The city is a treasure trove of ever-changing art, so let’s get out there
Winslow Homer, Northeaster, 1895, reworked by 1901
ere are the top exhibitions to catch in London this month, from the soonest to close.
One for the football fans. Whether you’re a player or a side-line supporter, this exhibition offers a fascinating take on the designs that have shaped football. With more than 500 objects on display, including objects from legends such as Messi and Maradona, this will take you on a decades-long journey through the most popular game on the planet. Ever wanted to learn about how the design of a football boot has changed over time – or how architects create stadiums? Now you know.
Design Museum, to August 29
Let your inner David Attenborough roam free in this exploration of humanity’s place on the planet. With society changing so quickly, it’s time to examine the ways in which we could live better. With exhibitions spanning art, science, activism and nature, this is a look at how we can engage with our shared habitat like never before.
Barbican, to August 29
It’s time to get supernatural with Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster’s first major exhibition in London since 2008. Drawing on her long-held love of science fiction and research into deep space and alien life, her exhibition includes collages, VR displays and more than aims to transport the viewer into new dimensions. Prepare to have your mind blown.
Serpentine South Gallery, to September 4
Proving Edvard Munch is more than just The Scream, this exhibition is a collection of the artist’s best works. Displaying paintings from KODE in Bergen – widely acknowledged to hold some of Munch’s best and most definitive paintings – this is a rare opportunity to see a master at work during the phases of his career.
Courtauld Gallery, to September 5
Composer, artist and sound designer Trevor Mathison is coming to Goldsmiths with his first solo exhibition in a UK institution. Visitors can expect to encounter a soundscape like no other: in the months leading up to the exhibition, Mathison recorded sounds from around the CCA building which will be played back in one space, while another will offer listeners a video and independent soundtrack initially shot in Scotland. The result is a multi-layered soundscape, paired with Mathison’s graphic and collage-based work from across his career.
Goldsmiths CCA, to September 18
Gallery of the Old Bedford 1894-5
Widely recognised as one of the most important painters of the 20th century, Sickert helped to shape modern British art and continues to influence contemporary painters to this day. Now, the Tate is putting on one of their first major exhibitions of his work in twenty years. Exploring his radical, distinctive approach to setting and subject matter – taking everything from sketches to photography as inspiration – this is a fascinating look at the process of a gifted artist.
Tate Britain, to September 18
Berlin-based artist Jesse Darling is coming to the Camden Arts Centre for their latest exhibition. The end result of two years studying with the Camden Art Centre Freelands Lomax Fellowship, Darling’s installation works across film, text, sound and performance and uses clay to explore the theme of extraction and exhumation – as well as considering its historical and cultural significance as a material.
Camden Art Centre, to September 18
Dutch artist Lily van der Stokker is coming to the UK for her first exhibition at the Camden Art Centre. Displaying works made by the artist between 1989 and 2021, the exhibition aims to address ideas of society, home, friendship, illness and work, as well as examining the idea of femininity. It will also include a number of original drawings on paper and canvas works.
Camden Art Centre, to September 18
The Grand Canal, Ascension Day, 1359
Immerse yourself in the Venice of days gone by with this remarkable exhibition of Canaletto. Depicting works by the artist at the height of his career, this is Venice as you’ve never seen it before: intricate, detailed… and tourist-free.
National Maritime Museum, to September 25
Kali 2021 by Kaushik Ghosh
Goddess, witch, Madonna: female power and spirituality has taken many forms over the centuries, and they are all being examined in this British Museum exhibition. Come and find out about Pele, the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes, and the terrifying Hindu goddess Kali, whose bloodthirstiness was the stuff of legend. Bringing together sculptures, sacred artwork and insights from Mary Beard, Bonnie Greer, Elizabeth Day and more, this is a fascinating look at female power and how it has shaped society.
British Museum, to September 25
Ambrosius I Francken, The Power of Women, between 1573 – 1579
Showcasing a selection from the Courtauld’s rich collection of works on paper, this display will explore the world of 16th century Flemish print production (but as ever the real highlight is the preparatory drawings – print designs by some of the greatest Netherlandish artists of the era, including Pieter Bruegel the Elder and Maerten van Heemskerck). Always a joy to peer closely at an artform so closely linked to an artist you can practically smell them.
Courtauld Gallery, to September 25
Woman with a Book/Madame Moitessier
Just two utterly iconic paintings, by two undisputed masters, brought together for the first time to show how one influenced the other. Picasso repeatedly referenced Ingres throughout his career, and painted Woman with a Book (1932) in direct homage to Ingres’s masterpiece of grand portraiture, Madame Moitessier (1856) after being enthralled by it at an exhibition in Paris in 1921. A unique opportunity to trace the direct links between two great artists, for free.
National Gallery, to October 9
Concept art for Beauty and the Beast, 1991, Peter J. Hall
Who knew that Walt Disney owes such a debt to 18th century French art? This exhibition aims to open your eyes – and your mind – to the complex relationship between the two. Featuring sketches and art from Disney artists over the years, alongside pieces of gorgeous French art, sculpture and even porcelain, it’ll guarantee that you in love with both. In fact, you’ll never look at Beauty and the Beast the same way again.
Wallace Collection, to October 16
Air is vital to life – but as dirty smog chokes our cities, how much do we really value it? Wellcome is aiming to answer that question. Charting the history of oxygen on the planet, the charity will take us past porcelain sculptures of air content in glaciers, to the history of activism against pollution, which dates all the way back to the 17th century. And if that’s not enough, you’ll also come out having learned something.
Wellcome Collection, to October 16
Cold Dark Matter – An Exploded View
As one of Britain’s best-loved contemporary artists, Parker is renowned for transforming domestic objects into the strange and unfamiliar. In this exhibition, she’ll be bringing back iconic works like Thirty Pieces of Silver, War Room and Magna Carta, as well as films, drawings and photographs. An afternoon well spent.
Tate Britain, to October 16
It’s time to get stuck into one of the stranger trends to come out of the pandemic: ASMR. That’s right, those videos of people whispering into microphones are about to be analysed in this exhibition from the Design Museum. Promising visitors an “acoustically tuned environment” to enjoy, the museum aims to explore how people use ASMR – and how content creators get creative in triggering that tingly feeling in viewers.
Design Museum, to October 16
The way in which men wear clothes is changing, and the V&A is cataloguing it all. Featuring photographs and unique outfits, a generation of designers, tailors and artists explore how they have constructed, performed and unpicked masculinity through fashion. From Victorian fig leaves to classical sculpture and today’s red carpet, it’s a fascinating exploration of a continuously shifting subject.
V&A, to November 6
Stivali Italia, 1986
A unique figure of Italian postmodernism gets her day in the sun. Ruggeri isn’t just an artist: she is a fashion and furniture designer, sculptor, interior designer and even teacher who isn’t afraid to get experimental. She enhanced her clothes with contemporary technologies like LEDs, has created furniture from glass and chairs from stuffed animals; finally, we get to appreciate it up close in the first-ever survey exhibition of her work in Britain
Goldsmiths CCA, from September 9 to November 27
Video still from Notes Towards a Modern Opera, 2015
Taking centre stage at the Royal Academy’s major autumn exhibition is no small feat – but then again, William Kentridge is arguably South Africa’s most famous living artist. This polymath – who has worked with etching, drawing, film, sculpture, theatre and opera to name a few of his mediums – will be returning for the biggest exhibition of his work ever seen in the UK. Many of the pieces on display will never have been seen before, and some have been made specifically for the exhibition; head to the main galleries to see the space transformed with the large-scale artworks he is famous for. Not to be missed.
Royal Academy, from September 24 to December 11
Celebrate the life and work of an extraordinary feminist icon in this exhibition of art from across her career.
Touted as the first exhibition since her death in 2019, the show will feature Schneeman’s early paintings, sculptures and even her ground-breaking performance work, where she uses her own body as a medium. It aims to trace the evolving style of a radical artist who tackled everything from sexual expression to the violence of war in her work.
Barbican Art Gallery, from September 8 to January 8, 2023
In 2012, the skeleton of Richard III was finally found underneath a Leicester car park. A decade later, this exhibition pays tribute to an overlooked – or misunderstood? – king. Created to tie in with a film of the same name, the show will examine how Richard III has been depicted in artwork across the centuries, from Paul Delaroche’s infamous painting of the Princes in the Tower to the filmmakers committing him to the big screen (such as Lawrence Olivier).
Wallace Collection, from September 7 to January 8, 2023
The great American realist painter Winslow Homer is perhaps less well-known outside America than he should be – but the National Gallery is finally offering audiences in the UK the chance to appreciate his work. Born in 1836 and dying in 1910, Homer had a ringside seat to some of the most tumultuous decades in American history, and he committed it all to paint. Unafraid to tackle thorny issues such as civil rights, race and war, this exhibition shows the work of a painter at the height of his powers.
National Gallery, from September 10 to January 8, 2023
Discover the heart-breaking stories from Britain’s colonial past in this exhibition of their personal artefacts. Travelling back to the London of 1739-1820, the show will tell the stories of African and Asian foundlings through the traces they left in history – from personal items to archival documents. Running alongside it will be works of art from contemporary artists including Hew Locke and Zarina Bhimji, offering a dialogue with the lives of the children and inviting us to consider the impact of Empire on their lives.
London’s Foundling Museum, from September 30 to February 19, 2023
Head to the decadent setting of Buckingham Palace to see some of the Royal Collection’s finest pieces of Japanese art and design. For the first time, highlights from the collection – counted as one of the most significant in the western world – are being displayed to tell the complex story of British-Japanese relations. Including rare pieces of porcelain and lacquer, samurai armour and diplomatic gifts stretching back centuries, it’s a unique insight into a world of ritual and cultural exchange between the two countries.
Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, to February 26, 2023
For those more interested in the world of sculpture, then this exhibition on the intriguing Slovak-born artist Maria Bartuszová is sure to impress. Bringing together several of Bartuszová’s rarely seen works, it pays tribute to an artist who started plying her trade in the 1960s, at a time when artistic restrictions in Slovakia were strict. Nevertheless, she went onto create more than 500 sculptures, shaping clay into works that bring to mind nature and the human body.
Tate Modern, from September 21 to April 16, 2023
South Korea has become a celebrated part of modern pop culture, with its thrilling dramas, artists and distinctive style. In this exhibition, viewers will be able to explore the beginnings of the “Korean Wave” and trace its evolution from the 60s and 70s to today, where Squid Game, Gangnam Style and K-Pop are known around the world.
V&A, from September 24 to June 25, 2023
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The city is a treasure trove of ever-changing art, so let’s get out there