What's on right now: Art & Fashion Exhibitions in London

A guide to the must see art and fashion exhibitions in London. These are our top picks and cultural highlights…

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (until 1 September 2019) at the V&A:

Trace the history of one of the most influential couturiers, from 1947 to the present day, in this exhibition celebrating the legacy of Dior. Explore the impact that the fashion house created throughout history and discover Dior’s relationship with Britain.

Mary Quant (until 16 February 2020) at the V&A:

Pioneer of the swinging sixties, Mary Quant revolutionised fashion on the British high street. With over two hundred garments and accessories from mini skirts to bold makeup, discover the designers personal archive including never seen before pieces.

AI: More than Human (until 26 August 2019) at the Barbican:

This highly interactive exhibition will challenge you to explore the boundaries between man and machine. Immerse yourself in this festival inspired exhibition, a fusion of art and science, where you will discover the creative and scientific developments in AI and it’s potential to revolutionise the way we live.

Lee Krasner: Living Colour (until 1 September 2019) at the Barbican:

‘I like a canvas to breathe and be alive. Be alive is the point.’ Lee Krasner was a pioneer of American art and Abstract Expressionism. In this presentation Living Colour, discover her story as an artist as well as her relationship with husband Jackson Pollock. Explore over 100 works of art, including paintings from the 1940s, collages of torn-up earlier work and a selection of abstract paintings.

Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life (from 11 July 2019 until 5 January 2020) at the Tate Modern:

In a series of thought provoking installations Eliasson responds to current issues such as climate change, energy, migra- tion as well as architecture. Delve into the artist’s immersive and captivating installations and explore Eliasson’s engage- ment with society and the environment.

The Great Supper: Sara Shakeel (until 23 June 2019) Now Gallery:

Visual artist Sara Shakeel presents a new sculptural work The Great Supper. This piece explores and celebrates the social aspects of the family table, through an installation of a dining room table, made entirely of three-dimensional glass crys- tal.

Brilliant Visions: Mescaline, Art, Psychiatry (until 31 August 2019) at Bethlem Museum of the Mind:

Brilliant Visions presents paintings and drawings from Surrealist artists who took part in the Guttman-Maclay mescaline experiments in the 1930s. In an experiment, patients suffering from schizophrenia were encouraged to create art, in which they were able to translate their hallucinations into pictorial form. Following this discovery, Surrealist artists ex- plored their unconscious mind by painting under experimental psychosis. Explore the first era of research into psyche- delics and mental states.

The New Londoners (until 7 July 2019) at the British Library:

The New Londoners exhibition presents the work of photographer Chris Steel-Perkins. His photographs document the lives of families, living in London who originated from other countries. He describes his work as ‘a record of a new Lon- don, a new Britain and a celebration of the fabulous cultural richness of London.’

Imaginary Cities (until 14 July 2019) at the British Library:

Artist Michael Takeo Magruder explores the digital world in his technology based art installations that combine contem- porary digital technologies and traditional analogue processes. Explore four technology-based art installations consisting of imagery through cutting-edge digital technology.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion (until 8 September 2019) at the British Library:

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci, this exhibition highlights the work from three of the Re- naissance polymath’s incredible notebooks; the Codex Arundel, Codex Forster, and Codex Leicester. Discover Leonardo’s detailed studies of natural phenomena and intricate drawings.

Manga (until 26 August 2019) at the British Museum:

Explore the largest manga exhibition to take place outside of Japan. Immerse yourself in a world of graphics, art and storytelling while exploring the cultural appeal and influences that manga has globally.

-Hannah Guy, Cameo Johansson


The Great Supper: Sara Shakeel

The Great Supper: Sara Shakeel

Mary Quant

Mary Quant

AI: More Than Human

AI: More Than Human

Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion

Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion

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