9 May 2023

London Exhibitions 2023

It's my first London trip of the year coming up at the end of May, so I always do a post beforehand rounding up the best exhibitions which I can use and hopefully will inspire you! It's just a two day trip with an overnight stay, mainly to see my new favourite band Sparks at the Royal Albert Hall (they've been going since the 70s so Im a bit behind). These are the exhibitions I'm going to try and fit in, wish me luck!  

Hockney - Bigger & Closer (not smaller and further away) @ The Lightroom Kings Cross  (22 Feb - 1 October 2023

Marvelling in front of a masterpiece will never not have its place, but new technology offers new and fun ways to experience art. So far I've checked out Van Gogh and Frida Kahlo art this way, and I loved the storytelling and VR experiences. David Hockney's work is perfect for an immersive show, letting us dive in (literally) to his sparkling swimming pools, journey through the Santa Monica mountains and appreciate the beauty of his Yorkshire Dales. 

Ticket prices: From £25 adults/from £15 students/children

It's likely that you'll find work by most of your favourite modern artists in this exhibition, so it's probably worth the ticket price. The influence of Impressionism on 20th century artists cannot be underestimated, liberating post-Impressionist masters such as Van Gogh, Cezanne and Gauguin from the strict rules of composition and changing the way things were seen. So followed Expressionism, Cubism and Abstract art, and the likes of Picasso, Matisse and Kandinsky. You can take in over 100 works by modern artists loaned from museums and private collections worldwide including MOMA and the Musee d'Orsay. 

Tickets - £24 adults

The V&A have a sure fire success on their hands with a Chanel exhibition. With their late, great designer being celebrated at the Met Gala this year, there's no chance of the magic of the brand fading any time soon. The exhibition covers over 60 years of Gabrielle Coco Chanel design, featuring around 200 outfits alongside accessories, jewellery and fragrance. This exhibition is based on a similar one at the Palais Galliera and will be split into eight main sections, including design elements such as fabric and construction, as well as her personal style and impact on the fashion industry. 

More tickets are due to go on sale in June 2023.

Potent Performance: Marina Abramovic at Royal Academy of Arts (23rd September 2023 to 1 January 2024)

The world's most famous performance artist is finally getting her retrospective at the Royal Academy of Arts after numerous COVID-related delays. Unfortunately we won't get the chance to actually see her perform, but you'll get up close to video, installation, sculpture and performances of key moments in Abramovic's fifty year career. Her works, including the shocking 1974 work Rhythm 0 (the audience were allowed to use a variety of objects and essentially use her for six hours) and The Artist Is Present in 2010 (she sat silently staring at anyone that came to sit in front of her) will be restaged through archive footage and reperformed by artists trained in her method. 

Tickets £25.50 to £27.50

Peter Doig's landscapes at the Courtauld (Somerset House) are well worth a visit. His paintings are inspired by places that he's lived - Canada, Trinidad and now London amongst others. It's clear that he takes a lot of inspiration from Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painters, so it's interesting to see his work in the same gallery as Cezanne, Gauguin and Monet. My favourites of his are Alpinist (2022) featuring a skier in a harlequin ski suit, and The Architect's Home in the Ravine (1991 - above which fetched over 14 million at auction in 2018). 

I'll add more to this as I come across other exhibitions. 

Enjoy your visits! 

Debbie x 

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