These are the biggest art exhibitions in London in 2019.
For a full-on art attack, London has you covered. Below, we’ve rounded up all the current and upcoming art exhibitions from London’s major galleries and brilliant museums<secretldn.com/fab-free-museums-london/>, from Tate Britain and Tate Modern to Somerset House, the V&A and the National Gallery.
Art exhibitions you can visit today come first; keep scrolling for those opening later in 2019. (Prices quoted are generally for adults in advance, walk-up tickets will be a few pounds more, while students and other concessionary fares may be less. Notably, under-25s can visit all Tate exhibitions for £5 when they join the free ‘Collective.’<secretldn.com/tate-collective-young-people-membership/>)
Art exhibitions in London open now
These art exhibitions are already here, so go check ’em out!
2. Tate Britain: Turner Prize (until Jan 6, 2019)
[Turner Prize 2018 Exhibition]
Four artists, shortlisted for this year’s Turner Prize, will exhibit their work at the Tate Britain.£12.50. More info<www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/turner-prize-2018>.
3. Whitechapel Gallery: Surreal Science – Loudon Collection with Salvatore Arancio (until Jan 6, 2019)
[Whitechapel Gallery Exhibition Surreal Science]
This free exhibition in east London pairs scientific curios amassed by the Dutch collector George Loudon with colourful, plant-like ceramic pieces from contemporary artist Salvatore Arancio. Free! Find out more<www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/surreal-science/>.
4. Hayward Gallery: Space Shifters (until Jan 9, 2019)
[Art Exhibition at Hayward Gallery]
Shift your perceptions at this new exhibition at the Hayward Gallery. A collection of 20 minimal artworks use reflective and translucent materials to distort and disturb the brutalist space – a clever-clever house of mirrors for cultured types. £16.50. Find out more<www.southbankcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/hayward-gallery-art/space-shifters>.
5. V&A Museum: Fashioned from Nature (until Jan 19, 2019)
[Fashion exhibitions London]
The V&A investigates sustainability and fashion in this new exhibition, which pairs garments with specimens from the natural world. Groovy. £12. More info<www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/fashioned-from-nature>.
6. British Museum: I object (until Jan 20, 2019)
[British museum exhibition]
Ian Hislop has curated this exhibition of historical artifacts that each, in their own way, protest, dissent, and stick a middle finger up at the prevailing norms of the day. Ancient graffiti, satirical posters and suffragette coins are among the items on display. £12. Find out more<britishmuseum.org/whats_on/exhibitions/i_object.aspx>.
7. Tate Modern: Christian Marclay – The Clock (until Jan 20, 2019)
[Tate Modern Clock Art]
This acclaimed installation splices together film clips from thousands of films, each of which happen to depict the time on screen, then cuts them together so they tell the real time. It’ll be installed in the public galleries, so it is, blessedly… Free! More info<www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/christian-marclay-clock>.
8. Saatchi Gallery: Black Mirror – Art As Social Satire (until Jan 27, 2019) [Black Mirror Exhibition London]Alejandra Prieto, ‘Coal Mirror’.
There’s no official connection with Charlie Brooker’s dystopian Netflix<secretldn.com/new-on-netflix-uk-series-films/> anthology; but nonetheless this exhibition riffs off similar themes of alienation, political discontent and 21st-century angst via satirical works from 25 contemporary artists. Free! More information here<www.saatchigallery.com/artists/black_mirror__art_as_social_satire/>.
9. National Gallery: Mantegna and Bellini (until Jan 27, 2019)
[National Gallery 2018 Exhibition]
‘Mantegna and Bellini’ compares the work of two Italian artists from the 15th-century Renaissance, who also happened to be related by marriage. From £14. More info<www.nationalgallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/mantegna-and-bellini>.
10. Dulwich Picture Gallery: Ribera – Art of Violence (until Jan 27, 2019)
[London art gallery exhibitions Ribera]
Suffering! That’s the theme behind these 45 paintings from the Spanish Baroque composer, and also the theme behind life, let’s face it. £16.50. More info<www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk/whats-on/exhibitions/2018/september/ribera-art-of-violence/>.
11. Barbican: Modern Couples (until Jan 27, 2019)
[Modern Couples Barbican]
You and your boo might consider a Sunday Netflix marathon time well-spent, but these artistic couples are distinguished by their creative synergy and acclaimed joint output. In the process, they ‘they forged new kinds of art and ways of living, while challenging gender stereotypes’, which is something else you probably haven’t got around to yet. £16. More info<www.barbican.org.uk/whats-on/2018/event/modern-couples-art-intimacy-and-the-avant-garde>.
12. Tate Britain: Art Now – Jesse Darling: The Ballad of Saint Jerome (until Feb 24, 2019)
[Jesse Darling The Lion]
This newly produced work from Jesse Darling revisits the legend of St Jerome and the Lion, invoking an ambivalent love story charged with new meanings. Free! Find out more<www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/jesse-darling>.
13. V&A Museum: Videogames – Design/Play/Disrupt (until Feb 24, 2019)
[Exhibitions in London Victoria Albert]
Taking a look behind the scenes of video games from the past ten years, the V&A will be exhibiting concept art, early sketches, prototypes and other artefacts from the development of the games we’re all addicted to. £18. More info<www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/videogames#objects>.
14. Tate Britain: Edward Burne-Jones (until Feb 24, 2019) [Exhibitions art gallery tate britain]Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones Love among the Ruins 1870-1873 Private Collection
150 works from ‘pioneer of the Symbolist movement Burne-Jones’, including painting, stained glass and tapestry. £19.50. More info<www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/edward-burne-jones>.
15. Tate Britain Winter Commission: Monster Chetwynd (until Feb 28, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @seangy<www.instagram.com/seangy/>
Festive slugs are currently leaving LED light trails all over Tate Britain, and we’re weirdly into it. The illuminated critters are guarding the gallery until February, so you’ll catch them no matter how slow you move. Free! More info<secretldn.com/tate-britain-slugs-installation/>.
16. Good Grief, Charlie Brown! (until Mar 3, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @somersethouse<www.instagram.com/somersethouse/>
An endearing and insightful look into the Peanuts cartoons, with original artwork and responses from contemporary artists. Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, and the whole gang await you at Somerset House.£14. More info here<secretldn.com/good-grief-snoopy-exhibit/>.
17. Museum of London: Votes for Women (until Mar 10, 2019)
[Votes for Women exhibition]
A display which curates items from the Museum of London’s suffragette archive, commemorating 100 years since women won their fight for the right to vote. Free! More info<www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/whats-on/exhibitions/votes-women>.
18. Staging Jackson Pollock (until Mar 24, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @whitechapelgallery<www.instagram.com/whitechapelgallery/>
Whitechapel Gallery is akin to the spiritual home of Jackson Pollock in the UK, having hosted the London premiere of his work. Sixty years later, Pollock’s Summertime 9A has returned – and best of all, it’s free. More info<www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/staging-jackson-pollock/>.
19. Tate Modern: Tania Bruguera: 10,143,898 (until Mar 30, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @tate<www.instagram.com/tate/>
The swings<secretldn.com/tate-modern-swings/> are gone, and the Tate Modern’s cathedral-like Turbine Hall is now filled with curiosities from Cuban artist Tania Bruguera. A heat-sensitive floor, subsonic sound waves, and a room that makes you cry are some of the delights here, aiming to evoke empathy for our fellow humans.Free! More info<www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/hyundai-commission-tania-bruguera>.
PS: Once this exhibit ends, another Hyundai Commission will arrive later in 2019 – October 2nd is the date for your diaries!
20. Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33 (until July 14, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @bafineartnorthbrookmet<www.instagram.com/bafineartnorthbrookmet/>
The Weimar Republic was a rich source of art, especially in the realm of magic realism (before Garcia Marquez & co took it to the next level). See the best of it at Tate Britain. Free. More info<www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/magic-realism>.
Art exhibitions in London opening later in 2019
Culture vultures rejoice, for these ace art exhibitions are coming later in the year!
21. Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (opens Feb 2, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @vamuseum<www.instagram.com/vamuseum/>
Legendary couturier Christian Dior was a noted Anglophile, which is why the V&A Museum are looking into the growth of his fashion house with the odd insight into his relationship with Britain. From £20.More info<www.vam.ac.uk/exhibitions/dior-designer-of-dreams>.
22. Don McCullin (opens Feb 5, 2019, until May 6, 2019) [Art exhibitions]Photo: @tate<www.instagram.com/tate/>
Acclaimed British photographer Don McCullin has had a storied career, making his name as a war photographer in Vietnam, Northern Ireland, and Syria. Those haunting images combine with moody industrial shots and rural landscapes in the Tate’s major retrospective. £16. More info<www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/don-mccullin>.
23. Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway (opens Feb 13, 2019, until June 2, 2019) [Art exhibitions]