London offers an unparalleled array of art experiences, from classical masterpieces to cutting-edge contemporary works. In this journal entry, we'll explore the most captivating exhibitions gracing the city's galleries and museums, showcasing everything from renowned artists to emerging talents. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or a casual visitor looking for inspiration, join us on a journey through the vibrant and diverse art scene of London.

Frank Auerbach 

When: 9th Feb to 27th May 2024

Where: The Courtauld Gallery

During his early years in post-war London, Frank Auerbach created a striking series of large-scale charcoal portrait heads, spending months on each piece, constantly refining them during numerous sittings with his subjects. The intense process is evident in the richly textured drawings, sometimes even breaking through the paper, reflecting a struggle mirrored in the rebuilding of post-war lives. The upcoming Griffin Catalyst Exhibition will showcase these remarkable post-war drawings alongside paintings of the same subjects, offering a rare glimpse into the intertwined mediums of one of the world's most celebrated living artists.

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Yoko Ono: ‘Music of the Mind’ 

When: 15th February to 1st September 2024

Where: Tate Modern

Yoko Ono, a pioneer in conceptual and participatory art, film, and music, is renowned for her radical ideas and unwavering commitment to world peace. The UK's largest exhibition, YOKO ONO: MUSIC OF THE MIND, spans over seven decades, showcasing key moments in her multidisciplinary career. From her early years in the US, Japan, and the UK to her influential works like Cut Piece and Film No.4 (Bottoms), the exhibition invites audiences to engage with over 200 artworks, including installations, films, and music. Ono's groundbreaking approach to art and participation, expressed in poetic and radical ways, remains relevant today. 

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Now You See Us: Women artists in Britain 1520-1920

angelica kauffman

When: 16th May to 13th October 2024

Where: Tate Britain

This exhibition spans 400 years, highlighting women's journeys to becoming professional artists from Tudor times to World War I. Figures like Mary Beale, Angelica Kauffman, Elizabeth Butler, and Laura Knight challenged societal norms by pursuing commercial careers and participating in public exhibitions. With over 150 works, the exhibition dispels stereotypes about women artists, showcasing their determination to succeed in traditionally male-dominated subjects like history, battle scenes, and the nude. It illuminates their efforts to promote equal access to art training and academy membership, breaking boundaries and reshaping the role of women in the art world.

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Naomi in Fashion

Opens: 22nd June 2024

Where: V&A, South Kensington

Inaugurating a pioneering showcase, this exhibition delves into the remarkable trajectory of fashion icon Naomi Campbell. Immersed in the creative realms of top global designers and photographers, the exhibition reveres her profound creative alliances, impassioned activism, and extensive cultural influence.

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Zanele Muholi

When: 6th June 2024 to 26th January 2025

Where: Tate Modern

Zanele Muholi, a celebrated photographer, is renowned for their global exhibitions. This showcase, featuring over 260 photographs, chronicles Muholi's career as a visual activist, particularly in documenting South Africa's Black LGBTQIA+ communities. Their series, such as 'Only Half the Picture' and 'Faces and Phases,' confront the ongoing violence and prejudice faced by the LGBTQIA+ community. Additionally, works like 'Brave Beauties' and 'Being' challenge stereotypes while the ongoing series 'Somnyama Ngonyama' explores themes of labour, racism, and sexual politics. Originating from their 2020-21 Tate Modern exhibition, this display includes new works, offering a comprehensive view of Muholi's impactful oeuvre.

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Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers

When: 14th September 2024 to 19th January 2025

Where: National Gallery

Experience Van Gogh's breath-taking masterpieces in our once-in-a-century exhibition. Journey through his beloved landscapes and intimate scenes, from starry nights to serene gardens. Rarely seen paintings from around the world will be showcased alongside his extraordinary drawings. Delve into Van Gogh's transformative years in the south of France, where he revolutionised his style with vibrant colours and poetic textures, inspired by poets and artists. Don't miss iconic works like 'Starry Night over the Rhône' and 'The Yellow House,' as well as our own 'Sunflowers' and 'Van Gogh's Chair.'

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All the colours: Expressionists at the Tate Modern

When: 25th April to 20th October 2024

Where: Tate Modern

Discover the groundbreaking art of The Blue Rider, a circle of friends and collabourators who sought to revolutionise modern art in the early 20th century. Led by Wassily Kandinsky and Gabriele Münter, they experimented with colour, sound, and light to create vibrant and bold works. 'Expressionists' tells the story of their friendships through art, highlighting individual creatives like Franz Marc and Alexander Sacharoff. The exhibition showcases over 130 masterpieces, including paintings, sculpture, photography, and performance, offering unprecedented access to Lenbachhaus, Munich's collection.

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