25 . 02 . 2020

Top 5 Exhibitions in London

Mushrooms at Somerset House

There’s no better time to visit London and immerse yourself in a wealth of arts and culture. Discover world class exhibitions across the city, covering art, film, fashion and music.  

Perfect for savouring those longer spring days, we've rounded up our top 5 exhibitions in London: 

Experience Picasso as you never have before with this exhibition dedicated to his radical use of paper.  300 works spanning the artist’s 80-year career show how he interacted with paper – tearing, burning and making it three-dimensional.

Picasso experimented with printmaking techniques and used everything from newspaper and napkins to decorative wallpaper to convey his ideas.  In this exhibition, you can see the creative process behind prominent works such as Guernica and Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. 

Royal Academy of Arts, until 13 April 2020

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

This dazzling major exhibition celebrates the kimono and explores its sartorial, aesthetic and social significance in Japan and the rest of the world. From the 1660s to the present day, this iconic garment is constantly evolving and has a revered place in fashion, art and culture. 
It offers the perfect opportunity to view rare 17th century kimonos alongside haute couture by Yohji Yamamoto and Jean Paul Gaultier, Rei Kawakubo’s influential streetwear and even costumes from Memoirs of a Geisha and Star Wars. 

Victoria and Albert Museum, 29 February-21 June 2020

Find a spot of tranquillity in central London at this exhibition featuring artworks that explore our relationship with trees and forests.  Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, it brings together major works by 38 leading international artists including Tacita Dean, Peter Doig and Robert Longo. 

This unprecedented exhibition explores the beauty, architectural form and vital existence of trees through artistic mediums including sculpture, painting, installations, video and photography.

Hayward Gallery, 4 March-17 May

Delve into the magical world of mushrooms and examine their significance to nature, healing and progressive modern living.  Curated by writer Francesca Gavin, this ground-breaking exhibition features works by over 40 leading artists including Takashi Murakami, Cy Twombly and Haroon Mirza.

A particular highlight is how mushrooms can now be used in textiles and architecture, including clothing and furniture made with mycelium.

Somerset House, until 26 April

Tate Modern presents the first major exhibition of London-born artist Steve McQueen’s work in the UK since he won the Turner Prize in 1999.  Best known for his Academy Award-winning film 12 Years a Slave, this extensive survey features 14 prominent works across film, photography and sculpture.

One of the artworks, Caribs’ Leap, includes two films – one to be shown inside the exhibition and the other on the front of Tate Modern, creating a dialogue between everyday life in Grenada and London. 

Tate Modern, until 11 May 2020

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