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Exhibitions in London open on Fri, 14th Feb 2020

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

This exhibition highlights a diversity of artistic observations on the lived experiences of women from childhood to old age, including but by no means restricted to experiences of mental distress. (Ends on Fri, 1st May)

2020-02-14
Tangerine Dream, the German band widely credited as laying the foundations for the Ambient and Trance music styles, will be celebrated by this exhibition. (Ends on Sat, 2nd May)

2020-02-14
Tangerine Dream: Zeitraffer
An immersive installation by contemporary American artist Darren Waterston, presenting a detailed reimagining of James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s famed Peacock Room. (Ends on Sun, 3rd May)

2020-02-14
Filthy Lucre: Whistler's Peacock Room re-imagined
The rich history of the Islington stretch of the Regents canal is revealed in this exhibition, including some of its industrial past and the memories of people who worked and lived by it. (Ends on Sun, 3rd May)

2020-02-14
Industrial Islington
This exhibition presents George IV's life through the art that enriched his world. (Ends on Mon, 4th May)

2020-02-14
George IV: Art & Spectacle
The first ever retrospective of the Polish-Jewish émigré who brought European modernist aesthetics to British graphic design. (Ends on Sun, 10th May)

2020-02-14
George Him: A Polish Designer for Mid-Century Britain
Tate Modern presents the first major exhibition of Steve McQueen’s artwork in the UK for 20 years (Ends on Mon, 11th May)

2020-02-14
 Steve McQueen
This exhibition, in the Weston Room at the Maughan Library, marks the 75th anniversary of VE day and the liberation of the Nazi death and concentration camps. (Ends on Sat, 16th May)

2020-02-14
The long hard road: 75th anniversary of the liberation of occupied Europe.
An exhibition of superb images reproduced from the British Library’s collection of Japanese pattern books. (Ends on Sun, 17th May)

2020-02-14
Exquisite Patterns: Japanese Textile Design
This exhibition explores the ways in which, from the eighteenth century to the present day, our perception of the hero or heroine has evolved. (Ends on Sun, 24th May)

2020-02-14
Heroic Figures
See original drafts of Wordsworth’s verse, his notebooks, correspondence and more. (Ends on Sun, 31st May)

2020-02-14
William Wordsworth
The exhibition explores Victorian London from the 1830s until the turn of the twentieth century, focusing on Dickens’s child characters. (Ends on Sat, 20th Jun)

2020-02-14
Childhood in Dickensian London
Explore 500 years of love letters in this intimate exhibition. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jul)

2020-02-14
With Love: Letters of Love, Loss and Longing
To coincide with JMW Turner featuring on the new £20 note, find out about the variety of stock purchases made by Turner in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. (Ends on Fri, 31st Jul)

2020-02-14
Painting a fortune: JMW Turner and the Bank of England
From ‘honey dew’ drinking parties to Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, discover Beatrix Potter’s response to the world of fairies and fairytales.  (Ends on Mon, 3rd Aug)

2020-02-14
Beatrix Potter's Fairyland
This display explores some of the festivals across Britain from the Handel Commemoration in 1784 to the Crystal Palace concerts of the late nineteenth century, (Ends on Thu, 20th Aug)

2020-02-14
Music Festivals in Georgian Britain
This immersive experience charts their music, lyrics, creative process and influence as one of the most iconic pop bands of the modern age. (Ends on Mon, 31st Aug)

2020-02-14
ABBA: Super Troupers The Exhibition