London has recently been blessed with an abundance of various must-see modern art exhibits, that are selling out fast. From Frida Kahlo to the Turbine Hall, here is the low down and the need-to-know information for these 7 popular art exhibitions.
The Moving Moment When I Went To The Universe
By Yayoi Kasuma
Now – 21 December 2018
Where: Victoria Miro Gallery
Taking place in London’s Victoria Miro art gallery on Wharf Road, the extremely talented Japanese artist Yayoi Kasuma will be exhibiting her 12th exhibition to date, at the gallery. The exhibit sets to showcase some of her earlier works including painted speckled pumpkins, brightly coloured giant flower sculptures and mirrored rooms, as well as some of her new pieces of work.
Yayoi’s eclectic expressive art is a beautiful and flamboyant sensation, and one that has unfortunately already sold out. However, if interested keep in contact and follow the galleries social media sites, for updates and potential future ticket opportunities.
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
Now – 4 November 2018
Where: V&A, Cromwell Road
Acting as the epitome of a courageous, inspiring and talented young woman, it is no wonder that her life is being celebrated as a contemporary icon of feminist expression. Throughout Frida’s life, she suffered a number of health traumas, family disagreements and a turbulent marital relationship, whilst creating renowned self-portraits encompassing self-love and beauty. This exhibition aims to take us on a journey through her life, using her belongings including her clothes, her makeup and even her prosthetic leg. Get to know this Queen on a whole other level that will leave you in even more respect and awe of her than ever before.
DRAG: Self-Portraits and Body Politics
Now – 14 October 2018
Where: Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre
Covering a multitude of topics surrounding the art of Drag, this exhibition aims to stimulate a questioning and understanding of sexuality, gender identity, politics, social hierarchies and much more, spanning from the 1960s to today. Showcasing the works of a number of admired artists over this period, allowing visitors to explore the evolution of these voices that reflect on the above topics as well as the concerning issue at the time- AIDS.
By Tania Bruguera
Now – 24 February 2019
Where: Tate Modern
The Tate Modern’s iconic and remarkable Turbine Hall is now exhibiting its next artistic delight. The Turbine Hall is a great ominous hall sitting in the centre of the museum, which once functioned as the host of electrical generators whilst the building was a power station. Now this vast empty space, that is five storeys high, is used as floor space for artists to create a provoking and jaw-dropping experience.
Cuban artist Tania Bruguera is the latest artist to take centre stage. Her exhibit is named 10,143, 225 however, the title is constantly changing since it is the quantity of individuals who migrated to another country added to the quantity of reported migrant deaths this year. The exhibit in the Turbine Hall features a painting of a young Syrian male refugee, yet is no where to be seen at first. Using heat-sensitive materials, the portrait is activated and can be seen on the floor of the hall when body heat is applied to it. However, to be able to see the art over 150 people need to get together in order for it to be seen.
Additionally, the exhibit consists also of a small room labelled the ‘crying room’ where a natural substance is polluted into the air, that allows visitors to cry. With both this room and the hall accompanied with uncomfortable music, the aim is to escape what feels natural, in our lives that we’ve created for our own comfort.
Strange Days: Memories of the Future
Now – 9 December 2018
Where: The Store X, 180 The Strand
A creation of images and videos, this exhibit aims to explore how pictures and moving images can influence our memories and impact our thoughts on the upcoming future. Created by the minds of 21 artists and videographers who have had the pleasure of showcasing their works at the New Museum, also include specific sound tracks alongside their works, prompting you to feel as though you are in an out of world dreaming state.
Modern Couples: Art, Intimacy and the Avant-Garde
10 October 2018 – 27 January 2019
Where: Barbican Art Gallery
Based on the relationships of many famous artists and their partners, this exhibition revisits the power and tribulations revolving around the creative coupled mindsets and the influence this has on their art. By analysing and appreciating their work on the many various platforms they provide, it becomes apparent that these artists all share the common ground of introducing novel concepts on the art of living and human relations.
Airing My Dirty Laundry
By Polly Nor
11 October – 17 October 2018
Where: Protein Studios
Presented by Protein Studios, Shoreditch, Nor’s work revolves around her drawings of women in a cartoon-like-fashion and the common female fears and demons that haunt us. The exhibit displays an array of her work, from her electronically produced art to sculptures, as well as some of her authentic unique drawings she has built up over the years.