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All the art exhibitions you need to see in London this summer

Summer Exhibition at Royal Academy of Arts

Until 20 August 2017

This famous annual exhibition hosts an array of talented new artists of various levels of success and is often a gateway into the art world.  This year it was organised by artists Eileen Cooper, and she features artists from around the globe such as Isaac Julien, Hassan Hajjaj, Gilbert & George, Marina Abramović, Jim Dine and Wolfgang Tillmans. Especially exciting is the moving sculpture by Yinka Shonibare which is over 19 feet tall and the first performance artwork to be displayed.

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever! at Serpentine Galleries

Until September 2017

Grayson Perry is best known as the artist behind The Beatles ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’ album artwork, his work for television series like ‘QI’ and ‘Have I Got News for You’, and his ceramic work. This series documents contemporary social themes such as popularity, masculinity (which Perry often toys with in the form of his alter ego, Claire), and the current political climate.

Perry wants to explore how modern art can connect different levels of society at the free exhibition in the centre of Kensington Gardens.

Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave at the British Museum

25 May – 13 August 2017

The Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai is one of the most famous artists to come out of the country, his most notable work being ‘The Great Wave’. This exhibition at the British Museum displays his work from the last 30 years of his life, the period that created his most prestigious works.

Giacometti at Tate Modern

10 May – 10 September 2017

Alberto Giacometti is best known for his sculptures of elongated people and animals. Many of the works are on loan from the Paris archive and include his hidden gems such as plasters and drawings that make up part of the evolution of his career. Tate Modern will be showcasing his famous works as well such as ‘Head of a Woman’ and ‘Walking Man’.

Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors at Gagosian

28 April – 15 August 2017

The Gagosian museum has partnered up with Picasso’s very own grandson, Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, to display some of his works that focus on bull-fighting imagery and mythological scenes from the spectrum of his career (1889-1971).

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