Top art exhibitions in London

Don't miss out on the best London art exhibitions, in recently reopened galleries or from the comfort of your own home.
A contemporary painting featuring a man writing with a quill, painting and postcards strewn in the air, and a stormy sea with a man holding a rescue aid.
Nicole Eisenman Progress: Real and Imagined [left panel] 2006 Oil on canvas 243.8 x 457.2 cm Courtesy of Ringier AG / Sammlung Ringier, Switzerland. Part of Radical Figures at the Whitechapel Gallery. Iamge courtesy of Whitechapel Gallery

Although some galleries are still temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, many are now reopening their doors.

If you’re in London, walk or cycle to your local gallery and beyond for some cultural immersion – just ensure you maintain social distancing and act responsibly while out and about.

Each of the reopened spaces has introduced measures to ensure your safety and many require you to book a time slot in advance for entry. Check with the individual venues in advance.

If you’re not in London or are at home shielding, there are still plenty of past and present London exhibitions to enjoy, for free, from your favourite spot on the couch.

Reopened and new exhibitions in London

Whether you live in north, south, east, west or central London, find some top exhibitions in London within walking or cycling distance of your home.

Titian: Love, Desire, Death at National Gallery

Visit the National Gallery for a groundbreaking exhibition of Titian’s works, which reopens this July. The 16th-century painter is put in focus with Titian: Love, Desire, Death, showcasing six paintings based on myths and legends from Ovid’s Metamorphoses that are reunited for the first time in more than 400 years. Until 17 Jan

Andy Warhol at Tate Modern

Modern art doesn't get much more iconic than Andy Warhol's vibrant pop-art prints. Tate Modern takes you through a journey of the artist’s works – including the iconic Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe images – as it reflects on his personal story during times of social, political and technological change. Until 15 Nov

If you’re not near Bankside, watch the curator’s video tour of the Andy Warhol exhibition.

Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi at Somerset House

Add a touch of extra fun(gi) this summer with a trip to Somerset House’s exhibition Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi, which reopens for an extended run. Learn how mushrooms play vital roles in ecosystems and see works from the likes of Beatrix Potter and Carsten Höller inspired by the humble fungus. Until 13 Sep

If you're not near Covent Garden and the Strand, explore the Mushrooms exhibition online

Aubrey Beardsley at Tate Britain

Dive into an enormous collection of Aubrey Beardsley’s black-and-white drawings in one of the biggest exhibitions of the artist and illustrator’s work. Tate Britain’s exhibition covers more than 200 of his original illustrations, which shocked the late-Victorian period with themes of sexuality and identity. Until 20 Sep

If you’re not near Pimlico, enjoy video highlights of the Aubrey Beardsley exhibition.

Among the Trees and Everyday Heroes at Hayward Gallery

Explore our relationships with trees and forests and how they’ve influenced some of the most compelling contemporary artists of our time by visiting returning exhibition Among the Trees at the Hayward Gallery. Booking until 31 Oct

If you're not nearby, don't miss out by going on a behind-the-scenes virtual tour of the exhibition with insights from gallery director Ralph Rugoff.

From September, look out for outdoor exhibition Everyday Heroes at the Hayward Gallery, which celebrates key workers who have kept the country running during the coronavirus pandemic, with a vivid series of art and poetry commissions. Sep-Nov

The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020 at The Photographers’ Gallery

Gaze at works by some of the most innovative international photographers of today, who are contenders for the prestigious Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020. This annual exhibition at The Photographers' Gallery sees contemporary works by shortlisted applicants take over the fourth and fifth floors of the Soho space. Until 20 Sep

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at Barbican Art Gallery

Look into how masculinity has evolved from the 1960s to today with Masculinities: Liberation through Photography at Barbican Art Gallery. From perceptions and stereotypes, to gay identity, patriarchy, power and the #MeToo movement, men are firmly put into the spotlight with photographs and films from more than 50 artists. Until 23 Aug

George IV: Art and Spectacle at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Admire art-loving King George IV’s collection of some of the best paintings, objects and furniture of his day at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. George IV: Art and Spectacle includes Flemish masterpieces, 18th-century works portraits by Sir Joshua Reynolds and more treasures from the Royal Collection. Until 1 Nov

Cao Fei: Blueprints at Serpentine Galleries

Explore how the virtual world affects our perspective of – and relationship with – reality through Cao Fei’s immersive works, as part of Blueprints. Video, augmented reality and animations combine in this thought-provoking exhibition that takes over Serpentine Galleries’ spaces in Kensington Gardens. Until 13 Sep

The Enchanted Interior at Guildhall Art Gallery

Study how women are depicted within interiors, often with sinister undertones of enforced isolation and entrapment, in The Enchanted Interior. The Guildhall Art Gallery’s reopened exhibition includes highlights such as Pre-Raphaelite works centred around the mythical Lady of Shallot and pieces by contemporary female artists who challenge these previous themes.

Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

Get a taste for futurism at the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art's exhibition Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life. The exhibition brings together rarely seen works by Tullio Crali, who was inspired by technology, flight and space exploration. Until 30 Aug

If you’re not near Islington, check out a series of videos for Tullio Crali: A Futurist Life.

Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium at Whitechapel Gallery

Figurative painting is given a foot up in Whitechapel Gallery’s latest exhibition, Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium. Following a period when the style was out of vogue, the gallery showcases the works of a selection of artists who have been challenging these perceptions, bringing it back onto the agenda. Until 30 Aug

Exhibitions to enjoy from home

Wherever you are, you can access these London exhibitions from the comfort of your own home.

Picasso and Paper at The Royal Academy of Arts

Embark on a paper trail of Pablo Picasso’s works with a 40-minute video tour of the Royal Academy of Arts’ recent exhibition Picasso and Paper. Spot some of the 300 works, including studies for Guernica, collages and cut-outs from the artist’s 80-year career.

BP Portrait Award 2020 at National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery’s annual BP Portrait Award exhibition moves online this year, due to the gallery’s three-year refurbishment. Move yourself through the gallery, stopping to see the portraits, which were selected from nearly 2,000 entries from across the world.

Stories of Black Leadership II: Breaking Barriers at Black Cultural Archives

Explore the lives of five pioneering black British women who have overcome adversity to be leaders in their fields and in the public realm, with Stories of Black Leadership II: Breaking Barriers. This online exhibition is made up of a series of photo portraits by award-winning photographer Joy Gregory and is presented by Black Cultural Archives

The Black House at Michael Hoppen Gallery

Be transported back to London in the 1970s, as you discover what life was like for black youths living in a hostel, The Black House, in Holloway Road. Colin Jones’ photographs for this Michael Hoppen Gallery online exhibition create a snapshot of social history from the time, following the men who lived going about their everyday lives.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year at the Natural History Museum

Get up close and personal to animals of all kinds as the Natural History Museum’s Wildlife Photographer of the Year moves online. Chance on an encounter between a Himalayan marmot and Tibetan fox, marvel at a colourful squid and discover more winning and commended entries to this annual competition.

The Hidden City by Emile Holba in the City of London

Seek out secret spots in the City of London with a series of photography exhibitions as part of The Hidden City by Emile Holba. The 2019 winner of the British Journal of Photography Portrait of Britain Awards delves into untold stories of the Culture Mile, the peculiarities of Barts Pathology Museum and goes behind the scenes at the Museum of London.

Illuminated River

Fancy a trip along the Thames without moving an inch? Spot the Illuminated River art installations across four London bridges with a virtual Google Arts & Culture tour. Switch between London Bridge, Canon Street Railway Bridge, Southwark Bridge and Millennium Bridge using a nifty 360-degree tool.

If you're in London, why not see it for real with a walk along the Thames.

Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday at The Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery’s doors may be closed, but you can still see its masterpieces up close on a virtual tour around seven rooms that house works by Édouard Manet and Vincent van Gogh. Also browse its online exhibition, Unquiet Moments: Capturing the Everyday, which celebrates moments of everyday life, from joy to despair.

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