With so many great things going on in London at any one time, and so much work to do before you can even think about anything else, you can be forgiven for not taking full advantage of our city’s cultural calendar. That being said, it’s handy to know what’s on and, more importantly, what’s good, in the event that you do come upon one of those rare and beautiful commitment-free afternoons.
Here are a few of our tips for the best of what London’s many museums and galleries have to offer over the next few months.
Basquiat: Boom for Real - Until 28 January @ The Barbican
Almost 30 years on from his tragic death aged just 27, Jean-Michel Basquiat’s art is still as captivating as ever. Surely this year’s most anticipated exhibition, Basquiat: Boom for Real provides a comprehensive look at a wide range of the New York artists’ work, as well as revealing fascinating insights into his inspiration and process. Over 100 pieces are exhibited, including photos, films, paintings, and notebooks.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year - From 20 October 2017 to 31 March @ The Natural History MuseumWith this being its 53rd year, Wildlife Photographer of the Year at The Natural History Museum is considered by many to be the most prestigious competition in wildlife photography. This exhibition showcases the 100 best pictures out of 50,000 or so entrants, from all over the world. Wildlife photography is perhaps the most universally accessible of all genres of photography, and the works on display here are sure to fascinate observers of all ages.
DALI/Duchamp - From 7 October 2017 to 3 January @ The Royal Academy
Two artistic heavyweights whose character and works might typically be considered worlds apart; Dali’s and Duchamp’s works are presented here together in a way which illustrates perfectly their surprising relationship and the influence they had on each other. An unmissable collection, focusing on the more erotic aspects of both artists’ work, and a truly unique opportunity to see together the work of two of the art-world's most lauded sons, though admittedly, not one for the mild-mannered.
Can Graphic Design Save Your Life? Until 14 January @ The Wellcome Collection
Though the question posed in this exhibition’s title focuses on Graphic Design’s potential to save life, what’s also suggested by the works within it is that the opposite can also be true, that Graphic Design can take life. This fascinating (and free) exhibit at The Wellcome Collection focuses on graphic design within the pharmaceutical and medical industry and poses thoughtful questions about the oft under-appreciated world of graphic design.
The City is Ours at Museum of London Until 2 January @ Museum of London
The City is Ours is the focal point of this year’s City Now City Future, a year-long season of exhibitions, creative commissions, large-scale public events, talks and debates, all focused on the ever-changing world of urban living. Through interactive exhibits, The City is Ours aims to provoke thought about our role in shaping the communities we live in and attempts to provide solutions for the coming challenges urban living will inevitably face.