London is an incredible melting pot of culture, rich with many unusual, interesting and thought provoking activities to entertain visitors of all tastes. While some people head to the capital city for the West End shows, others take advantage of the fantastic shops and boutiques on offer. For art lovers, London’s art galleries can pave the way for a jam-packed weekend of exhibition hopping, discovering new artists and seeing the work of the classic masters, all in the same day. If you’re a lover of art and are heading to London this March, here are some of the exhibitions that are not to be missed this month.
Selfie to Self Expression, Saatchi Gallery
Nearest tube: Sloane Square
Although it doesn’t open until 31 March, you are limited to when you can see this exhibition. However, if you have choice, we’d recommend visiting the Saatchi Gallery at the end of the month. Head to the Sloane Square gallery early though as it is bound to get busy. Hailed as the world’s first selfie exhibition, it celebrates the pop-culture phenomenon as an art form in itself. Expect to see work from famous ‘selfie’ masters such as Cindy Sherman, as well as other emerging artists. What’s more, the public is invited to submit their own selfie-art in the run up to the launch.
David Hockney, Tate Britain
Nearest tube: Pimlico
Heading to London gives art fans a chance like no other to relish in the work of legendary artists such as British painter, David Hockney. The Tate Britain is hosting a retrospective this month showcasing his most famous work. It covers the wide range of mediums and style of work that he has explored and embraced over the years. Already hailed as a ‘triumph’ and receiving rave reviews, this is a must-see exhibition for art lovers, yet accessible and entertaining enough to be enjoyed by unseasoned gallery goers alike.
Eduardo Paolozzi, Whitechapel Gallery
Nearest tube: Aldgate
Running until May, there is plenty of time left to see another retrospective, this time from a lesser known but equally as innovative artist. Eduardo Paolozzi is considered the ‘godfather of Pop Art’, responsible for creating influential work during important cultural times, ranging from the 50s through to the 90s and beyond. This comprehensive exhibition features over 250 pieces of work from the Scottish artist including brutalist sculptures, pop-art collages, screen prints and more.
The Japanese House, Barbican Gallery
Nearest tube: Barbican
Similar to ‘Selfie to Self Expression’, The Japanese House opens on 23 March and runs until 25 June. Resonating with current trends, this exhibition explores and admires some of the most intriguing examples of contemporary architecture and design, as demonstrated in Japan. As well as showcasing fantastic, ground breaking examples of architecture, it takes into account the political and cultural events that influence the need for such impressive housing design. It also including photography, film and art, making for a fully rounded and thought provoking exhibition.
London’s art galleries constantly offer up a unique opportunity to discover cutting-edge art, helping to fuel any creative weekend in the capital city. This exhibition from the Barbican Gallery is a fine example of the diverse shows that are always on offer.