Cool down at London's hottest summer exhibitions

PETR HURTA Friday 27th July, 2018

Wandering into a museum is a great way to cool down if summer heat becomes too much to handle. London museums offer lots of opportunities to hide in the shade.

It is estimated that there are about 1500 gallery spaces in London, so you have big choice. Some might be even found in your area if you want to bypass an unpleasant adventure of traveling in overheated public transport. For those of you who love art so much that you wouldn’t mind to travel, I found a few ‘must see’ exhibitions held in London this summer.

The most summery exhibition is The Summer Exhibition held at Royal Academy of Art from 12 June to 19 August (entry from £16). For 250 years various exhibitions were held here and this year you can enjoy 1300 artworks from contemporary artists such as Anish Kapoor or David Hockney. If you have some spare change you might be able to purchase some these artworks in auction.

Victoria and Albert Museum invites you to visit Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up exhibition (from £15). Instead of displaying artwork of this famous Mexican artist, you will have an opportunity to view her personal belongings and clothing for the first time outside of Mexico. You can also buy a book documenting this exhibition (£30) in the V&A shop. Until Sunday, 4 November 2018.

Tate Modern worth visiting for the architecture and permanent exhibitions but this year you can spend there little bit more time. Until 9 September you can appreciate more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings of Pablo Picasso in exhibition called Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy (admission £22).

If you admire Claude Monet’s work you would be pleased to hear there are more than 75 paintings on display in National Gallery (from £20). Despite being known as a founder of French Impressionist painting you will have a chance to become acquainted with his artwork from a different angle, specifically through buildings he painted. The exhibition called Monet & Architecture has the door open until 29 July.

Once in a lifetime opportunity arisen to see the largest painted ceiling as the Old Royal Naval College hall undergoes vast renovation. You can take 50-minute tour and lift yourself 18 meters high to enjoy this 18th Century masterpiece from a distance of your fingertips (price £11).

Westminster Abbey is known for royal weddings and coronations and therefore it plays important role in the United Kingdom’s history. Right now there is an exhibition in The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries displaying some of the greatest treasures and tell the story of the abbey’s thousand-year history (entry £20).

A hundred years after his death, see a selection of Rodin’s works – including his iconic sculptures The Thinker and The Kiss – in a new light. This major exhibition will feature original plaster, bronze and marble examples of many of Rodin’s sculptures on loan from the Musée Rodin in Paris. For the first time, they will be shown alongside some of the Parthenon sculptures that the artist so admired, as well as selected objects from his own collection of antiquities. Rodin and the art of ancient Greece is at British museum until 29th of July, 2018.

Lee Bul transformed Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape featuring monstrous bodies, futuristic cyborgs, glittering mirrored environments and an exquisitely surreal monumental foil Zeppelin. Bringing together more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, this exhibition explores the full range of Lee Bul’s pioneering and thought-provoking practice, from provocative early performances to recent large-scale installations that attempt to get our body and our brain ‘working at the same time, together’. Until 19th of August, 2018.

This is just a selection of exhibitions worth visiting this summer. Surely there are other public or private exhibitions going on in London which may touch your heart. So why don’t you share with us your tips.

Petr Hurta is a londoner, Sales & Marketing Director at DH Accounts & Legal

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