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Exhibitions in London open on Sat, 23rd May 2020

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

The largest exhibition of his drawings for 50 years. (Ending Soon Sat, 23rd May)

2020-05-23
Aubrey Beardsley
This exhibition explores the extravagant world of the glamorous and stylish ‘Bright Young Things’ of the twenties and thirties, seen through the eye of renowned British photographer Cecil Beaton. (Ending Soon Sat, 23rd May)

2020-05-23
Cecil Beaton’s Bright Young Things
This exhibition confirms Charles Keeping’s stature and contribution not just as a major picture-book artist but also as a revelatory illustrator of Dickens for the Folio Society. (Ending Soon Sat, 23rd May)

2020-05-23
Charles Keeping: Londoner & Illustrator
This exhibition is a unique opportunity to view the Ordupgaard Collection’s treasure trove of Impressionist works, from Monet and Degas, to pre-Impressionist artists like Corot and Courbet. (Ending Soon Sat, 23rd May)

2020-05-23
Gauguin and the Impressionists
This exhibition explores the ways in which, from the eighteenth century to the present day, our perception of the hero or heroine has evolved. (Ending Soon Sat, 23rd May)

2020-05-23
Heroic Figures
Featuring over 35 paintings and drawings from collections across the world, the exhibition spans Maes’s whole career, spent in Dordrecht and Amsterdam.  (Ending Soon Sat, 23rd May)

2020-05-23
Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age
£14  
This is the first monographic exhibition of Spilliaert’s work in the UK and will showcase some 90 works on paper. (Ending Soon Sat, 23rd May)

2020-05-23
Spilliaert
See original drafts of Wordsworth’s verse, his notebooks, correspondence and more. (Ending Soon Sat, 23rd May)

2020-05-23
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)

2020-05-23
Childhood in Dickensian London
The UK’s first public exhibition dedicated solely to gay cultural icon Tom of Finland (born Touko Laaksonen) on the centenary of his birth. (Ends on Sun, 21st Jun)

2020-05-23
Tom of Finland: Love and Liberation
A multidisciplinary exhibition combining the architecture of windows, photography, manga, craft and technology.  (Ends on Sun, 28th Jun)

2020-05-23
 Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan
The first major exhibition devoted to David Hockney’s drawings in over twenty years. (Ends on Sun, 28th Jun)

2020-05-23
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
Explore 500 years of love letters in this intimate exhibition. (Ends on Sun, 5th Jul)

2020-05-23
With Love: Letters of Love, Loss and Longing
This exhibition transports you through the people, art, design, technology and photography that have been capturing and shaping the electronic music landscape. (Ends on Sun, 26th Jul)

2020-05-23
The first-ever UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, this epic cycle of new work will explore an imagined ancient myth. (Ends on Sun, 26th Jul)

2020-05-23
Toyin Ojih Odutola - A Countervailing Theory
Free  
A display celebrating Dub Reggae and its influence on the capital. (Ends on Fri, 31st Jul)

2020-05-23
Dub London
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)

2020-05-23
Beatrix Potter's Fairyland
For the first time in over 40 years, the British Museum is showing a major display of its collection of French prints, one of the best collections of its kind in the world. (Ends on Sun, 9th Aug)

2020-05-23
French Impressions: Prints from Manet to Cézanne
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)

2020-05-23
Music Festivals in Georgian Britain
From bodily autonomy and the right to education, to self-expression and protest, this new exhibition explores how feminist activism in the UK today has its roots in the complex history of women’s rights. (Ends on Sun, 23rd Aug)

2020-05-23
Unfinished Business: The Fight for Women's Rights