LONDON ART EXHIBITIONS 2019
London is home to some of the finest art galleries and museums in the world, so it’s not surprising that it annually plays hosts to many of the world’s greatest artists and exhibitions. Below we have selected some of the best London art exhibitions to look out for in 2019.
Nam June Paik
17 Oct 2019 to 09 Feb 2020
Renowned for the innovative and playful use of technology in his work, Korean born artist Nam June Paik (1932 –2006) will have over 200 works on display at Tate Modern this autumn, making it the most in depth exhibition of his work ever.
Paik is renowned across the globe as a leading pioneer of electronic art, having been a leading light in the movement since the early sixties. He is widely considered to be the first ever artists to work in the medium of video.
The Large-scale installations featuring dozens of television sets, with which he is most often associated, will be on display alongside lesser known works and artefacts that illustrate his pivotal role in the avant-garde movement, Fluxus.
At the heart of the exhibition will be Paik’s installation, Sistine Chapel (1993) for which he won the prestigious Golden Lion for the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
The Store X The Vinyl Factory
2 October 2019 to 08 December 2019
Visitors have the opportunity to experience three multi-sensory immersive artworks for price one.
Our Time is the first installation. Visitors enter a darkened room, whilst overhead, illuminated pendulums swing metronomically to a newly composed soundtrack ‘Our Time’ by Mira Calix.
In Vanishing Point lasers project towards the viewer from a distant vanishing point as a murmuring industrial soundscape rises and falls.
The Great Animal Orchestra is an aural collage of animal calls and sounds accompanied by projections onto the walls of spectrograms taken from the environments in which the animals live.
Mark Leckey: O’ Magic Power of Bleakness
24 Sep 19 – 05 Jan 20
Prepare yourself for a theatrical treat when Mark Leckey’s immersive exhibition, O’ Magic Power of Bleakness arrives at Tate Britain this autumn.
The Turner Prize winning artist takes inspiration from childhood memories to create experiences that conjure a sense that progress does not always come with the passage of time.
Nostalgia is mixed with gritty realism as Lecky revisits childhood memories of an urban utopia that by the 1970s had become a decaying urban nightmare.
Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life
11 Jul 2019 to 05 Jan 2020
Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson has created an immersive experience at the Tate Modern that will stay long in the memory of anyone who visits.
The exhibition features over 40 separate works which invite us to share Eliasson’s exploration of the natural world and our relationship to it.
The exhibition is a feast for the senses and Eliasson has created works that require us to use all of our senses to appreciate them.
A committed environmental campaigner, Eliasson investigate the effects of climate change in a number of works , although this remains very much an art show rather than an education project.
Surely no one will fail to appreciate this exhibition on some level, even if it’s simply for the dazzling array of photo opportunities on offer for Instagram addicts.
Lee Krasner: Living Colour
30 May 2019 – 01 Sep 2019
Anyone attending this first exhibition of Krasner’s work in Europe for 50 years, will surely leave with no doubt in their mind as to how great an artist she was in her own right, forever banishing the notion that she was simply the wife of Jackson Pollock…who did a bit of painting on the side.
Thankfully, institutions across the world have now started to rethink the place in history of many women artists, who have previously been neglected, whilst their male counterparts flourished.
With almost 100 works by Krasner on show, the exhibition will leave no visitor in doubt regarding the breadth and quality of her work.
The spacious Barbican galleries do an excellent job of displaying many of her larger works which won’t fail to impress.