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Exhibitions in London open on Fri, 3rd May 2019

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

Explore this surreal lost property office where you will uncover stories in the most unlikely places. (Ending Soon Fri, 3rd May)

2019-05-03
Unclaimed - The Liminal Space
Ara Güler, who passed away last year, was known by many as one of the greatest photojournalists of his time (Ending Soon Sun, 5th May)

2019-05-03
Ara Güler Exhibition
A photographic exhibition documenting the living conditions of London’s most disadvantaged children. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th May)

2019-05-03
Bedrooms of London
Admire the gardens as they are brightened by the impressive 20,000 tulips planted throughout the gardens. (Ending Soon Sun, 5th May)

2019-05-03
Eltham Palace's Tulip Festival
With more than 800 images on display, this global photography exhibition presents all winning and shortlisted entries, including the Photographer of the Year, from this year’s Awards (Ending Soon Mon, 6th May)

2019-05-03
2019 Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition
This exhibition is the story of humanity’s ever-changing relationship with our nearest star. (Ending Soon Mon, 6th May)

2019-05-03
An exhibition of DANAD Design's trailblazing work from 1958–62, featuring their original furniture and surface designs. (Ending Soon Fri, 10th May)

2019-05-03
DANAD Design 60th Anniversary exhibition
Explore the Library’s collection of pocket-sized friendship albums – made between the 16th and 19th centuries. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th May)

2019-05-03
Friendship Before Facebook: Social Networks in a Pre-Digital Age
This exhibition explores the art, science, ethics and technology that enables human repair and alteration. (Ending Soon Sun, 12th May)

2019-05-03
Spare Parts - Rethinking human repair
Photography display exploring past and present Thamesmead through archival images from the RIBA Collections and contemporary photographs by artist Nina Manandhar.  (Ending Soon Thu, 16th May)

2019-05-03
Thamesmead: A Town for the 21st Century
The exhibition features twenty-four critically acclaimed projects that have pushed design boundaries through their exploration of the opportunities and challenges of timber structures.  (Ending Soon Fri, 17th May)

2019-05-03
Forest of Fabrication
Rembrandt’s legendary painting will be the centerpiece of an exhibition of self-portraits that will also include works by Francis Bacon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucian Freud, and Pablo Picasso (Ending Soon Sat, 18th May)

2019-05-03
Visions of the Self: Rembrandt and Now
The first major exhibition on Tudor and Jacobean portrait miniatures in the UK for over 35 years. (Ending Soon Sun, 19th May)

2019-05-03
Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver
This display presents six innovative projects from the collections of the RIBA and the V&A, each demonstrating a unique experiment in social housing design. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th May)

2019-05-03
A Home for All: Six Experiments in Social Housing
This exhibition displays a selection of Cultural Revolution propaganda posters, revolutionary landscapes, images of the leader and intricate papercuts all of which were collected in China during the 1970s. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th May)

2019-05-03
Cultural Revolution - State graphics in China from the 1960s to the 1970s
A major exhibition exploring the role of drawing in contemporary architectural practice through the work of one of Britain’s leading architects and architectural draughtsmen​. (Ending Soon Sun, 26th May)

2019-05-03
Eric Parry: Drawing
Spanning thousands of years, this takes a closer look at five objects that explore the relationship between food, power and control. (Ending Soon Mon, 27th May)

2019-05-03
Feeding history: the politics of food
A major exhibition of works by Martin Parr, one of Britain’s best-known and most widely celebrated photographers. (Ending Soon Mon, 27th May)

2019-05-03
Only Human: Photographs by Martin Parr
The exhibition highlights selected maps illustrating the topographical history of Islington from 16th-century rural village to an urban Victorian district. (Ending Soon Fri, 31st May)

2019-05-03
Historic maps and plans of Islington (1553-1894)
Key pieces include rare and early examples of designs by Conran and Quant on display spaning the period from 1952 – 1977 (Ending Soon Sun, 2nd Jun)

2019-05-03
 Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant