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The exhibitions you must see this June

Zanele Muholi, Julie I, Parktown, Johannesburg, 2016

From Tudor history to the evolution of birds, expand your mind with this month’s must-see exhibitions.

Although the unpredictable weather might not feel like we’re gearing up to the start of summer, we hope that our selection of the hottest exhibitions opening this month across the UK will brighten your mood.

Whether you’ve got kids to entertain, or you want to learn about something new, this round-up should leave you feeling inspired for your next culture trip. Check out our full exhibition listings for even more recommendations.

And don’t forget to pack your National Art Pass to get 50% off exhibition tickets or entry at every venue listed.

Discover the best exhibitions across the UK with an Art Pass

01
Edgar Degas, Figures in a café (L'Absinthe), 1875-1876

Discovering Degas: Collecting in the Time of William Burrell

Ballet dancers, jockeys, women at work – Edgar Degas had a talent for capturing the characters who defined modern life in Paris during the 19th century with beauty and grace. From pastels to paintings, over 50 over his Impressionist works are on display in this monumental exhibition.

02
Bird of Paradise

Birds: Brilliant & Bizarre

Immerse yourself in the world of birds in this family-friendly exhibition, where you can meet the world’s oldest bird – AKA the wonderchicken – or dare yourself to take a whiff of a stinky seabird egg. You’ll leave knowing a lot more about these dinosaur descendants and feeling inspired to create a future fit for our feathered friends.

03
Gina Birch, still from 3 Minute Scream, 1977

Women in Revolt! Art and Activism in the UK 1970-1990

Don’t miss this major exhibition charting feminist art and activism in the UK from 1970 to 1990, touring from Tate Britain. A real celebration of collaboration, creativity and rebellion, you’ll learn about key themes and issues of the time, from punk music to the AIDS pandemic.

04
Zanele Muholi, Katlego Mashiloane and Nosipho Lavuta, Ext. 2, Lakeside, Johannesburg, 2007

Zanele Muholi

Discover a trailblazing photographer and visual activist in this major exhibition dedicated to Zanele Muholi, who documents the lives of people historically ignored by those in power by creating celebratory images of LGBTQIA+ communities in South Africa.

05
Peggy Guggenheim with her Lhasa Apsos terriers, on the terrace of Palazzo Venier dei Leoni; Venice, 1973

Peggy Guggenheim: Petersfield to Palazzo

An art world icon, Peggy Guggenheim is renowned for her 20th-century art collection that now resides in Venice. This Art Funded exhibition shines a spotlight on five of her lesser-known years living in a cottage near Petersfield, where she dedicated herself to domesticity and her children, a far cry from the glitz and glamour of the art world she soon returned to.

06
Hiroshi Sugimoto, Catherine Howard, 1999

Six Lives: The Stories of Henry VIII's Queens

Do you know much about the six women who married Henry VIII beyond that notorious, six-word rhyme declaring each of their fates? Deep-dive into each queen and how they’ve captured the imagination of writers and artists for centuries across stage, screen, painting and photography.

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