Archive: Exhibitions to Visit

Week 29/08/11

This week August gives way to September and with the new month comes new exhibitions. Opening shows include: Corpus Lotus at the Nunnery.

Five promising, young, RCA alumni will be experimenting with the idea of the body as a site of instability and flux in order to reinterpret the age-old issues of identity and human existence.

Phyllida Barlow: RIG at Hauser & Wirth.

Pegged to be an ambitious show for the artist, who is making her debut at Hauser & Wirth. Barlow has designed a group of bold and often immense sculptures that will respond to and interact with the renowned gallery.

Corrine Day: The Face at Gimpel Fils

For anyone nostalgic about The Face magazine, or even just the 1980s and 90s, this exhibition of Corrine Day’s innovative photography for the magazine will surely strike a chord.

Week 23/08/11

There is some quirky stuff going on this week! Kicking off with Ron Arad’s Curtain Call at Camden’s Roundhouse

This is the last week of this exciting 360-degree interactive installation. Events are still being held, including one hosted by Christian Marclay on Wednesday, which I am gutted to be missing.

The Museum of Broken Relationships in Covent Garden

This mysterious exhibition has been a hot topic recently. Curious, surprising and beguiling; tickets are valid for a week from purchase if you’re not satisfied in just one visit.

Mike Nelson’s Coral Reef at Tate Britain

If you haven’t made it to Venice this summer, get your fix of Mike Nelson at Tate Britain. Coral Reef is a classic installation from Nelson, comprised of a series of rooms and corridors to inhabit and explore.

Weeks 01/08/11-16/08/11

I am visiting my brother in Uganda, so the next few weeks’ Exhibitions to Visit are all chosen for their ability to make you feel transported to somewhere new. Kicking off with Contested Terrains at Tate Modern, which opened this weekend.

Showing the work of four contemporary artists who work in Africa, this exhibition is sure to be a good follow-on show if you enjoyed Figures & Fictions at the V&A. These four artists explore issues of African identity, colonialism, industrialisation and the conventions of art history through multiple mediums.

The Serpentine Pavilion, designed by Peter Zumthor

The UK has some good weather predicted this week, so what better time to pop down to the Serpentine to check out this year’s pavilion. Zumthor aimed to create a space that will induce a spiritual experience, much like a monastic courtyard. What better place to escape to if you can’t out of London this summer?

Out of Australia, at the British Museum

Out of Australia will hopefully take you “out” of London. A fascinating collection of works on paper by Australian artists from the 1940s onwards. Sure to provide a new experience to even the most seasoned London gallery-goer.

Week 25/07/11

This is the last week of the London Street Photography Festival! I’m dedicating this week’s Exhibitions to Visit to photography.

London Street Photography Festival events are still being held. I’d recommend checking out the display of  Walter Joseph’s striking photographs of post-war London at the British Library, while you can.

Thomas Struth: Photographs 1978-2010 at Whitechapel

Struth has a unique eye. His engaging photographic style and manipulation of scale make this exhibition well-worth the entry price.

Nan Goldin: Fireleap at Spovieri

Photographs of children taken by a woman without a child. Honest and raw, be warned – this exhibition might yank at emotional chords you didn’t know you had.

Week 18/07/11

Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian painters at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Following Twombly’s recent death and the vandalism of Poussin’s paintings at the National Gallery this weekend, what better time to reflect (respectfully) on these great painters’ works.

Des Hughes: Thems Please at Measure at 76 Chatsworth Road

An exhibition installed within a Victorian newsagents. You’ll feel like you are uncovering a lost and forgotten place.

Watch Me Move: The Animation Show at the Barbican

Extensive and really enjoyable. Make sure you have a good few hours to spare before you go, as there are hours and hours of footage and it’s hard to tear yourself away.

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