10 Summer Exhibitions To Pre-Book Your Tickets For

As museums cautiously reopen across the country, those hungry for cultural offerings are being welcomed back to visit the UK’s leading galleries. While some of summer’s spectacular exhibitions are being reimagined in digital form, a great number are being extended for a limited time – and there is nothing quite like seeing an exhibition in person.

So you can plan your time wisely, we’ve checked the calendars and have rounded-up the best art and design exhibitions you won’t want to miss this summer. Pre-book now, we’re expecting these exhibitions to sell out fast.

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography

Exploring how masculinity is experienced, performed, coded and socially constructed via the medium of photography and film, Masculinities: Liberation through Photography brings together over 300 works by over 50 pioneering international artists.

On until 23rd August at the Barbican Centre, London.

Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium

The Whitechapel Gallery delves into a new age for the art of painting by bringing together a modern generation of artists that use the classic discipline to weave social and political narratives. Demonstrating the constantly evolving potential of paint as a medium in art today, this exhibition is a must-visit for all painting buffs.

On until 30th August at the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South

Exploring the art shaped by the Civil Rights movement in the American South – and the stories of those who lived through it – We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South is a timely exhibition of the work of over 20 artists and makers from Alabama and the surrounding states in the South.

On until 6th September at the Turner Contemporary, Margate.

Derek Jarman: My garden’s boundaries are the horizon

A rare opportunity to view personal artefacts and works of art that tell the story of Derek Jarman’s garden at Prospect Cottage is on show at the Garden Museum. In this, the first exhibition to focus on the role of the garden in Jarman’s work, visitors will have the chance to see articles borrowed from the inside cottage at Dungeness; including his Garden Notebooks, tools, furniture, diaries and sketchbooks.

On until 20th September at the Garden Museum, London.

Naum Gabo

Experience the first extensive presentation of acclaimed constructivist Naum Gabo in the UK for over 30 years. This large-scale exhibition presents sculptures, paintings, drawings and architectural designs, marking the centenary of the Realistic Manifesto (1920), a set of pioneering artistic principles launched in Moscow by Gabo and his brother Antoine Pevsner.

On until 27th September at the Tate St Ives, Cornwall.

Linda McCartney Retrospective

In this major retrospective of Linda McCartney’s photography, more than 200 extraordinary images reveal what a prolific photographer Linda was, and how her love for the natural world, her surreal sense of humour, and an exceptional eye for capturing the spontaneous, gave her work an inimitable style.

Opens 8th August and runs until 1st November at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool.

Bill Brandt / Henry Moore

Tracing both the parallel and intersecting careers of two significant artists of the 20th century, photographer Bill Brandt (1904-1983) and sculptor Henry Moore (1898-1986), Bill Brandt / Henry Moore is now on display at The Hepworth Wakefield. This major exhibition brings together over 200 works highlighting the relationships between sculpture, photography, drawing and collage revealed through Brandt and Moore’s shared interests.

On until 1st November at The Hepworth Wakefield, West Yorkshire.

Andy Warhol

The artist who embraced consumerism, celebrity and counterculture – and changed modern art in the process, the legendary Andy Warhol and his iconic pop images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup Cans are being welcomed back to the Tate Modern. The exhibition will bring together rarely seen work from the 1970s that display his skill as a painter, as well as his experiments with different forms of mass media.

On until 15th November at the Tate Modern, London.

Tokyo: Art & Photography

Exploring Japan’s insatiable appetite for the new and innovative, Tokyo: Art & Photography is a celebration of one of the world’s most creative, dynamic and fascinating cities. Including works on loan from Japan and new commissions by contemporary artists, the show spans the exquisite arts of the Edo period when the country was officially closed to the outside world; the iconic images of Hokusai and Hiroshige; to the photography of Daidō Moriyama.

On until 22nd November at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford.

Mary Quant

V&A’s retrospective on the creator of the miniskirt Mary Quant is travelling up north to take residence at their recently opened Dundee location. The show explores Quant’s heyday when she captured the spirit of the 60s and revolutionised the high street with her playful designs, from hot pants, miniskirts and trouser suits for women to colour-pop tights.

Opens 27th August and runs until 17th January 2021 at the V&A Dundee, Scotland.


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