London is renowned for being home to some of the world’s greatest art exhibitions. Every summer millions of tourists flock to the city in order to visit the scores of museums and art galleries which mushroom from the city’s every historic nook and cranny.
The well-established bigger gallery venues never rest on their laurels in their goal to deliver exciting and groundbreaking exhibitions during the height of summer. Top arts and museum venues offer a wealth of talented homegrown and international artists, artefacts and visual media.
2013 is already proving to be an outstanding year for London’s top gallery attractions. The Pompeii exhibition produced at the British Museum now wows crowds who have made a visit from all over the globe. It has already sold more than 50,000 tickets – the highest number for any of the big shows staged in the venue’s reading rooms in the past five years.
Judging from the short list below this year’s choice isn’t limited to ancient disasters, and is sure to appeal to all kinds of visitors with a desire to while away an arty afternoon or weekend in the heart of the capital.
Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum
250 exhibits evoke the ordinary experience of life in these times. Exhibits paint a wonderfully real picture of the two towns just before Mount Vesuvius buried them in AD79: from carbonised food and impressive wall paintings, mosaics and cultural curiosities. Until September 29th.
David Bowie at the V&A
The exhibition charts Bowie’s influence on fashion, music and art through the decades through 300 objects. Some of Bowie’s iconic stage tour outfits feature as well as diary entries, sketches and scores. Until July 28th
Alien Revolution at the Royal Observatory Greenwich
The exhibition takes a trip through our fascination with aliens through 19th century illustrations of moon maidens, snaps of the Mars rover Curiosity, 1970s evidence of crop circles, and stills from ’80s-favourite ‘ET’. The exhibition is associated with several events which encourage visitors to wonder at the sky at night. These include four sci-fi movie nights, an alien planetarium show and make-a planet finder session. Until August 16th
Coronation! 1953-2013 at Westminster Abbey
The exhibition in the Abbey’s Chapter House marks the 60th anniversary of the 1953 Coronation with some behind-the-scenes images that show how the Abbey was prepared for the 1953 coronation, as shot by the likes of photojournalists such as Bert Hardy and John Chillingworth for the Picture Post and other publications. Included are images detailing the extensive building work done to re-configure the abbey in a six-month Ministry of Works project that was just one part of the build-up to the event. It is run in association with Getty Images. Until September 27th.
Poster Art 150: London Underground’s Greatest Designs
The tube is 150 years old. These posters communicate how Londoners were told about latest developments, and informed how for example they could use the system to escape bad weather and more recently to instill faith in passengers that the Tube is in good shape. The posters from the early parts of the 20th century contain an artistic quality as several on show were designed by leading lights May Ray, Graham Sutherland, Paul Nash or Laszlo Moholy-Nagy. 1930s works by Edward McKnight Kauffer and Harry Beck are also included. Until October 27th.
There are plenty of awe-inspiring exhibitions on offer this summer for art enthusiasts and museum buffs alike. B+B Belgravia can make your stay a relaxing one during your tour of some of the city’s most interesting cultural hot spots.