Best 10 art exhibitions in London 2022

Don't miss out on the best London art exhibitions in top galleries, or plan ahead for future exhibitions.

The wide range of galleries in London have an exciting lineup of exhibitions allowing you to get your art fix. Get ready to admire amazing artworks with some of these must-see art exhibitions in London.

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1. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern

Purpley and white lights refelct in the mirrors within Yayoi Kusama's mirror rooms at Tate Modern.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life 2011/2017 Tate. Presented by the artist, Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro 2015, accessioned 2019. © YAYOI KUSAMA.

Discover a world of endless reflections inside Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern. Combining 2012 work Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life, and a Chandelier of Grief, this exhibition offers a mesmerising and immersive glimpse into the mind of the Japanese artist. Until 30 Sep

2. The Feminine Power: The Divine to the Demonic at the British Museum

The British Museum explores different representations of feminity through the ages and how it has shaped female figures of today. This exhibition draws attention to how mythology and spiritual beliefs across the world, from the divine to the demonic, have changed how we have perceive feminity in its different forms. Discover ancient art forms and more contemporary displays telling interesting stories of female figures across cultures and faiths. Until 25 Sep

3. Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the Maritime Museum

The Milky Way illuminates the landscape  almost reflecting the illuminated National Highway 219, with mountains on the background.
The Starry Sky Over the World’s Highest National Highway © Yang Sutie/ National Maritime Museum

Thousands of photographs were submitted for the 14th edition of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year competition, culminating in what's considered the best display of astronomy photography in the world. This year's display at the National Maritime Museum features stunning images, including a spectactular capture of a comet in the Southern Hemisphere and an Aurora Borealis gliding over shipwreck in Iceland. 17 Sep- 13 Aug

4. Japan: Courts and Culture at the Queen's Gallery

Be intrigued by an exhibition of Japanese art from the Royal Collection at The Queen's Gallery. The rare pieces on display include diplomatic gifts from the reigns of James I to Elizabeth II, providing an insight into Japanese artistry and the cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families. Until 12 Mar

5. Milton Avery at Royal Academy of Arts

Discover the art of American painter Milton Avery, one of the great colourists of the 20th century. Famed for his signature use of harmonious colour and simplified forms, this exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts showcases his celebrated style with paintings from the 1930s to the 1960s. Until 16 Oct

6. Walter Sickert at Tate Britain

Explore the radical compositions of Walter Sickert, one of the most important figures in British art in the early 20th century at Tate Britain's retrospective. The exhibition showcases his transition from impressionism to modernism, with works inspired by news stories such as the Camden Town Murders, theatrical performers and popular culture. Until 18 Sep

7. Picasso Ingres: Face to Face at the National Gallery

The National Gallery brings together for the first time Picasso’s Woman with a Book and the painting that inspired it, Madame Moitessier’ by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres. See the similarities between the two paintings, but also study how different both canvases are in style. A 19th-century French artist, Ingres distinguished himself with a classical style, while Picasso made his reputation with a more abstract technique. Until 9 Oct

8. Cornelia Parker at Tate Britain

Exploded parts of a garden shed suspended in the air, with the light reflecting the shades of the different parts of the sculpture.
Cornelia Parker, Cold Dark Matter - An Exploded View, 1999, © Cornelia Parker
Delve into the mind of contemporary artist Cornelia Parker, as Tate Britain draws together some of her key works that question our relationship with everyday objects and the world around us. Stealing the show are suspended works, the immersive War Room installation and a 13 metre-long (43 ft) Magna Carta embroidery. Until 16 Oct

9. Pip & Pop at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

A rainbow coloured display of rounded objects made from sugar and candy.
Where there is a flower there must be a butterfly so the flower shines more brightly. Image courtesy of Pip & Pop / Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Be dazzled by Pip & Pop, a vibrant exhibition of rainbow artworks made out of sugar and candy by artist Tanya Schultz at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art inside Kew Gardens. Immerse yourself in the imaginary landscape installation created with Kew scientists and filled with foods of the future. Until 5 Mar.

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10. Lubaina Himid at Tate Modern

Six figures dressed in  colourful clothing againt a colourful background in Lubaina Himid's work Ball on Shipboard.
Lubaina Himid Ball on Shipboard, 2018 Rennie Collection, Vancouver © Lubaina Himid

Discover theatre-inspired works by Turner-Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid in an immersive exhibition at Tate Modern. Drawing on her background in theatre design, Himid creates different scenes for her figurative painting, which highlight often overlooked aspects of society and history. Until 2 Oct

Art exhibitions in London to book ahead for 2022

Maria Bartuszová at Tate Modern

Explore Slovakian artist Maria Bartuszová's abstract artworks inspired by the natural world at Tate Modern. This evocative exhibition showcases the artist's experimental method of casting plaster by hand, creating delicate and unique sculptures in organic shapes akin to the human body, cocoons and rain-drops. 21 Sep-16 Apr 

Hieroglyphs Unlocking Ancient Egypt at the British Museum

Papyrus showing one of the gods of Acient Egypt on the left, and text under hieroglyph format.
IDX 188 British Museum: Detail of The Book of the Dead of Queen Nedjmet, papyrus, Egypt, 1070 BC, 21st Dynasty. © The Trustees of the British Museum
For centuries, the life and culture of Ancient Egypt remained mysterious, mostly because of a lack of knowledge on the ancient language used at the time. Much research went on after the discovering the Rosetta Stone, an artefact that would become the key to understanding hieroglyphs symbols. This exhibition at the British Museum uncovers stories using ancient manuscripts and other objects that researchers have used to understand these ancient hieroglyphs. 13 Oct– 19 Feb

The Credit Suisse Exhibition Lucian Freud: New Perspectives at the National Gallery

A self-portrait of Lucian Freud dressed in grey with two small children in the bottom left.
Reflection with Two Children (Self-portrait) Lucian Freud, 1965 © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images. Image courtesy of Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

See how Lucian Freud's painting style has evolved from a linear style to more playful depictions showcasing characterful features. The National Gallery exhibition shines a new light on the Berlin-born painter’s signature works from large-scale canvasses to intimate portraits that span seven decades of his career. 1 Oct-22 Jan 

The EY Exhibition: Cézanne at Tate Modern

A still life painting of a basket of red and yellow apples on a table covered in a table cloth with a bottle of wine behind
Paul Cezanne Still Life with Apples 1893 – 1894 . The J Paul Getty Museum

Step into the world of Cézanne, one of the most pivotal figures in modern art. In this career-spanning exhibition at Tate Modern, discover how he broke the rule book as an emerging impressionist and made his mark on the art world with his signature still lifes, landscapes and paintings of bathers. 6 Oct-4 Mar

Making Modernism at Royal Academy of Arts

a painting of a girl with reddish brown hair holding a baby wearing a red outfit with red flowers in the background
Paula Modersohn-Becker Girl with Child, 1902 Oil on cardboard, 45.3 x 50.5 cm Kunstmuseum Den Haag © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Image courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts.

Discover Making Modernism at Royal Academy of Arts, illustrating the pioneering work of women who developed a radical new approach to European art in the early 1900s. Featuring innovative self-portraits, urban scenes and landscapes from celebrated artists such as Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kӓthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin. 12 Nov-12 Feb

Magdalena Abakanowicz at Tate Modern

Get a rare opportunity to see Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz's famous Abakans at Tate Modern. The pioneering installation features the ambiguous woven fibre sculptures in a towering forest-like display, alongside the artist's drawings and early textile pieces. 17 Nov-21 May

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