Whether you’re a keen photographer, an avid fan of modern art, love the renaissance era or prefer your exhibitions to be multi-medium eclectic, you’re almost certain to find a show opening in London that piques your interest and sets your mind whirring. With some of the biggest names in art – from today and in history – showcasing their best works in the capital, you don’t need to go far from The Park Grand Hotel Paddington to immerse yourself in masterpieces from seemingly any era. Here are six of the best art exhibitions in London right now to add to your diary…
Leonardo Da Vinci, Buckingham Palace
Until 13 October, 2019
This exhibition, which opens in mid-May and runs through October is something very special to mark the 500th anniversary of the artist’s death. It is the largest showing of his works in almost 70-years with The Royal Collection Trust partnering with a dozen institutions and organisations around the country to present it. 144 drawings will be on display in The Queen’s Galleries. They will show alongside several works on paper on loan from the Queen’s personal collection.
Pierre Bonard, Tate Modern
Until 06 May, 2019
French artist Henri Matisse called painter and printmaker Pierre Bonard the best of all and you can experience this talent first hand at the Tate Modern until May. This is the first major Bonard exhibition in the UK in more than two decades so it’s a rare opportunity to see his Post-Impressionist avant-garde work up close. This show focuses on the period between 1912-1947, when his use of colour was most profound.
Tracey Emin, White Cube Bermondsey
Until 07 April, 2019
Controversial British artist Tracey Emin will be in residence at White Cube Bermondsey until early April. The show, entitled A Fortnight of Tears is a major work, occupying various spaces in the gallery and comprising of photography, sculpture, drawing and film. The pieces reference Emin’s memories and emotions and evoke themes of loss, anger and love. If you’re a fan of modern art, this is one not to be missed.
Vincent Van Gogh, Tate Britain
Until 11 August, 2019
The EY Exhibition, which opens at the end of March, focuses on Van Gogh and Great Britain – how the country inspired him and how he, in turn, inspired a number of British artists. Van Gogh and Britain is the largest public display of his works in the UK for a decade and will include Sunflowers, which is being loaned by the National Gallery for the duration of the exhibition.
Christian Dior, Victoria & Albert Museum
Until 14 July, 2019
This is one of the hottest tickets in London right now – so much so that extra tickets to see The Designer of Dreams are being released on the 15th of every month until the exhibition completes its run. The collection charts the acclaimed designer’s creativity, from 1947 to the modern day.
Exhibition highlights include hand drawn sketches by Dior along with some of the most impressive, notable and iconic items from the couture house.