Renowned around the world as the inspiration for numerous artists and dozens of creative movements, it’s no surprise that London can be considered the hub of the art scene; many of the city’s 857 art galleries are indeed rated among the best in the world. So, if you want to get lost among some breathtaking and awe-inspiring artwork this year, don’t miss these different art exhibitions that are being shown in London throughout 2023.
The London Art Scene
You don’t have to be an art critic to know that London has one of the most exciting art scenes in the world. From commercial art galleries to auction houses, and art fairs to street art, there are many ways to see some of the best creative masterpieces in the country’s capital. Better still, the accessibility of London makes the art scene open to everyone – no matter their experience in the art world. So whether you are getting to London by train, aeroplane, or even car, there are plenty of ways to see some of the city’s best art pieces.
Exhibitions not to miss
Take a look at some of the best images taken by late photographer Richard Avedon, during his monumental 60-year career. With the exhibition at Hamiltons Gallery focusing on glamour, expect to see household names like Twiggy, Ingrid Boulting and Jean Shrimpton dotted throughout Avedon’s photos.
Now until 11th of August.
Capturing the moment
With 4.7 million visitors every year, the Tate Modern is the most popular modern art gallery in the world – and the Capturing the Moment exhibition will undoubtedly entice even more. The exhibition has been curated to explore the dynamic between contemporary painting and photography, showcasing big artistic players like Paula Rego, David Hockney, Lisa Brica, Paulina Olowska, and Andy Warhol.
13th June to 28th January 2024.
Yevonde: Life and Colour
Another infamous 60-year career worth celebrating is that of London-based Yevonde Middleton. Her work pioneering colour photography in the 1930s made waves for contemporary photographers today, and her incredible career is currently being showcased in the National Portrait Gallery.
22 June to 15th October.
Just one of the many great exhibitions taking place at the V&A, Diva explores the origin of the term, including how performers of all genders have made the title their own by expressing themselves on stage. Feast your eyes on over 60 iconic looks from music and pop culture, like Marilyn Monroe’s fringed dress in Some Like It Hot and Elton John’s Louis XIV-inspired, Sandy Powell-designed look for his 50th birthday.
24 June to 7 April 2024.
If you want to surround yourself with some of the world’s best artwork and most iconic creatives, don’t miss these incredible art exhibitions in London this year.