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Top London Art Exhibitions for 2018

I meant to compile this post a little earlier in the year! But actually art exhibition season never seems to get cracking until Spring anyway. So as London dusts off her finest arts and artefacts in time for the arrival of summer tourists, I'm sorting out my must-see list of artsy shows. I hope this is a useful bit of inspiration for you all, though it's by no means an exhaustitve itinerary so I'd love to hear your reccommendations too please! Here are my top picks, in the order in which they'll end over the summer months...

 

 

Sheila Bownas: A Life in Pattern

21 February - 20 May 2018, Pallant House Gallery

 

A vibrant display of recently uncovered pattern designs by a prolific designer - a jolly jaunt for those in the Sussex area. I love this gallery and it's informative focus on mid century artists.

 

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Edward Bawden 

May 23 - 9 September, Dulwich Picture Gallery 

 

This major retrospective of work by the celebrated British artist and designer will be the most wide-ranging exhibition since Bawden’s death. The exhibition will include previously unseen works from the Bawden family’s private collection. 

 

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Frida Kahlo: Making Herself Up

Opening 16 June 2018, The Victoria and Albert Museum

 

A fascinating peek into Frida's wardrobe - the bold and brave woman who wore, said and painted as she pleased. Frida was known for championing traditional Mexican dress, richly embroidered cloths, opulent jewels and floral hair adornments. Now a colourful icon to artists and feminists alike.

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Lucy Augé: Moving into Abstraction

14 Jun – 22 Jul 2018, The Garden Museum

 

A Bath based artist who's work I've loved for a while. Lucy creates simples botanical illustrtaions using a monochromatic palete of ink on paper.

 

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Hope to Nope

Until 12 August 18, The Design Museum

 

A thought-provking look at the ever growing relationship between graphics design and protest. (Also whilst there check out the Loewe Craft Prize until mid June).

 

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Return to the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture

16 May 2018 - 27 Aug 2018, Sir John Soane's Museum

 

A strange concept to consider but the movement once called postmodern - has returned again! Can something deemed to be the end of history really come around twice? I'm very intrigued to hear what this is all about.

 

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Picaso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy

Until 9 September 2018, Tate Modern

 

Needs no intriduction, jump into the crazy colourful world of Picasso.

 

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 Orla Keily: Life in Pattern

25 May – 23 September 2018, The Fashion and Textile Museum

 

It seems not so long ago that Orla Keily appeared on the scene with her striking Seventies comeback patterns. Now we are ready to unfold the story of how one woman pushed aside our naughties love of chintz and paved the way for more graphic prints in your home, wardrobe, pretty much everywhere...

 

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Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art

Until 23 September, House of Illustration 

 

The most comprehensive retrospective of her work mounted in the last 40 years. It brings together over 150 pieces from private and public collections, many displayed for the first time.

 

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