Top Art Exhibitions in London

Don't miss out on the best London art exhibitions! See what's on and catch these great London exhibitions as chosen by our editorial team.

Painters' Paintings: From Freud To Van Dyck at The National Gallery

Don’t miss Painters’ Paintings: From Freud To Van Dyck at The National Gallery, an exhibition of more than 80 works which were once in the possession of great artists. Explore stunning paintings from the unusual point of view of the artists who owned them: discover why they chose them, and to what extent they were influenced by them. 23 Jun-4 Sep

Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age at Tate Britain

Follow the dialogue between the experimental beginnings of photography and some of the greatest painters of the Victorian and Edwardian ages at Tate Britain's exhibition Painting with Light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the Modern Age. See stunning paintings by major artists such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Singer Sargent alongside some photographic experiments, and examine how the two mediums influenced one another. 11 May-25 Sep

 

David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life at the Royal Academy of Arts

Goggle at the recent works of one of Britain's greatest living painters, with David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life at the Royal Academy of Arts. Meet Hockney's friends, family and acquaintances through the 82 portraits on display in this exhibition, giving you a unique insight into the painter’s life and the Los Angeles art world. 2 Jul-2 Oct

Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph at the Science Museum

Find out about the pioneering contribution of Henry Fox Talbot to the then emerging art of photography in his day with Fox Talbot: Dawn of the Photograph at the Science Museum. The exhibition draws on one of the most extensive collections of Fox Talbot’s work. It places unique examples of early photography in the context of 19th century’s experiments with telegraphy and the pioneering modernisation that informed this period. 20 Apr-11 Sep

 

Visscher Redrawn: 1616-2016 at the Guildhall Art Gallery

See how London’s skyline has changed over the last four centuries with Visscher Redrawn: 1616-2016 at Guildhall Art Gallery. Compare the 400-year-old iconic engraving of the City of London by Visscher with a new interpretation by artist Robin Reynolds. 20 Feb-20 Nov

Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent at The Queen's Gallery

Head to The Queen's Gallery to see stunning paintings from the Royal Collection with Scottish Artists 1750-1900: From Caledonia to the Continent. Celebrate the rich variety of Scottish art and immerse yourself in the peaceful atmospheres of Highland landscapes. The exhibition features celebrated artists such as Allan Ramsay, Sir David Wilkie and Alexander Nasmyth. 18 Mar-2 Oct 

 

Capturing the City: Photography at the Bank of England at the Bank of England Museum

Trace the history of photography with Capturing the City: Photography at the Bank of England at the Bank of England Museum. Explore the history of the bank through rarely-seen photographs from its own photography collection, which spans the entire history of the medium. 18 Jan-31 Dec

 

The BFG in Pictures at the House of Illustration

Examine The BFG in Pictures at the House of Illustration, a display of illustrations by Quentin Blake famously created for Roald Dahl’s marvellous novel, The BFG. See 40 original artworks, most of which have never been exhibited in public before, and relive the magic of a staple of children's literature. 24 Jun-2 Oct

 

Björk Digital at Somerset House

Discover the surreal world of the Icelandic artist and musician with the immersive exhibition Björk Digital at Somerset House. Relive Bjork's hypnotic music with special visual installations and displays: using the latest virtual reality (VR) technology, you can engage with the renowned artist in a new and original way. 1 Sep-23 Oct