Best 10 art exhibitions in London 2022

Don't miss out on the best London art exhibitions in top galleries, or plan ahead for future exhibitions.

The wide range of galleries in London have an exciting lineup of exhibitions allowing you to get your art fix. Get ready to admire amazing artworks with some of these must-see art exhibitions in London.

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1. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern

Purpley and white lights refelct in the mirrors within Yayoi Kusama's mirror rooms at Tate Modern.
Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirrored Room - Filled with the Brilliance of Life 2011/2017 Tate. Presented by the artist, Ota Fine Arts and Victoria Miro 2015, accessioned 2019. © YAYOI KUSAMA.

Discover a world of endless reflections inside Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern. Combining 2012 work Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life, and a Chandelier of Grief, this exhibition offers a mesmerising and immersive glimpse into the mind of the Japanese artist. Until Jun 23

2. Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year at the National Maritime Museum

Gaze at out-of-this-world imagery from space photographers, as the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year exhibition comes back into orbit at the National Maritime Museum. This stellar display features more than 100 of the best entries to this annual competition, including Milky Way and aurorae images. Until 7 Aug

3. Surrealism Beyond Borders at Tate Modern

Leonara Carrington's  surrealist work titled Self-Portrait, including a person sitting on a chair, a small hyena, rocking horse and a window with curtains.
Leonora Carrington Self-portrait c.1937–38. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Pierre and Maria-Gaetana Matisse Collection, 2002 © 2021 Estate of Leonora Carrington / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Image © Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Be amazed by an inventive art genre that has influenced artists across the globe with Surrealism Beyond Borders, at Tate Modern. Expanding the scope of previous shows dedicated to surrealism, this exhibition covers work by artists from 40 countries over 80 years – see works by Magritte, Dali and more. Until 29 Aug

4. Japan: Courts and Culture at the Queen's Gallery

Be intrigued by an exhibition of Japanese art from the Royal Collection at The Queen's Gallery. The rare pieces on display include diplomatic gifts from the reigns of James I to Elizabeth II, providing an insight into Japanese artistry and the cultural exchange between the British and Japanese royal and imperial families. Until 12 Mar

5. Raphael at The National Gallery

Raphael's painting Saint John the Baptist Preaching featuring people in coloured robes listening intently to a man in pink robes on the grass
Raphael's painting Saint John the Baptist Preaching, 1505, Oil on poplar © The National Gallery, London. Image courtesy of The National Gallery, London.
Short but prolific, Raphael’s career saw him become one of the most prized painters of his generation. Working across many mediums and genres, the High Renaissance artist is put into focus at The National Gallery, which brings together works from across the world. Marvel at his skill in painting, architecture, poetry and design. Until 31 Jul

6. Walter Sickert at Tate Britain

Explore the radical compositions of Walter Sickert, one of the most important figures in British art in the early 20th century at Tate Britain's retrospective. The exhibition showcases his transition from impressionism to modernism, with works inspired by news stories such as the Camden Town Murders, theatrical performers and popular culture. Until 18 Sep

7. Our Time on Earth at The Curve, Barbican Centre

A night time scene featuring a pink field of crops under pink rays of light with city skyscrapers in the background.
Liam Young ‘s Planet City at Our Time on Earth at The Curve, Barbican Centre © Liam Young. Image courtesy of Liam Young / The Barbican Centre.
Catch a glimpse into the future, as Our Time on Earth hones in on changing conversations and ideas around the climate crisis. This forward-thinking exhibition at The Curve at the Barbican Centre combines immersive, interactive and digital works to explore different ways of living in harmony with our planet. Until 29 Aug

8. Cornelia Parker at Tate Modern

Delve into the mind of contemporary artist Cornelia Parker, as Tate Britain draws together some of her key works that question our relationship with everyday objects and the world around us. Stealing the show are suspended works, the immersive War Room installation and a 13 metre-long (43 ft) Magna Carta embroidery. Until 16 Oct

9. Pip & Pop at the Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art

A rainbow coloured display of rounded objects made from sugar and candy.
Where there is a flower there must be a butterfly so the flower shines more brightly. Image courtesy of Pip & Pop / Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Be dazzled by Pip & Pop, a vibrant exhibition of rainbow artworks made out of sugar and candy by artist Tanya Schultz at The Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art inside Kew Gardens. Immerse yourself in the imaginary landscape installation created with Kew scientists and filled with foods of the future. 21 May-5 Mar. See this exhibition as part of entry to Kew Gardens - book Kew Gardens tickets now

10. Lubaina Himid at Tate Modern

Discover theatre-inspired works by Turner-Prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid in an immersive exhibition at Tate Modern. Drawing on her background in theatre design, Himid creates different scenes for her figurative painting, which highlight often overlooked aspects of society and history. Until 2 Oct

Art exhibitions in London to book ahead for 2022

Milton Avery at Royal Academy of Arts

Discover the art of American painter Milton Avery, one of the great colourists of the 20th century. Famed for his signature use of harmonious colour and simplified forms, this exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts will showcase his celebrated style with paintings from the 1930s to the 1960s. 15 Jul-16 Oct

Platinum Jubilee: The Queen's Accession at Buckingham Palace

A black and white portrait of Queen Elizabeth wearing a diamond tiara in 1952.
Dorothy Wilding, HM Queen Elizabeth II, 1952. Image courtesy of Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022.
Celebrate the Queen's Platinum Jubilee in 2022 by exploring a remarkable exhibition documenting the Queen's Accession to the throne in February 1952. The historic display in the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace features an exquisite collection of Her Majesty's royal portraits and jewellery. 22 Jul-2 Oct. See this exhibition as part of entry to Buckingham Palace - book Buckingham Palace tickets now

Maria Bartuszová at Tate Modern

Explore Slovak artist Maria Bartuszová's abstract artworks inspired by the natural world at Tate Modern. This evocative exhibition showcases the artist's experimental method of casting plaster by hand, creating delicate and unique sculptures in organic shapes akin to the human body, cocoons and rain-drops. 21 Sep-16 Apr 

The Credit Suisse Exhibition Lucian Freud: New Perspectives at the National Gallery

A self-portrait of Lucian Freud dressed in grey with two small children in the bottom left.
Reflection with Two Children (Self-portrait) Lucian Freud, 1965 © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images. Image courtesy of Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

See how Lucian Freud's painting style has evolved from a linear style to more playful depictions showcasing more characterful features. The National Gallery exhibition shines a new light on the Berlin-born painter’s signature works from large-scale canvasses to intimate portraits that span seven decades of his career. 1 Oct-22 Jan 

The EY Exhibition: Cézanne at Tate Modern

Step into the world of Cézanne, one of the most pivotal figures in modern art. In this career-spanning exhibition at Tate Modern, discover how he broke the rule book as an emerging impressionist and made his mark on the art world with his signature still life's, landscapes and paintings of bathers. 6 Oct-4 Mar

Making Modernism at Royal Academy of Arts

a painting of a girl with reddish brown hair holding a baby wearing a red outfit with red flowers in the background
Paula Modersohn-Becker Girl with Child, 1902 Oil on cardboard, 45.3 x 50.5 cm Kunstmuseum Den Haag © Kunstmuseum Den Haag. Image courtesy of Royal Academy of Arts.

Discover Making Modernism at Royal Academy of Arts, illustrating the pioneering work of women who developed a radical new approach to European art in the early 1900s. Featuring innovative self-portraits, urban scenes and landscapes from celebrated artists such as Paula Modersohn-Becker, Kӓthe Kollwitz, Gabriele Münter and Marianne Werefkin. 12 Nov-12 Feb

Magdalena Abakanowicz at Tate Modern

Get a rare opportunity to see Polish artist Magdalena Abakanowicz's famous Abakans at Tate Modern. The pioneering installation features the ambiguous woven fibre sculptures in a towering forest-like display, alongside the artist's drawings and early textile pieces. 17 Nov-21 May

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