It’s a super year for exhibitions in London and we’re off to a flying start. I’ve compiled my picks in the list below. Follow the links for artist and exhibition rundowns.
Bookmark, explore and enjoy!
So She Travelled: An assault on the senses, the initial scale and shock factor of each installation and painting quickly transforms into wonder as layer upon layer of meaning are revealed in a seemingly never ending story, perfectly reflecting the traditional storytelling and Korean shamonism influencing Hyon Gyon’s artwork. If this is 2019 level artistry, it’s a savage over-achiever, firing from every creative outlet and hitting the mark every time.
So She Travelled: A wonderful opportunity to get an introduction to König’s roster of fine artists. One of my favourite galleries in Berlin, I’m really pleased to see this permanent home blossoming in London.
So She Travelled: 20 minute immersive virtual reality experience connecting the human and natural world using the journey of breath to transport visitors into digital forests, fantastical elevations and into the heart of the majestic Sequoia.
Carmignac Photojournalism Award / Arctic: New Frontier at Saatchi Gallery
15 March – 5 May
So She Travelled: Award winners, Yuri Kozyrev and Kadir van Lohuizen (NOOR), present the photo-story of their double Arctic expedition funded by the prize fund. Poignant testimony to the speed of change happening in the region and the influences of human trade and tourism.
So She Travelled: Two floors of sculpture, photography, installations and drawings all wrapped in Wurm’s delightfully impish sense of humour. The highlight are the Polaroids of one minute sculptures in the back room on the ground floor.
So She Travelled: Viola dominates this epic exhibition and turns Michelangelo into a whimsical sideshow. The scale of Viola’s video works is perfectly housed within the new RA and the exhibition title is fully explored.
So She Travelled: Before heading to Tate Britain’s exhibition, get an introduction to the work of master British photojournalist, Don McCullin at Hamiltons Gallery who have represented him for 30 years.
Allan Sekula: Photography, A Wonderfully Inadequate Medium at Marian Goodman Gallery
14 March – 18 May
So She Travelled: Politically and psychosocially concerned American filmmaker, photographer and writer, Allan Sekula is a wonderful subject to explore in this new presentation. As a seaside raised Californian, Sekula’s imagery wonderfully balances natural light and shadow to tell the stories of socio-economic conditions and capitalism on real people.
So She Travelled: Multimedia fashion artist, Wales Bonner represents a crossover of several genres featuring collaborations with leading creatives exploring magical practices within black culture using sensory site-specific installations.
So She Travelled: UK premiere of musician, Washington’s short film, As Told To G/D Thyself directed by filmmaker collective, Ummah Chroma.
So She Travelled: The entire show is chock-full of bangers, get thee to it.
So She Travelled: Focusing on the early New York portraits that Diane Arbus became renowned for, two thirds of these images have never been exhibited in the UK. Ticket also includes entry to Kader Attia’s Museum Of Emotion, which is one of the strongest shows I’ve seen.
So She Travelled: If you love Chihuly’s glass installations, this exhibition is a fantastic delve into his process, including light paintings and sculptures made up of mainly new works.
So She Travelled: 20 years since the last major exhibition of Bonnard’s work in the UK, this is an absolute treat. Take a few hours to explore the rooms and works of one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century.
So She Travelled: 75 works exploring Van Gogh’s relationship with Britain and the inspiration he drew from it, including his fascinating love for the writing of Charles Dickens and George Eliot. Brilliant added bonus of the British artists his work then inspired, including Francis Bacon and David Bomberg.
So She Travelled: Impressed with this gallery’s choices and Peruvian artist, Eielson is accorded plenty of scope to shine by curator, Francesca Pola, in this simultaneously subtle and bold showing.
So She Travelled: A thorough tour of Emin’s past and present works. Recommend beginning with the 22 minute film, How It Feels. A breath of fresh air in an age where feel-good mantras can make deep emotion seem optional.
So She Travelled: Based on the dream diaries of her grandmother who fled Nazi occupation in the Czech Republic, 13.5 minute film shot on 16mm and transferred to HD.
So She Travelled: Showcasing artists from Germany, Norway, France and the US exploring themes on dream interpretation.
So She Travelled: The first retrospective of phenomenal British artist, Frank Bowling and a 60 year career of highs almost completely overlooked outside of collector circles until now. Full of large scale paintings and sensational colour mastery, this is going to be one of the best exhibitions of the year.
So She Travelled: A truly enormous haul of works that have never been exhibited in the UK before. More than 30 pieces surveying Eliasson’s extraordinary journey in multi-sensory art so far, delighting audiences around the world in the process.
Worth going to twice, once to explore, twice to watch the effect on strangers. It will be packed. It will be worth it.
So She Travelled: Finally this standout Kubrick exhibition on loan from Deutsches Film museum makes its way to the filmmakers adopted country and resting place. This is the ultimate Kubrick exhibition (hints in the title) and the meticulous, fairly terrifying detail he went into on every single aspect and frame of his films prove beyond a doubt that his filmmaking was a serious art form. Spend time and enjoy.
So She Travelled: A wonderful 150 piece retrospective of a living female artist who defied the odds and built her own genre, manipulating her features using multiple real and virtual methods to create intimate portraits unlike any other.
So She Travelled: One of the UK’s greatest fashion photographers who brought fantasy to haute couture in a style that is always undeniably ‘a Tim Walker’. There’s also going to be full scale sets and installations to take visitors behind the scenes on shoots, which will enthral anyone who’s ever been interested in the secrets of high-end conceptual imagery.