Must-see art exhibitions in London this June

Make sure these innovative exhibitions in London's West End are on your radar this Spring

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London becomes a gallery this June with art adorning the walls of the West End. See paintings spring to life on iconic London landmarks, such as Fortnum & Mason's or on Europe's largest screen, the Piccadilly Lights. See the great outdoors bedecked with works by Van Gogh, Emin and van Dyck. You can also get your art fix indoors too, with The RA and The National Gallery bringing you exhibitions not to be missed!

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Nikita Gale Portrait

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Piccadilly Lights, evenings in June at 20:21

As the world awakens from lockdown, digital art maestros CIRCA launch an evocative collaboration with artist NIKITA GALE in a public art screening to unite people across some of the world’s major cities. Every evening in June you can experience the dazzling animation entitled 'Some Weather' at one of London’s most iconic sights: the Piccadilly Lights.

The animation will take over screens in Seoul, Tokyo, New York and at Europe’s Largest Screen, Piccadilly Lights throughout June offering an outdoor exhibition to celebrate the long awaited return of art to the capital. NIKITA GALE's animated piece depicts four videos of weather, entitled 'Heat' 'Fog' 'Blizzard' and 'Rain' which will be shown sporadically, with the same unpredictability as the British weather.

Experience the films on evenings throughout June from 20:21 (BST) at Piccadilly Lights.

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The Augmented Gallery
London's West End, multiple locations

The Augmented Reality Art Gallery is a free outdoor public art experience showcasing paintings from London’s leading institutions through an accessible augmented reality app.

At this challenging time, these institutions come together to display some of their most beloved classic art pieces outdoors in an accessible environment, using augmented reality to showcase the art gallery of the future.

Follow a trail of Art of London plaques located on the walls of iconic West End locations such as Fortnum & Mason's. Uncover paintings from leading art galleries, including the likes of the National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts and Sky Arts Portrait Artist of the Year.


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The National Gallery

The National Gallery hosts a captivating series of free exhibitions to welcome you back to the central art hub with open arms.

Sensing the Unseen: Step into Gossaert’s ‘Adoration’
Now until 13 June 2021

For an enthralling sensory experience, immerse yourself in ‘The Adoration of the Kings’ by Jan Gossaert. The installation features soundscapes, spoken word and hi-resolution digital imagery to accompany the 500-year-old masterpiece and to tantalise your senses of sight and sound.

The Gallery is also offering an online edition ‘Sensing the Unseen’ which you can experience from home.

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Conversations with God: Jan Matejko’s Copernicus
21 May until 22 August 2021

Enjoy a rare opportunity to see the epic masterpiece 'Astronomer Copernicus' by Jan Matejko one of Poland's greatest and most loved paintings. Created to mark the 400th anniversary of the birth of the Astronomer, this will be the first-time the Jan Matejko has been exhibited by The National Gallery.

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Shows not to be missed at The Royal Academy of Arts

Of all the cultural institutions nearby Piccadilly Circus, the Royal Academy of Arts  is undeniably one of the best. Plus, the location marks the very end of the Augmented Reality Gallery trail. Why not choose to top off your Gallery trail with an exhibition at The RA, from Emin to Munch, and Armitage to Hockney. Find the exhibit exploring an element of the human experience, through art that speaks to you.

Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict
22 May – 19 September 2021

Showcasing reflective experiences of the Kenyan born, London educated artist Michael Armitage. Armitage explores current events, while drawing on contemporary East African art and European art history. In his rich and multi-layered narrative paintings, Armitage questions social norms, religious ideology, politics and cultural clichés.

Paradise Edict will span the last seven years of Armitage’s work, featuring landscapes, allegorical figures and paintings inspired by the 2017 Kenyan general elections.

Admission From £13

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David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020
23 May – 26 September 2021

At the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, Hockney, along with much of Europe, and the world was in lockdown. Based in his Normandy home, David Hockney explored a period of intense activity charting the unfolding of Spring, using an iPad to ‘paint’ his pieces.

Hockney’s focus on the emergence of spring celebrates the natural world and urges people to ‘love life’. This will be the first time the works will be exhibited, opening exactly a year after the works were made. Hockney has been fascinated by conveying the passing of time through painting, and the exhibition will present over a hundred of his works.

Tickets from £19

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Tracey Emin & Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul
18 May - 1 Aug

Born a century apart - Emin a prolific figure in contemporary art and Munch in his day, a pioneer of expressionism. The Royal Academy of Arts hosts a landmark exhibition showcasing the British artist Tracey Emin and one of her greatest inspirations in her formative years as an artist, the Norwegian Expressionist and painter, Edvard Munch.

‘The Loneliness of the Soul’ explores themes of grief, loss and longing and the combined works demonstrate that though separated by history, place and time – both artists compellingly explore the same intense emotional landscape and the complexity of the human condition.

Tickets from £17

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Chapeau à Frankfurt Reflections on Impressionist Sculpture

The Sladmore Gallery exhibits works by impressionist sculptural artists Edgar Degas, Auguste Rodin, Paul Troubetzkoy, Rembrandt Bugatti and Emile Antoine-Bourdelle.

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CIRCA PRESENTS NIKITA GALE

Nikita Gale creates four new films entitled 'Some Weather' in a collaboration with CIRCA. The pieces will be displayed, with the same unpredictability as the British weather, each evening from 20:21 on Piccadilly Lights.

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Supermundane Mural at The Yards Covent Garden

Artist Supermundane has created an inspiring mural at The Yards Covent Garden. The artwork reminds us that part of being creative is making mistakes and that 'Creativity is in all of us'. A message that we whole-heartedly embrace.

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