one of the day beds and gaze up the moon suspended against the backdrop of the baroque hall.

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IN PLAIN SIGHT | WELLCOME COLLECTION

Until 12th February 2023
183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

In the Wellcome Collection tradition of telling a history of humanity in surprising ways, their critically-acclaimed exhibition, In Plain Sight, looks at the different ways we see and are seen by others with an expansive collection of contemporary artworks and historical objects. The show explores what happens when we open ourselves up to seeing in different ways through four themes: symbolism of the eye, bias in visual perception, eyewear and identity, and the interconnection between senses. See ancient curiosities, view unusual and extravagant medical devices and experience a VR artwork that documents a writer’s loss of sight at this ambitious and interactive exhibition.

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PRESTON PAPERBOY | LONELY CROWDED PLACES

17th November - 3rd December 2022
Free
4 Ham Yard, London W1D 7LT, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: Closed

Nathan Preston, aka Preston Paperboy, is back in London with his latest exhibition Lonely Crowded Places at Reem Gallery. The pieces on display showcase his mix of photorealism and abstract expressionism, with layered motifs created using multiple mediums, including charcoal, oil pastels and oil paints. They also include his signature upside-down Smiler logo, a nod to his experiences with depression, and $$ eyes, a reminder to not let his vision be clouded by wealth and fame.

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FRAMELESS

Marble Arch, London W1H 7FD, UK

We’re no strangers to immersive art experiences in London but Frameless is taking things to a whole new level. It’s the capital’s first permanent digital art experience, featuring some of the world’s most iconic artworks spread across the walls, floors and ceilings of a 30,000 sq ft space. You can get up close and personal with over 40 works from 28 artists, including the likes of Klimt, Munch, Kandisky, Monet, Rembrandt, Dali, Cezanne and van Gogh. The Frameless experience is spread across four different themed galleries – Beyond Reality, Colour In Motion, The World Around Us and The Art Of Abstraction – with bespoke musical scores accompanying the displays.

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TWIST MUSEUM

248 Oxford St, London W1C 1DH, UK

Dive into a world of illusions and discover the science behind how they work at Twist Museum. Created in collaboration with experts from the worlds of art, psychology and neuroscience, Twist blends immersive multi-sensory experiences with education and technology to help you understand what happens to the brain when your senses are deceived and how different stimuli shape your sense of reality. There are over 60 exhibits inside, including the Ames Room, which creates the feeling of shrinking; the Life Without Colour Room, where you can experience a world without colour; the Sound Lab, where you can unlock the extrasensory power of your ears; and the Kaleidoscope Room, which reacts and refracts to your presence.

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RIBBONS | MATTY BOVAN

30th November 2022 - 5th March 2023
Free
The Gateway Pavilions, Peninsula Square, Soames Walk, London SE10 0SQ, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Award-winning fashion designer Matty Bovan is taking over the NOW Gallery with an installation that involves an enormous, ceiling-height hand-knitted jumper. Guests will be invited to enter the multicoloured tent-like garment and, once inside, sit on tufted rugs to watch Bovan’s experimental film RIBBONS which documents the making of the jumper. The multisensory commission encourages visitors to get lost in an alternate dream-like world, accompanied by a soundscape as well as the scents of geranium and lavender.

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OBJECTS OF DESIRE | SURREALISM & DESIGN, 1924 - TODAY

14th October 2022 - 19th February 2023
224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

From the dawn of Surrealism in 1924 to the present day, the Design Museum’s Objects of Desire is exploring how the art movement has impacted design. Throughout the 20th century, Surrealist pioneers have questioned the conventional, from early adopters such as Salvador Dalí, Dora Maar, Man Ray, Leonora Carrington and Lee Miller, to contemporary artists including Schiaparelli, Dior and Björk. With Objects of Desire, the Design Museum brings together the best in Surrealist furniture, interior design, fashion, photography and world-renowned artworks to unravel the fascinating history behind them.

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BACK IN TIME EXHIBITION

26th November 2022 - 21st January 2023
Camden Market Hawley Wharf, Dockray Place, London, UK

If the musical wasn’t enough for you, get ready to step through the screen and hop into the DeLorean itself at this dedicated Back to the Future exhibition. With an exclusive glimpse into the world of Marty McFly, Doc Brown, Nike Magnetic Anti Gravity shoes and hoverboards, the Back In Time Exhibition carries the largest collection of memorabilia from the sci-fi classic, including original items used in the production of the trilogy as well as replicas. You’ll get to browse the costumes, set pieces and concept drawings on display, sit in a certified replica of the DeLorean time machine that Universal Studios previously owned, hear about behind-the-scenes secrets through interviews with Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Steven Spielberg, Robert Zemeckis and more. Plus, there’ll be interactive elements and photo ops – you’ll fly a hoverboard, relax in Lou’s Cafe, have a go at performing a killer guitar solo at the school dance and activate the time machine.

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STRANGE CLAY | CERAMICS IN CONTEMPORARY ART

26th October 2022 - 8th January 2023
Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8TL, UK

The Hayward Gallery is hosting Strange Clay: Ceramics in Contemporary Art, the UK’s first large-scale group exhibition exploring artists’ inventive use of clay. The gallery will be filled with entirely ceramic works (that’s right, that squid is made out of clay) from 23 artists, a mix of legends, like Betty Woodman, Beate Kuhn, Ron Nagle and Ken Price, and up-and-coming talent. From smaller-scale uncanny takes on everyday objects to immense immersive installations, Strange Clay will explore social justice, the body, the domestic, the political and the lengths artists can reach with clay alone.

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CEZANNE

5th October 2022 - 12th March 2023
Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

A master of individual style, Paul Cezanne is being celebrated at the Tate Modern with The EY Exhibition: Cezanne. Bringing together a collection of his still lifes, landscapes and paintings of bathers (some never before presented in the UK), the show will journey through Cezanne’s life, from his youth as an artist eager for official recognition in Paris, to his relentless pursuit of a unique approach during his later years. And you can pair your visit to the exhibition with two-course lunch from the Tate’s Kitchen and Bar for £46.80 (including the price of entry).

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SCIENCE FICTION | SCIENCE MUSEUM

6th October 2022 - 4th May 2023
Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Science Museum’s most ambitious exhibition to date, Science Fiction: Voyage to the Edge of Imagination puts you at the heart of an interactive science fiction story. Starting off in the Bio Lab, explore various iconic objects that examine the human desire to journey beyond our world – including a hypersleep chamber from Prometheus, a replica of the Apollo 17 Space Suit worn by Gene Cernan and a scale model of a radio telescope – with the help of an AI Guide. Then, travel through a wormhole Jumpgate to another world full of bioluminescent creatures who interact through a hive mind. Back on the Visualisation Deck, you’ll learn about how science fiction reflects real, contemporary concerns and challenges through artworks and artefacts. And, to close, on the Observation Deck you’ll be able to view Earth from space through a huge window. Ever wanted to jet off into space? This is the next best thing.

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DOTCOM SEANCE

16th October - 4th December 2022
Free
Centre Point, London WC2H 8LH, UK

An immense public exhibition by Simon Denny, installed within the new entertainment district Outernet London, will explore the influence of technology on global culture and political development. Dotcom Séance will take 21 dotcom-era companies that were declared ‘dead’ after the crash of the early 2000s and resurrect them, and the resulting exhibition will be presented on the floor-to-ceiling, 360-degree 16K screens on the outside of The Now Building every Sunday. In bringing these companies back to life decades after they went bust, Denny wants to reevaluate their relevance in this hyper-modern era of Web3 and highlight the cyclical nature of businesses in the technology industry.

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LUCIAN FREUD | NEW PERSPECTIVES

Until 22nd January 2023
Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The first major exhibition of Lucian Freud’s work in ten years at The National Gallery spans a lifetime of work from one of Britain’s most well-known figurative painters. Paintings from seven decades will be on display, showing how Freud’s style developed, moving from intimate works to large-canvases to huge naked portraits, with the exhibition looking beyond Freud’s own personal fame to understand his role in painting in the 20th century.

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THE HORROR SHOW! | A TWISTED TALE OF MODERN BRITAIN

27th October 2022 - Sun 19th February 2023
Strand, London WC2R 1LA, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Punks, witches, subversive icons and ghostly figures will be haunting Somerset House, and just in time for Halloween, as The Horror Show! looks back over 50 years of British counter-culture. The landmark exhibition will explore the UK’s alternative history in three acts – Monster, Ghost and Witch – using horror archetypes to examine defining eras and make sense of the uncanny. The collection will bring together over 200 artworks by key players and culturally significant objects from the past five decades. Featured artists are set to include Jamie Reid, Pam Hogg, Leigh Bowery, Noel Fielding, Derek Jarman, Harminder Judge, Zadie Xa and Tai Shani, among many others.

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WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHER OF THE YEAR

14th October 2022 - 2nd July 2023
Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:50 PM

The 58th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is being hosted at the Natural History Museum. The display features awarded images selected from over 50,000 entries and it showcases the beauty and diversity of the natural world, with everything from right whales in New Zealand to disappearing giraffes in Kenya to Russian polar bears depicted in the photographs.

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SEEING AUSCHWITZ

20th October - 18th December 2022
Old Brompton Rd, London SW7 3LD, UK

Seeing Auschwitz, an exhibition created by Musealia and the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, is going on show in London, with over 100 images taken by perpetrators, victims and liberators on display. The exhibition is designed to highlight the horrors of what happened at Auschwitz as well as the humanity of the people who did there, and it explores both the photographic evidence of the camp and the construction of the collective memory of it, with audio guides including testimonies from survivors. Part of the revenue from the tickets will be donated to the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland to help their efforts in preserving the site.

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KOESTLER ARTS | FREEDOM

27th October – 18th December 2022
Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, London SE1 8XX, UK

The Southbank Centre is hosting Freedom, an exhibition of artworks by incarcerated people curated by Ai Weiwei. Organised by the Koestler Arts charity, which encourages ex-offenders, detainees and secure patients to express themselves creatively, the show will mark 60 years of the Koestler Awards, a prize initiative by the charity to recognise the achievements of people across the UK’s criminal justice system. A hugely prominent Chinese artist and activist, Ai Weiwei was himself detained in 2011 when, after investigating government corruption, he was sentenced to 81 days in prison with no charge. Now, he says this exhibition will explore the role creativity plays in life under constraints. Freedom will collate artworks by people in prisons, mental health facilities, immigration detainment centres, and young offender institutions, while the space itself will be transformed to preserve the environment in which the pieces were made.

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YINKA ILORI | PARABLES FOR HAPPINESS

15th September 2022 - 25th June 2023
Free
224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Design Museum is hosting the first museum display exploring the work of Yinka Ilori. The exhibition will showcase elements of his signature colourful aesthetic and the inspirations behind it, including the cultural diversity of the North London diaspora community where he grew up. Over 100 objects, from artworks and photographs to textiles and furniture will be on display, including his LEGO Launderette of Dreams and his multi-coloured pedestrian crossings.

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HALLYU! THE KOREAN WAVE

24th September 2022 - 25th June 2023
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM

The V&A’s new exhibition looks at the phenomenon known as ‘hallyu’, meaning ‘Korean wave’, referring to the vast impact of Korean culture on the rest of the world. Since the term was coined in the 90s, Korean cinema, media, music and fandoms have spread like wildfire to global reach, and now the V&A invites guests to dive into the hallyu-niverse. Through a collection of K-Pop costumes, K-drama props and posters (including a recreation of the basement bathroom in Parasite) photography, sculpture, fashion, video and pop culture ephemera, Hallyu! The Korean Wave will explore the country’s history prior to the 90s, and each aspect of the wave that came next. 

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WILLIAM KENTRIDGE

24th September - 11th December 2022
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: Closed
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

The Royal Academy of Arts’ latest single artist show will invite guests into an immersive world of William Kentridge’s multi-sensory work. A hugely celebrated South African artist, Kentridge’s practice spans etching, drawing, collage, film and sculpture to tapestry, theatre, opera, dance and music. The RA will collate artworks from Kentridge’s 40-year career in the largest exhibition of the artist’s work to have been held in the UK. There will be some never before seen pieces as well as some that have been made especially for this show, and some highlights will include rooms of 4-metre wide tapestries, his signature charcoal trees and flowers, and the breathtaking three-screen film, Notes Towards a Model Opera.

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JURASSIC WORLD | THE EXHIBITION

Until 15th January 2023
Excel London, London E16 1XL, UK

You’ve seen it on the big screen and now you’re able to step inside Jurassic World for real with the brand new immersive experience, Jurassic World: The Exhibition. You’ll enter the 20,000 sq ft space through the famous Jurassic World gates and then you’re able to explore different prehistoric environments, come face-to-face with a Velociraptor, stand under a Brachiosauraus, get up close with a Tyrannosaurus Rex and feel what it would have been like to roam among the dinosaurs. And if you need some cuteness to offset the fear factor of hanging around the big boys, you can interact with never-seen-before baby dinosaurs, including Bumpy from the animated series Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.

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AFRICA FASHION

Until 16th April 2023
Cromwell Rd, London SW7 2RL, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 10:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:45 PM

The V&A is hosting a major exhibition on African fashion, the first in the museum’s history, spanning from the 1950s to contemporary designers and including garments, textiles, photography, sketches, film and music. Africa Fashion celebrates the diversity of fashion from across the continent by exploring the roleit played during the years of African independence and liberation; the importance of indigenous cloths in many African countries; the work of designers like Shade Thomas-Fahm, Chris Seydou, and Alphadi; photography from the likes of Sanlé Sory, Michel Papami Kameni and Rachidi Bissiriou; and cutting-edge African fashion, with pieces from Moshions, IAMISIGO, NKWO and Thebe Magugu on display.

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SCULPTURE IN THE CITY

Until spring 2023
Free

Each year City of London works with artists and partners to curate a new trail of artworks that forms the annual sculpture park, Sculpture in the City. This summer marks the 11th edition of the sculpture park and features the work of 20 world-class artists and spans the Square Mile. Walking the trail you’ll spot some works easily, for example Jesse Pollock’s The Granary is a large and very striking life-sized model of a traditional grain store, which speaks to the crises currently affecting British rural life. Others are more subtle and will take a closer look to find, like Oliver Bragg’s In Loving Memory, a bench plaque that reads “In loving memory of a loving memory”. The nature of the sculpture park means that it’s 100% free and open 24/7, so you can stroll up and view the art any time you like.

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KLIMT | THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Until 27th November 2022
The Boiler House, 152 Brick Lane, London E1 6RU, UK

Van Gogh and Frida and Diego have been done and now Gustav Klimt is getting the immersive treatment. A 360-degree digital art exhibition featuring the works of the Austrian artist, best known for his gold-adorned paintings, is here after wowing art lovers in the States. Klimt: The Immersive Experience uses cutting-edge tech to create two-storey projections of the artist’s most famous pieces, including The Kiss, Judith and the Head of Holofernes, and The Tree of Life, so you can get properly up close and personal with these modernist masterpieces. The exhibition also includes galleries that focus on Klimt’s life, his technique and his influences, and a VR experience that takes you through a day in the life of the artist and the inspiration behind some of his most iconic paintings.

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CHRISTIAN THOMPSON | BEING HUMAN HUMAN BEING

8th June - 30th November 2022
Free
Turner House, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Soho Photography Quarter, launched by The Photographers Gallery, is a spot for admirers to enjoy the best of contemporary photography for free. Located in the heart of town, the open-air gallery is home to a rotating programme of interactive artworks that change twice a year, including large-scale overhead banners, moving image projections and soundscapes. The first presentation is Being Human Human Being by Indigenous Australian contemporary artist Dr. Christian Thompson AO. Selected works from his King Billy, Polari, Equinox and Flower Walls series are on show, which explore indigenous culture, identity and representation.

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GRIME STORIES | FROM THE CORNER TO THE MAINSTREAM

17th June - 4th December 2022
Free
150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

The Museum of London is diving into the history of grime with the free exhibition Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream, co-curated by Roony ‘RiskyRoadz’ Keefe. The display, which spotlights the people and places across East London that shaped the genre from its inception in the early 2000s to today, features a panoramic illustration by Wiilkay; personal artefacts relating to grime MCs; films and footage featuring Skepta, DJ Slimzee, Rapid and Slix, and Troy ‘A+’ Miller; and an installation focusing in Jammer’s basement where Lord of the Mics was born.

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WEIRD SENSATION FEELS GOOD | THE WORLD OF ASMR

Until 10th April 2023
224-238 Kensington High St, London W8 6AG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 9:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

ASMR (aka Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response or that tingly sensation that makes you feel good) is jumping from online to IRL with this exhibition at the Design Museum. 40 audio, visual and tactile works will be on show, including episodes of The Joy of Painting by Bob Ross, a prototype of artificial skin for a mobile device, installations that recreate the sounds of snow crunching underfoot and coins dropping into a well, ASMR videos of Japanese barbershops and Korean dog-grooming salons, and a continuous pillow structure were you can watch and listen to a range of audio-visual works.

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WHEN FLOWERS DREAM

21st May 2022 – 5 March 2023
Kew Gardens, Richmond TW9 3LL, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Pip & Pop, aka Aussie artist Tanya Schultz, is immersing people in her candy-coloured world with When Flowers Dream at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art at Kew Gardens. The exhibition explores themes of abundance, consumption and a food utopia though sculptural pieces, a technicolour installation inspired by imaginary worlds and featuring foods identified as underutilised species, and botanical paintings from Kew’s archive.

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VAN GOGH | THE IMMERSIVE EXPERIENCE

Until 30th November 2022
Commercial Street, London E1 6LZ, UK

Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience has been a hit in the States in the US and Europe and now it’s coming to Spitalfields. The exhibition will see more than 300 of Van Gogh’s works projected across a floor-to-ceiling two-storey space so you’ll be able to soak up the art from all angles. There’ll also be a drawing studio and a VR experience that takes you through a day in the life of the artist and explores the inspiration behind some of his most iconic paintings. 

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YAYOI KUSAMA | INFINITY MIRROR ROOMS

Until June 2023
Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
OPENING HOURS
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

After her pumpkin-filled Infinity Room caused lengthy queues at the Victoria Miro gallery in 2016, Yayoi Kusama returns with another major exhibition, this time at the Tate Modern. Two of her installations – the large Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life and Chandelier of Grief, which gives the illusion of endless rotating chandeliers – this year. The rooms will be presented alongside a small collection of photographs, some of which will be going on display for the very first time.

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