8 New Exhibitions In London You Need To Visit This Year

The UK was, and still is, home to hundreds of artists and you’ll find their works on show at various new exhibitions in London.

One of the many benefits of living in and around London is easy (and sometimes free) access to world class art, museums, music, theatre and more.

Here are eight new exhibitions in London that are well worth a date in the diary:

William Blake – Tate Britain, London

An icon of British art, the works of William Blake have inspired artists, musicians and performers around the world.

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William Blake ‘Europe’ Plate i: Frontispiece, ‘The Ancient of Days’ 1827 (?) Whitworth Art Gallery (Manchester, UK)

In recognition of the talented painter, printmaker and poet, Tate Britain is exhibiting more than 300 original works as part of an immersive experience that showcases Blake’s visionary art as he wanted it to be viewed close to 200 years ago.

The largest display of his works in Britain for more than 20 years, the exhibition will include his resplendent watercolours, paintings and prints, highlighting the enduring impact that Blake had on the art world.

When? 11 September 2019 – 2 February 2020

Tim Walker: Wonderful Things – V&A, London

Delve into the creative world of fashion photographer Tim Walker and discover his unmistakeable style at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

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Sethu Ncise, Jermaine Downer, Will Sutton, Zuzanna Bartoszek and Sara Grace Wallerstedt. Moncler 1 by Pierpaolo Piccioli © Tim Walker

Sethu Ncise, Jermaine Downer, Will Sutton, Zuzanna Bartoszek and Sara Grace Wallerstedt. Moncler 1 by Pierpaolo Piccioli © Tim Walker

His pictures, photographic sets, films and special installations showcase his inventiveness, creativity and style, with Wonderful Things including ten new series of photographs that are heavily influenced by the collections in the V&A.

When? From 21 September 2019

Anthony Gormley – Royal Academy of Art, London

The Royal Academy of Art welcomes Turner Prize winner Anthony Gormley in September, hosting the most significant set of works for more than a decade.

Anthony Gormley new exhibition in London
© Anthony Gormley. Photo: Stephen White, London.

© Anthony Gormley. Photo: Stephen White, London.

As part of an exhibition detailing his illustrious 45-year career, the sculptor and creator of the Angel of the North is set to fill part of the Royal Academy with seawater.

Focusing on his use of organic and industrial materials, the exhibition will also include a number of Gormley’s early works, detailing the journey of how he became one of Britain’s most celebrated sculptors.

When? 21 September – 3 December 2019

Mark Leckey – Tate Britain, London

Turner Prize winning artist Mark Leckey’s exhibition will see a life-size replica of a motorway bridge from the Wirral, in Merseyside where he grew up, acting as the setting for a new audio play.

Featuring new and existing work, and titled O’ Magic Power of Bleakness, the ghostly theatrical experience focuses on a group of teenagers and draws inspiration from folklore and Leckey’s own childhood memories.

Since coming to prominence in the 1990s, Leckey’s works have focused on the ties between technology and popular culture, as well as on young people and nostalgia, resulting in powerful and topical artworks, exhibitions and experiences.

When? 24 September 2019 – 5 January 2020

Rembrandt’s Light – Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Designated the Year of Rembrandt as it marks the 350 years since the Dutch Master’s death, 2019 will see a host of related exhibitions across Europe.

Rembrandt’s Light at the Dulwich Picture Gallery is part of the celebration, and will include 35 carefully selected works that detail Rembrandt’s mastery of light and visual storytelling.

This includes the chance to see the captivating painting Philemon and Baucis – on-loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, USA – in Britain for the first time.

A number of the Dutch painter’s other works are also set to be displayed on British shores for the first time, while award-winning cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, renowned for his work on Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Mars Attacks, will provide lighting assistance for the exhibition, helping to showcase Rembrandt’s works in the best way possible.

When? 4 October 2019 – 2 February 2020

Gauguin Portraits – National Gallery, London

Discover how French artist Paul Gauguin revolutionised the portrait at the first ever exhibition devoted solely to his portrait works.

Bringing together a set of around 50 extraordinary works in the National Gallery’s Salisbury Wing, the exhibition will include an exciting array of paintings and 3D objects from public and private collections around the world.

To coincide with the exhibition, a special event will run in cinemas across Britain from 15 October, titled Gauguin from the National Gallery.

The documentary will explore the life and work of Gauguin, with the biopic featuring scenes shot in Tahiti, France, the Marquesas and Britain, before taking cinema goers on an exclusive filmed tour of the National Gallery’s exhibition.

When? 7 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Lucian Freud Portraits – Royal Academy of Art, London

More than 50 paintings, prints and drawings from Lucian Freud go on display as part of one eye-opening exhibition at the Royal Academy of Art in October.

Spanning a period of nearly seven decades, his self-portraits showcase his extraordinary development as a painter and provide insight into the mind of a modern master of British art.

 © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

The collection traces the fascinating evolution of Freud’s works and his portraits provide a gripping insight into the process of ageing, displaying a lifetime of art in just one showing.

When? 27 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

Dora Maar – Tate Modern, London

The largest retrospective of French photographer, painter and poet Dora Maar ever held in Britain goes on display at the Tate Modern in November.

Renowned for symbolic photography and photomontages, Maar was an icon of surrealism and had close ties with Pablo Picasso, with whom she worked closely to create a series of images and portraits using experimental photographic and printmaking techniques.

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Dora Maar Untitled (Main Shell) Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Jacques Faujour

Dora Maar Untitled (Main Shell) Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Jacques Faujour

This ground-breaking exhibition seeks to explore Maar’s long career in the context of work by her contemporaries.

When? 20 November 2019 – 15 March 2020

Grab the kids and some snacks and get exploring one of these new exhibitions in London.

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