Get Seriously Cultured At London’s Coolest Art Exhibitions

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Slip on your spectacles and get down to some of these stunning art exhibitions in London.

1. The Japanese House: Architecture and Life After 1945
The Barbican – until June 25th 2017

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[Barbican]
This beautiful new art installation at The Barbican explores the Japanese relationship between personalities and the home. Walk through the Moriyama house and its ten individually furnished rooms, maze-like gardens, sliding libraries and outdoor cinema. It’s truly beautiful, and hey, if you can’t afford that plane ticket to Japan, perhaps this could be a good compromise?

Barbican Centre, Silk Street London, EC2Y 8DS

2. Falling Shawls
Southbank – until December 31st 2017

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[Southbank Centre]
Part of the Nordic Matters festival series at The Southbank Centre, this 1000 piece installation contains 35 tassels all made using a traditional technique. The shawls are said to represent a ‘flock’ of spirits in indigenous Nordic culture and make for a very pretty experience.

Southbank Centre, Belvedere Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 8XX

3. Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors
Gagosian – until August 25th 2017

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[Gagosian]
No bullshit: Picasso was well into bulls and the macho, bloody world of bullfighting. This exhibition, curated by Sir John Richardson, grabs his work by the horns and brings together a ton of the artist’s bull-inspired paintings, sculptures, photography and sketches. And unlike a raging bull, entry here has no charge.

Gagosian, 20 Grosvenor Hill, London, W1K 3QD

4. Forms In Space… by Light (in Time)
Tate Britain – until August 20th 2017

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[Tate Britain]
This major light installation by Cerith Wyn Evans has probably popped up on your Instagram feeds a fair few times – and with good reason. This is the latest Tate Britain art commission and is made from almost 2km of neon lighting; all delicately suspended from the ceiling and twisted into funky, scribbly shapes. Check out the David Hockney exhibition while you’re there, too.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

 

5. Quentin Blake: The Life Of Birds
The House of Illustration – until October 1st 2017

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[House of Illustration]
Relive your childhood memories with the man who beautifully illustrated Roald Dahl’s books in this first of its kind exhibition. This is the first exhibition to uncover Quentin’s love of birds and showcases a series of original drawings from his personal archives. We’re not talking those lifelike images of robins from an intense bird watching session but a much more comical experience, where Quentin illustrates human situations… with birds.

House of Illustration, 2 Granary Square, King’s Cross, London N1C 4BH

6. California: Designing Freedom
The Design Museum – until October 15th 2017

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[The Design Museum]
Looking at how “Designed in California” became a worldwide phenomenon and how sunny Cali is the centre of all things technologically fantastic. This exhibition brings together political posters, devices and even those widely talked about Snapchat glasses. One for the tech lovers – or just the plain curious.

The Design Museum, 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG

 

7. From Selfie To Self-Expression
Saatchi gallery – until May 28th 2017

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[The Saatchi Gallery]
Teaming up with mobile phone brand Huawei, this is the world’s first exhibition all about the humble selfie. The form may be interpreted as conceited lately, but this show is all about exploring the history of the self-portrait, its expression and the recent role ubiquitous front-facing cameras have in documenting our own faces.

Duke of York’s HQ, King’s Road, London, SW3 4RY

Get cultured in other ways…

😍 10 Best Restaurants Near Tate Modern
📚 Go to one of London’s prettiest bookshops

📽 Catch a movie at Film 4’s Summer Screen
🧀 Unwind with some charcuterie, wine and cheese

Morgan Cormack

Morgan Cormack

A born and bred East Londoner, Morgan tends to split her time strolling around food markets, being squished in London crowds due to her small stature or trying to firmly define the term "trendy". Essentially, a part time writer but a full time food lover.

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