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2017 is looking to be a great year of art exhibitions in London so we’ve chosen our top picks to fill your year with art, fashion and culture from January to December.

January – NEW OLD: Designing for our future selves

The Design Museum, 12th January 2017 to 19th February 2017

As the world continues to try to come to terms with an ageing population, The Design Museum looks at how design can help people live longer, healthier and more rewarding lives, from robotic clothing to driver-less cars. Each section features a special design commission by a leading designer or design team attempting to create a solution for dramatically changing age demographics in our society.

February – Embroidered Tales and Woven Dreams

The Brunei Gallery SOAS, 19th January to 25th March

Explore the vibrant colours of the ‘Silk Road’ alongside the history of the textiles that travelled along this ancient trade corridor across Asia to Europe. On show are the beautiful, delicate and intricate embroidered designs by women who called the tumultuous and often violent Silk Road home. Women wouldn’t embroider in times of conflict, so the materials’ histories are intertwined with political upheavals, all explored in this exhibition and corresponding series of lectures at SOAS.

March – Robert Rauschenberg

Tate Modern, now until 2nd April 2017

Robert Rauschenberg’s six decades of creating his unique brand of art, some pieces incorporating objects found on the New York streets, are immortalised at the Tate Modern this season. With each room capturing a different moment of Rauschenberg’s rich career, from his impressionist beginnings to his deep, colour-saturated pieces at the end, the Tate offers a glimpse into the journey of this revolutionary artist.

April – Richard Mosse

The Barbican 15th February to 23rd April

Conceptual documentary photographer Richard Mosse has created an immersive, multi-channel video installation from advanced new thermographic weapons that can see beyond 30km, registering a heat signature of relative temperature difference. To create this installation, Mosse has subverted the weapons original use and focussed on the current refugee crisis.

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May – Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait

The Jewish Museum, 16th March to 24th September 

This hugely successful exhibition is returning to London this year after a world tour. Brush away the hype that always surrounded Amy Winehouse and discover the person behind the performer with this collection of her personal belongings, curated by her brother and sister in law.

June – American Dream, Pop to Present

The British Museum, 9th March to 18th June

Life in the US post 1960 has seen the American Dream rocked to its very core. With the assassination of JFK, landing a man on the moon, the Vietnam War and the AIDS crisis, it’s been turbulent to say the least. This exhibition will uncover what life was like through the eyes of everyone from Andy Warhol and Robert Rauschenberg to Ed Ruscha and Kara Walker, all who experimented with printmaking.

July – The World of Anna Sui

Fashion and Textile Museum, 26th May to 1st October

Immerse yourself in Anna Sui’s rock-n-roll romanticism, reinventing pop culture through each season’s collection. From her first catwalk show in 1991, Anna Sui takes archetypes from society and designs entire collections around street styles, from mods and punks to surfers and school girls. Over 100 of Sui’s designs are featured in this exhibition, set to be the first in the UK featuring a retrospective of an American designer.

August – California

The Design Museum, 24th May to 15th October

Everyone knows that ‘Designed in California’ stamp, that little symbol suggesting the very best in modern design and quality. But how did that stamp manage to take over the world, from the very edge of the US? Starting in the 1960s, this exhibition follows the Californian journey from the counterculture in the 1960s to Silicon Valley’s tech culture.

September – Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion

The V&A, 27th May to 18th February 2018

Cristobal Balenciaga’s designs are noticeable from a mere glance, with his garments revered among the fashionable across the world. This exhibition marks a century since the opening of his fashion house, charting Balenciaga’s road to domination through garments, accessories, drawings and photographs.

October – Basquiat: Boom for Real

The Barbican, 21st September to January 2018

A pioneer of the downtown New York art scene, Jean-Michel Basquiat exploded onto the scene when he teamed up with friend Al Diaz to graffiti statements across the city in 1978. Famously self-taught, he took inspiration from everywhere from music and film to anatomical drawings and literature. This exhibition explores that relationship, allowing us to delve into Basquiat’s mind-set for the very first time.

November – Impressionists in London

Tate Britain, 2nd November to 29th April 2018

As France in the 1870s was being ravaged by the Franco-Prussian war, artists travelled to the UK to seek refuge; their experiences in the UK immortalised by their influence to the London art scene. This exhibition looks at pieces by the artists who fled, such as Monet, Tissot and Pissarro, as well as British artists who were influenced by the Impressionist style they bought with them.

December – Monochrome: Painting in Black and White

National Gallery, November 1st to February 18th 2018

Black and white art is synonymous with class and mystery, yet this is the first exhibition to document its history starting from early religious works to more modern mediums such as printmaking, photography and film. Featuring works on glass, ceramic, silk, canvas and more by world famous artists from Rembrandt, Picasso and Gerhard Richter, this is the perfect opportunity to find out more about everyone’s favourite colour palette, Monochrome.

Featured image: Snapchat glasses advert, shown at the California exhibition at The Design Museum.


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