Free Spring and Summer Art Exhibitions in London

Becky Matthews

Daylight savings time is finally here, so make the most of your extra hours of sunlight inside dimly lit rooms full of free art. Here are some dates for your cultural calendar in London this Spring and Summer.

free spring and summer art exhibitions in London
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Kaleidoscope

An exhibition featuring nine artists including Florence Hutchings, Mia Feuer and Tillman Kaiser. Laura Buckley’s Fata Morgana is a large-scale kaleidoscope, and visitors are invited to kick off their shoes, step inside and let colourful moving projections wash over them. There are also sculpture, paintings and photography all echoing the themes and patterns of a kaleidoscope.

When: Until 5th May
Where: Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea
Link: https://www.saatchigallery.com/

Christian Marclay

Christian Marclay is an American–Swiss visual artist who explores connections between sound, photography, and moving image. This exhibition features stop-motion animation, and street photography from around London and a floor-to-ceiling ‘vertical poem’ made up of 22 strips.

When: Until 15th May
Where: White Cube, Mason’s Yard
Link: https://whitecube.com/exhibitions/exhibition/christian_marclay_masons_yard_2019

How Chicago! Imagists 1960s & 70s

The Chicago Imagists are a group of artists associated with the School of the Art Institue of Chicago in the late 1960–70s known for surrealism and working with objects found in city thrift stores and markets like pinball machines and old comics. This is the first major exhibition of theirs in the UK and features artists like Roger Brown, Sarah Canright, Jim Falconer, Ed Flood and Christina Ramberg. Expect explosions of colour, and irreverent humour across paintings, sculptures, drawing and printmaking.

When: Until 26th May
Where: Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art
Link: https://goldsmithscca.art/exhibition/chicago-imagists/

Joanna Piotrowska – All Our False Devices

A photographic exhibiton of work by London-based Polish photographer Joanna Piotrowska featuring black and white images. The exhibtion is part of Tate Britain’s Art Now series which focuses on emerging artists. The photographs incude a series where the artists asked people in Lisbon, Rio De Janneiro, Warsaw and London to build shelters in their homes and gardens to subvert ideas about childhood play.

When: Until 9th June
Where: Tate Britain
Link: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-britain/exhibition/joanna-piotrowska

Magic Realism: Art in Weimar Germany 1919-1933

Catch the last few months of this year-long display of artworks created in Germany during the inter-war years. Magic Realism is more closely associated with liteature, but it comes from artist and critic Franz Roh to describe realist paintings with dream-like or fantasy imagery. The collection features paintings of period of pre-WW2 hedonism and freedom from artists like Jeanne Manmne and Otto Dix.

When: Until 14th July
Where: Tate Modern
Link: https://www.tate.org.uk/whats-on/tate-modern/exhibition/magic-realism

Check out our full London events page for more things to do this summer.

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