Eight London art exhibitions you can’t miss this year

Updated: Apr 3, 2019

By Lauren Harmes

London is one of the most culturally vibrant and diverse cities in the world – and this is reflected in the sheer volume of amazing art exhibitions on offer to locals and visitors alike in 2019. Here we run through the best ones:

Leonardo Da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

The sheer genius of Leonardo Da Vinci will be showcased in the biggest exhibition of his art for 65 years – and what better venue than The Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace?

The exhibition marks 500 years since Da Vinci’s death, and preluding this exhibition, the collection of over 200 drawings will be showcased at twelve venues across the UK.

Where: The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

When: 24th May – 13th October

How much: £12 adults, £10.80 over 60, £10 student, £6 under 17/disabled, under 5 free

Book now: https://www.rct.uk/visit/the-queens-gallery-buckingham-palace

Image credit: Royal Collection Trust

Van Gogh and Britain

Another exhibition of sheer genius takes place in London this year – a collection of 45 works by the Dutch post-impressionist painter. Tate Britain plays host to the largest collection of Van Gogh’s paintings in the UK for almost 10 years.

Visitors will be able to enjoy masterpieces such as Shoes, Starry Night on the Rhône and L’Arlésienne, as well as viewing works by British artists inspired by Van Gogh such as Francis

Bacon and David Bomberg.

Where: Tate Britain

When: 27th March – 11th August

How much: £22 adults, £20 concessions, £5 12-18 years, under 12s free, members free

Book now: https://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

Image credit: @tate


Hito Steyerl: Power Plants

Moving away from the classics, this is a unique project from leading German contemporary artist Steyerl exploring ideas and predictions at the meeting point of artificial intelligence and human testimony. As abstract as it may sound, this exhibition explores complex topics such as media, technology and the global circulation of images. This societal commentary is not to be missed.

Where: Serpentine Sackler Gallery

When: 6th March – 6th May

How much: Free

Book now: https://www.serpentinegalleries.org/

Image credit: Serpentine Gallery

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams

It goes without saying that Christian Dior is one of the 20 th century’s most influential

designers, and this exhibition allows visitors to indulge in the unquestionable influence Dior has had on the fashion industry, and explore the fashion house’s relationship with this country, in the largest Dior exhibition ever staged in the UK. A must-see for any fashionista.

Where: V&A

When: 2nd February – 14th July

How much: £20 - £24, free for members

Image credit :@vamuseum

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory

Considered one of the greatest colourists of the 20th century alongside Henri Matisse, this is an opportunity to view Bonnard’s work from 1912 to his death in 1947. The focus of this exhibition is on landscapes and intimate domestic scenes and follows the last critically-acclaimed show of Bonnard’s work at Tate two decades ago.

Where: Tate Britain

When: 23rd January – 6th May

How much: £18 adults, £17 concession, 12-18 years £5, under 12s free, members free

Image credit:@tate


Bridget Riley

Finally, what better way to complete our list than with an incredible, celebrated British artist? This is the first large-scale survey of Riley’s work to be held in the UK for 16 years, and is sure to play tricks on your mind with Riley’s perception-altering artwork while exploring her acclaimed career.

Where: Hayward Gallery

When: 23rd October – 26th January 2020

How much: to be announced

Book Now: https://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/venues/hayward-gallery

Image credit:@tate

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