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Exhibitions in London open on Wed, 12th Aug 2020

Displayed in date order by how soon they close.

The first-ever UK exhibition by Nigerian-American artist Toyin Ojih Odutola, this epic cycle of new work explores an imagined ancient myth, with an immersive soundscape by artist Peter Adjaye. (Ending Soon Sun, 16th Aug)

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Toyin Ojih Odutola - A Countervailing Theory
Through the medium of film and photography, this major exhibition considers how masculinity has been coded, performed, and socially constructed from the 1960s to the present day. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Aug)

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Masculinities - Liberation through Photography
Bringing together the work of over 40 leading artists, designers and musicians, Mushrooms looks at fungi’s colourful cultural legacy. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Aug)

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Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi
An exhibition exploring representations of the pregnant female body through portraits, over 500 years. (Ending Soon Sun, 23rd Aug)

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Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media
A display of kimono by contemporary textile artist, and founder of the HIROCOLEDGE brand, Takahashi Hiroko can be seen in the windows and on the Ground Floor at Japan House London throughout August. (Ends on Mon, 31st Aug)

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RENOVATION: Kimono & Sustainability
An exhibition of large scale paintings by Alex Urie. (Ends on Sat, 5th Sep)

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Alex Urie - Silo
Tate Modern presents the first major exhibition of Steve McQueen’s artwork in the UK for 20 years (Ends on Sun, 6th Sep)

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Steve McQueen
It’s 40 years since The Clash’s third album ‘London Calling’ was released, and an exhibition has pulled together a host of memorabilia for that iconic album. (Ends on Sun, 6th Sep)

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The Clash: London Calling
The New Stone Age exhibition celebrates the sustainability, practicality and inherent beauty of stone. (Ends on Sat, 12th Sep)

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 The New Stone Age
The first UK exhibition of works by Indian master painters commissioned by East India Company officials in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. (Ends on Sun, 13th Sep)

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 Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company
Exhibition of shortlisted entries to recognise and support the most innovative, original and relevant photography-based practice within a given year. (Ends on Sat, 19th Sep)

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Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020
The largest exhibition of his drawings for 50 years (Ends on Sun, 20th Sep)

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Aubrey Beardsley
Discover the story of Derek Jarman’s garden at Prospect Cottage, Dungeness, in this exhibition at the Garden Museum. (Ends on Sun, 20th Sep)

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Derek Jarman: My garden’s boundaries are the horizon
A rediscovered collection of paintings and drawings by over forty young Zimbabwean artists that have not been exhibited together for almost 70 years. (Ends on Wed, 30th Sep)

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The stars are bright - Zimbabwean art
Jide Odukoya’s photographic series shows Nigeria abuzz through the lens of traditional Nigerian weddings. (Ends on Sun, 4th Oct)

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 Turn It Up: On Paradoxes
By turns poetic, adventurous and thought-provoking, this group exhibition explores our relationship with trees and forests. (Ends on Sat, 31st Oct)

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Among the Trees
Acclaimed artist Kara Walker presents one of the most ambitious Hyundai Commissions to date (Ends on Sun, 8th Nov)

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Kara Walker
Design drawings from the William Morris Gallery collection (Ends on Fri, 15th Jan)

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Works In Progress
This exhibition reunites all six paintings in the Classical myths series for the first time in over four centuries.  (Ends on Sun, 17th Jan)

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Titian: Love, Desire, Death
Showing sculptures by Helaine Blumenfeld at Canary Wharf gives an unrivalled opportunity to view them in the context of hard interior and exterior architecture as well as carefully designed outdoor spaces amongst mature trees. (Ends on Sun, 31st Jan)

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Looking Up: Helaine Blumenfeld at Canary Wharf