London exhibitions - Archive Articles

Reviews of the many exhibitions that take place across London.

The Covid Letters that say Boris is a Poo
The Covid Letters that say Boris is a Poo

The Covid Letters that say Boris is a Poo

What would happen if lots of children decorated an official government letter and sent them to an artist? An exhibition of subversive thoughts is what -- and that's opened at the Foundling Museum in Bloomsbury.

Oct
29
2020
The forgotten story of Chinese aid for the British in WW1
The forgotten story of Chinese aid for the British in WW1

The forgotten story of Chinese aid for the British in WW1

One of the rarely told stories of WW1, how over 140,000 Chinese travelled to Europe to support the Allied forces is the subject of a fascinating exhibition at the Brunei Gallery in central London.

Oct
28
2020
Take in an arctic adventure at the British Museum
Take in an arctic adventure at the British Museum

Take in an arctic adventure at the British Museum

An exhibition about the Arctic that opens with a warning that the lands you are about to visit are rapidly vanishing might sound like it's going to be a bit of a downer, but this exhibition is really quite uplifting.

Oct
22
2020
Open Air exhibition – Faiths in the City
Open Air exhibition – Faiths in the City

Open Air exhibition – Faiths in the City

A selection of large photographs has gone on display showing off the many varied faiths within the City of London.

Oct
19
2020
Michael Clark’s dance retrospective at the Barbican
Michael Clark’s dance retrospective at the Barbican

Michael Clark’s dance retrospective at the Barbican

One of those people who rather exploded into the cultural scene in the 1980s, vanished in the 90s and has now embedded as an icon of dance has filled the huge art gallery space at the Barbican.

Oct
19
2020
Matt Smith’s medley of art in a city office lobby
Matt Smith’s medley of art in a city office lobby

Matt Smith’s medley of art in a city office lobby

Faceless figures, malformed pottery and a deep message of politics and human rights are currently filling an office foyer in the city.

Oct
12
2020
Museum of London celebrates dub music
Museum of London celebrates dub music

Museum of London celebrates dub music

A new exhibition, Dub London celebrates dub reggae music and culture in the capital, from its roots in Jamaican reggae to how it has shaped communities and culture over the last 50 years.

Oct
07
2020
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory
Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory

Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory

A decade ago, mysterious drawings were uncovered on black shale sheets in Nigeria, and after studying them, life-size scans have gone on display in the Barbican.

Sep
30
2020
Tantra at the British Museum is more death than sex
Tantra at the British Museum is more death than sex

Tantra at the British Museum is more death than sex

Tantra, that sex thing that people talk about, Indian isn't it? And Sting, and 1960s flower power. And decapitations, death, skulls, covering yourself in human ashes.

Sep
23
2020
The mystery and wonder of the Havering Hoard
The mystery and wonder of the Havering Hoard

The mystery and wonder of the Havering Hoard

Finishing up for the day at a small dig site on a Friday afternoon in the summer of 2018 a young archaeologist spotted something -- and in doing so cancelled any weekend plans his colleagues had arranged.

Sep
16
2020
Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild
Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild

Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild

An exhibition has been extended at the Fashion and Textile Museum, offering an insight into a London based design company, the Designers Guild.

Sep
01
2020
From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers – A hymn to electronic music
From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers – A hymn to electronic music

From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers – A hymn to electronic music

It's a sign of our strange times, that the best nightclub experience at the moment can be found in a museum in posh Kensington.

Aug
27
2020
Step inside Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage
Step inside Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage

Step inside Derek Jarman’s Prospect Cottage

A desolate windswept cottage has been transported to central London - minus the wind and desolation and now offers a rare chance to step inside Derek Jarman's famously rural home.

Aug
12
2020
Review: Masculinities at the Barbican
Review: Masculinities at the Barbican

Review: Masculinities at the Barbican

If as a famous book once claimed, Men are from Mars and Women are from Venus, is masculinity from the Barbican?

Jul
29
2020
See Charles Dickens in technicolour
See Charles Dickens in technicolour

See Charles Dickens in technicolour

One of the curiosities about Charles Dickens is how familiar we are with the image of the elderly bearded classically Victorian man we are. No other author of the time is as instantly recognisable.

Jul
27
2020
Three rooms of mushrooms reopens at Somerset House
Three rooms of mushrooms reopens at Somerset House

Three rooms of mushrooms reopens at Somerset House

Fungi, mushrooms, aids to food, lucid visions and artists - and now an exhibition at Somerset House.

Jul
20
2020
Kensington’s big three museums announce their reopening dates
Kensington’s big three museums announce their reopening dates

Kensington’s big three museums announce their reopening dates

The big three - the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum, and the V&A Museum have all announced the dates they will reopen following the lockdown.

Jul
14
2020
Charles Dickens Museum reopens with a new exhibition
Charles Dickens Museum reopens with a new exhibition

Charles Dickens Museum reopens with a new exhibition

The museum inside Charles Dickens London home is reopening after its virus lockdown, with a new exhibition that will include eight newly colourised portraits.

Jul
13
2020
Museum of London’s pandemic exhibition goes online
Museum of London’s pandemic exhibition goes online

Museum of London’s pandemic exhibition goes online

A couple of years ago, a prophetic exhibition about pandemics was held at the Museum of London, and now they've put it online.

May
26
2020
Tutankhamun exhibition goes (slightly) online
Tutankhamun exhibition goes (slightly) online

Tutankhamun exhibition goes (slightly) online

As the "last chance to see" Tutankhamun exhibition in London has closed to the public, they've released a video of it for those who missed out.

Apr
10
2020
Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday in 200 objects
Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday in 200 objects

Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday in 200 objects

Museums can't afford to ignore anniversaries, so in this the 200th anniversary of the Lady with the Lamp's birth, the Florence Nightingale Museum has assembled 200 objects that signify her life and legacy.

Mar
17
2020
Lightboxes and Lettering: The importance of East London’s print industry
Lightboxes and Lettering: The importance of East London’s print industry

Lightboxes and Lettering: The importance of East London’s print industry

An exhibition that charts and celebrates the history of printing from the hand laid out letter presses to the modern computer aided design.

Mar
16
2020
The V&A looks at the story of the swimming pool
The V&A looks at the story of the swimming pool

The V&A looks at the story of the swimming pool

A corridor in the V&A museum has been filled with photos and drawings from the golden age of lidos and swimming pools.

Mar
12
2020
Childhood in Dickensian London at the Senate House Library
Childhood in Dickensian London at the Senate House Library

Childhood in Dickensian London at the Senate House Library

With this year marking the 150th anniversary of Charles Dicken's death, an exhibition is looking at the sort of childhood the average person could have expected when he was a child.

Mar
11
2020