At any given time, you can be sure there will be an exceptional abundance of world-class art on show in London. And along with the widely celebrated permanent exhibitions come a whole host of exciting temporary shows. This winter is no exception, with the next month alone seeing the opening of a number of eye-opening displays. Here are some of the most anticipated art exhibitions to catch on an upcoming trip to the capital.
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection
Giving visitors a rare opportunity to experience one of the world’s greatest private photography collections, Tate Modern is showcasing the Modernist photography owned by Sir Elton John. Spanning the classic Modernist period from the 1920s to the ‘50s, this extensive collection features the work of more than 70 artists, which includes portraits of Matisse and Picasso.
The Radical Eye at Tate Modern
10th November 2016 – 7th May 2017
Art Now Rachel Maclean: Wot U 🙂 About?
Multi-media artist Rachel Maclean uses green-screen technology to create parodies of fairy tales, children’s television programmes and beauty product advertising, among other media outlets in popular culture. This is the latest in a series of Art Now exhibitions, which focus on the new work of emerging artists.
Art Now Rachel Maclean at Tate Britain
14th November 2016 – 2nd April 2017
Lauded as the modern American master who changed the face of art, Robert Rauschenberg is said to have been a global influence in the art world. As the first major UK exhibition of his work for 35 years, this showcase will look at the Texan artist’s iconic works from throughout his six-decade career.
Robert Rauschenberg at Tate Modern
1st December 2016 – 2nd April 2017
Another first for the UK is this exhibition of work from Australia’s Impressionist movement, which looks into the role that these artists played in defining their national identity. Esteemed artists Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Charles Conder and John Russel will be central to the show.
Australia’s Impressionists at The National Gallery
7th December 2016 – 26th March 2017
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2016
As the world’s leading open-to-all competition in contemporary portrait photography, the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is one that’s well worth seeing to discover photographers of all ages, from amateur photographers to well-established professionals.
Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at National Portrait Gallery
17th November 2016 – 26th February 2017
The Serpentine Sackler Gallery was one of late architect Zaha Hadid’s first permanent buildings in central London, so it’s apt that this showcase of her work is taking place here. This greatly anticipated exhibition will bring together a series of her paintings and rarely seen sketchbooks.
Zaha Hadid at Serpentine Gallery
8th December 2016 – 12th February 2017
After hopping between London’s outstanding art exhibitions, relax with an indulgent afternoon tea, whether that means delicate pastries served in one of the capital’s top hotels or classic British bites on board a Thames river cruise.
Image credits: cover photo © iStock / Marco Maccarini. Metropolis (1988) by Zaha Hadid © Zaha Hadid Architects, courtesy of Serpentine Gallery. Vision for Madrid (Spain, 1992) by Zaha Hadid © Zaha Hadid Architects, courtesy of Serpentine Gallery. Golden Summer, Eaglemont (1889, oil on canvas,81.3 × 152.6, National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Purchased 1995) by Arthur Streeton © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. Antibes (about 1890-2, oil on canvas, 16.5 × 24 cm, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Gift of the Margaret Hannah Olley Art Trust 2012 © AGNSW.