In 2018, the city of London is alive with exhibitions showcasing the weird and wonderful! From exhibitions celebrating music, art and even faith, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and learn from. Here are a few of our favourites coming up in the next few months that you may want to add to your weekend to-do list.
Image: Southbank Centre Website
ABBA: Super Troupers at Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XX
This year, a brand new immersive ABBA exhibition will be unveiled at the Southbank Centre in London! The exhibition will take you on the journey of the rise and legacy of the iconic Swedish pop group, charting their music, lyrics, creative process and influence on society. Come along and enjoy getting up close with some of ABBA’s original costumes, personal photographs and instruments – knowing me, knowing you, (yes, we went there…) it’ll be the ultimate experience for fans across the city!
Image: The O2
DC Exhibition: Dawn of Super Heroes
4 Peninsula Square, London, SE10 0DX
Attention, super hero fans! This year the O2 arena becomes home to an incredible DC exhibition, celebrating some of the world’s most famous characters. You will be able to explore the comic book publisher’s history by viewing over 200 original comic pages, plus over 300 sketches. Whether you’re a fan of Batman, Wonder Woman, Superman, The Joker or The Penguin, there’ll be something for you to explore here, as the exhibition takes you on a journey through time with artwork displayed in chronological order. As if this isn’t enough to entice you to visit, visitors will be able to see Lynda Carter’s original Wonder Woman costume from the 1970’s up close, plus the famous cape worn by Christopher Reeve in the Superman films! Book your tickets here.
Image: Evening Standard
Living with gods: peoples, places and worlds beyond
British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
For an exhibition with a difference, take a trip to the beautiful British Museum forn exploration of faith. This exhibition builds on the Radio 4 series presented by the former Director of the British Museum, Neil MacGregor, and offers a perspective on what makes believing a vital part of human behaviour. Explore a round-up of religious art and artefacts across time, and gain insight into how people believe, rather than what they believe. If this sounds like one for you, you can book your tickets in advance from the British Museum website for £15 here. The exhibition runs until April 8th, so be quick!
T-SHIRT: Cult – Culture – Subversion
Fashion and Textile Museum, 83 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3XF
Exhibition Dates: 9 February 2018 – 6 May 2018
The T-Shirt is more than just a garment, it’s a garment that over the years has shown great socio-political power, often used as a statement of culture or protest. Have you ever thought about it this way before? The latest exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum explores the T-Shirt in the 20th century, from a symbol of rock and rebellion to politics and luxury fashion items. Take a look at how this simple garment has given us the power to broadcast who we are and who we want to be.
Adult tickets cost just £9.90, and you’ll get the chance to explore a private collection of Vivienne Westwood t-shirts from the early days through to most recent collections. Tickets can be bought online here.
Image: The Spaces
Inside the insane sets of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs
180 The Strand, London, WC2R 1EA
Exhibition dates: 23 March – 5 April 2018
And last but certainly not least, there’s still time to catch this completely free exhibition at 180 The Strand, showcasing the unique hand-crafted sets of film-maker, Wes Anderson’s dystopian film Isle of Dogs. Explore his vision of Japan in 20 years’ time, and explore behind the scenes of this stop motion film. One of the sets has even been recreated in life size just for the exhibition! At the ‘Noodle Bar’, you can enjoy a taste of Japanese Ramen by the acclaimed chef, Akira Shimizu.
Have you been to any of these exhibitions in London this year? Let us know all about it in the comments below!