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The Design Museum London‎

Design Museum

Following a long search for larger premises to expand its activities, in 2008 the Design Museum selected the former 1960s building in Kensington High Street, West London, as its new home. This unique landmark from the 1960s, a Grade II* listed building that been transformed. The building is now fit for a 21st century museum, whilst at the same time retaining its unique spatial quality. The Design Museum London is one of the world’s leading museums devoted to contemporary design: from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design.

Venue: The Design Museum -224-238 Kensington High Street London, W8 6AG.

Diana: Her Fashion Story


      Celebrate the life of Diana, Princess of Wales

A major new dress exhibition at Kensington Palace.  Trace the evolution of the Princess’s style, from the demure, romantic outfits of her first public appearances, to the glamour, elegance and confidence of her later life. Don’t miss an extraordinary collection of garments, including the iconic velvet gown, famously worn at the White House when the Princess danced with John Travolta.

Venue: Kensington Palace

Sounds of the City

Lyrics and languages, hubbub and stillness, heritage and science have all inspired 100 illustrators to product a collection of striking artwork that reflect their relationship with sound in our diverse and multi-layered cities.  Themes include wildlife, nightlife, music, markets, transport and sport.  Visitors will enjoy illustrations that visually interpret the sounds we hear about us day and night – from the common to the curious, to a recognisable street and cityscape through to visual soundscapes of buzzing colour. web_soundsofthecity_inline

Venue: London Transport Museum
until 18 Feb 2018

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

This exhibition examines the work and legacy of influential Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga, with over 100 pieces crafted by ‘the master’ of couture, his protégées and contemporary fashion designers working in the same innovative traditionBAL-envelope-dress

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
until 1 Dec 2017


Whiteread uses industrial materials such as plaster, concrete, resin, rubber and metal to cast everyday objects and architectural space. Her evocative sculptures range from the intimate to the monumental.  Celebrating over 25 years of Rachel Whiteread’s internationally acclaimed sculpture. Born in London in 1963, Whiteread was the first woman to win the Turner Prize in 1993. The same year she made House 1993–1994, a life-sized cast of the interior of a condemned terraced house in London’s East End, which existed for a few months before it was controversially demolished.

Venue: Tate Britain
until 14 Jan 2018

Scythians warriors of ancient Siberia


2,500 years ago groups of formidable warriors roamed the vast open plains of Siberia. Feared, loathed, admired – but over time forgotten… Until now. This major exhibition explores the story of the Scythians – nomadic tribes and masters of mounted warfare, who flourished between 900 and 200 BC. Their encounters with the Greeks, Assyrians and Persians were written into history but for centuries all trace of their culture was lost – buried beneath the ice.

Venue: British Museum
until 28 Jan 2018

Basquiat Boom for Real


The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988). Discover the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat, the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s downtown New York art scene. This unprecedented exhibition brings together an outstanding selection of more than 100 works from international museums and private collections. Engage in the explosive creativity of Basquiat who worked with Andy Warhol, Keith Haring and Blondie, among others.

Venue: Barbican Art Gallery
until 10 Dec 2017

Jasper Johns

Jasper Johns is regarded as one of the most important artists of the 20th century, and has remained central to American contemporary art since his arrival in New York in the 1950s. There is no-one is more fitting than Johns to take up the mantle from the likes of Ai Weiwei and Anselm Kiefer for our single artist, Main Galleries shows.

Venue: Royal Academy of Art
until 2 Apr 2018

REFLECTIONS Van Eyck & The Pre-Raphaelites


Acquired by the National Gallery in 1842, the Arnolfini Portrait informed the Pre-Raphaelites’ belief in empirical observation, their ideas about draughtsmanship, colour and technique, and the ways in which objects in a picture could carry symbolic meaning. Discover how van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait’ was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style of painting.

Venue: National Gallery
until 25 Feb 2018

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics


Together the V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring a vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day. Told through the lens of seven premieres in seven European cities, this immersive exhibition takes you on a journey through nearly 400 years, culminating in the international explosion of opera in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
until 21 Jan 2018

Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys


In the early 1920s, Soutine became fascinated by the cooks and waiting staff of French hotels and restaurants, attired in boldly coloured uniforms. Over the next decade, these humble models sat for him in Paris and the south of France. The resulting series of portraits offer powerful images of a new social class of service personnel, who moved from aristocratic households of past centuries to the luxury hotels and restaurants that arose in the late 19th and early 20th century.

Venue: Courtauld Gallery
until 21 Jan 2018

Louise Dahl–Wolfe: A Style of Her Own


Louise Dahl-Wolfe (1895–1989) is one of the most important women fashion photographers of the first part of the 20th century. This is the first major retrospective of her work in the UK, and a key focus of the exhibition is Dahl-Wolfe’s 22 years as leading contributor to Harper’s Bazaar.Considered a pioneer of modern fashion photography, the exhibition highlights how Dahl-Wolfe defined the image of the modern independent post-war woman.

Venue: Fashion and Textile Museum
until 28 Jan 2018

Tove Jansson (1914-2001)

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One of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century, Tove Jansson is known internationally as creator of the Moomin characters and books, a phenomenon which continues to stretch across generations. Her wider outputs of graphic illustration and painting, however, are relatively unseen outside her home country of Finland.

Venue: Dulwich Picture Gallery
until 2 Feb 2018

Cézanne Portraits

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) is one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century and his unique method of building form with colour and analytical approach to nature influenced the art of Cubists, Fauvists, and successive generations of avant-garde artists.  T his major international exhibition brings together for the first time over fifty of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.

Venue: National Portrait Gallery
until 18 Feb 2018



2017 marks the centenary of the October Revolution. Rebellion brought hope, chaos, heroism and tragedy as the Russian Empire became the Soviet Union, endured revolutions, civil war, famine, dictatorship and Nazi invasion. A new visual culture arose and transformed the fabric of everyday life. A dramatic visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1905 to the death of Stalin – seen through the eyes of artists, designers and photographers

Venue: Tate Modern. Bankside London SE1 9TG

Starting in November 2017

23 Nov -2 Apr



During his brief and turbulent life Modigliani developed a unique and instantly recognisable pictorial style.  His emotionally intense portraits and seductive nudes are now among the best-loved paintings of the 20th century. Modigliani’s nudes are a highlight of the exhibition – with 12 nudes on display, this is the largest group ever reunited in the UK. These sensuous works proved controversial when they were first shown in 1917, leading police to censor his only ever solo exhibition on the grounds of indecency.

Venue: Tate Modern