Exhibitions

16Oct

Chloe Lamford: Show Room

October 16, 2017-  May 6, 2018 |  Free
Stage designer and Somerset House Studios artist Chloe Lamford spectacularly transforms the Great Arch Hall in the first of a new series of artist commissions for this main entrance just off the Victoria Embankment. Lamford’s installation summons a theatrical back-stage to Somerset House itself, with abandoned architectural features, imagined vistas, theatrical props, shimmering curtains and transformative stages that provides visitors the opportunity to be a player in an as-yet-unscripted play.   Chloe Lamford’s work spans theatre, installation, music and opera nationally and internationally. She is associate designer at the Royal Court Theatre, and also regularly designs for the National Theatre...
25Jan

Andreas Gursky

January 25, 2018-  April 22, 2018 |  Free
Hayward Gallery reopens in January 2018 with the first major UK retrospective of the work of acclaimed German photographer Andreas Gursky. Gursky, known for his large-scale, often spectacular pictures that portray emblematic sites and scenes of the global economy and contemporary life, is widely regarded as one of the most significant photographers of our time.   Driven by an interest and insight into ‘the way that the world is constituted’, as well as what he describes as ‘the pure joy of seeing’, Gursky makes photographs that are not just depictions of places or situations, but reflections on the nature of...
07Feb

Yto Barrada: Agadir

February 7, 2018-  May 20, 2018 |  Free
For her first major London commission, artist Yto Barrada weaves together personal narratives and political ideals to create a complex portrait of a city and its people in a state of transition. The sweeping form of the Curve is transformed with a dramatic installation – encompassing a mural, film commission, sculptures, and a series of live and recorded performances – to consider how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention following disaster. Barrada takes as her starting point a surreal text by Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine – Agadir (1967) – reflecting on the devastating earthquake of 1960 that...
14Feb

Mark Dion: Theatre of the Natural World

February 14, 2018-  May 13, 2018 |  £12.95
Explorer, collector, activist and conjuror of theatrical environments American artist Mark Dion (b.1961) has travelled through rainforests and rubbish dumps to reveal the wonder and fragility of life on earth. Dion uses specimens – natural and manmade – to make uncanny representations of these environments. His drawings, sculptures and installations draw on the techniques of scientific enquiry and museum display; and on the telling of natural histories.   We embark on a journey through a sequence of installations created between 2000 and the present. A scholar’s study invites us to unravel intricate drawings and models; while the Bureau for the...
21Feb

John Copeland: Your Heaven Looks Just Like My Hell

February 21, 2018-  April 28, 2018 |  Free
Newport Street Gallery presents an exhibition of work by American artist John Copeland (b.1976). Copeland’s first UK solo exhibition features twenty-five paintings, dating from 2009 to 2017, taken from the Murderme collection. Veering between representation and abstraction, Copeland’s paintings feature tactile, impasto surfaces, rendered in oil and acrylic paint. Professing an interest in ‘any arrangement that involves interaction between the figures’, Copeland often situates his subjects in social settings – around a table, playfully balanced on one another’s shoulders, or surveying a painting as a group. The figures remain, however, deeply ambiguous, and are set against abstract backgrounds populated by...
28Feb

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins

February 28, 2018-  May 27, 2018 |  £13.50
Touching on themes of countercultures, subcultures and minorities of all kinds, the show features the work of 20 photographers from the 1950s to the present day. Another Kind of Life, which is showing at the Barbican has been put on in partnership with AnOther magazine to follow the lives of individuals and communities operating on the fringes of society from America to India, Chile to Nigeria. The exhibition reflects a more diverse, complex view of the world, as captured and recorded by photographers. Driven by personal and political motivations, many of the photographers sought to provide an authentic representation of...
06Mar

Sondra Perry: Typhoon coming on

March 6, 2018-  May 20, 2018 |  Free
This spring, the Serpentine presents the first European solo exhibition of American artist Sondra Perry (b. 1986, Perth Amboy, New Jersey), who explores the intersection of black identity, digital culture and power structures through video, media, installation and performance. ‘When making a piece I want people to feel like they have space and agency’ – Sondra Perry.   Perry makes work about blackness, black femininity and African American heritage, often taking her personal history as a point of departure. Her use of digital tools and material, ranging from blue screen technology and 3D avatars to found footage from the internet,...
07Mar

Counter Investigations: Forensic Architecture

March 7, 2018-  May 6, 2018 |  £1.00
Counter Investigations is a survey exhibition of the work of Forensic Architecture, an independent research agency based at Goldsmiths, University of London. ‘Forensic Architecture’ is not only the name of the agency but a form of investigative practice that traverses architectural, journalistic, legal and political fields, and moves from theoretical examination to practical application.   In recent years Forensic Architecture has undertaken a series of investigations internationally into state crimes and human rights violations, spanning events within war zones and instances of politically and racially motivated violence and killing outside of military conflict. These investigations have led to the contestation...
08Mar

Somewhere in Between

March 8, 2018-  August 27, 2018 |  Free
Art, science and somewhere in between. Four collaborations between artists and scientists give shape to intangible ideas. Somewhere in Between brings together the work of four contemporary artists: Martina Amati, Daria Martin, Maria McKinney and John Walter. Each collaborated with scientists to explore ideas that are vital to human life – ideas about our food sources, our senses, our sexual health and the limitations of our bodies.   Experience these four immersive installations at Wellcome Collection, exhibited together for the first time, which reveal the hidden connections and systems that lie between and beneath us.  
16Mar

Friends of Marvin Gardens

March 16, 2018-  April 21, 2018 |  Free
Rod Barton is pleased to announce the group show of new paintings “Friends of Marvin Gardens” featuring the works of Melissa Brown, Meg Franklin, Alicia Gibson, Susumu Kamijo, Anthony Miler, Adrianne Rubenstein and Jennifer Sullivan. The show acts as a microcosm of the activity of painters within a vibrant and transactional collaborartice environment that avoids the question of what painting is to instead pose the crucial questions of how artists discuss, collaborate and create the necessary environments within each other to produce, support and dedicate a life to art practice. Melissa Brown’s paintings evoke the endless discussion between artists about...
21Mar

Megan Broadmeadow // Seek-Pray-Advance Episode 1

March 21, 2018-  April 29, 2018 |  Free
Inspired by recent UFO religious leaders, and records of hallucinations from across human history, Seek-Pray-Advance, Episode 1: Eyes Only is the first chapter of an aggregative national touring exhibition by Bristol-based artist Megan Broadmeadow co-commissioned by CGP London, QUAD – Derby and Green Man Festival. This immersive, labyrinthine exhibition explores the complex and blurred zone between religious epiphany, alien contact and delusional disorder. The exhibition will be accompanied with a text by curator and researcher Lucy A Sames.  
22Mar

Marianna Simnett

March 22, 2018-  July 8, 2018 |  Free
British artist Marianna Simnett creates fable-like film, performance, sound and light installations that examine the sense of intimacy yet anxious unfamiliarity we experience with our own bodies. She particularly focuses on the means we deploy to control these bodies, both technological and cultural. The exhibition presents a group of recent work from the Zabludowicz Collection: three films The Udder (2014), Blood (2015), and Blue Roses (2016) – installed as a trilogy for the first time – alongside a sound and light installation Faint with Light (2016).   Simnett’s films unfold from multiple, occasionally impossible perspectives (from within dreams or personifying...