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Exhibitions in London open on Wed, 23rd Oct 2019

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

These are cartoons the Evening Standard felt were either too strong or in too bad taste to publish. (Ending Soon Fri, 25th Oct)

2019-10-23
David Low - Censored
An exhibition to commemorate the life and career of former MP for Newcastle-under-Lyme, Colonel Josiah C. Wedgwood. (Ending Soon Fri, 25th Oct)

2019-10-23
Explore the ancient and modern contexts of one of the most important artefacts in the Petrie Museum: an ancient model of a ship-cart excavated from a tomb at the site of Gurob. (Ending Soon Sat, 26th Oct)

2019-10-23
From Gurob to the Getty: The Voyages of an Ancient Egyptian Ship-Cart Model
With all to play for, the big guns of the toy world competed to win. Children’s choices ultimately decided the winners and losers. (Ending Soon Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-10-23
 1950s: Battle of the Toy Brands
A photographic exhibition featuring some of the most spectacular examples of abandoned engineering from around the world. (Ending Soon Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-10-23
Abandoned Engineering
An opportunity to see excellence in contemporary design alongside the Wallace Collection’s own art works.  (Ending Soon Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-10-23
An Enquiring Mind: Manolo Blahník at the Wallace Collection
The world's most celebrated contemporary glass artist is back, showcasing his work against the stunning backdrop of Kew Gardens.  (Ending Soon Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-10-23
Chihuly at Kew: Reflections on nature
Discover the mesmerising paintings of Helene Schjerfbeck, one of Finland’s best kept secrets, in the UK’s first major exhibition of her work. (Ending Soon Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-10-23
Helene Schjerfbeck
Discover the secrets of London's historic waterways and the art they have inspired. (Ending Soon Sun, 27th Oct)

2019-10-23
Secret Rivers
An exhibition of paintings of the Cathedral mascot cat - Doorkins Magnificat (Ending Soon Thu, 31st Oct)

2019-10-23
Doorkins Magnificat - Paintings by Celia Pike
Under Ground London explores our relationship with the subterranean capital, exploring hundreds of years of documents, images and plans to tell the story of the underground city (Ending Soon Thu, 31st Oct)

2019-10-23
Under Ground London
Grayson Perry presents new work including pots, sculpture, large-scale prints, a tapestry and a carpet. (Ending Soon Sat, 2nd Nov)

2019-10-23
Grayson Perry: Super Rich Interior Decoration
This exhibition presents a global picture of Dickens, exploring the impact of his travels on his life and his writing, and it examines how Dickens has gone on to shape the lives of people around the globe. (Ending Soon Sun, 3rd Nov)

2019-10-23
Global Dickens: For Every Nation Upon Earth
The display offers food for thought for art lovers, artists and art historians alike – and celebrates the joy of looking and the possibilities of the imagination. (Ends on Tue, 12th Nov)

2019-10-23
John Christian - Collecting the last Romantics
This exhibition highlights Sakubei’s importance in documenting the lives of miners, the folk traditions of northern Kyushu and Japan's industrial heritage. (Ends on Fri, 15th Nov)

2019-10-23
Yamamoto Sakubei & the Rich Seams of Japan’s Coal Mining History
This exhibition brings together works from the 17th century to the present day to illustrate how London’s ever-changing cityscape has inspired visiting and resident artists over four centuries. (Ends on Sun, 1st Dec)

2019-10-23
Architecture of London
This exhibition traces the history of the Thameslink route from 1866 through to the recent £7bn modernisation programme which has transformed the route and untangled the tracks. (Ends on Mon, 2nd Dec)

2019-10-23
Untangling the Tracks
Antony Gormley takes over the Main Galleries with a series of works that test the scale and light of the RA’s architecture. (Ends on Tue, 3rd Dec)

2019-10-23
Antony Gormley
A display of one of the world’s largest private collections of African textiles. (Ends on Sat, 14th Dec)

2019-10-23
African Textiles - Karun Thakar Collection
The LSE Library is marking the centenary of the appointment of William Beveridge as one of LSE’s most influential and widely known Directors.  (Ends on Fri, 20th Dec)

2019-10-23
The Power of Influence: William Beveridge as public intellectual and LSE Director