Every month architects and industry insiders share their recommendations for the best exhibitions and events to visit in London.
With just over two weeks(!) before I leave for Toronto and my new role at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, for me it’s a mixed blessing that London is awash with so much to see and do – I’ve so little time left to fit it all in. In the spirit of Dulwich’s current partnership with the London Festival of Architecture, there is much that brings together art and architecture very nicely indeed.
The Whitechapel Gallery continues to go from strength to strength. Good to see the Scottish-born artist, Eduardo Paolozzi, one of the pioneers of Pop Art, being celebrated. I met him once - a grizzly bear of a man, ahead of his time as a sculptor, greatly appreciated in my native Edinburgh. There is much to see at this major retrospective of his work - sculpture, of course, but also revolutionary screen prints as well as bold textiles and fashion designs. Catch it from 02 February.
The big show for me at the moment is at Tate Modern - Robert Rauschenberg, on until 02 April. A giant of post-war American art, the sheer variety of media on display in this show is extraordinary. Great to see the iconic Monogram (1959) and the other ‘combines’; but glimpses of the artist roller-skating in film of a performance piece, and his collaborations with Merce Cunningham and others, show him to have been a truly innovative thinker.
Last chance to see the spectacular installations and paintings of Anselm Kiefer at the White Cube Gallery. Not for the faint-hearted, this is a show of epic proportions, with Kiefer’s response to such themes as destruction, life and death. You’ve got until 12 February.
For something different and quite frankly, bonkers sounding, ‘Transcending Boundaries’ by the ‘ultra-technologists’ of teamLab has just opened at 6 Burlington Gardens. It promises an interactive experience where images break free from their frames and enter the space of another - a terrifying prospect for curators - but intriguing nonetheless. Three rooms of immersive installations from a team that operates from a distinctly Japanese sense of spatial recognition will have your boundaries blurring and your senses heightened.
I couldn’t not mention David Hockney which opens at Tate Britain on 9 February. The most comprehensive survey to date comes just before the artist’s 80th birthday and will reveal the full scale of the artist’s achievements – I’m surprised that even Tate has room for this one. For a sense of Hockney’s raw talent, particularly as a young artist, you can also visit the Hazlitt Holland-Hibbert gallery from 03 Feb. Spanning three years of work, this new display brings together his complete series of etchings for the first time, with many never displayed before.
200 years ago, Dulwich Picture Gallery first opened its doors to the public. We’re celebrating with a stellar line-up of shows this year – starting with Vanessa Bell which opens on 08 February. It’s set to be a hugely important show (and, sadly, my last at the Gallery), re-positioning Bell as one of the bravest and most uncompromising painters - and people - of her day, a total radical. She has been a revelation to me. It is really not one to be missed – though I do say so myself.
Time your visit for the 21 February and you could also see the first in the Gallery’s new contextual lecture series which will explore the ins-and-outs of our glorious capital including its architecture, social housing and economic growth. Professor A C Grayling will start the proceedings with ‘Thinkers’ London after Waterloo’.
Dulwich Picture Gallery is delighted to be working in partnership with the London Festival of Architecture on the Gallery’s very first ‘Dulwich Pavilion.’ The Camberwell-based practice, IF_DO will design the temporary, outdoor structure which will serve as a multi-functional space for a range of events over the summer. It will open to the public at the beginning of the London Festival of Architecture on 1 June 2017. Find out more about the winning design and stay up-to-date with the Dulwich Pavilion summer programme at dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk