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Exhibitions in London open on Fri, 20th Jan 2017

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

Explore the impact of telegraphy on the artistic imagination and wider social consciousness in the 19th century. (Ending Soon Sun, 22nd Jan)

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A hypnotic light display based on Islamic geometry in the main foyer of the Barbican. (Ending Soon Wed, 25th Jan)

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The exhibition showcases the intricate handmade archives, indexes and scrapbooks painstakingly recorded by filmgoers and cinema obsessives, (Ending Soon Fri, 27th Jan)

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The Canary Wharf estate is being lit up throughout January by a lighting display comprising angels, glowing graffiti and floating poetry. (Ending Soon Fri, 27th Jan)

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Two outstanding masterpieces by Spanish painter Maíno, on display in the UK for the first time (Ending Soon Sun, 29th Jan)

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A rare display of the British Museum’s collection of shadow theatre puppets from Southeast Asia. (Ending Soon Sun, 29th Jan)

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An exhibition that focuses on the wild variety of graphic art that emanated from an era of anti-establishment sentiment. (Ending Soon Sun, 29th Jan)

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The artwork used for the print elements in the Harry Potter movies displayed by the original artists. (Ends on Sat, 4th Feb)

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An exhibition, in which we consider the what, why and how of scientific imaging through the eyes and words of researchers. (Ends on Sat, 4th Feb)

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This exhibition is a rare opportunity to see an outstanding range of surviving examples in one place.  (Ends on Sun, 5th Feb)

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This major exhibition of over 80 works focuses on the artist’s portrayal of family, friends and lovers. (Ends on Sun, 5th Feb)

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Clay dug up from underneath London Bridge railway station has been handed to local potters to turn into artworks. (Ends on Sun, 5th Feb)

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The Vulgar is the first exhibition to explore the inherently challenging but utterly compelling territory of taste in fashion, (Ends on Sun, 5th Feb)

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This exhibition looks at the popular seasonal pastime of ice skating which, in London, dates back to at least the 12th century. (Ends on Wed, 8th Feb)

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An art and light installation made from materials recycled from a 2015 sculpture. (Ends on Fri, 10th Feb)

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Celebrate some of the most popular entertainments of Victorian times (Ends on Sun, 12th Feb)

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This exhibition raises important questions about historical examples of forced migration and Britain’s response in the past. (Ends on Fri, 17th Feb)

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An exhibition of Soho's seedy adult art and film by the street artist, Shuby. (Ends on Sat, 18th Feb)

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This artwork is a materialisation of the paranoid delusion of James Tilly Matthews, a Bethlem patient of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. (Ends on Fri, 24th Feb)

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A display of the best of the political cartoons published in the newspapers during 2016 (Ends on Sat, 25th Feb)

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An opportunity to discover the work of 13 ceramicists in an exhibition spanning over 80 years of ceramic art. (Ends on Sun, 26th Feb)

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See Quentin Blake's original drawings for Beatrix Potter's newly re-discovered story The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots (Ends on Sun, 26th Feb)

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How have the finished and unfinished revolutions of the late 1960s changed the way we live today and think about the future?  (Ends on Sun, 26th Feb)

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This exhibition will look at the Bank of England's past, and explore the history of a medium that has come to dominate the world around us. (Ends on Tue, 28th Feb)

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This exhibition highlights the development of public health nursing and the roles nurses have played in improving public health. (Ends on Tue, 28th Feb)

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This display steps inside the homes of 26 London teenagers to explore the meaning and significance of contemporary teenage bedrooms. (Ends on Tue, 28th Feb)

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Material from the Laburnum Boat Club project has been redisplayed in this exhibition by London Canal Museum. (Ends on Tue, 28th Feb)

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An exhibition showing how maps changed how we look at the world, from Beck's tube map to spy maps. (Ends on Wed, 1st Mar)

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Rembrant's Self-Portrait, Wearing a Feathered Bonnet is on display in London for the first time. (Ends on Sun, 5th Mar)

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An exhibition of some of Sir John Soane’s Museum’s most beautiful and influential designs for Adam’s projects in London. (Ends on Sat, 11th Mar)

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The exhibition contains theatre posters, handwritten scripts, and film stills.  (Ends on Sat, 11th Mar)

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A major exhibition celebrating the master hairstylist’s remarkable 40 year career, from the late 1970s to the current day. (Ends on Sun, 12th Mar)

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Discover the evolution of underwear design from the 18th-century to the present day. (Ends on Sun, 12th Mar)

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Isabelle Émilie de Tessier was a London actress, cartoonist and illustrator who worked under the pseudonym 'Marie Duval'. This exhibition at Guildhall Library is the first one dedicated solely to Duval's work as a nineteenth century pioneer of the art of comics. (Ends on Fri, 17th Mar)

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This exhibition explores Impressionism in an Australian context – closely related to yet entirely distinct from its European counterparts. (Ends on Sun, 26th Mar)

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See the shortlisted proposals for Trafalgar Square's 2018 and 2020 Fourth Plinth commissions (Ends on Sun, 26th Mar)

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Photographer Eugenio Grosso takes you on a photographic journey through time from the foundation of London to the present. (Ends on Fri, 31st Mar)

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See the world's longest Lego bridge, and a display about other bridges (Ends on Fri, 31st Mar)

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From ceramics and sculpture, find out more about Ovid’s magical stories and their influence in the display and gallery trail. (Ends on Sun, 2nd Apr)

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An exhibition that marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act which legalised homosexuality in the UK. (Ends on Fri, 7th Apr)

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The Library and Museum’s latest exhibition marks the centenary of the opening of the Royal Masonic Hospital. (Ends on Fri, 7th Apr)

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A special exhibition of original illustrations by John Kenney for the 1965 Ladybird life of Dickens. (Ends on Sun, 16th Apr)

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An exhibition about the woman in Admiral Horatio Nelson's life - Emma Hamilton. (Ends on Mon, 17th Apr)

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An exhibition marking the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of 1666. (Ends on Mon, 17th Apr)

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The first exhibition to focus on images of artists from within the Royal Collection. (Ends on Mon, 17th Apr)

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Explore the Moomins through the life of its author Tove Jansson  (Ends on Sun, 23rd Apr)

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An exhibition of board games from modern classics to 18th century historical games. (Ends on Sun, 23rd Apr)

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Explore Chamberlin, Powell and Bon's endeavour to combine spaciousness with high density development. (Ends on Wed, 26th Apr)

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A chance to see the tiny charter document given by William the Conqueror to the City. (Ends on Thu, 27th Apr)

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An exhibition that celebrates 250 years of the jigsaw puzzle, the largest of its kind ever shown. (Ends on Sun, 30th Apr)

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The appeal of mutton chops, goatees and the most flamboyant of moustaches with a photographic exhibition. (Ends on Sun, 30th Apr)

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Ethical taxidermist Jazmine Miles-Long challenges ideas and perceptions of this art and craft.  (Ends on Mon, 1st May)

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This exhibition shows off coins and other objects that were defaced, usually to condemn the memory of deceased Roman Emperors. (Ends on Sun, 7th May)

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Sir Quentin Blake has drawn special portraits of some of the most celebrated characters from Dahl’s stories. (Ends on Sun, 21st May)

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The biggest international competition of its kind, annually showcasing spectacular images shot by astrophotographers worldwide. (Ends on Sun, 25th Jun)

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A display about the work of doctors who gave anaesthesia and pain relief to the wounded during the Battle of the Somme (Ends on Fri, 30th Jun)

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This exhibition investigates the rapidly evolving role of big data in all our lives and how it is being used to transform the world around us.  (Ends on Fri, 1st Sep)

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A substantial exhibition featuring around 200 original costumes, props, models, and pieces of artwork. (Ends on Sun, 3rd Sep)

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The exhibition will feature the collection of 100 exceptional images from the annual competition. (Ends on Sun, 10th Sep)

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This exhibition remembers the centenary of this battle and the massive medical and human impact of the wounds sustained during and beyond WW1. (Ends on Mon, 15th Jan)

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