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Top 5 art exhibitions currently showing in London

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7 June 2017 | Location

London is a city full of world-renowned museums and galleries, and there's plenty to see this summer.

Here are our picks for the must-see art exhibitions currently showing.


Chris Ofili: Weaving Magic

Making his return to the National Gallery, Chris Ofili unveils a new tapestry in his Weaving Magic exhibition.

Working with Dovecot Tapestry Studio, Ofili saw his oil painting designs come to life in the form of breathtaking rugs.

The handwoven tapestries represent the Turner Prize winning artist’s interest in classic mythology and the Trinidadian landscape where he lives.

Exhibition dates: April 26 – August 28

Price: Free


Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors 

Curated by Sir John Richardson, Minotaurs and Matadors explores Pablo Picasso’s passion for bullfighting and his fascination with mythology.  

These recurring themes can be seen throughout his life’s work as he captures the drama of the bullring.

The exhibition at Gagosian, Mayfair, also contains the Spanish artist’s earliest surviving painting – a small portrait of a picador from when he was just 8.

Exhibition dates: April 28 – August 25

Price: Free


Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

Turner-prize winner Grayson Perry is famed for his beautiful ceramic vases and crafting objects based on contemporary social themes.  

His exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, Kensington Gardens, is based on his childhood and early life, while providing a running social commentary.  

Touching on themes including masculinity and the current political climate, Perry’s exhibition is sure to be an interesting experience.

Exhibition dates: June 8 – September 10

Prices: Free


Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave

Beyond the Great Wave gives visitors the chance to see one of the world’s most recognisable paintings.

Dating back to the 19th Century, the Great Wave has been kept in storage since 2011 to preserve the colours and keep it in the best condition.

But there’s more to the exhibition than just the Great Wave - The British Museum is displaying artwork from around 60 countries, alongside more examples of Hokusai’s work.

Exhibition dates: 25 May – 13 August 

Price: £12 (Under 16s free)


Canaletto: The Art of Venice

Canaletto is one of the most famous artists to ever come out of Venice, and visitors to Buckingham Palace now have the chance to view his best works.

This impressive collection of 200+ paintings was acquired by King George III in the 18th century and is on display again for a limited time.

Get a glimpse of Venice at the height of its power through Canaletto’s spectacular view paintings.

Exhibition dates: 19 May – 12 November

Price: £11


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