10 Hot Arts Exhibitions And Outdoor Installations To Visit In London

13 August 2014

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Malevich: Revolutionary of Russian Art at Tate Modern

One of the super shows of the Summer has to be The Tate’s retrospective of Russian painter, Kazimar Maelvich. A pioneer of modern art, and a game changer in abstract and suprematist painting, for anyone wanting a blast to the beginnings of modern art should look no further. Tate Modern also houses one of the most impressive permanent collections in the UK, and hours can be spend wandering between rooms and movements.

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Sculpture in the City

A City of London project not to be sniffed at, Sculpture in the City places the work of terrific artists in the heart of the square mile. Take a sightseeing day wandering around London’s iconic buildings and seeing how many of these beauties you can spot. Anthony Gormley and Richard Wentworth are big players to watch out for, and the late Lynn Chadwick’s geometric yet delicately human sculptures are a definite highlight.

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Scapegoating Pictures at White Cube, Bermondsey

Audacious duo Gilbert and George are the focus of another of London’s mega shows, with Scapegoating Pictures at White Cube Bermondsey. Tackling technology, iconography and nitrous oxide inhalation this is a politically charged yet whimsical show, that hits home on many levels. Make a day of it in the surrounding area, with characterful independent cafes, Borough Market and the sunny Southbank all on White Cube’s doorstep.

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Right to Flight at Frank’s

Having witnessed the force of an electrical storm from the roof of Frank’s - Peckham’s car park bar and art space - we can confirm this is as a solid winner whatever the UK skies might choose to throw at you. Aside from the alcoholic and edible treats, this Summer artist and writer James Bridle has installed a military grade helikite balloon on the roof, capturing the surrounding action, and exploring early aerial photography and surveillance.

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Shelagh Wakely: A View From the Window at Camden Arts Centre

A celebration of the work of late artist Shelagh Wakely, this show - a mix of Wakely’s work and her contemporaries - is housed not only in the sizable gallery space, but throughout the gardens. Holding a homely feel, work in the garden merges with the space and offers a celebration of the natural world that Wakely was so fond of. The cafe and extensive bookshop make this art space a welcome space to while away an afternoon. 

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Summer Pavilion at The Serpentine Gallery

Take a day enjoying the absolute calm of Hyde Park - if you stand right in the middle you can’t even hear the traffic - and pop to the Summer Pavilion, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radic. Not only a beautiful piece of architecture, but also a wonderful spot to spend an afternoon at one of London’s most forward thinking art spaces. Watch out for the Summer nights series, perfect for a culture stop on a warm Summer evening. 

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Dale Chihuly at Berkeley Square

A great illustration of Summer; a big bright sun hanging in a city square. Many are familiar with Chihuly’s work, if not aware of it, via his mammoth blue glass sculpture that hangs in the entrance to the V and A. The inner lit glass sculpture in Berkley Square - arguably the prettiest square in London - offers similar visceral delights. Chihuly is a visual and tactile artist, and this piece offers an unassuming quality that can be enjoyed by all. 

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Radical Geometry at The Royal Academy

What better way to herald in the warmest time of the year than with a major showing of South American art? Radical Geometry looks at the power of South American art from the 1930’s onwards and at the deliciously bold use of colour and movements that impacted on a global scale. A great chance to get to grips with the peers of Kandinsky and Mondrian, who many are less familiar with. 

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The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at Golders Hill Park

The Chapman Brother’s whimsical dinosaurs are also a part of Sculpture in the City. Standing in possibly the calmest park space in London, see them on a Sunday when the ice cream stall is open, bands play the bandstand and owls, deer and lemur lounge about in the mini zoo. The dinosaurs are surprisingly cuddly and inoffensive for the Chapman Brothers, and offer a shot back to childhood visits to The Natural History Museum. whitecube.com

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Digital Revolution at the Barbican

The Barbican is possibly the most forward thinking of London's large gallery spaces - remember Rain Room? - and they are now holding a whopper of a show, in the shape of Digital Revolution. Sure to keep the kids as happy as the adults, expect giant robotic snakes, revisit classic video games and enjoy the collaborations of artists, musicians and game developers all leading the way in their field. Oh, and Will.i.am makes an appearance...

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.barbican.org.uk/digital-revolution/home/">www.barbican.org.uk;[/a] July - 14 September 2014

As August rolls in and you find yourself stuck in the city while your friends post snaps of themselves pool/bar side or rolling about in festival mud, fear not! London is more than geared up to satisfy your pleasure seeking, creative minds in the form of sprawling summer shows and outdoor installations. Whether it’s cooling off in a chilled gallery or taking a cultural stroll in the sun, here is your summer shortlist for making the most of this wonderful - if at times stifling - city...

By Emily Steer


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