Tabish’s Top 5 Art Exhibitions to see in London over Christmas

Tabish Khan brings you five art exhibitions in London that you should visit during the week. Each one comes with a concise review to help you decide whether it’s for you.

This week is a special edition. Most of the art world may have closed down and of course most places will be closed on Christmas Eve through to Boxing Day but there are a few major exhibitions, which are due to close soon, that you can see on the other days of the holiday period.

Copyright Bernd & Hilla Becher
Copyright Bernd & Hilla Becher

1. Constructing Worlds @ Barbican Art Gallery
This is easily the strongest photography exhibition of the year. It may not have received a similar level of hype to other blockbuster shows but it’s a must see for all photography fans. Superbly curated and filled with amazing images.

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Copyright English Heritage

2. Rembrandt: The Late Works @ National Gallery

This exhibition has received much warranted hype – in fact we’ve not seen a bad review for this spectacular show. The Dutch master is at his best in his later works and his portraiture is a class apart from his contemporaries.

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Copyright National Gallery

3. Constable: Making of a Master @ V&A
Constable is arguably Britain’s finest landscape painter and this thorough exhibition charts his journey. A methodical and logical painter means this show is insightful if not all that exciting.

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Copyright Agostino Veneziano & British Museum

4. Witches & Wicked Bodies @ British Museum

A collection of supernatural and macabre drawings draw out both the use of the occult in art and the label of ‘witch’ to suppress empowered women.

Copyright Maggi Hambling
Copyright Maggi Hambling

5. Maggi Hambling: Walls of Water @ National Gallery
These abstract paintings conjure up images of powerful waves breaking. Her art is strongest when colour is used sparingly to create a certain bleakness within the destructiveness of nature.

About Tabish Khan

Art Critic for both FAD and Londonist. See as many exhibitions as possible and write reviews, opinion pieces and a weekly top 5 for FAD.