We are getting ready for Christmas and New Year and starting to look forward to 2024 so before we go here are 7 Museum exhibitions and two Art Fairs* to see in early 2024.
1 YOKO ONO: MUSIC OF THE MIND, 15th February – 1st September 2024 Tate Modern
We are so looking forward to this and Yoko Ono’s words of PEACE are obviously needed more than for a long time – Tate Modern will present the UK’s largest exhibition celebrating the ground-breaking and influential work of artist and activist Yoko Ono (b.1933, Tokyo).YOKO ONO: MUSIC OF THE MIND will celebrate Ono’s groundbreaking contributions to early conceptual and participatory art, music, and her passionate advocacy for world peace. MORE
2 Entangled Pasts, 1768–now: Art, Colonialism and Change, 3rd February – 28th April 2024 Royal Academy of Arts.
In February 2024, the Royal Academy of Arts will present Entangled Pasts, 1768–now: Art, Colonialism and Change, an ambitious exhibition bringing together over 100 major contemporary and historic artworks as part of a conversation about art and its role in shaping narratives around empire, enslavement, resistance, abolition and colonialism. Spanning over 250 years, from the foundation of the Royal Academy in 1768 to the present and informed by the RA’s ongoing research into its links with colonialism, the exhibition will engage over 50 artists connected to the institution to explore the relationship between art and our understanding of the past. MORE
3 CUTE, 25th January – 14th April 2024, Somerset House
CUTE – a major new landmark exhibition- In January 2024 Somerset House presents CUTE, a landmark exhibition exploring the irresistible force of cuteness in contemporary culture. From emojis to internet memes, video games to plushie toys, food to loveable robotic design, cuteness has taken over our world. MORE
4 Barbara Kruger, Thinking of
You. I Mean Me. I Mean You, 1st February – 17th March 2024, Serpentine South.
Barbara Kruger gets first solo institutional exhibition in London in over 20 years – Serpentine to present a solo exhibition of recent works by American artist Barbara Kruger. The exhibition will be presented at Serpentine South from 1st February to 17th March 2024 and in the public realm with Outernet Arts. MORE
5 Saul Leiter: An Unfinished World, 17th February – 2nd June 2024, MK Gallery
Not London but it’s near enough and the images make it worth the travel – looking forward to this one. American photographer Saul Leiter (1923 – 2013), one of the most important practitioners of the post-war period and a pioneer of colour photography, celebrated for his evocative images of New York City in the 1950s and 1960s, will be the subject of a major survey. MORE
6 Francis Alÿs, 27th June – 1st September 2024, Barbican Art Gallery
This summer, the Barbican will present a major new exhibition by internationally renowned, Mexico-based artist Francis Alÿs (b. 1959, Antwerp, Belgium), his largest institutional solo exhibition in the UK for almost 15 years. Conceived as a welcoming space for all children to visit, it will transform the brutalist architecture of the Barbican Art Gallery into a cinematic playground of children’s games. MORE
7 Sargent and Fashion, 22nd February – 7th July 2024, Tate Britain
In February 2024, Tate Britain will open a major exhibition dedicated to the great portrait painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925). It will reveal Sargent’s ground-breaking role as a stylist, fashioning the image his sitters presented to the world through sartorial choices. Staged in collaboration with the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the exhibition will feature 60 paintings – including rare loans as well as works drawn from Tate and MFA’s extensive collections. MORE
8 London Art Fair 2024, 17- 21st January VIP Day 16th
It’s back again a relaxing way to get back into the artworld after your Christmas break but now with added Gemma Rolls Bently curating Platform and Charleston House as Museum Partner *plus a special limited edition QR-coded sticker with an emerging artist exhibiting in Encounters from FAD magazine (ViP’s only) – MORE
9 CONDO 20th/21st January 2024
*We are calling it an artfair, they call themselves a collaborative exhibition, people might call it an Art weekend but whatever you call it- it’s great to have it back after a four-year break. The most interesting London galleries hosting galleries from cities around the world over a weekend but with the exhibitions continuing into February, if you want to see the work without a crowd. 50 galleries across 23 London spaces – exhibitions continue until 17th February 2024 MORE