The birds are singing, the pints are pouring, and yes, exhibitions are reopening. Feels good, doesn’t it? As much as we loved the yoga, the board games and the zoom calls, nothing beats a calming jaunt round our favourite London galleries.
As we’re just getting back into the swing of it, we thought we’d give you a run-down of the must-see exhibitions over the next few months. From optical illusions, to classical myths of death & desire, there are some real treats in store. Get your facemasks at the ready.
Masculinities: Liberation through Photography
13th July – 23rd Aug
The Masculinities exhibition at Barbican is our top pick. For those who weren’t lucky enough to catch it before lockdown, now is the time to book your slot before it ends on the 23rd August. This exhibition is an expertly crafted deep dive into the complexity of masculinity from every angle, across culture. It touches on themes of patriarchy, queer identity, hypermasculine stereotypes and much much more. A seminal exhibition in the time of #MeToo, we’d suggest visiting on a weekend. To really soak this in, you’ll need a couple of hours.
Titian: Love, Desire, Death
Now until 17th Jan
Image: National Gallery
Guilt, shame, surprise, regret: these are emotions that have commanded humanity throughout the course of time. The National Gallery’s exhibit of Titian’s works, commissioned by King Philip II back in 1551, brings this unyielding truth to the light. Based upon Roman poet Ovid’s Metamorphoses, the paintings illuminate the classical myths of love, temptation and punishment. For the first time in four centuries, this exhibition reunites all 6 original paintings – a sight well worth catching a glimpse of.
Picasso and Paper
9th July- 2nd August
Image: Royal Academy of Arts
We all know Picasso had a way with the paintbrush, but what did he get up to with paper? You’re not the only one dying to know – the first round of tickets for this exhibition sold out in a flash. But never fear, we’ve been reassured that there are more to come. To be the first to hear about them, sign up for the RA’s newsletter here. This exhibition features 300 works and spans the artist’s 80 year career. Letters and poems also offer unique glimpses into Picasso’s life.
Bridget Riley 1984-1997
Now until 31ST July
If you missed out on seeing Riley’s works at the Hayward Gallery just before lockdown, you’ve been granted a second chance. This exhibition takes us through Riley’s inspiration and development in becoming a master of abstraction. With the qualities of an optical illusion, many of these works will leave you feeling a little sea-sick. You’ll also come away wondering how stripes and diagonal lines could be quite so mind-bending…. Check it out.
Now until 15th Nov
It’s the Tate. It’s Warhol. Need we say any more? Grab your tickets while you still can.
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