The Top 5 Art Exhibitions to see in London this week

Art critic Tabish Khan brings you The Top 5 Art Exhibitions to visit this week. Each one comes with a concise review to help you decide whether it’s for you. All are closing soon:

america in revolt

America in Revolt @ Shapero Modern
Posters from the Berkeley anti-war protests. Brilliant designs including Goya’s Saturn devouring his son as the US eating its own children. Until 27 Feb.

heman chong

Heman Chong @ South London Gallery
Watch your step. The floor covered with a million blacked out business cards makes for slippery progress. Signs say where you can go but ignore them. The whole installation is a thumb in the eye of corporate culture. Until 28 Feb. 


Tibet’s Secret Temple @ Wellcome Collection
Tantric buddhism isn’t all about sex. This is an in-depth exploration of deities, rituals and spirituality. A fascinating insight into a side of Buddhism I knew very little about. Until 28 Feb. 

V0010560 The first plague in Egypt, rivers turned to blood. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images The first plague in Egypt, rivers turned to blood. Coloured etching. Lettering: Die erste Plage in Egyptenland, oder die Verwandlung alles Wassers in Blut. ... 2. Mose cap. 7.v.19, 20, 25. La premiere plaïe en Egypte. ... Exode cap. 7.v.20, 21, 25. The lettering above is in French and reversed. Lettering continues with paragraphs describing the particular plague. Coloured etching 1775/1779 Published: [1775/1779] Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0

Blood @ Jewish Museum
There is a huge amount of symbolism in blood, and its been used by artists and most religions through history. This exhibition also covers the controversies such as maintaining the purity of blood lines advocated by both the Nazis and certain members of the Jewish faith. Until 28 Feb. 


Manual labours: The Complaining Body @ Peltz gallery, Birkbeck university, 43 Gordon Square
An intriguing look at that most British of hobbies – complaining. How does our posture change when we’re delivering and receiving complaints? Plenty of letter of complaint are on display too. Until 3 Mar.

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.