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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.

Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern

Discover how African American identity was explored by artists during the Civil Rights Movement in the United States with Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power at Tate Modern. Explore more than 30 years of art practice through 150 works by more than 60 acclaimed artists. Until 22 Oct

The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt at National Gallery

Admire extraordinary portrait drawings by Renaissance and Baroque masters with The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt at the National Gallery. Highlights of the exhibition include sketches by Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt van Rijn, and Leonardo da Vinci. Until 22 Oct

Matisse in the Studio at Royal Academy of Arts

Admire the French artist’s personal collection of quirky objects and see how they informed his art with Matisse in the Studio at the Royal Academy of Arts. View 65 of Matisse’s paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints, alongside Chinese porcelain, African masks and other artefacts used as inspiration for his works. Until 12 Nov

Henri Matisse, Still Life with Seashell on Black Marble. Copyright: Archives Henri Matisse

Canaletto and the Art of Venice at The Queen’s Gallery

Be amazed by the work of Venice’s most famous view-painter with Canaletto and the Art of Venice at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Experience the grandeur and beauty of 18th-century Venice through a collection of 200 paintings by Canaletto and some of Italy’s finest artists. Until 12 Nov

Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth at the Royal Academy of Arts

Discover the groundbreaking work of the influential American artist with Jasper Johns: Something Resembling Truth at the Royal Academy of Arts. Marvel at Johns’ iconic paintings and collages, and discover pieces that seldom travel from international collections, including his famous images of flags, targets and maps. Until 10 Dec

Poster Girls: A Century of Art and Design 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. 13 Oct-1 Jan

Dalí / Duchamp at the Royal Academy of Arts

Explore the creative talent of two of the 20th century’s most innovative artists with Dali / Duchamp at the Royal Academy of Arts. Discover how Salvador Dalì and Marcel Duchamp’s friendship influenced their work, and marvel at more than 80 paintings, peculiar objects, sculptures and films. Until 3 Jan

Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain

Discover a celebrated collection of artworks by Turner Prize-winner artist Rachel Whiteread at Tate Britain. Whiteread’s biggest retrospective to date, the exhibition showcases some of her most famous monumental works, alongside interesting new pieces. Until 21 Jan

Copyright: Rachel Whiteread

Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican Art Gallery

Admire the vibrant colours of the famous New York artist with Basquiat: Boom for Real at the Barbican Art Gallery. See more than 100 stunning pieces, from photographs and paintings to films and notebooks, and discover Basquiat’s cultural inspirations, including television, music and his collaboration with Andy Warhol. Until 28 Jan

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites at National Gallery

Discover how the famous Arnolfini Portrait influenced the work of 19th-century British artists with Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites at the National Gallery. Compare van Eyck’s masterpiece with paintings by Sir John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Morris and other major Pre-Raphaelite artists. Until 2 Apr

Painted Hall Ceiling Tours at Old Royal Naval College

See the largest painted ceiling in London, as it is being renovated, during one of the Painted Hall Ceiling Tours at Old Royal Naval College. Be amazed by the details of the Baroque masterpiece from a 60-foot-high (18-metre) vantage point, and learn more about artist Sir James Thornhill’s outstanding work. Until 2 Sep 2018

Harry Potter Graphics at House of MinaLima

Have you ever dreamt of receiving Hogwarts’ acceptance letter? Then head to the House of MinaLima in London’s West End, and surround yourself with props and artworks from the Harry Potter films with Harry Potter Graphics. See original wizardry franchise projects, graphic work and objects by Miraphora Mina and Eduardo Lima, the designers behind the Harry Potter movie artworks. Ongoing