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Exhibitions in London open on Fri, 17th May 2019

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

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)

2019-05-17
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)

2019-05-17
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)

2019-05-17
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)

2019-05-17
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)

2019-05-17
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)

2019-05-17
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)

2019-05-17
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)

2019-05-17
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)

2019-05-17
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)

2019-05-17
 Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant
The first ever exhibition outside of Norway of Harald Sohlberg, one of the greatest masters of landscape painting in the history of Norwegian art. (Ending Soon Sun, 2nd Jun)

2019-05-17
Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway
The first solo UK exhibition by Myfanwy MacLeod, in partnership with the Contemporary Art Gallery (CAG, Vancouver). (Ending Soon Sat, 8th Jun)

2019-05-17
Canada Gallery Myfanwy MacLeod – Neighbours
This exhibition explores the objects people used to make music, what they sounded like, and how instruments were used in Romano-Egyptian rituals, homes, and childhood. (Ending Soon Sat, 8th Jun)

2019-05-17
Sounds of Roman Egypt
From flamboyant uniforms to fast horses, this exhibition looks at the shared heritage between the Hungarian and British hussars. (Ending Soon Sun, 9th Jun)

2019-05-17
Call in the Cavalry
An exhibition that covers a long period in the history of magic, from the 16th to the early 20th century. (Ending Soon Sat, 15th Jun)

2019-05-17
Staging Magic – The Story Behind The Illusion
Women were inspired to serve their country by Florence Nightingale's work. But in 1918, as WW1 approached its end, nothing could have prepared them for what was to come - the deadly Spanish Flu. (Ending Soon Sun, 16th Jun)

2019-05-17
The first major exhibition to explore the great twentieth-century British sculptor’s fascination with armour. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Jun)

2019-05-17
Henry Moore: The Helmet Heads
Free  
Drector and photographer James Morgan set out to capture the lives of the Bajau Laut, the world’s last true marine nomads. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Jun)

2019-05-17
Sea Nomads
This exhibition tells the Batsford story, with highs and lows, through a selection of books and archive materials from the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. (Ending Soon Fri, 28th Jun)

2019-05-17
Batsford, 175 Years of a Bloomsbury Publisher
An exhibition of drawings made by artist Feliks Topolski of the Bank of England's new Debden bank note printing factory. (Ending Soon Fri, 28th Jun)

2019-05-17
Feliks Topolski: Drawing Debden