London’s must-see exhibitions of 2017

  • Words: Spindle

With the New Year comes a whole array of exciting upcoming art events over the next twelve months, from annual art fairs and prizes to interesting new exhibitions. As ever in London, there are some cultural gems waiting to be explored over this year, and we’ve picked our must-see events for 2017 so you can make sure you don’t miss a single thing.

Art Fair London

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London’s Art Fair showcases work from over 100 galleries, from photography to paintings, prints to sculpture, and editions to installation. The art on display in the main Fair is from the early 20th century to the present day, ranging from museum quality Modern British art to work from today’s leading artists. As well as this, there are two curated sections, Art Projects and Photo50 that focus on younger galleries, up and coming work, and contemporary photography.

When: 18-22nd January 2017.

Where: Business Design Centre.

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Terrains Of The Body: Photography From The National Museum Of Women In The Arts

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This collection will showcase photography and video work from seventeen contemporary artists from all over the world, drawn from the National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington. The artists featured have turned their focus on women, often including themselves, and embrace the female body as a storytelling medium, exploring identity, and reflecting on both individual and collective experience.

When: 18th January-16th April 2017.

Where: Whitechapel Gallery.

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David Hockney

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The work of the extremely influential British artist returns to Tate Britain for the most comprehensive exhibition of his work yet. Gathering together David Hockney’s most famous pieces, across painting, drawing, print, photography, and video, the exhibition will celebrate his creative achievements over six decades, as the artist approaches his 80th birthday.

When: 9th February-29th May.

Where: Tate Britain.

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Eduardo Paolozzi

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Considered the ‘Godfather of Pop Art,’ Eduardo Paolozzi was one of the most innovative and irreverent artists of the 20th century. This major retrospective will spans five decades and contain over 250 works, including collages, sculptures, prints, and textiles.

When: 16th February-14th May 2017.

Where: Whitechapel Gallery.

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Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2017

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The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize is an annual award established by The Photographer’s Gallery, with four artists shortlisted: Sophie Calle, Dana Lixenberg, Awoiska van der Molen, and duo Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs. This year’s shortlist celebrates both photographic narrative and more experimental and conceptual approaches. The exhibition will showcase the work of the shortlisted photographers, and the winner will be announced at an award ceremony during the run of the show.

When: 3rd March-11th June 2017.

Where: The Photographer’s Gallery.

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Queer British Art 1861-1967

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This is an important exhibition: the first to be dedicated to queer British art. The show marks the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England, and aims to celebrate the diversity of queer British artwork. On display will be an array of deeply personal work from 1861 to 1967 that relates to LGBTQ identities, with artists such as John Singer Sargent, Dora Carrington, Duncan Grant, and David Hockney featured in the exhibition.

When: 5th April – 1st October 2017.

Where: Tate Britain.

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Prix Pictet

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The Prix Pictet is considered the world’s leading photography prize, and is now in it’s seventh year, with this year’s theme being ‘Space.’ The prize aims to show the power of photography in drawing attention to global issues of sustainability. Twelve photographers have been shortlisted for the prize, with their work going on display in May.

When: 6-26th May 2017.

Where: Porter Gallery, V&A Museum.

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The Pink Floyd Exhibition

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The V&A is showcasing the first international retrospective of Pink Floyd, agreeably one of the world’s most influential bands. The exhibition will be a spectacular audio-visual experience of Pink Floyd’s unique musical worlds, and will chronicle their music, staging and design, from their beginnings in the 60’s to today.

When: 13th May-1st October 2017.

Where: V&A Museum,

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Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour

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One of the exhibitions set for this year at the newly reopened Design Museum is Hella Jongerius’ ‘Breathing Colour,’ an installation-based exhibition that explores how colour behaves and interacts. Drawing on years of research, the designer has examined shapes, different materials, shadows, and reflections in her exhibition.

When: 28th June-24th September 2017.

Where: The Design Museum.

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Frieze London

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Featuring art from more than 160 of the world’s leading galleries, and from over 1000 of today’s leading artists, Frieze London is one of the leading international art fairs. With work ranging from newly discovered talent to some of the most respected names in the art world, there’s something for everyone to see. The annual fair also features a series of talks.

When: 5-8th October 2017.

Where: Regent’s Park.

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