Popular and iconic British city, London, offers enough variety and eclectic events from music to art and dance to satisfy any visitor. This summer includes a number of exciting art exhibitions to feast over all across the city. Here is a list which offers just a taste of what is in store for London art lovers this summer.
Lowry. From 26 June to 20 October, the Tate Gallery welcomes an exhibition of around 80 pieces by British painter, LS Lowry. As well as the art works, the Tate also celebrates Lowry’s history and how he became one of the most celebrated painters of the industrial city.
Sou Fujimoto pavilion. The Serpentine Gallery from 6 June right through to 20 October reveals its new 2013 pavilion designed by Japanese architect, Sou Fujimoto. The new pavilion, which will be crafted from fine white steel, will be like stepping into a futuristic world against the more classic colonnaded backdrop of the Gallery.
David Bowie. The V&A is also holding the first-ever international retrospective of celebrated influential British musician, David Bowie. The exhibition will consist of more than 300 objects including handwritten lyrics, stage costumes, photographs and Bowie’s own instruments. Highlights will include 1972 Ziggy Stardust bodysuits, famous album sleeve artworks and Diamond Dogs tour set designs from 1974. The long running exhibition can be seen from 23 March to 28 July.
National Gallery. Amongst the many exhibitions being showcased at The National Gallery is ‘Vermeer and Music: Love and Leisure in the Dutch Golden Age.’ The show explores the concept of music in the northern Netherlands during the 17th century as a pastime for the elite. Two paintings by Vermeer – ‘Young Woman Standing at a Virginal’ and ‘Young Woman Seated at a Virginal’ – will be brought to the space for the first time alongside ‘Guitar Player’. The pieces will be placed with music instruments and song books of the period in order to promote the beauty of Vermeer paintings. The exhibition will be from 26 June to 8 September in the National Gallery’s Sainsbury Wing.
Roy Lichtenstein. The Tate Modern will also be a holding a retrospective of famous American pop artist, Roy Lichtenstein. You may be able to catch the end of the exhibition, which runs from 21 February to 27 May, if you are planning a trip to London this summer. The Tate will be bringing together 125 of Lichtenstein’s paintings and sculptures including Look Mickey (1961) which will be on loan from the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Alongside his most famous pieces, people will also be able to see his little-known early abstract expressionist paintings and art nouveau-inspired sculptures.
Laura Comben is a writer from Brighton. Her passions are writing, art, photography and reading articles on the Zanda website.