For art lovers, London has a treasure trove of galleries to visit. The city is not only well known for its many world class museums but is equally famous for playing host to the finest contemporary art galleries in the world. Whether you love modern art, are a fan of abstract impressionist paintings or even an ardent admirer of the European Masters, you can be sure of satiating your artistic appetite for all sorts of art forms.
The best time to visit London is in summer or at the beginning of autumn when the weather is just perfect to visit the numerous art galleries that are to be found across the city. It is also a time to score some great London hotels special offers and discount deals.
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The Barbican Art Gallery: It is situated in one of the most controversial yet popular structures in the city set amidst the brutalist style of architecture known as the Barbican Centre. It is a vibrant venue that is known to host some of the top art exhibitions in the city and has presented an eclectic mix of international artists. It is located in the centre of the city and is known to be a venue that plays host to the most avant-garde artists, designers and architects of contemporary times. It was opened to the public in 1982, and it has strived to expose the city’s art aficionados to some of the best contemporary art that is available. It has housed creations by prominent designers and architects of the likes of Avar Alto, Charles and Ray Eames and Le Corbusier among other leading figures of the art world. Its famous curve gallery is known to provide a springboard to contemporary upcoming artists with artists like Bedwyr Williams and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer to name a few.
The Tate Modern: It is one of the most popular and best loved art galleries in the city of London. It epitomises everything that a classic art gallery must encompass. It opened in 2001, with the event being one of the most anticipated events on the arts and culture calendar of that year. A decade and half later it still inspires and stirs the imagination of art lovers with its stunningly innovative exhibitions. It has been at the forefront of performance art and is renowned for its exceptional collection of modern art. Some of the works include creations by Eva Hesse and Jackson Pollock. Since the past few years it has played a pioneering role in promoting art creations from other parts of the world. This has included special Exhibitions by Lebanese artist Saloua Raouda Choucair, Indian artist Somnath Hore and South African Nicholas Hlobo. It has proved itself to be a trendsetting art institution that embraces a cosmopolitan outlook and welcomes artistic creations crossing all barriers of social race, inequality and gender.
Whitechapel Gallery: Located in the centre of the East End of London, the Whitechapel Gallery has been around for more than a century. It still retains its rightful place as one of the leading galleries in the city. It was established in 1901 with the express purpose of enlightening the residents of the East End to the beauty of art and its many expressions. It certainly succeeded in its aim and has not looked back ever since. Some of the top artistic creations to be showcased here over the years include the great Pablo Picasso, Sol Le Witt, Jackson Pollock, Nan Goldin and Cindy Sherman among many others. It is a prominent fixture on the city arts calendar and also provides a board platform for new talent. It organises its unique London Open exhibition every three years in the city that features creations by contemporary artists living in London. To know what are the latest trends in modern art there is no better gauge than the contemporary exhibits in the gallery.
Serpentine Art Gallery: This gallery is situated in the idyllic surroundings of magnificent Kensington Gardens. Although it is not too large (compared to its contemporaries) It is cosy and airy and one of the most popular venues to view contemporary art exhibits in the city. It was opened in the area in 1970, in what was a former tea pavilion in the gardens. Two factors that make it particularly endearing to visitors are its tranquil location and its close vicinity to Kensington High Street. The addition of the Sackler Gallery has contributed to its popularity and it serves as a popular venue for emerging contemporary artists and designers. It has hosted a phenomenal number of top notch artists and their creations with the likes of Christan Boltanski, Jake and Dinos Chapman and Shirin Neshat, among other luminaries of the contemporary art world.