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London Art Agenda: 23 exciting shows for autumn

The only thing that compensates the art lover for the back-to-the-city routine after the summer break is the fact that September marks the beginning of the new art-season; the time of the year when all the art-related institutions in London present their new shows, trying to attract the art-loving crowds with major spectacles, intriguing displays, workshops and lectures. Considering the vast number of museums and galleries the city boasts for, you can imagine the abundance of opportunities you have to see some great art these next three months!
 
With everything from huge names like Modigliani, Basquiat and Dali to the new emerging iconoclasts and from the magic of Harry Potter and opera to performance art, this fall's exhibition-line-up is one of the most diverse and exciting in recent years! We compiled the 23 exhibitions and events with all the basic information you'll need. Keep in mind that most of the following shows are expected to be quite popular so it is advisable to book your ticket in time! 
 
 
September 6
WHITECHAPEL GALLERY - Performa
 
The first opportunity for audiences to access Performa’s remarkable archive outside of New York and examine the global impact of performance in the twenty-first century.
Whitechapel Gallery - 77-82 Whitechapel High St - www.whitechapelgallery.org - Admission: Free - Until March 6, 2018
 
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Robin Rhode, Arnold Schönberg’s Erwartung 2015. A Performa commission, Performance view. Courtesy of Performa. Photo: Paula Court

 
September 12
TATE BRITAIN - Rachel Whiteread

Tate celebrates over 25 years of Rachel Whiteread’s internationally acclaimed sculptures bringing together well-known works alongside new pieces that have never been previously exhibited.
Tate Britain - Millbank, Westminster - www.tate.org.uk - Admission: £15 - Until February 4, 2018
 
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Rachel Whiteread Untitled (Yellow Torso), 1995 © Rachel Whiteread. Photo: Seraphina Neville and Mark Heathcote © Tate

 
September 14
THE BRITISH MUSEUM - Scythians, warriors of ancient Siberia

A major exhibition exploring the story of the nomadic tribes who flourished between 900 and 200 BC and their encounters with the Greeks, Assyrians and Persians.
The British Museum - Great Russell St, Bloomsbury - www.britishmuseum.org - Admission: £16,50 - Until January 14, 2018
 
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Scythians with horses under a tree. Gold belt plaque. Siberia, 4th–3rd century BC. © The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, 2017. Photo: V Terebenin.

 
September 16
LONDON DESIGN FESTIVAL

London Design Festival celebrates and promotes London as the design capital of the world. Now in its 15th year, the Festival will be returning to venues and institutions across the city.
www.londondesignfestival.com - Until September 24, 2017
 
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September 20
THE NATIONAL GALLERY - Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell

A rare opportunity to see stunning paintings, pastels, and drawings by the leading French Impressionist from the rarely-seen Burrell Collection.
National Gallery - Trafalgar Square - www.nationalgallery.org.uk - Admission: Free - Until May 7, 2018
 
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Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas, Woman in a Tub, about 1896-1901. Pastel on paper 60.8 × 84.6 cm. The Burrell Collection, Glasgow (35.236) © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection

 
September 21
BARBICAN ART GALLERY - Basquiat. Boom for real

The first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960—1988) the pioneering prodigy of the 1980s
downtown New York art scene.
Barbican Centre - Silk St - www.barbican.org.uk - Admission: £16 - Until January 28, 2018
 
Edo Bertoglio. Jean-Michel Basquiat wearing an American football helmet, 1981. Photo: © Edo Bertoglio, courtesy of Maripol. Artwork: © The Estate of Jean-Michel Basquiat. Licensed by Artestar, New York

 
September 23
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS - Jasper Johns

One of the most important artists of the 20th century, Johns, has remained central to American art since the 1950s. The exhibition focuses on the different chapters of his career.
Royal Academy of Arts - Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair - www.royalacademy.org.uk - Admission: £17-19 - Until December 10, 2017
 
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Jasper Johns, Target, 1961. Encaustic and collage on canvas. 167.6 x 167.6 cm. The Art Institute of Chicago c Jasper Johns / VAGA, New York / DACS, London. Photo: c 2017. The Art Institute of Chicago / Art Resource, NY / Scala, Florence

 
September 27
SAATCHI GALLERY - Iconoclasts: Art out of the mainstream

With works by Maurizio Anzeri, Matthew Chambers, Daniel Crews-Chubb, Josh Faught, Aaron Fowler, Danny Fox, Makiko Kudo, Dale Lewis, Thomas Mailaender, Kate MccGwire, Renee So, Douglas White, Alexi Williams Wynn.
Saatchi Gallery - Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea - www.saatchigallery.com - Admission: Free - Until January 7, 2018
 
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September 27
WALLACE COLLECTION - El Greco to Goya. Spanish Masterpieces from The Bowes Museum

The first London exhibition of Spanish art from The Bowes Museum in County Durham, including works by Goya, Velasquez and El Greco.
The Wallace Collection - Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone - www.wallacecollection.org - Admission: Free - Until January 7, 2018
 
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Domenikos Theotokopoulos (El Greco), The Tears of St Peter, 1580-89 © The Bowes Museum

 
September 30
VICTORIA & ALBERT MUSEUM - Opera: Passion, Power and Politics

V&A and the Royal Opera House present a landmark exhibition exploring the vivid story of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy to the present day.
Victoria & Albert Museum - Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL - www.vam.ac.uk - Admission: £19.00 - Until February 25, 2018
 
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Ensemble in 'Spaceship' at the dress rehearsal of Einstein on the Beach Philip Glass in collaboration Robert Wilson Dorothy Chandler Pavilion © Lawrence K. Ho Los Angeles Times Getty Images

 
October 2
THE NATIONAL GALLERY - Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

Discover how van Eyck’s 'Arnolfini Portrait' was one of the beacons by which the Pre-Raphaelites forged a radical new style of painting.
National Gallery - Trafalgar Square - www.nationalgallery.org.uk - Admission: Free - Until April 2, 2018
 
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Left: Jan van Eyck, Portrait of Giovanni(?) Arnolfini and his Wife, 1434. Oil on oak, 82.2 x 60 cm. The National Gallery, London © The National Gallery, London. Right: John Everett Millais, Marianna, 1851. Oil on mahogany, 59.7 x 49.5 cm. Tate, London © Tate, London 2015.

 
October 3
NEWPORT STREET GALLERY - Dan Coles: Sweet Liberty

An exhibition of works by American artist Dan Colen (b.1979). Colen’s first major London solo show spans over fifteen years and features new works, including large-scale installations.
Newport Street Gallery - Newport St, Lambeth - www.newportstreetgallery.com - Admission: Free - Until January 21, 2018
 
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© Dan Colen © Newport Street Gallery 

 
October 7
ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS - Dalí / Duchamp

Two artistic giants: father of conceptual art Marcel Duchamp, and larger-than-life Surrealist Salvador Dalí. This is the first exhibition to throw light on their surprising relationship and its influence on the work of both artists.
Royal Academy of Arts - Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair - www.royalacademy.org.uk - Admission: £15-16.50 - Until January 3, 2018
 
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Salvador Dali­, The First Days of Spring, 1929. Oil and collage (paper, photograph, postcard, linoleum, transfer decal) on wood panel, 50.2 x 65.1 cm. Collection of the Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, Florida © Salvador Dali, Fundaciο Gala-Salvador Dali­, DACS 2017

 
October 19
COURTAULD GALLERY - Soutine's Portraits: Cooks, Waiters and Bellboys

An outstanding group of portraits by Chaïm Soutine (1893-1943), one of the leading painters in Paris in the 1920s & 1930s seen by many as the heir to van Gogh.
Courtauld Gallery - Somerset House, Strand - courtauld.ac.uk/gallery - Admission: £8 - Until January 21, 2018
 
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October 20
THE BRITISH LIBRARY - Harry Potter: A History of Magic

Rare books, manuscripts and magical objects capturing the traditions of folklore and magic which are at the heart of the Harry Potter stories. Original drafts and drawings by J.K. Rowling and illustrator Jim Kay, both on display for the first time.
British Library - 96 Euston Rd, Kings Cross - www.bl.uk - Admission: £16 - Until February 28, 2018
 
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October 25
DULWICH PICTURE GALLERY - Tove Jansson (1914-2001)

One of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century, Jansson is known internationally as creator of the Moomin characters. 150 works, including a selection of self-portraits and paintings will reintroduce Jansson as an artist of exceptional breadth and talent.
Dulwich Picture Gallery - Gallery Rd, Southwark - www.dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk - Admission: £15.50 - Until January 28, 2018
 
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Tove Jansson, Illustration for the book Moominland Midwinter, c. 1956, scrape drawing on cardboard, 13 x 18,5 cm, Private Collection. Photo: Finnish National Gallery / Hannu Aaltonen.

 
October 26
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY - Cézanne Portraits

The exhibition brings together for the first time over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world, including works which have never been on public display in the UK.
National Portrait Gallery - St. Martin's Place - www.npg.org.uk - Admission: £20 - Until February 11, 2018
 
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Left: Paul Cézanne, Boy in a Red Waistcoat, 1888-9 . National Gallery of Art, Washington. Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art, 1995.47.5. Right: Paul Cézanne , Madame Cézanne in a Yellow Chair, 1888-90. © Wilson L. Mead Fund, 1948.54, The Art Institute of Chicago.

 
October 30
THE NATIONAL GALLERY - Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

The exhibition explores the tradition of painting in black and white from its beginnings in the Middle Ages through the Renaissance and into the 21st century.
National Gallery - Trafalgar Square - www.nationalgallery.org.uk - Admission: Free - Until February 18, 2018
 
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Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and workshop. Odalisque in Grisaille, about 1824-34. Oil on canvas, 83.2 × 109.2 cm. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Catharine Lorillard Wolfe Collection, Wolfe Fund, 1938, 38.65 © The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource / Scala, Florence

 
November 2
TATE BRITAIN - The EY Exhibition: Impressionists in London

The exhibition. through works by Monet, Tissot, Pissarro and their compatriots illustrates the story of the artists who fled to Britain to escape war in France!
Tate Britain - Millbank, Westminster - www.tate.org.uk - Admission: £17.70 - Until April 29, 2018
 
Camille Pissaro, Charing Cross Bridge, London, 1890. National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon, 1985.

 
November 8
TATE MODERN - Red Star Over Russia. A revolution in visual culture 1905–55

A dramatic visual history of Russia and the Soviet Union from 1905 to the death of Stalin – seen through the eyes of artists, designers and photographers.
Tate Modern - Bankside - www.tate.org.uk - Admission: n/a - Until February 18, 2018
 
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Adolf Strakhov, Emancipated Woman – Build Socialism!, 1926 (detail). Lithograph on paper, The David King Collection, Tate

 
November 15
THE DESIGN MUSEUM - Ferrari: Under the skin

A major exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, celebrating one of the great adventures of the industrial age.
Design Museum - 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington - designmuseum.org - Admission: £18 - Until April 15, 2018
 
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Ferrari Enzo, 2002. (Courtesy: Design Museum)

 
November 16
SAATCHI GALLERY - Art Riot: Post-Soviet Actionism

Dedicated to Russian protest art over the past 25 years, the exhibition, takes place in the year of the 100th anniversary of Russia's October evolution - and although the exhibition will not have any direct links to this historical event, many of the issues that artists face in post-communist Russia
are comparable to those in 1917.
Saatchi Gallery - Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea - www.saatchigallery.com - Admission: Free - Until December 31, 2017
 
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November 23
TATE MODERN - Modigliani

The exhibition places Amedeo Modigliani’s (1884–1920) work in dialogue with pieces by his contemporaries including Brancusi and early Picasso. Through almost 100 works, the exhibition looks afresh at the experimentation that shaped his career and made Modigliani one of the greatest artists of the twentieth century.
Tate Modern - Bankside - www.tate.org.uk - Admission: £16.80 - Until April 2, 2018
 
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Amedeo Modigliani The Little Peasant c. 1918 Tate. Photo © Tate
 
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