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WHAT'S ON: SPRING/SUMMER ARTS AND CULTURE

London is waking up from its winter slumber and with the spring/summer season comes the re-opening of the arts & culture sector - our most favourite part of life in the capital. 

 

Here is our edit of what to book now!


 

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Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul

18 May – 1 Aug 2021 | Royal Academy of Arts

 

The exhibition features more than 25 of Emin’s works including paintings, some of which will be on display for the first time, as well neons and sculpture. These works, which explore the loneliness of the soul, have been chosen by Emin to sit alongside a carefully considered selection of 19 oils and watercolours drawn from the rich collection and archives of Oslo’s Munch Museum in Norway.

 

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David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

 

In the midst of a pandemic, David Hockney RA captured the unfolding of spring on his iPad, creating 116 new and optimistic works in praise of the natural world. This new body of work – 116 works in total – has been ‘painted’ on the iPad and then printed onto paper, with Hockney overseeing all aspects of production.

As Hockney himself notes: working on the iPad requires the ability to draw and paint. Each work – which has been printed far larger than the screen on which it was created – allows you to see every mark and stroke of the artist’s hand. Made in the spring of 2020, during a period of intense activity at his home in Normandy, this exhibition charts the unfolding of spring, from beginning to end, and is a joyous celebration of the seasons.

 

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Van Gogh Alive

4 June – 26 September 2021 | Kensington Gardens 

 

A multi-sensory experience designed to immerse you in the life of Vincent van Gogh is coming to Kensington Gardens this summer. Set to be unlike anything we’ve seen before, special technology will display the artist’s works in a kaleidoscope of colour, set to a classical score of music delivered via a high-fidelity 3D sound system. Sounds, visuals and aromas will transport visitors into Van Gogh’s world, giving the sensation of walking right into his paintings. Create your own souvenirs in a walk-in representation of his Bedroom in Arles painting and take a snap in the mirrored selfie room, an Instagrammer’s dream complete with hundreds of sunflowers.

 

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Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Spring 2021 | Tate Modern

 

Prepare to be dazzled at Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, undoubtedly one of the most highly anticipated art exhibitions of 2021. Going on display at Tate Modern this May after being postponed from its original date last year, the exhibition will feature two spectacular installations. The first is Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled With The Brilliance of Life, which was showcased in the Tate’s Kusama retrospective back in 2012. The second is Chandelier of Grief, a room which creates the illusion of a boundless universe of rotating Swarovski crystal chandeliers. You can expect queues round the block for this one – but it’s on display for a year, so there’s time for everyone to experience the magic.

 

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Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser

Dates TBC | V&A

 

After being postponed last summer, the V&A’s highly anticipated Alice in Wonderland-themed exhibition is set to debut this March. The immersive show will take visitors on a trip down the rabbit hole with an extravaganza of Alice-related fare – from the original concept art for Disney’s 1951 animated version to Johnny Depp’s Mad Hatter outfit.

 

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The Globe Summer Season 

 

After one of the most divided, isolating and lonely times in global history, Summer 2021 at Shakespeare’s Globe celebrates all that unites us: story, laughter, tears, nature and of course theatre.

A Midsummer Nights Dream: 19 May – 30 October

Romeo & Juliet: 26 June – 17 October 

Twelfth Night: 29 July – 30 October 

 

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