The Best London Art Exhibitions in 2013

London has art galleries and exhibitions to suit every art lover’s taste, ranging from modern art to contemporary sculpture, and from Old Masters to Impressionist paintings. The wide range of artworks displayed in London is sure to please even the most demanding art lover, and, with free entry to many of the galleries, it wouldn’t go amiss to visit them on a regular or repeat basis. Upcoming highlights in 2013 include:



Opening January 23rd at the Institute of Contemporary Art, and running for much of the first quarter of the year, is Juergen Teller: Woo. This German photographer has a weekly column in the German newspaper Die Zeit, and much of the exhibition features work used therein, along with other work of his from the fashion and art worlds.

The National Portrait Gallery presents the first ever retrospective hosted by a major museum of Man Ray’s portrait work. Best known in the art world for his avant-garde photography, this exhibition highlights his pioneering experimentation and a powerful choice of subjects in the portraiture field. From 7th Feb – 26th May. Some concessions apply, with entry up to £14.


Vermeer & Music: The Art of Love and Leisure in the Dutch Golden Age combines an exhibition of musical instruments and songbooks from Vermeer’s era with all three of his music paintings, and with works by his contemporaries from the seventeenth century, exploring music and metaphor of the time. From Jun 26 to Sept 8th at The National Gallery.

One of the highlights at Tate Modern is a major retrospective of Roy Lichtenstein’s work, covering both his pop-art paintings and sculptures, and including iconic pieces such as ‘Look Mickey!’ and ‘Whaam!’. 21st Feb to 26th May. $14.

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Performance Art, Installations & More

From February 14th to June 9th, The Bride and the Bachelors features over 90 works, examining the influence Marcel Duchamp had on four individual figures of 20th century music, art and dance; John Cage, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham and Jasper Johns.

Schwitters in Britain features the work of German artist Kurt Schwitters, whose ‘Merz’ collage work uses a wide variety of source materials. Schwitters fled from Germany to escape persecution in 1940. At Tate Britain from 30th Jan 30 to 12th May. £10.

The Hayward Gallery has Light Show running from 30th Jan to 28th Apr, and this concentrates on the medium of light in art. Amongst many installations, sculptures, and environments, covering periods from 1960s to the present, will be minimal neon constructions by Dan Flavin, kinetic machines by Conrad Shawcross, and conceptual word projections by Jenny Holzer. Up to £11, some concessions apply.

Music & Art

London has many multi-purpose venues, and at a number of these, you can combine exhibitions, food and concerts under one roof. At The Barbican, for instance, you can visit their Curve Gallery, which plays host to new art commissions created specifically for the space, and visit a concert or play in the evening. Likewise, The South Bank Centre houses a number of concert halls, cafes and bars, along with the Hayward Gallery which, as well as hosting workshops, talks, and special events, plays host to exhibitions of international stature, specializing in modern masters and exciting contemporary names.

A brief article such as this can only detail a mere fraction of the extensive number of exhibitions, galleries and performances on offer in London, and those named above are by no means the only exhibitions at the venues concerned.

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Author Byline: Mike often uses one of his favorite hotels’ excellent concierge team to find the latest information on the best art exhibitions and galleries in London. Find Mike at the Connaught, one of London’s best 5 star hotels.

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2 thoughts on “The Best London Art Exhibitions in 2013

  1. One of the best exhibitions of 2013 is the Madge Gill: Medium & Visionary exhibition at Orleans House Gallery.

    This free retrospective brings together over a hundred stunning works by the UK’s leading outsider artist – many of which have never been shown to the public before.

    There is still time to see it – it ends on 26 January 2014.

  2. Pingback: Guide to London's Art Gallery | Finer Lifestyle Magazine

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