London exhibitions - Archive Articles

Reviews of the many exhibitions that take place across London.

The Barbican tells the story of the threatened Yanomami people
The Barbican tells the story of the threatened Yanomami people

The Barbican tells the story of the threatened Yanomami people

Part art exhibition, part awareness campaign, a photographic exhibition about Brazil's threatened indigenous people, the Yanomami has opened at the Barbican.

Jun
21
2021
The real Noël Coward, the man beneath the dressing gown
The real Noël Coward, the man beneath the dressing gown

The real Noël Coward, the man beneath the dressing gown

Noël Coward, so often seen as an upper-class dandy in a dressing gown, but who was actually a middle-class workaholic, charity fundraiser, and even now, some of his work in WW2 remains classified.

Jun
16
2021
See folklore art on display in a church crypt
See folklore art on display in a church crypt

See folklore art on display in a church crypt

If you head down a flight of stairs into a dark crypt under a church you will find an exhibition of folklore art keeping the ancient pagan traditions alive.

Jun
11
2021
Somerset House is filled with trees for the London Design Biennale
Somerset House is filled with trees for the London Design Biennale

Somerset House is filled with trees for the London Design Biennale

Somerset House's main courtyard has been filled with trees until the end of the month, breaking a long-held rule that trees should never be seen in the courtyard.

Jun
10
2021
Exhibition – JR’s prolific gigantic street art
Exhibition – JR’s prolific gigantic street art

Exhibition – JR’s prolific gigantic street art

A subversive street artist, JR, whose works are known for their monumental scale as well as the social message has a new exhibition filling the Saatchi Gallery

Jun
07
2021
A glowing earth fills the Painted Hall in Greenwich
A glowing earth fills the Painted Hall in Greenwich

A glowing earth fills the Painted Hall in Greenwich

Luke Jerram’s huge glowing earth has returned to Greenwich’s Painted Hall, filling the baroque space with a slowly rotating orb.

Jun
03
2021
Islamaphobia and the Opium Wars – at the Brunei Gallery
Islamaphobia and the Opium Wars – at the Brunei Gallery

Islamaphobia and the Opium Wars – at the Brunei Gallery

Two seemingly very different exhibitions have reopened, but both tell their own story about Western oppression of cultures they don't understand.

Jun
02
2021
From Tudors to Windsors – a history in portraits
From Tudors to Windsors – a history in portraits

From Tudors to Windsors – a history in portraits

Kings, Queens, mistresses and loverboys - some 500 years of monarchy is on display as part art and part history lesson at the National Maritime Museum.

Jun
02
2021
London exhibitions to visit in June 2021
London exhibitions to visit in June 2021

London exhibitions to visit in June 2021

As we crawl out of the lockdown, the museum and galleries are opening up and putting on their big summer exhibitions at last. Here's a selection of what's open in June to waken up the slumbering cultural brain.

Jun
01
2021
Jean Dubuffet at the Barbican
Jean Dubuffet at the Barbican

Jean Dubuffet at the Barbican

The first major exhibition of work by the French artist, Jean Dubuffet in over 50 years has opened at the Barbican.

May
28
2021
Hackers – a cyberpunk exhibition in a basement
Hackers – a cyberpunk exhibition in a basement

Hackers – a cyberpunk exhibition in a basement

There's a basement in central London that's currently filled with movie costumes from one of the original cyberpunk cult movies

May
27
2021
Mythbusting Nero at the British Museum
Mythbusting Nero at the British Museum

Mythbusting Nero at the British Museum

Almost everything you think you know about Nero is probably wrong. He didn't fiddle while Rome burned, probably didn't kill his wife, might not have killed his mother, and even his suicide is in doubt.

May
26
2021
Two Adam Dant exhibitons in London at the same time
Two Adam Dant exhibitons in London at the same time

Two Adam Dant exhibitons in London at the same time

A bit like buses, you wait for ages for an Adam Dant exhibition, then two appear at once. The famous maker of arty maps now has displays in Westminster and the City of London.

May
25
2021
The Winchcombe meteorite goes on display in London
The Winchcombe meteorite goes on display in London

The Winchcombe meteorite goes on display in London

It fell from outer space and landed in a small Gloucestershire town, and now it's gone on display in the Natural History Museum.

May
25
2021
Rubens masterpieces reunited for the first time in 200 years
Rubens masterpieces reunited for the first time in 200 years

Rubens masterpieces reunited for the first time in 200 years

For the first time in 200 years, two great master paintings will be reunited and go on display in London.

May
20
2021
The British Museum presents Becket, Bling and Beatification
The British Museum presents Becket, Bling and Beatification

The British Museum presents Becket, Bling and Beatification

Man meets King. Man gets favours from King. Man becomes Bishop. King banishes Bishop. Bishop returns. King kills Bishop. Dead Bishop becomes Saint.

May
18
2021
Paddington Bear exhibition comes to the British Library
Paddington Bear exhibition comes to the British Library

Paddington Bear exhibition comes to the British Library

The British Library is opening an exhibition this summer all about a bear with a penchant for marmalade sandwiches.

May
11
2021
The sad sight of Beuys’ Acorns outside the Tate Modern
The sad sight of Beuys’ Acorns outside the Tate Modern

The sad sight of Beuys’ Acorns outside the Tate Modern

On an empty concrete terrace at the back of the Tate is a cluster of trees, and while it looks like a sad transplant from a garden centre, it's actually art.

May
11
2021
Leadenhall Market to be filled with neon lights from Hollywood movies
Leadenhall Market to be filled with neon lights from Hollywood movies

Leadenhall Market to be filled with neon lights from Hollywood movies

The richly decorated Victorian Leadenhall Market in the City of London is being filled with neon lighting from Gods Own Junkyard later this month.

May
11
2021
The Silk Road – a photography exhibition in King’s Cross
The Silk Road – a photography exhibition in King’s Cross

The Silk Road – a photography exhibition in King’s Cross

The silk route to the far east has come to London, in the form of an open-air exhibition by travel photographer Christopher Wilton-Steer.

Apr
09
2021
Southbank Centre confirms plans to reopen from May
Southbank Centre confirms plans to reopen from May

Southbank Centre confirms plans to reopen from May

A year after the Southbank Centre warned that it could face mothballing the entire site, it will reopen its doors to the public once again.

Mar
24
2021
300th anniversary Grinling Gibbons exhibition coming to London
300th anniversary Grinling Gibbons exhibition coming to London

300th anniversary Grinling Gibbons exhibition coming to London

This August marks the 300th anniversary of the death of one of the UK's best skilled, and certainly best known carvers - Grinling Gibbons.

Jan
22
2021
A marine exhibition shows the side of the sea rarely seen
A marine exhibition shows the side of the sea rarely seen

A marine exhibition shows the side of the sea rarely seen

An exhibition has opened of photography of marine life, but it's not the expected photos of fishes and corals and nature -- but of humanity at work at sea. Raw industry and machines, and the humans who work them.

Dec
10
2020
See “Fantastic Beasts” inside the Natural History Museum
See “Fantastic Beasts” inside the Natural History Museum

See “Fantastic Beasts” inside the Natural History Museum

The Harry Potter world has come to a building that wouldn't look out of place in one of the books or movies, as an exhibition opens that combines the fantasy land with the real world.

Dec
09
2020