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The Best Art Exhibitions in London

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From the Tates to the Royal Academy and the galleries of Mayfair and the Barbican, London is bursting with exciting art exhibitions at any time of year. Here are the shows not to be missed.

The Best Art Exhibitions in London 2022

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Epilogue by Cj Hendry

Epilogue by Cj Hendry

New Testament Church of God, East London

The first solo London exhibition from New York-based artist Cj Hendry sees ten tonnes of recyclable petal-shaped confetti dropping from the ceiling in a dilapidated church in East London. The confetti will be allowed to settle, blanketing the floors over the course of the ten-day exhibition, meaning its landscape is forever altered. Visitors can also explore 17 drawings depicting flora, which are created by Hendry in an intricate process which takes up to 80 hours. Originally from Brisbane, Cj Hendry has become renowned for her large-scale, photo-realistic drawings of consumer goods and interactive exhibitions – which usually take place in non-traditional environments.

Open until 22 May, cjhendrystudio.com

43 Morgan St, London E3 5AA

Lollies, Emma Gibbons

Pop it Like it’s Hot

Reem Gallery, Ham Yard

One of the UK’s most exciting pop artists, Emma Gibbons, will bring a ‘pop art glittering wonderland’ to the newly opened Reem Gallery in Soho’s Ham Yard this June. Dripping with colour, Emma’s works explore themes of consumption, addiction and excess, featuring 20,000 handmade glitter capsule pills across all the 3D artworks. Reworked editions of the sell-out Addiction No.5 series – a Chanel bottle crafted from her signature glitter pills – will also be on show.

2 – 18 June 2022, reem.gallery

Image: Lollies, Emma Gibbons

Patience, Hannah Shergold

The Soverign Collection

Mall Galleries

For just one weekend, Hannah Shergold’s latest body of work will be on display at the Mall Galleries to raise money for conservation charity Tusk. The collection consists of 15 wildlife paintings bursting with colour and vibrance – think big cats in technicolour on golf leaf, and grey elephants brought to life in iridescent blues and greens. Though the exhibition is free of charge, two paintings will be auctioned on 7 June, with all proceeds going to Tusk.

7 – 11 June 2022, mallgalleries.org.uk

Image: Patience, Hannah Shergold

Les Lalanne: Makers of Dreams

Les Lalanne: Makers of Dreams

Over 100 works from the late French artistic duo known collectively as Les Lalanne – François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne – are on show as part of an eye-catching new exhibition. Choreographed by famed Italian designer Manfredi della Gherardesca, the show is being spread across Ben Brown Fine Arts and the newly opened Claridge’s ArtSpace. Pieces on display include a life-size hippopotamus in blue resin which opens up to reveal a full bath suite, and an intricately detailed cabbage atop whimsical chickens’ feet.

28 April – 29 July 2022, benbrownfinearts.com and claridges.co.uk

Chila Curman, My Tiger Janu, 2021

Best of British

Maddox Gallery

A new group exhibition at Maddox Gallery explores the enduring influence of the YBA movement on art and culture throughout the UK. Spearheaded by Damien Hirst, the loosely defined group of artists – which stands for young British artists – began exhibiting together during the ‘80s, united by their appropriation of found materials and oppositional attitude towards artistic convention. Works in the exhibition include Chila Burman’s neon sculpture My Tiger Janu, a selection of screenprints by David Shrigley and some of Damien Hirst’s most iconic pieces featuring butterflies and skulls.

21 April – 18 June 2022, maddoxgallery.com

Image: Chila Curman, My Tiger Janu, 2021

Mountain shapes on pink canvas

Ariel

Grove Square Galleries

A new solo exhibition at Grove Square Galleries will shine a light on British contemporary painter David Wightman. Spanning paintings, prints and drawings, visitors will have the opportunity to explore Wightman’s imaginary landscapes characterised by bright pops of colour and sublime themes. Taking inspiration from colour theorist Josef Albers and landscapes painter Caspar David Friedrich, the art on show blends abstractions and romanticism to create completely new scene – familiar, but fictional.

14 April – 14 May 2022, grovesquaregalleries.com

Image: David Wightman, Andromeda ii, 2021. Acrylic and collaged wallpaper on canvas, 80 x 120 cm (c) David Wightman and Grove Square Galleries

Michael F Rumsby in his studio

Respair

Clarendon Fine Art, Mayfair

This spring, British artist Michael F Rumsby is taking centre stage at Clarendon Fine Art with his new portfolio of work titled Respair. Comprised of 45 new works, Respair was painted from Rumsby’s home and studio in Saussignac France. The works were started in the 2020 lockdown and mark a new direction into still life for the artist.

26 May – 2 June 2022, clarendonfineart.com

Image: Michael F Rumsby in his studio

Painting of cats at the table

Karen Kilimnik: Early Drawings 1976-1998

Sprüth Magers London

This upcoming solo exhibition at Sprüth Magers will showcase the work of American artist, Karen Kilimnik. Featuring over 50 previously unseen early drawings by the artist, Early Drawings 1976-1998 explores a range of cultural influences and subjects that later informed Kilimnik’s work.

8 April – 21 May 2022, spruethmagers.com

Image: Karen Kilimnik, 1980. Ink and watercolour on glossy paper, 22 x 20.5 cm (c) Karen Kilimnik. Courtesy of the artist, Sprüth Magers Galerie Eva Presenhuber

Mirrored room with people stood inside

Future Shock

180 Studios, 180 The Strand

International artists working with audio-visual technology will come together for 180 Studios’ latest major exhibition, Future Shock. Featuring the likes of Nanotak Studio, Gaika, Ryoichi Kurokawa and UVA, the exhibition promises immersive experiences spanning generative and interactive algorithms, AI, 3D digital mapping, laser work, holographic projections and electronic music.

28 April – 28 August 2022, 180thestrand.com

Image: Daydream by Nonotak Studio

Sheep in resin container

Damien Hirst: Natural History

Gagosian

When speaking on his formaldehyde sculptures, artist Damien Hirst said ‘I wanted a shark that’s big enough to eat you, and in a large enough amount of liquid so that you could imagine you were in there with it’. In the Gagosian’s Natural History exhibition, over 20 examples of the artist’s work will take centre stage as part of Hirst’s takeover of the Britannia Street gallery. This will be the the first-ever exhibition dedicated to Damien Hirst’s formaldehyde works, and will include artworks spanning from 1991 to 2021.

Opening 10 March 2022, gagosian.com

Image: DAMIEN HIRST ‘I Am’, 1995. Glass, painted steel, silicone, acrylic, plastic cable ties, stainless steel, sheep, and formaldehyde solution (43.5 x 64.1 x 25.4 in / 110.5 x 162.7 x 64.5 cm) © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd. All rights reserved, DACS 2022. Photo: Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. Courtesy Gagosian

Mexican Geniuses A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience

Mexican Geniuses: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience

Undisclosed location in London

Immersive experiences are set to be all the rage in 2022. This spring, make sure to keep your ear to the ground for news on one of London’s most hotly anticipated exhibitions of the year: Mexican Geniuses: A Frida and Diego Immersive Experience. The show will bring to life the work of Mexico’s most famed painters, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera, in an explosion of colour and brushstrokes across giant screens. A VR experience will also be available, transporting visitors to the Mexican streets that inspired many of Frida and Diego’s paintings. Tickets are available to book now, so get going before they’re gone.

April 2022, mexicangeniuses.com

Image courtesy of Fever

Art of Banksy

The Art of Banksy

50 Earlham Street

Following tours everywhere from Tel Aviv to Miami, the world’s largest touring exhibition of Banksy artworks is coming to Seven Dials, featuring a vast array of prints, canvasses and sculptures from the mysterious political activist.

Exhibition extended through to summer 2022, artofbanksy.co.uk

Image: Art of Banksy London Ltd.

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Room

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Tate Modern

Prepare to be dazzled at Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, another highly anticipated London art exhibition of 2021. Going on display at Tate Modern this May after being postponed from its original date last year, the exhibition will feature two spectacular installations. The first is Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled With The Brilliance of Life, which was showcased in the Tate’s Kusama retrospective back in 2012. The second is Chandelier of Grief, a room which creates the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating Swarovski crystal chandeliers. You can expect queues round the block for this one – but it’s on display for a year, so there’s time for everyone to experience the magic.

18 May 2021 – 12 June 2022, tate.org.uk

Image: Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled With The Brilliance of Life, Yayoi Kusama.

Image: Johan-Persson, 2011.

Main image: Chase the Rainbow, Hannah Shergold

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