London's blockbuster exhibitions open now

Lilly Fenichel, Untitled, 1950 . Action, Gesture, Paint at Whitechapel Gallery 9 February - 7 May 2023

From contemporary superstars at Tate Modern to major fashion retrospectives at the V&A, here's our guide to the biggest exhibitions in London right now.

London is home to one of the most vibrant art scenes in the world. Whether you're interested in major international artists, world history or the bright new stars of visual art, there's something on offer for every cultural appetite.

From visitor favourites such as Tate and the V&A to neighbourhood gems like Dulwich Picture Gallery, a rolling programme of must-see exhibitions runs throughout the year.

Here's our guide to some of the biggest blockbuster exhibitions in London right now.

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Gilbert Spencer (1892-1979), Trees at Garsington, c. 1925

Explore gardens of all shapes and sizes painted in the period between the two World Wars, from sprawling public spaces to secret courtyards and private conservatories. Lush paintings by the likes of Eric Ravilious, Evelyn Dunbar, Charles Mahoney, Ithell Colquhoun and more will be on display, celebrating the enduring British love of gardens.

Behjat Sadr, Untitled, 1956.

These 81 women artists made significant contributions to the global Abstract Expressionism movement in the 20th century, yet their contributions have been continuously overlooked. Uncover these intriguing an important works, learn about the roots of the movement and discover the women who shook up the art scene in a post-war world.

John S Barrington, John Hamill, circa 1966
John S Barrington, John Hamill, circa 1966

Uncover the radical movement across London in the 20th century to rebel against the 1857 Obscene Publications Act, which made the distribution of images of homosexual male nudity a crime. The exhibition charts the key areas of the city that were a focus for photographers and the huge risk they faced in pursuing their work.

Nalini Malani My Reality is Different, 2022.
Nalini Malani My Reality is Different, 2022.

Immerse yourself in the striking hand-drawn animations of video artist Nalini Malani, as she reimagines historical works of art from a contemporary perspective.

Alice Neel, Rita and Hubert, 1954

Modern artist Alice Neel has inspired a generation of artists with her politically charged approach to portraiture. Explore evocative portraits of left-wing writers, artists and trade unionists that paint a vivid picture of the political landscape in 20th-century America.

Masiakasaurus model

Come face to face with the prehistoric giants who once walked our planet, reimagined in Lego form. Explore the fascinating Jurassic and Crustaceous periods, build your own dinosaur or dig for fossils – this interactive exhibition is ideal for families who want to learn and explore together.

Unidentified sculptor, circle of Donatello, Bust of a Young Man (Platonic Bust), MuseoNazionale del Bargello, Florence. Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance at V&A from 11 February 2023
Unidentified sculptor, circle of Donatello, Bust of a Young Man (Platonic Bust), Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Florence. Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance at V&A from 11 February 2023

Discover the creative genius of Donatello, a Renaissance sculptor known for his masterful way with materials and emotive works. This exhibition brings together a stunning collection of sculptures in marble and bronze, demonstrating the artist’s fine skill and uncanny ability to sculpt emotion.

In central Kyiv, protesters oppose a Ukrainian government that chose closer ties to Russia over an agreement with the European Union, February 2014.

Explore a powerful collection of photographs by photojournalist Anastasia Taylor-Lind, taken during her time in Ukraine between 2014 and Russia’s invasion in 2022 – the images demonstrate how the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has been looming for residents of Donbas and Crimea for the last eight years, featuring poignant depictions of protests and the displacement of Ukrainian people.

Still Life, 1942, Natura Morta

One of the most celebrated figures in modern Italian art, Giorgio Morandi is best-known for his enigmatic still lifes. This exhibition brings together a unique collection of 50 rare works by the artist, including drawings, watercolours, etchings and a stunning self-portrait, shown in the UK together for the first time.

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Self-portrait, Gouled Ahmed, Addis Foam, Ethiopia. Africa Fashion at V&A 2 July 2022 - 16 April 2023

Explore the extraordinary global influence of African fashion over the last 70 years, from historic diasporic trends to groundbreaking work by contemporary artists. Rare designs and family portraits from Africa's liberation years have been collated thanks to a major call-out; alongside important photographs and fashion pieces from the V&A's extensive collection, they help to explore personal stories and important creations across the continent's vibrant fashion industry.


Embark on an immersive adventure through time and space to explore the point where factual science and science fiction collide. Board a spaceship, discover an unknown planet and uncover the secrets of the universe through a vast collection of objects from science fiction on film, television and in literature and art.

A male Leiaster leachi sea star broadcasting sperm into murky water in a shallow bay.
Wildlife Photographer of the Year 14 October 2022 - 2 July 2023. Shooting star by Tony Wu, USA/Japan. Winner, Underwater

Showcasing the stunning imagery from the world's most prestigious nature prize, Wildlife Photographer of the Year returns to the Natural History Museum in it's 58th year. See photographs from all categories of the competition, from 'Urban Wildlife' to 'Animal Portraits' and discover this year's incredible Grand Title winners, including Karine Aigner's winning flurry of bees.

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