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Don't miss out on the best London art exhibitions! See what's on and catch these great London exhibitions.

250th Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

Grayson Perry Selfie with Political Causes artwork

Get up close to more than 1,300 contemporary artworks with the Royal Academy of Arts250th Summer Exhibition. Curated by Grayson Perry, the annual show features sculpture, paintings and installations from world-famous names and emerging artists, including Anish Kapoor, David Hockney, Wolfgang Tillmans and Tracey Emin. Until 19 Aug

All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life at Tate Britain

Detail of a portrait of a girl by Jenny Saville

See how 20th-century British artists depicted life’s most intimate aspects with All Too Human: Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life at Tate Britain. Featuring works from Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach, among others, the display explores how figurative painting can communicate our deepest emotions. Until 27 Aug

Somewhere in Between at the Wellcome Collection

A lady floats underwater in an image titled Under, 2015 by Martina Amati, which is part of Somewhere in Between at Wellcome Collection. Image courtesy of Wellcome Collection. Copyright Martina Amati.

Take a closer look at the human body with Somewhere in Between at the Wellcome Collection. Artists Daria Martin, Maria McKinney, John Walter and Martina Amati have worked with scientists to create four installations delving into the world of human science and genetics. Until 27 Aug

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern

Portrait of a woman by Picasso

Relive one of the most important years in the Spanish artist’s career with Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern. The display explores, month by month, the most important events in Picasso’s life and work during 1932. This was a pivotal moment in his career, culminating in some of his most famous paintings. Until 9 Sep

Painted Hall Ceiling Tours at the Old Royal Naval College

Restorers studying a fresco

See the largest painted ceiling in London, as it is being renovated, during one of the Painted Hall Ceiling Tours at the Old Royal Naval College. Be amazed by the details of the baroque masterpiece from an 18m-high (60ft) vantage point, and learn more about artist Sir James Thornhill’s outstanding work. Until 29 Sep

The Great British Seaside at National Maritime Museum

Photograph of two pigeons eating chips on a beach

Discover how some of Britain’s most acclaimed photographers have captured the essence of seaside experiences with The Great British Seaside at National Maritime Museum. The exhibition’s highlights include 20 new works from Martin Parr, alongside photographs from Tony Ray-Jones, David Hurn and Simon Roberts. Until 30 Sep

Splendours of the Subcontinent at The Queen's Gallery

A Royal Collection Trust member of staff holds a gold ornamental fish.

Delve into the history and culture of south Asia through items housed in The Royal Collection with this double exhibition. Trace Albert Edward, Prince of Wales’ grand tour through gifts given to him during his travels with A Prince's Tour of India: 1875-6; or see magnificent works of art from the area with Four Centuries of South Asian Paintings and Manuscripts. Until 14 Oct

Michael Jackson: On the Wall at National Portrait Gallery

Michael Jackson steps on illuminated boxes in a field with a woman in a red dress and a city behind him.

Examine how Michael Jackson has influenced generations of contemporary artists, with Michael Jackson: On the Wall. Marking 60 years since the birth of the “King of Pop”, the National Portrait Gallery showcases works from more than 40 artists, including Andy Warhol and Grayson Perry, that portray the music icon in various forms. Until 21 Oct

Dream On at the V&A Museum of Childhood

Delve into the mysterious world of the unconscious with Dream On at the V&A Museum of Childhood. Explore the idea that toys may come to life through compelling art installations and surreal works. Until 20 Jan

Poster Girls: A Century of Art and Design at London Transport Museum

buses at London Transport Museum

See iconic posters used on the London public transport system with Poster Girls: A Century of Art and Design at the London Transport Museum. The exhibition commemorates the work of influential female designers such as Dora Batty, Laura Knight and Freda Lingstrom, through a display of graphics, books, photographs and ceramics. Until Jan. Book now

Harry Potter Graphics at House of MinaLima

An envelope for an acceptance letter into Hogwarts, addressed to Harry Potter.

Head to the House of MinaLima in London’s West End and surround yourself with props and artworks from the Harry Potter films. See original wizardry items, graphics and objects by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the designers behind the Harry Potter movie artworks. Ongoing