Summer? I barely knew ‘er.
Yep, it’s that time of year again. Those Havaianas you got on sale a few summers ago go back to their sole (pun very much intended) role of “taking the rubbish out” footwear. Your novelty Hawaiian shirt had its final run out of the year at Notting Hill Carnival and now you can FINALLY wash your one pair of decent shorts.
BUT. It’s not all sad. With Autumn and colder temperatures comes the return of turtleneck season.
Autumn isn’t just about fashion choices though. The change in weather also means you likely won’t wanting to be spending as much time taking dates to your favourite local beer gardens.
The greyer months of the year are a perfect opportunity to expand your cultural horizons. Take your date to an inspiring exhibition of the world’s greatest artistic minds.
Here is a list of our most hotly anticipated exhibitions this Autumn!
Tate Britain: Turner Prize (26th September 2018 – 6th of January 2019)
Always one of the highlights of the year in the UK art scene, the Turner Prize returns for its 34th year with the same goal of celebrating the best of British art.
As per usual featuring 4 artists (and groups of artists in one case this year) who all look to push the boundaries of conceptual art. The art in this year’s exhibition is driven by “tackling pressing issues in society today” according to the prize’s website.
The artists exhibiting include Forensic Architecture, Naeem Mohaiemen, Charlotte Prodger and Luke Willis Thompson.
Tate Modern: Magic Realism: Art In Weimar Germany 1919-1933 (30th July 2018 – 14th July 2019)
For those interested in early 20th century politics, this is undoubtedly the art exhibition for you this Autumn. Magic Realism focuses on the effect of the extreme political developments between the two wars in Germany on the artists of the time. The works will prove to be incredibly thought provoking and informative, but definitely meant for fans of more unsettling pieces.
National Gallery: Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet To Cezanne (17th September 2018 – 20th January 2019)
So, sadly, the Courtauld Gallery is going to be closed during the Autumn for redevelopment work, but one galleries’ loss is apparently another one’s major gain! The National Gallery has been lucky enough to host some of the Courtauld’s unmatched collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings. Prepare to reminisce about your GCSE art days and fall in love again with Cezanne, Renoir and Manet.
National Portrait Gallery: Michael Jackson: On The Wall (28th June 2018 – 21st October 2018)
Coinciding with what would’ve been the King of Pop’s 60th birthday, On The Wall has been tipped by some as the exhibition of the year. Opening in the Summer (and running until October) it has been a massive hit with art fans. Featuring works from greats such as Andy Warhol, Grayson Perry and David LaChapelle, the exhibition set to explore the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the art world’s most famous faces.
Hayward Gallery: Space Shifters (26th September 2018 – 6th January 2019)
No one wants to say it (especially on a date) but galleries can be boring sometimes right? 4 white walls, some paintings… *snoring noise*. Why not spice things up a bit? You know flood the space with gallons of engine oil?
Space Shifters might just be the most innovative exhibition you’ll see this year. At the very least, it will completely flip your previous expectations of what an art gallery space should and shouldn’t be.
V&A: Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up (16th June 2018 – 4th November 2018)
If not yours then Frida (first name terms, obviously) is your best friend’s favourite artist.
Adored by art fans and (generally speaking) feminists world-wide, this exhibition is a dream for all those who’ve never able to see much, if any, of her work in the flesh before.
The V&A will provide you with a chance to get up close and personal with items that have never left Mexico before. A truly unique opportunity to connect with the heroine of Surrealism and Magical Surrealism.
Saatchi Gallery: Black Mirror: Art as Social Satire (28th September 2018 – 13th January 2019)
Disclaimer: This exhibition is NOT to do with the infamous Netflix series!
It is, however, no doubt going to be one not to miss for all fans of the series. Focusing on exploring themes of political and social uncertainty through art and satire, it’ll definitely make you see the world in a different light.
Whitechapel Gallery: Elmgreen and Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue (27th September 2018 – 13th January 2019
The famous Scandinavian artists are all about playing with the uncanny valley and this upcoming exhibition is no different. Prepare to immerse yourself in installation pieces that will make you question your reality. Much like the Black Mirror exhibit at the Saatchi, but in this case just the two artists working at the top of their unsettling game.
Royal Academy: Klimt/Schiele: Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna (4th November 2018 – 3rd February 2019)
Tipped as one of THE exhibits to look forward to this year by our friend, Edith Pritchett,this is a cultural excursion for your more figurative art fan. The exhibit looks to explore the artists’ intimate relationships with their creative process and life to mark the centenary of both artists’ deaths. Prepare to get close and personal with the self-portraits of Schiele and the provocative drawings of Klimt.
Across London: London Design Festival (15th– 23rdSeptember 2018)
Not just limited to one museum or venue, the yearly London Design Festival is back and bigger than ever. Even for those who wouldn’t normally consider themselves art connoisseurs, there’s something for everyone. The festival has events that cover architecture, graphic design, textiles, digital media, multi-disciplinary design, you name it. It’s the perfect way to tour London, if you want to make your date a little different.
You can start at Somerset House for the London Design Biennale (happens every 2 years, this year it’s on emotional states.) Then, why not head over to Trafalgar Square to see Please Feed The Lions, an interactive sculpture by Es Devlin. You can then head to Borough High Street to the ‘Colourful Crossings’ series (pedestrian crossings transformed!) If that’s not enough, stop at mycoocoon “Colour Energy” Hubfor an interactive and multisensorial experience, based on the use of colour. The whole festival is a delight, showcasing the best of London. Unmissable!
Voila, a list of 10 excellent exhibitions for you and your date to get your cultured teeth into.
Now get inspired and remember to work on your interested face.