London in January = cold, wet and difficult to find fun and free things to do in the warmth. Well, your worry is over! We’ve pulled together a round-up of free exhibitions that are currently on in January which we seriously recommend you check out. Take a pal, or a solo art day – and let the creative spaces in London become your muse. Or, perhaps you fancy something more inspirational?
Image: Tate Modern
Nearest Tube:Southwark Station
Opening Hours:2ndOctober – 24thFebruary 2019
In response to the global migration crisis, activist Tania Bruguera has created a thought-provoking exhibition around the multiple spaces of Tate Modern. The whole concept of this exhibition is interactive, by laying on the floor alongside fellow visitors, a hidden portrait of Yousef (a young man who left Syria to reside in London) will appear, with enough body heat from visitors. Whilst this happens, a low-frequency sound will fill the space around you; connoting unsettling energy. There’s another space nearby which induces tears, from an organic compound in the air, and is described by Bruguera as “forced empathy”. If you’re looking to explore an exhibition with ‘the role of emotions in politics’ (Bruguera), then we recommend checking out Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera at Tate Modern.
Image: The Wallace Collection
Nearest Tube: Bond Street
Opening Hours:29thJanuary – 9thFebruary | 10am-5pm
If you’re interested in art from the Revolutionary period, then we have some exciting news! After extensive restoration, a collection of paintings by Louis-Léopold Boilly are returning to the prestige Wallace Collection! This includes a special display which highlights their renewed vibrancy, and celebrates the glorious artwork of Boilly, a genius artiste of French society. For more information on this limited time exhibition, check out Special Display – Spotlight on Boilly!
77-82 Whitechapel High St
Nearest Tube:Whitechapel or Aldgate East
Opening Hours:17th January – 28thApril | Mon: CLOSED | Tues-Sun: 11am-6pm
There’s a fabulous exhibition that’s just opened at Whitechapel Gallery: “la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art Selected by Enrique Vila-Matas. This free exhibition explores leading collections of contemporary art from Spain, curated by internationally acclaimed authors. The first exhibition has been put together by novelist Enrique Vila-Matas. Famously known for blending genres, he uses his chosen works to represent his literary and artistic influences, having produced a new text to accompany the display. This is the first of four instalments, so don’t miss out on the beginner!
Image: Art Agenda
Nearest Tube:Lancaster Gate, Queensway or Marble Arch
Opening Hours:3rdOctober 2018 – 10thFebruary 2019
Have you ever questioned the part that we, as an audience, play in an exhibition? A very fascinating exhibition has opened in the Serpentine Gallery; Pierre Huyghe: UUmwelt.Pierre Huyghe, expressed that he didn’t “want to exhibit something to someone, but rather the reverse: to exhibit someone to something”. An interesting thought, wouldn’t you agree? The exhibition deals with brain activity, with representations of human thought patterns being presented throughout the exhibition on large LED screens. Furthermore, living flies have been placed in the exhibition, creating patterns on the domed ceiling. For an unforgettable experience, we recommend checking out the Serpentine Gallery! It’s important to note this exhibition contains flashing images, airborne dust and live flies. Contact the gallery for further info.
Exhibitions in London are individual and diverse, so why not visit some free exhibitions for a cultural day out exploring art and/or politics? Will we be seeing you at one of these exhibitions?Let us know in the comments below!If you like our posts, you’ll love our Instagram. Follow our Instagram for more London inspiration.