10 Must see Summer shows 2019

Jump head first into the wave of awesome art exhibitions hitting London this Summer. Soak up Spanish Impressionism, question what it means to be human in the digital age and experience a room full of rainbows. Where do I start?!


1. Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light – The National Gallery

This is the first time Sorolla’s work has been seen in the UK for over 100 years, and the wait is worth it! Beautiful, sun-drenched landscapes, vistas, and gardens are indispersed with the traditions of Spanish culture, and it’s people at the turn of the 20th century.

Until 7 July. £16-£18

2. Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-33 – Tate Modern

This year-long, free exhibition looks at a number of German artists’ between the Great Wars, who harbored and develpoed a range of works during a time of extreme political and social change. Artists’ include Otto Dix, George Grosz, Albert Birkle and Jeanne Mammen.

Until July 14. Free

 3. The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain – Tate Britain

This one goes without saying. Seeing any Van Gogh in the flesh is a must, and this major exhibition brings 50 of his works together to reveal how he was inspired by Britain and its artists. Notable works include ShoesStarry Night on the Rhône and the National Gallery’s Sunflowers.

Until 11 August. £22

4. Stanley Kubrick: The Exhibition – London Design Museum

For any film fan, this exhibition is a glorious geek-out opportunity to experience the genius of Stanley Kubrick’s work. Get exclusive insight into his unique mind, through interviews, letters, rare objects, his relationship to London and of course, relive some of his iconic scenes like The Shining, Eyes Wide Shut, A Clockwork Orange, Full Metal Jacket, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. I can already here Red Room calling me!

Until 17 September. £16.

5. AI: More than Human – The Barbican

The Curve space at the Barbican has a reputation for showing very cool, contemporary intereactive exhibitions, and its summer show is no exception. Bringing together artists, scientitsts and researchers, the exhibition explores the creative use of AI and how it can potentiallly revolutionise our lives.

Until 26 August. £15-£17

6. The Citi Exhibition: Manga – The British Museum

Be immersed in the largest Manga exhibition ever to take place outside of Japan, exploring visual storytelling through original graphic manga. One for the anime fan!

Until 26 August. £19.50

7. Royal Academy Summer Exhibition


One of the biggest open contemporrary summer shows you’ll see in London (and one of the brightest), The Royal Academy Summer Show will be brimmming with artistic, creative talent, from painting, drawing, print and architectural works.

Until 12 August. £18

8. Kiss My Genders – The Hayward Gallery

Spanning 50 years, this group exhibition will celebrate 30 international artists whose work exlpores gender identity. Not only will there be site-specifc works but the show will transcend the gallery walls and filter onto iconic Southbank.

Until 8 September. £15.50

9. Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life – Tate Modern

Who could forget the impact of ‘The Weather Project’ had when the heat and warming glow of the sun that filled the Turbine Hall in 2003. Now Olafur Eliasson returns with an exhibition and a series of sensory installation works, that will bridge the gap between the gallery space, how people become aware of their senses, and how they perceive their immediate environment and beyond the confines of the gallery walls. It should be a captivating show, and one of my highlights for this summer.

Opens 11 July until 5 January 2020. £18.

10. Anthony Gormley – Royal Academy of Art

You’ll have to wait all summer for another Gormley show. Pegged as his most ambitious exhibition in more than 10 years, Gormley returns to the Royal Academy to showcase work from his 45 year career, alongside new and exciting creations. Expect eperiential insatallations manufactured with organic, earthy matter that will encourage us to slow down, and become aware of our bodies and the environement.

Opens 21 September until 3 December. £18-22.

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