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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 top exhibitions in London.

1. Noguchi at the Barbican Art Gallery

Study sculpture “as a living environment”, as the career of Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi is put into focus with Noguchi at the Barbican Art Gallery. Tackling environmental, social and spiritual themes, the 150 sculptures, designs and models highlight Noguchi as one of the 20th century’s most pioneering artists. Until 23 Jan

2. The Credit Suisse Exhibition – Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist at the National Gallery

Go on a journey across Europe through Albrecht Dürer’s works at the National Gallery this winter. The German Renaissance artist travelled widely, from the Alps to Italy, the Netherlands and beyond – learn how his work and style was influenced by these travels in works such as Madonna and Child, which is displayed for the first time in the UK. Until 27 Feb

3. Hogarth and Europe at Tate Britain

William Hogarth's painting depicting a man and woman slumped in a chair near a fireplace and servants looking the other way.
William Hogarth Marriage A-la-Mode: 2, The Tête à Tête, 1743-45 © The National Gallery, London. Image courtesy of Tate.

Step into the 18th century, as you compare more than 60 William Hogarth artworks with European painters of the day in Hogarth and Europe at Tate Britain. Study the iconic Gin Lane painting alongside works by the likes of Jean-Siméon Chardin, Pietro Longhi and Cornelis Troost, who each depicted everyday life in their cities. Until 20 Mar

4. Late Constable at the Royal Academy of Arts

Discover a change in direction for one of Britain’s most famous artists at the Royal Academy of Arts’ latest exhibition, Late Constable. Learn how, in his later years, John Constable used a more expressive style and a greater use of light and shade that’s evident in drawings, sketches and paintings from 1825 until his death in 1837. Until 13 Feb

5. Beano: The Art of Breaking The Rules at Somerset House

Celebrate one of the world’s best-loved comics, as original illustrations meet newly imagined works and immerse experiences at Beano: The Art of Breaking The Rules at Somerset House. See Dennis the Menace as a 70-year-old, take aim at famous artworks in an interactive catapult game, and much more. Until 6 Mar

6. Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 1950s-Now at Tate Britain

A group of people wearing headscarves and hats in a room, with a sound system and turntable, in Denzil Forrester's work Jah Shaka.
Denzil Forrester Jah Shaka 1983. Collection Shane Akeroyd, London © Denzil Forrester
Discover the story of Caribbean-British art through the work of 40 artists, including Grace Wales Bonner, Frank Bowling and Steve McQueen, in Life Between Islands at Tate Britain. Learn how Caribbean art was brought over by the Windrush generation of the 1950s and has since developed, through the Black Artists Movement of the 1970s and 1980s to the present day. Until 3 Apr

7. Francis Bacon: Man and Beast at Royal Academy of Arts

Study Francis Bacon’s fascination with painting animals in the first exhibition of its kind, at the Royal Academy of Arts. Francis Bacon: Man and Beast includes famous works from the artist’s early career alongside his last ever painting, which goes on display to the public for the first time in the UK. 29 Jan-17 Apr

8. Van Gogh. Self-Portraits at The Courtauld Gallery

Discover how Van Gogh’s portraiture evolved throughout his career at The Courtauld Gallery’s reopening exhibition Van Gogh. Self-Portraits. Having been closed for a major redevelopment, the gallery brings together the first ever exhibition of the artist’s portraits from his whole career, including the iconic Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear. 3 Feb-8 May

9. 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 12 Jun

10. 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

London exhibitions in 2022 to book ahead

Louise Bourgeois The Woven Child at Hayward Gallery

Take a look at Louise Bourgeois’ use of fabrics and clothing, as The Woven Child sews together the final threads of the artist’s career. Study sculptures, collages, installations and other textile works in this Hayward Gallery exhibition that explores themes of identity, sexuality, trauma and memory. 9 Feb-15 May

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. 24 Feb-29 Aug

Raphael at The National Gallery

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. 9 Apr-31 Jul

Our Time on Earth at The Curve, 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. 5 May-29 Aug

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. 18 May-16 Oct

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