Top 10 Art Exhibitions in London

Don't miss out on the best London art exhibitions! Catch these great London exhibitions as chosen by our editorial team.

Rubens And His Legacy

Encounter some of the truly great works from the history of art at the Royal Academy of Arts’ Rubens and His Legacy exhibition. Brimming with genuine masterpieces, this is the first major overview of the work of Peter Paul Rubens. The Flemish Baroque artist is responsible for some of the finest works produced in the 17th century. 24 Jan-10 April

Richard Tuttle

Study the work of American postmodernist, Richard Tuttle, at one of three artistic displays across the capital: an exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery, a large-scale sculpture in Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall and a new publication, all titled I Don’t Know . Or The Weave of Textile Language. 14 Oct-6 Apr

Sigmar Polke

Enjoy innovative and experimental art work from one of the most original artists of the last century, at the Tate Modern's retrospective of the German artist Sigmar Polke. Highlights include works created using an eclectic mixture of materials such as bubble wrap and meteor dust. 9 Oct-8 Feb

Taylor Wessing Prize

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize features work by professional photographers alongside emerging artists, photography students and talented amateurs. The judges sifted through more than 4,000 images from almost 2,000 entrants to produce a shortlist of just 60 amazing shots, with the finalists going on display. Until 22 Feb

Inventing Impressionism

Discover the story of art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel and his role in discovering Impressionist painters Degas, Monet, Pissarro and Renoir, with a visit to Inventing Impressionism at the National Gallery, where more than 85 exceptional works go on display. 4 Mar-31 May

Painting Paradise

Drawing on the Royal Collection's extensive treasures, Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden at the Queen's Gallery displays a wide range of paintings, drawings, books, manuscripts and decorative art with the garden at the centre. 20 Mar-11 Oct

Sargent: Portraits of Artists

Get up close to works from some of the 20th-century’s greatest artists inspired by John Singer Sargent, in Sargent: Portraits of Artists and Friends at the National Portrait Gallery. The works on display are primarily of Sargent’s colleagues, friends and contemporaries. 12 Feb-25 May

History is Now

Encounter some great works of art and learn more about their influence on British society with History is Now: Seven Artists Take on Britain at the Hayward Gallery. Featured artists include Roger Hiorns, John Akomfrah, Hannah Starkey and Richard Wentworth. 10 Feb-26 Apr

Salt and Silver

Explore the wonderful world of pioneering photography in Salt and Silver: Early Photography 1840-1860 at Tate Britain. The very first exhibition in the country entirely devoted to salted paper prints, this show studies the format for the earliest examples of the medium. 25 Feb-7 Jun

Richard Diebenkorn RA

The Royal Academy of Arts is displaying some of the finest abstract paintings of the last century for the Richard Diebenkorn exhibition, featuring some of the great works from the three main periods of the American artist's varied career. 14 Mar-7 Jun

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