London Art Calendar: The ultimate summer exhibitions list

Are you planning to visit London this summer? Cityartnow picked the 15 exhibitions you will have the chance to see (depending on your travel dates) in major museums in the city. Check your calendar, update your notes and your visit-list and enjoy art in the cultural center of Europe!
 
Georgia O’ Keeffe

WHERE: Tate Modern
WHEN: From July 6 to October 30, 2016
IN BRIEF: A rare opportunity to see over 100 remarkable paintings by this pioneer of twentieth-century art. Georgia O’Keeffe is best known for her paintings of magnified flowers, animal skulls and New Mexico desert landscapes. The exhibition brings together some of her most important works, including Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1 1932, the most expensive painting by a female artist ever sold at auction.
 
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Georgia O’Keeffe, Black Mesa Landscape, New Mexico / Out Back of Marie's II1930Oil on canvas mounted on board24 1/4 x 36 1/4 (61.6 x 92.1), Georgia O'Keeffe Museum. Gift of The Burnett Foundation © Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
 
Conceptual Art in Britain 1964-1979
 
WHERE: Tate Modern
WHEN: From April 12 to August 29, 2016
IN BRIEF: In the 1960s artists began to abandon traditional approaches and made ideas the essence of their work. This exhibition explores this period in British history, which changed the way we think about art to this day. Artists featured within the show include, among others: Keith Arnatt, Art & Language, Conrad Atkinson, Victor Burgin, Michael Craig-Martin, Hamish Fulton, Margaret Harrison, Susan Hiller, John Hilliard, Mary Kelly, John Latham, Richard Long, Bruce McLean, David Tremlett and Stephen Willats.
 
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Installation view: Roelof Louw, Soul City (Pyramid of Oranges), 1967. Aspen Art Museum, 2015. Photo: Sara Fowler​
 
Painters' Paintings: From Freud to Van Dyck
 
WHERE: National Gallery
WHEN: From June 23 to September 4, 2016
IN BRIEF: The connections between painters and the paintings they possessed in an exhibition spanning over five hundred years of art history. 'Painters' Paintings' takes its inspiration from works in the National Gallery Collection once owned by painters, revealing the private acquisitions of Freud, Matisse, Degas, Leighton, Reynolds, and Van Dyck.
 
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Paul Cézanne, L’Après-Midi à Naples, 1876-1877. Oil on canvas 30 × 40 cm, Private collection © Photo courtesy of the owner

Sicily, culture and conquest
 
WHERE: British Museum
WHEN: From April 21 to August 14, 2016
IN BRIEF: Sicily has been shaped by waves of conquest and settlement by different peoples over 4,000 years. Since the 8th century BC, Phoenicians, Greeks, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Normans all settled or invaded the island, lured by its fertile lands and strategic location. Over time, this series of conquests forged a cultural identity unlike any other. The exhibition tells Sicily’s fascinating stories – from the arrival of the Greeks and their encounters with the Phoenicians and other settlers, to the extraordinary period of enlightenment under Norman rule in the 11th to 13th centuries.
 
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Terracotta roof ornament with head of a gorgon, Gela, Sicily, c.500 BC Museo Archeologico Regionale Di Agrigento © Regione Siciliana.
 
Sunken cities: Egypt’s lost worlds
 
WHERE: British Museum
WHEN: From May 19 to November 27, 2016
IN BRIEF: Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in this blockbuster exhibition. Preserved and buried under the sea for over a thousand years, the stunning objects in the exhibition range from magnificent colossal statues to intricate gold jewellery. Sacred offerings and ritual objects reveal the cult of Osiris – the god of the underworld who held the promise of eternal life. Journey through centuries of encounters between two celebrated cultures, meeting iconic historical figures such as Alexander the Great, Cleopatra, Hadrian and Antinous on the way.
 
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The ruins of Canopus were discovered in Aboukir Bay, 2km east of the western fringe of the Nile Delta. © Trustees of the British Museum

Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones
 
WHERE: Saatchi Gallery
WHEN: From April 5 to September 4, 2016
IN BRIEF: The Rolling Stones have shaped popular culture, often in their own image, and this exhibition will offer a unique perspective that only the band's own archive can provide. Collaborations and work by a vast array of artists, designers, musicians and writers will be included - from Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Alexander McQueen, and Ossie Clark to Tom Stoppard and Martin Scorsese. Taking over the entire two floors of the Saatchi Gallery with 9 thematic galleries, EXHIBITIONISM combines over 500 original Stones' artefacts; from never before seen dressing room and backstage paraphernalia to rare instruments; original stage designs, iconic costumes, rare audio tracks and video footage; personal diaries; poster and album cover artwork.
 
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David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 still-life
 
WHERE: Royal Academy of Arts
WHEN: From July 2 to October 2, 2016
IN BRIEF: A living legend of the art world returns to RA with portraits of his friends, family and acquaintances, all posing in the same chair, against the same vivid blue background and all were painted in the same time frame of three days. At 78, Hockney is still a considerable force in art and every opportunity to see an exhibition of his is a not-to-miss occasion.
 
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David Hockney RA, Barry Humphries, 26th, 27th, 28th March, 2015.Acrylic on canvas. 21.92 x 91.44 cm. © David Hockney. Photo credit: Richard Schmidt.
 
William Eggleston: Portraits
 
WHERE: National Portrait Gallery
WHEN: From July 21 to October 23, 2016
IN BRIEF: William Eggleston is a pioneering American photographer renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images. This exhibition of 100 works surveys Eggleston’s full career from the 1960s to the present day and is the most comprehensive display of his portrait photography ever.
 
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Untitled, c.1975 (Marcia Hare in Memphis, Tennessee) by William Eggleston. Copyright: Eggleston Artistic Trust 
 
Daydreaming with Stanley Kubrick
 
WHERE: Somerset House
WHEN: From July 6 to August 24, 2016
IN BRIEF: A new exhibition, curated by Mo’Wax and UNKLE founder, artist and DJ James Lavelle, featuring a host of contemporary artists, film makers and musicians showcasing works inspired by Stanley Kubrick.
 
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Winifred Knights (1899-1947)
 
WHERE: Dulwich Picture Gallery
WHEN: From June 8 to September 18, 2016
IN BRIEF: Inspired by the masterpieces of Italian Early Renaissance artists, painstakingly exact in her working methods, and even declared a genius, Winifred Knights is one of the most original, pioneering British artists of the first half of the 20th century. The exhibition will reunite all her completed paintings for the first time since their creation, including the apocalyptic masterpiece The Deluge, 1920, which attracted immense critical acclaim.
 
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Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
 
WHERE: Victoria & Albert Museum
WHEN: From April 16, 2016 to March 12, 2017
IN BRIEF: The intimate relationship between underwear and fashion and its role in moulding the body to a fashionable ideal, with cut, fit, fabric and decoration revealing issues of gender, sex and morality.
 
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Yayoi Kusama
 
WHERE: Victoria Miro Galleries
WHEN: From May 25 to July 30, 2016
IN BRIEF: Major exhibition on Yayoi Kusama, probably the most famous female artists of our time, in all three locations of the gallery. Everything Kusama is to be found here: mirror rooms, dotted pumpkins, vibrantly colored paintings, collages and more. Visit on a week day as Saturdays tend to be very busy.
 
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Georgiana Houghton: Spirit Drawings

WHERE: The Courtauld Gallery
WHEN: From June 16 to September 11, 2016
IN BRIEF: Georgiana Houghton (1814-1884) was a Spiritualist medium who, in the 1860s and 70s, produced an astonishing series of abstract watercolours. Detailed explanations on the back of the works declare that her hand was guided by various spirits, including several Renaissance artists, as well as higher angelic beings. In this exhibition The Courtauld Gallery explores this astounding series of largely abstract Victorian watercolours and offers visitors a unique opportunity to view remarkable works which have not been shown in the UK for nearly 150 years.
 
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© Copyright 2015 The Courtauld Institute Of Art, Somerset House, Strand, London
 
Mona Hatoum
 
WHERE: Tate Modern
WHEN: From May 4 to August 21, 2016
IN BRIEF: A comprehensive exploration into 35 years of Hatoum's work in Britain, from her early performance and video works to her sculpture and large-scale installation. Considered today as one of the most important active artists, Hatoum was born in Beirut in 1952 to a Palestinian family and settled in the UK in 1975. The exhibition was first presented at Pompidou Museum in Paris last summer.
 
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Mona Hatoum, Performance Still 1985, printed 1995. Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper, mounted on aluminium, 764 x 1136 mm. Presented by Tate Patrons 2012 © Mona Hatoum
 
Painting with light: Art and Photography from the Pre-Raphaelites to the modern age
 
WHERE: Tate Britain
WHEN: From May 11 to September 25, 2016
IN BRIEF: The exhibition celebrates the visual links between early photography and British art, bringing together vintage photographs and paintings including Pre-Raphaelite and impressionist works. Works by John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, JAM Whistler, John Singer Sargent and others will be shown alongside photographs by pivotal early photographers such as Julia Margaret Cameron and Alvin Langdon Coburn.
 
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Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Proserpine, 1874 (detail). Oil on canvas, support: 1251 x 610 mm, frame: 1605 x 930 x 85 mm. Presented by W. Graham Robertson 1940.

 
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