The Tate is one of those names that is synonymous with London. It’s actually comprised of two distinct venues, the Tate Modern and the Tate Britain – both are notable art galleries in their own right but they are often referred to collectively as simply ‘the Tate’. When you hear of a show taking place at the Tate, you can be sure that it will be a top-notch display of world class art. Both the Tate Modern and Tate Britain boast full calendars of exhibitions and, with the number of high calibre shows on display year round, there’s always something new to explore, even if you are a frequent visitor to London.
If you’re staying at one of our hotels near Old Street London, such Montcalm Hotels London, it’s an easy journey to the galleries. Here’s our pick of the top exhibitions to make a beeline for this month during your stay.
Tate Modern, until 10th September 2017
The Giacometti exhibition at the Tate Modern showcases some of the Swiss sculptor and painter’s finest works of the twentieth century. It’s a vast exhibition that brings together over 250 pieces of varying formats, including some rarely seeing drawings. There are also a number of items that that are being exhibited for the first time.
Queer British Art 1861 - 1967
Tate Britain, until 1st October 2017
This is the first exhibition dedicated to LGBT British art and it covers a vast period, incorporating works from 1861 right through to 1967. All of the pieces in the collection relate to the LGBTQ community. The exhibition sets out to explore how artists expressed themselves through art, at a time when thoughts and feelings on gender and sexuality were evolving. The show marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and runs until October so there’s plenty of time to check it out.
Tate Modern, until 8th October 2017
Fahrelnissa Zeid is one of the world’s most celebrated female artists and this exhibition at the Tate Modern promises to mesmerise and impress fans of her work. Zeid’s place in the art world was solidified in the 1950s and from there she made a name for herself as an international artist who does things a little differently.
Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power
Tate Modern, until 22nd October 2017
Soul of a Nation is being held at the Tate Modern until October, highlighting the contribution of black artists to a period of American art and history. The exhibition is one of the few opportunities to see artworks that defined an era and made a big change to the American art world.
No trip to London would be complete without a visit to an art gallery and both the Tate Modern and Tate Britain are excellent choices. Other popular choices if you have time to fill include The National Gallery, The Portrait Gallery and Whitechapel Gallery.