London exhibitions 2020: The very best artwork and museum shows on now within the capital

London exhibitions 2020: The best art and museum displays on now in the capital

As days develop into shorter and colder, we’re wanting ahead to spending just a little extra time indoors, however we nonetheless want our cultural wants met.

London’s artwork scene is again with a rising checklist of sensible exhibitions you possibly can truly go to in individual. There may be lots for tradition lovers to gorge on: galleries and museums reopen the exhibits that had been compelled to close in March, with huge hitters from Artemisia to Andy Warhol, and new exhibitions are being introduced with ever extra frequency.

Tickets are lowered to maintain up social distancing and these exhibits are sure to be common, so be sure you ebook a slot prematurely, and produce a face masking.

There are months stuffed with artwork to see you thru the autumn, so take your choose from these exhibitions you possibly can see now:


Six Titian masterpieces reunite for the primary time in 300 years at this main present. This exhibition focuses on these mythological work created by the artist within the 1550s and 1560s for Philip II of Spain, when the Venetian grasp artist was on the peak of his artistic powers. Elsewhere within the gallery, painter Nicolaes Maes steps out of Rembrandt’s shadow within the Dutch Grasp of the Golden Age present (till September 20).

Till January 2021, Nationwide Gallery,


Few painters labored with the talent of Artemisia Gentileschi, but she was extensively forgotten (no prizes for guessing why). In one of many 12 months’s most anticipated exhibitions, her “extremely violent” artworks come to the Nationwide Gallery after a protracted postponement. The 17th century painter was the primary lady to achieve membership to the artists’ academy in Florence, and this exhibition is the primary of its sort within the UK, which locations her within the league of elite artists the place she belongs.

October 3-January 24, Nationwide Gallery,

Summer time Exhibition (within the Autumn)

(Daniel Hambury/Stella Footage Ltd)

In its two and a half century historical past, the Summer time Exhibition has all the time taken place, properly, in the summertime. Because the Royal Academy says, “summer season is a mind-set”, so this 12 months, it strikes to the colder months however retains all the same old treats. Jane and Louise Wilson coordinate the show, which opens with two rooms totally devoted to Black artists. It contains a mixture of family names and rising artists all chosen from an open submission, all through the constructing’s beautiful galleries.

October 6-January 3, Royal Academy,

Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol’s instantly recognisable prints outlined a era. The key retrospective at Tate Trendy is among the greatest occasions within the artwork calendar, with all of his greatest works – from Marilyn Monroe display screen prints to Campbell’s Soup Cans – happening show. A big proportion of the exhibition shall be devoted to his portraits of trans ladies and drag queens from the Girls and Gents collection. Kara Walker’s Turbine Corridor set up Fons Americanus has additionally been given an prolonged keep, on present till November 8.

Till November 15, Tate Trendy,

Bruce Nauman


When you’ve acquired a phobia of clowns there’s one room you’ll in all probability wish to skip in Bruce Nauman’s exhibition. Clown Torture 1987 is a intentionally overwhelming video set up of 5 sequences of clowns enjoying over one another. It’s been greater than 20 years since Nauman’s final main exhibition in London. The American up to date artist has develop into identified for his shiny neon gentle installations, however since beginning out within the 1960s he has been working throughout sound, movie, sculpture, printmaking and loads of completely different media. The Tate Trendy exhibition will characteristic various immersive installations too, so you possibly can throw your self into his world.

October 7-February 12, Tate Trendy,

Michael Clark: Exhibition

(Richard Haughton)

Choreographer and dancer Michael Clark has a protracted historical past of collaborating with artists all through his profession – so it’s about time for a serious exhibition devoted to him, and no higher place than the Barbican. From his rise to fame within the 1980s to Olivier Award-winning compositions and an look on the Glastonbury Pyramid stage, Clark’s radical choreography has made waves within the dance world. This exhibition revisits his work via arts, style, movie, music and items by Wolfgang Tillmans, Sarah Lucas, Cerith Wyn Evans and extra.

October 7-January 3, Barbican,

Digital: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers

You possibly can’t exit to a membership, so the Design Museum is making itself into one. This exhibition explores the folks, artwork, design, expertise and pictures central to shaping digital music. A 3D present of Kraftwerk, the dance flooring of Detroit, Chicago, Paris and Berlin and an set up that reacts to sound all characteristic in a show that overwhelms the senses.

Till February 2021, Design Museum,

Driverless: Who’s in management?

(Science Museum Group)

Does it really feel a bit like there’s nobody on the wheel proper now? Nicely, possibly that’s one thing to get used to. Synthetic intelligence is growing its grip on all elements of our lives, from getting a takeaway to everybody’s favorite sensible submarine Boaty McBoatface. This exhibition appears to be like on the tech with the potential to outline the long run.

Till January 5 2021, Science Museum,

Gauguin and the Impressionists

(© Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen. Photograph: Anders Sune Berg)

Denmark’s Ordrupgaard Assortment is a veritable who’s who of Impressionist painters. Manet, Monet, Degas and Renoir are amongst its treasures — and, after all, Gauguin. This Royal Academy exhibition, the place many works are on show within the UK for the primary time, begins with a career-spanning show of Gauguin’s work.

Till October 18, Royal Academy,

Kara Walker: Fons Americanus

Round 35,000 litres of water cascade from a determine atop Kara Walker’s 42ft fountain. Fons Americanus is the most recent set up in Tate Trendy’s Turbine Corridor. Her sculpture is predicated on the Victoria Memorial in entrance of Buckingham Palace, however, fairly than celebrating the British Empire, it explores the related histories of Africa, America and Europe. The water references the transatlantic slave commerce and the sculptures it comprises pay tribute to the fates of the folks it affected.

Till November 8, Tate Trendy,

Steve McQueen: Yr Three

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Turner Prize-winning artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen has carried out an bold venture. He invited each Yr Three pupil in London to have their {photograph} taken by a staff of photographers, and has introduced the category images collectively right into a single set up at Tate Britain, exhibiting the way forward for town.

Till January 2021, Tate Britain,

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