As ever, London’s galleries and museums are jam-packed with fascinating exhibitions and shows in the year ahead – here are just a few. Don’t miss out on the best London art exhibitions!
The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!
Grayson Perry and the Serpentine Gallery may seem unusual bedfellows, but it will be a treat to see what this national treasure of an artist comes up with in a summertime slot in one of London’s most accessible galleries (it’s free, and in a giant beautiful park). It will be a major exhibition of new work, touching on masculinity, the current cultural landscape, and popularity and art.
June 8 – September 10, Serpentine Gallery; serpentinegalleries.org
Harry Potter: A History of Magic
You may be feeling that you cannot escape this guy, but Harry Potter-mania refuses to cease. This exhibition celebrates the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (we bet that makes you feel old), and will combine material from JK Rowling’s archives with a display of wizarding books and manuscripts. The structure of the exhibition will be inspired by Harry’s school curriculum.
October 20 – February 28, British Library; bl.uk
Over 50 of Paul Cezanne’s portraits will be displayed together in this major show at the National Portrait Gallery, which is likely to be one of the major exhibitions of the year. It will be a fantastic opportunity to gain a detailed understanding of part of the work of one of the 19th-century’s most influential artists.
October 26 – February 11, National Portrait Gallery; npg.org.uk
Monochrome: Painting in Black and White
If you are dedicated to the black and white aesthetic, this show will be your jam. It celebrates the tradition of painting in black and white from the Middle Ages through to the Renaissance, up to the present day, comprising the works from artists including Rembrandt, Picasso and Gerhard Richter.
November 1 – February 18, National Gallery; nationalgallery.org.uk
Admire the works of two great Italian masters with Michelangelo & Sebastiano at the National Gallery. Discover the creative relationship between the two artists through a display of wonderful joint paintings, and uncover their contrasting personalities through a collection of individual works.
Until 25 Jun