Spending the summer in the City never sounds that exiting — nor that boring, just very ‘meh‘ — especially when all the people you know are counting the days away from their departures to jaw-dropping destinations. It would be a huge mistake, however, to undervalue London during summertime; the City is in full bloom with all kinds of events, music festivals, parties — you all know what I’m talking about — but sometimes it’s better to stop to strive for the mesmerizing and incredible summer experience and to enjoy the refreshing quietness of a museum. Any art lover knows that no, museums are not just for rainy days: they are also the perfect haven from the warm and lethargic summer days — and, most importantly, let’s not forget the knowledge you get from them.
Here is a list of selected exhibitions in which art, photography, and fashion are explored in countless, various ways — for all the different tastes possible. These exhibitions are currently on, or will start and finish during the month of May, and are held in some of the most beautiful museums in the City.
Royal Academy of Arts
– In the Age of Giorgione, 12th March — 5th June 2016.
– Mona Hatoum, 4th May – 21st August 2016;
– Performing for the Camera, 18th February – 12th June 2016. *
Photography and performance are studied under a very close look in this major exhibition at Tate Modern. Recommended to everybody, but especially to those interested in photography and advertising. To learn more about this exhibition, read our Performing for the Camera review, published on the blog back in March 2016.
– Painting with Light, 11th May – 25th September 2016;
– Conceptual Art in Britain 1964–1979, 12th April – 29th August 2016.
– UTOPIA 2016, 25 January — 31 December 2016;
– 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, 22nd April 2016 – 8th May 2016;
– Katie Paterson — Totality: A new commission by the Arts Council Collection, 28th April 2016 – 22th May 2016.
– Strange and Familiar: Britain as Revealed by International Photographers, 16th March — 19th June 2016;
– Where the Shadows are so Deep, 18th February — 10th July 2016 [free admission];
– The Barbican Exhibition: Designing for a Living City, 19th March — 16th October 2016 [free admission];
Natural History Museum
– Otherworlds: Visions of our Solar System, 22nd January — 15th May 2016.
The beauty of our Solar System is explored through 77 photographs, embarking the visitor on a journey through art and science.
The British Library
– Punk 1976-78, 13th May – 2nd October 2016.
The Photographers’ Gallery
– DEUTSCHE BÖRSE PHOTOGRAPHY FOUNDATION PRIZE 2016, 15th April — 3rd July 2016
– Double take: Drawing and Photography, 15th April — 3rd July 2016
– Contours, 14th April — 3rd July 2016.
– Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stone, 5th April — 4th September 2016.
The Courtauld Gallery
– Botticelli and Treasures from the Hamilton Collection, 18th February – 15th May 2016.
The Science Museum
– Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius, 10th February — 4th September 2016.
The National Gallery
– Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art, 17th February – 22nd May 2016. *
Delacroix has inspired many artists through his art, contributing indirectly into making the Impressionism movement to the one we know today. The visitor is able to witness his heritage echoing through the rooms of The National Gallery.
National Portrait Gallery
– Vogue 100: A Century of Style, 11th February — 22nd May 2016;
– Russia and the Arts, 17th March — 26th June 2016.
Victoria & Albert Museum
– Botticelli Reimagined, 5th March — 3rd July 2016;
– Paul Strand, 19th March — 3rd July 2016.
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Compiled and written by Ludovica Colacino, * exhibitions attended and recommended by the author. Featuring photograph is by Tim Walker, now on display at ‘Vogue 100: A Century of Style‘ exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery.