Van Gogh: The Immersive Adventure
This year, London will host two Van Gogh exhibitions. The first, Van Gogh Alive, will take place this summer, beginning on Friday, June 4 in Kensington Gardens. The multi-sensory installation, which has now been seen by 7 million people in 65 locations. They offer viewers the impression of walking right inside the paintings of the Dutch artist. Following a summer visit in New York, the hypnotic exhibition Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience, which will take up 20,000 square feet of space, will go to London later this year. The show will project some of Van Gogh’s most famous paintings across two levels, allowing viewers to go inside and witness. The Starry Night or Sunflowers series on a scale that will transport them — conceptually.
Paddington: The Story Of a Bear
The iconic tale of Paddington Bear, a much-loved bear! In this elegant book and CD combo, join Paddington and the Browns as they begin their adventures at Paddington Station and relive their famous story. Paddington Bear originally encountered the Browns at a railway station, specifically Paddington station. He’d traveled from Darkest Peru with nothing except a jar of marmalade, a suitcase, and a label that said, “Please look after this bear.” Without further ado, Mr. and Mrs. Brown welcomed the daring bear into their family, naming him Paddington in honor of their meeting spot. Paddington is an odd bear, as the Browns quickly find. When a bear named Paddington is present, simple tasks, such as taking a bath, become exceptional. This beloved story is now available as a lovely picture book and CD combo that children of all ages will appreciate.
Paula Rego, Tate Britain
Paula Rego has a gift for telling stories. She creates works that tell of personal and social struggles, whether in paint, pastel, collage, or ink. Rego has worked with both abstraction and figuration. Throughout her productive career, drawing on a wide spectrum of sources ranging from comic strips to history painting.
Over 100 works track Rego’s creative trajectory in this significant solo exhibition, which is the artist’s largest and most thorough to date. Large pastels and elaborately textured staged scenes from Rego’s famous Dog Women and Abortion series will hang alongside early paintings from the 1950s. Prepare to explore into the depths of her fertile and vivid mind.
Ryoji Ikeda: 180 The Strand
Immersive art has a terrible rep, with some dismissing it as a bunch of twinkly lights and attractive colors meant to get Instagram likes. Ryoji Ikeda’s show at 180 The Strand, on the other hand, isn’t twinkly or attractive, and it’s immersive. Instead, the Japanese artist has filled the labyrinthine brutalist rooms of this former office complex with eye-searing, brain-liquifying, ear-shredding light and sound works (here with his largest ever European show).
Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser, V&A
Follow Lewis Carroll’s adventure into the rabbit hole, which spans more than 150 years.
Since Lewis Caroll originally published Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland in 1865, it has been reinterpreted, restaged, and recreated numerous times. See original illustrations from the 1951 Disney animation and costumes from the Royal Ballet production. As well as displays charting the story’s impact on 20th- and 21st-century pop culture, from Japanese Lolita fashion to Salvador Dal’s art, in this immersive journey through 156 years of retellings.
David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020, Royal Academy
View the pandemic through the eyes of the artist.
When the world was put under lockdown in early 2020. RA artist David Hockney holed up at his home in Normandy, northern France. Stuck at home, he went into overdrive, making dozens of works on his iPad to commemorate the arrival of spring. Since 2010, Hockney has been using an iPad, and each of the 116 pieces on exhibit here has been enlarged to allow the viewer to fully appreciate his amazing paint, or stylus, strokes.
BEANO: The Art Of Breaking The Rules, Somerset House
A look back at London is the most popular comic.
The Beano, London’s longest-running children’s comic book, is deeply ingrained in the culture of London. Somerset House will host an exhibition this autumn honoring the 4,000-issue comic, its artwork, and its history. As well as presentations by modern artists influenced by Dennis the Menace and his drawn companions.
Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul, Royal Academy
Tracey Emin is naked, sobbing, and bleeding on a bed. Her shattered body is covered with blood and gushing bodily fluids. In gentle watercolors, Edvard Munch’s women match Emin’s stances, all gaze emptily into the distance. This exhibition, which features paintings of naked women by the renowned Norwegian artist alongside Emin’s naked self-portraits, is dark, horrific, and almost physically unpleasant. There aren’t many laughs here, but there are a lot of sentiments.
Lubaina Himid, Tate Modern
Lubaina Himid, a painter, writer, and curator has committed her multi-disciplinary career to examine problems of race, gender, class, and ignored histories for more than 30 years. This large-scale exhibition will unfold in a series of scenes designed to shove visitors center stage, inspired by Himid’s passion for theatre (she studied Theatre Design at Wimbledon College of Arts before becoming an artist)New work will be displayed alongside highlights from the artist’s illustrious career. It’s wonderful that Himid, the Turner Prize winner, will finally be recognized. Such a famous institution in the London
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