KEW ORCHID FESTIVAL

The Princess of Wales Conservatory, Richmond TW9, UK
Kew Gardens Kew Gardens

The annual orchid festival is back at Kew and for the first time the theme is Colombia. Colombia has the most biodiversity in the world when it comes to orchids and you can get a little taste of this inside the Princess of Wales Conservatory. The different zones of the conservatory represent different aspects of Colombian wildlife, including animals, with a sloth, a turtle, a toucan and a jaguar all made of plants featuring throughout. The Colombian national flower, the Flor de Mayo, as well as a cascade of hanging vandas (to represent the rainbow river) are just some of the 5700 orchids on display.

9th February - 10th March 2019

TRACEY EMIN | A FORTNIGHT OF TEARS

144-152 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ, UK
Borough London Bridge London Bridge

A Fortnight of Tears will cover the entire White Cube gallery and feature new paintings, photography, sculpture, film and neon from Tracey Emin, all of which are inspired by her memories and experiences of loss, grief, longing and spiritual love. Three large bronzes, her biggest to date; a self-portrait series called Insomnia, made from IPhone selfies; a new film and her early piece How It Feels will all be on display.

6th February – 7th April 2019

DON MCCULLIN

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, UK
Pimlico

Legendary war photographer Don McCullin is the subject of this major retrospective at Tate Britain. The exhibition features over 250 photographs, all printed by McCullin in his own darkroom, and spans both the work he did abroad in places like Vietnam, Cyprus, Germany and Syria, and photos taken of working class life in the UK.

5th February - 6th May 2019

DIANE ARBUS | IN THE BEGINNING

Southbank Centre, London, UK
Embankment Waterloo Waterloo

Photographs from the early part of Diane Arbus’ career (1956 – 1962) are being exhibited at the Hayward Gallery. It’ll be the first solo show of her work in the country for twelve years, with many of the images having never been shown in Europe before. Over 100 photos, many of which feature eccentrics, circus performers, female impersonators and outsiders, will be on display, showcasing the perspective that she became rightly celebrated for.

13th February - 6th May 2019

CHRISTIAN DIOR | DESIGNER OF DREAMS

Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, UK
South Kensington

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, based on the major Paris exhibition of the same name, will be the largest exhibition on Dior ever held in the UK. The exhibition will cover 1947 to the present day, with over 500 objects going on display. As well as 200 rare haute couture pieces, including the Dior dress that Princess Margaret wore on her 21st birthday, there’ll be photos, make-up, perfume, magazines and Dior’s personal possessions to peek at, and the exhibition will trace the evolution of the house through the artistic directors that have followed Dior, from Yves Saint Laurent to John Galliano to Maria Grazia Chiuri.

2nd February - 14th July 2019

THE WORLD EXISTS TO BE PUT ON A POSTCARD

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, UK
Russell Square Goodge Street

The UK’s first major exhibition of postcard art is being held at the British Museum. The World Exists To Be Put On A Postcard: Artists’ Postcards From 1960 To Now is made up of over a 1000 donated pieces from curate Jeremy Cooper, and it features works from Andy Warhol, Gilbert & George, Yoko Ono, Rachel Whitehead and Guerrilla Girls, many on show for the first time.

7th February - 4th August 2019

GETA BRATESCU | THE POEWR OF THE LINE

Hauser & Wirth London, Savile Row, London, UK
Piccadilly Circus Oxford Circus

Though her seven-decade career as an artist features work across a range of media, including textiles, photography, film and performance, this exhibition at Hauser & Wirth features Geta Brătescu’s work from the past decade, a time where she focused on working with the line. The pieces on show reflect the different ways she used the line to create a flow of shapes, forms and silhouettes.

©Geta Brătescu. Courtesy the artist, Ivan Gallery, Bucharest and Hauser & Wirth

27th February - 27th April 2019

WE LIVE IN AN OCEAN OF AIR

Saatchi Gallery, King's Rd, London, UK
Sloane Square

VR experience We Live in an Ocean of Air explores the connection between humans and nature through breath. The exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide is brought to life as you move through an ancient forest and look at a giant sequoia tree, whilst sensors track your breathing, with the idea being that you’ll reflect on how much we depend on the planet and how responsible we are for it.

Until 24th February 2019

FRANZ WEST

Tate Modern, London, UK
Blackfriars Blackfriars

The Tate Modern is celebrating the work of irreverent artist Franz West with this exhibition of his sculptures, collages and large-scale works. Replicas of his papier-mâché Passstücke, which are designed to picked up and moved around, will be on display, as will his pieces that incorporate everyday objects and the large absurd sculptures he created for public spaces in the later stage of his life.

20th February - 2nd June 2019

ANDY WARHOL POLAROID PICTURES

8 Davies Street, London W1K 3DW, UK
Bond Street

The inaugural exhibition at the the London outpost of BASTIAN will be a display of Polaroid photographs taken by Andy Warhol, featuring self-portraits and images of the likes of John Lennon, Jane Fonda, Jean-Michel Basquiat and David Hockney, many of which were preparatory works for his silkscreen portraits. As well as some photographs that haven’t been exhibited before, the show also includes his 1979 Self-Portrait, one of the few large-scale Polaroids Warhol ever produced.

2nd February - 13th April 2019

DOROTHEA TANNING

Tate Modern, London, UK
Blackfriars Blackfriars Southwark

The Tate Modern is hosting the first major Dorothea Tanning exhibition for 25 years. The show features 100 works from her remarkable seventy year career, including her early surrealist paintings like Birthday and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, her ballet costume designs, her fabric sculptures and the room-sized installation Chambre 202, Hotel du Pavot.

27th February - 9th June 2019

ROBERT FRASER'S GROOVY ARTS CLUB BAND

39 Dover Street, London W1S 4NN, UK
Green Park

Gazelli Art House is hosting this celebration of gallerist Robert Fraser, who bridged the worlds of art and music in the sixties. The show brings together artists that Fraser championed, including Clive Barker, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Bridget Riley, Ed Ruscha and more, and there’s also an accompanying double vinyl album featuring songs in tribute to Fraser.

11th January – 23rd February 2019

BILL VIOLA | MICHELANGELO

Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD, UK
Piccadilly Circus

The Royal Academy is bringing together the works of Michelangelo and Bill Viola, who though born centuries both explore the themes of the cycle of life. A selection of Michelangelo’s drawings will be on display, as will the Virgin and Child with the Infant St John, his only marble sculpture in the UK. Twelve of Viola’s installations will feature in the show, including the five-metre high projection Tristan’s Ascension (The Sound of a Mountain Under a Waterfall), which depicts the ascent of the soul after death.

26th January — 31st March 2019

A HOME AWAY FROM HOME | THE INDIA CLUB

143 Strand, London WC1R 1JA
Temple Covent Garden

The National Trust is showcasing the rich history of the India Club with this audio-based exhibition inside the iconic venue. The India Club has been a significant meeting point and community space for Anglo-Indian organisations as well as immigrants, journalists, artists, writers and students. The venue recently came under threat from redevelopment but was saved following an extensive campaign, with the likes of food writer Sejal Sukhadwala, critic Marina O’Loughlin and Will Self lending support. The oral history interviews feature a range of people connected to the Club, from the late 50s to today, and provide a real insight into how important a place it is.

30th January - 1st March 2019

HANNA MOON & JOYCE NG | ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Somerset House, London, UK
Temple

A new photography exhibition exploring the feeling of “being lost in translation” by two most acclaimed fashion photographers Hanna Moon and Joyce Ng is coming to Somerset House. Driven by the feelings of being immigrants in London, the work showcased by the two artists will celebrate the vitality of international perspectives within our multi-cultural society, challenging the concept of ‘otherness’ and the power fashion photography holds in shifting our perceptions of beauty, style and taste.

25th January - 28th April 2019

GOOD GRIEF CHARLIE BROWN

Strand, London WC2R 1HL, UK
Temple

For their big winter exhibition, Somerset House is celebrating the cultural legacy of Peanuts, showcasing contemporary works inspired by Snoopy, Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang, alongside original drawings from creator Charles M. Schulz. As one of the world’s most influential comic strips, the exhibition explores the lasting social and political impact of one of our favourite cartoons.

25th October 2018 - 3rd March 2019

MANDELA | THE OFFICIAL EXHIBITION

26 Leake Street, London SE1 7NN, UK
Waterloo Waterloo

A huge exhibition dedicated to Nelson Mandela is having its world premiere in London at 26 Leake Street. Timed to coincide with the centenary year of his birth and the fifth year since his passing, Mandela: The Official Exhibition will cover the life and legacy of the icon, from his early years in Mvezo to his struggle against oppression to his time as president of South Africa. Many unseen artefacts will be on display including pieces that have never left South Africa before, so this a chance to get up close and personal to Mandela like never before.

8th February – 2nd June 2019

MUNDO LATINX

20 John Prince's Street, London W1G 0BJ, UK
Oxford Circus

Fashion Space Gallery is hosting Mundo Latinx, an exhibition curated by White Lines Projects that showcases the diversity of Latin American identity. With pieces from a range of disciplines, including film, illustration, photography and textile design, the show will challenge the stereotypical portrayals of Latin American culture and explore the ideas of identity, politics and power.

8th February - 4th May 2019

PATRICK HUGHES | A NEW LOOK AT PERSPECTIVE

5-7 Dover St, London W1S 4LD, UK
Green Park

British pop artist Patrick Hughes is exhibiting at Alon Zakaim Fine Art for the very first time with a showcase of his ‘reverse perspective’ paintings. The exhibition will feature his three-dimensional paintings that appear to move with the viewer thanks to his presentation of false perspective. Pieces like Appropriately and Poppyish will be on display as will some of his smaller, mixed media artworks.

4th February - 29th March 2019

TIME OUT 50 | 50 YEARS, 50 COVERS

London Lighthouse, 111-117 Lancaster Rd, London W11 1QT, UK
Ladbroke Grove

Time Out is turning 50 and to celebrate, the mag is showing off fifty covers from their archive at the Museum of Brands. The exhibition will chart how London has changed from 1968 to now, as well as how magazine design itself has evolved over the years. As well as the first ever cover featuring an Andy Warhol soup can design, the 1974 cover marking Winston Churchill’s 100th anniversary, and covers designed by Banksy, Jamie Hewlett and David LaChapelle will be on display.

12th September 2018 - 3rd March 2019

MAGIC REALISM | ART IN WEIMAR GERMANY 1919-33

Bankside, London SE1 9TG, UK
Blackfriars Blackfriars Mansion House

To coincide with the anniversary of the end of WWI, the Tate is hosting a year-long (and FREE) exhibition of art from Weimar Germany, where expressionism gave way to more unsettling and emotional imagery. Works by the likes of Otto Dix, George Grosz, Albert Birkle and Jeanne Mammen will be on display and a lot of the pieces included aren’t normally on public display so it’s one not to miss…luckily you’ve got plenty of time to see it.

30th July 2018 - 14th July 2019

ARTIST ROOMS | JENNY HOLZER

Tate Modern, Bankside, London, UK
Blackfriars Blackfriars Mansion House

This year the Artist Rooms at the Tate are dedicated to Jenny Holzer, with works from across her 40-year career on display. She’s known for her text-based works and pieces from her Truisms and Diagrams series as well as her Redaction Paintings and LED installations. A painting created with NY graffiti artist Lady Pink will also be on display for the first time in the UK. Entry to the rooms is free and it’s gonna be open for a year, so it’s defo one to pop into next time your in the Tate.

23rd July 2018 - summer 2019

BODY WORLDS

1 Piccadilly Circus, London W1J 0DA, UK
Piccadilly Circus

The famous Body Worlds exhibition, created by Dr Gunther von Hagens and featuring real body parts preserved with plastination, is on display in Piccadilly. The 200 exhibits cover the reproductive, nervous, cardiovascular, respiratory, locomotive and metabolic systems in an insane amount of detail, so if you want to get a true insight into what happens inside the human body, this is place to come.

Opens 6th October 2018

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