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Best art exhibitions in London 2021

Don't miss out on the best London art exhibitions in reopened galleries, or plan ahead for future exhibitions.
A lady, wearing a face covering, holds an exhibition catalogue while  staring up at artwork. More of Van Gogh's works are projected onto the walls behind.
Van Gogh Alive at Kensington Gardens, London. Photo: Pamela Raith. Image courtesy of Van Gogh Alive

The wide range of galleries in London have an exciting lineup of exhibitions allowing you to get your art fix. 

Current exhibitions in London

Get ready to admire amazing artworks with some of these top exhibitions in London.

1. The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin at Tate Modern

Various plaster hands, in various colours, laid out next to each other.
Auguste Rodin, Limbs, Circa 1880–1917. Plaster and terracotta. Musée Rodin. Photo © agence. Image courtesy of Tate.

Understand the importance of plaster in Auguste Rodin’s art, and discover the ways in which he portrayed the human body broke all the rules. The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin explores the artist’s works and models during this major Tate Modern exhibition. Until 21 Nov

2. The Art of Banksy at 50 Earlham Street

Banksy’s iconic street art has long been a mystery, with stencil works popping up in unexpected places. But you can now see many of the unknown artist’s works in one place, as the world’s largest collection of privately owned Banksys is brought together in The Art of Banksy at 50 Earlham StreetSeven Dials. Until 21 Nov

3. Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel at Cannon Factory

Replicas of the Sistine Chapel frescoes on the walls and ceiling, as part of the indoor exhibition.
Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel. Image courtesy of Fever Up.
Step into Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel in Tottenham Hale this autumn and winter. Using cutting-edge technology, frescoes from the iconic location are recreated in life-size form, allowing the great artist’s masterpiece to be seen from new perspectives by new audiences. Until 2 Jan

4. Poussin and the Dance at the National Gallery

Visit the National Gallery for an epic exhibition of Poussin’s works and watch dance come to life with Poussin and the Dance. Showcasing some of the artist's best paintings and drawings, alongside the antique sculpture he studied, the exhibition allows you to witness the 17th-century painter’s evolution. Until 2 Jan

5. Summer Exhibition 2021 at the Royal Academy of Arts

A  pictue of two abstrat figures, one sitting, one leaning, dressed in colourful clothing.
Eddy Kamuanga: Oubliez le passé et vous perdez les deux yeux. Courtesy the artist.

Taking place since 1769, the Royal Academy of Arts' famous Summer Exhibition brings together artwork in all its forms from big names and emerging stars. You can view works by incredible artists, or treat yourself to your very own artwork to take home, all based around the Summer Exhibition 2021 theme "Reclaiming Magic". Until 2 Jan

6. 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 9 Jan

7. 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

8. Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms at Tate Modern

Discover a world of endless reflections inside Yoyoi 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

9. 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

10. Illuminated River

London bridges are lit up along the Thames at night with the skyline.
London's bridges lit up as part of the Illuminated River. Photo: James Newton. Image courtesy of Caro Communications.

The Illuminated River spans 14 of London’s iconic bridges, which come to life at night with thousands of LED lights. See Westminster Bridge lit in green hues, marvel at pulses of light on the Millennium Bridge or spot saturated colours inspired by impressionist paintings on Southwark Bridge. Ongoing

London exhibitions in 2021 to book ahead

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. 30 Oct-13 Feb

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. 3 Nov-20 Mar

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. 20 Nov-27 Feb

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. 25 Nov-3 Jul

Find more of the latest exhibitions in London with our pick of the best museum exhibitions, or download the Visit London app for more inspiration on the go.