Art Exhibitions During Frieze Week

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Hannah Perry: Gush
Knock Knock: Humour In Contemporary Art
Space Shifters
Michael Jackson: On the Wall
Mantegna and Bellini
Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings
Splendours of the Subcontinent
Christian Marclay: The Clock
I Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera
Living with Buildings
Black Mirror
Turner Prize 2018
Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue

© Markus Krottendorfer

London's galleries put on a great show when the world's art lovers descend on the capital for Frieze week. Make sure you leave time to see some of these enticing exhibitions.

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Elmgreen & Dragset: This Is How We Bite Our Tongue

The artist duo put abandoned swimming pool in the ground floor of the gallery.

Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station , Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station


Dates: 27th September - 13th January 2019


An abandoned swimming pool fills the ground floor gallery of the Whitechapel Gallery as part of the major survey exhibition on artist duo Elmgreen & Dragset - their first major UK show. The Whitechapel Pool, a large-scale site-specific installation, relates to the gentrification of London's East End and meditates on the fate of civic space. It's part of This is How We Bite Our Tongue, featuring figurative and metaphorical sculptures by Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset. Gay Marriage, for example, is a work that consists of two urinals with their plumbing tangled and connected while Too Heavy is a huge aluminium rock weighing down a trampoline.


Hannah Perry: Gush

New exhibition by the British artist exploring mental and emotional health.

Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station


Dates: 03rd October - 04th November 2018


This October, Somerset House hosts a major UK solo exhibition by British artist Hannah Perry. Titled Gush, the new exhibition explores mental and emotional health, showcasing a diverse body of new work. Visitors will see everything from large-scale dynamic sculptures to immersive sound and film pieces. Central to the exhibition is an immersive film created using a custom rigged 360-degree camera built by Perry. The film surrounds viewers with the contorted, continuously shifted movement of bodies and immerses them with a narration of fragmented spoken word that ebbs and flows with the images.


Knock Knock: Humour In Contemporary Art

The newly expanded South London Gallery tickles your funny bone.

South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH

Tube: Denmark Hill Station


Dates: 22nd September - 18th November 2018


This will put a smile on your face. KNOCK KNOCK at the South London Gallery explores the enduring use of humour as a device in contemporary art. Featuring works by more than thirty artists, the show covers everything from parody to visual pun through works by established figures such as Maurizio Cattelan, Sarah Lucas and Ugo Rondinone as well as younger artists such as Danielle Dean, Hardeep Pandhal and Simeon Barclay. It's staged in the SLG's main space and is the first exhibition to be held in the gallery's new annexe, the former Peckham Road Fire Station, which launches with a celebratory weekend of free events on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd September.


Hyundai Commission: Tania Bruguera

Best known for her politically-engaged projects, Cuban artist Tania Bruguera fills Tate's Turbine Hall.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 02nd October - 24th February 2019


Cuban artist Tania Bruguera has been chosen as the next artist to create a site specific art work for Tate's whopping Turbine Hall for the high profile Hyundai Commission. Best known for her politically-engaged projects, she previously brought two mounted police officers into the Turbine Hall using them to provoke debate around crowd control. More recently, Bruguera was at Tate Modern in 2012 with her ongoing project, Immigrant Movement International, when visitors had to pass a lie detector test based on UK immigration questions.


The Turner Prize 2018

Cutting edge conceptual art from the most notorious prize in contemporary art.

Tate Britain, Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station


Dates: 25th September - 06th January 2019


The Tate's Turner Prize, set up in 1984, has been courting controversy ever since and in 2018 the works by the four shortlisted artists are, for the first time, all film. From one central room, with sofas and art books, are four black boxes, one for each artist, where the films are screened. Be warned: it will take you over three hours to see the two films by Naeem Mohaiemen. Our reviewer only managed to see half of one, Two Meetings and a Funeral, a fascinating documentary on the Non-Aligned Movement in the 1970s. Forensic Architecture presents evidence to challenge state institutions. In this case, the Israeli government attempting to clear Bedouin community in the Negev region with tragic consequences. Charlotte Prodger's film, shot on her iPhone, is an intimate portrait - you can feel the camera moving with her breath. Three films by Luke Willis Thompson raise issues of police brutality and violence. Reliable for its ability to divide opinions, this year's Turner Prize got just two stars from The Times while Adrian Searle, writing in The Guardian, wrote: "no painting or sculpture, but the best lineup for years": five stars.


Space Shifters

Richard Wilson's monumental installation is one of 20 works which disrupt our sense of space.

The Hayward Gallery, Belvedere Road, London, SE1 8XZ

Tube: Waterloo Station , Embankment Underground Station


Dates: 26th September - 06th January 2019


Thousands of litres of recycled oil form a waist-high horizon that surrounds you as you walk down a gangway through inky liquid. Richard Wilson's monumental installation, 20:50, occupying an entire upper space of the Hayward Gallery, is one of 20 works in Space Shifters, an exhibition which explores the gallery's refurbished spaces. All of them alter or disrupt our sense of space in ways that are subtle yet dramatic. Participating artists include Jeppe Hein, Roni Horn, Anish Kapoor, Yayoi Kusama and Alicja Kwade whose WeltenLinie - featured in the New York Times' "The 10 Best Things We Saw at the Venice Biennale" - is shown for the first time since its premiere there last year. Glass, mirrors, stainless steel spheres, reflection and refraction help us to see the Hayward Gallery in a new light.


Black Mirror

The role of art when the truth is stranger than fiction.

Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, King's Road, London, SW3 4SQ

Tube: Sloane Square Station


Dates: 28th September - 13th January 2019


An exhibition for these uncertain times, Black Mirror shows the importance of art when the truth is stranger than fiction. Taking its title from Charlie Brooker's hit TV show, the Saatchi Gallery exhibition showcases works by 26 contemporary artists, exploring the role of art in social satire. Turner Prize nominee Richard Billingham's photography series, Ray's A Laugh, shows the realities of living in poverty, Chilean sculptor Alejandra Prieto transforms rejected lumps of coal into a beautiful, desirable objects, and Jessica Craig-Martin's candid close-ups give a voyeuristic view of high society hedonism. Polish artist Aleksandra Mir parodies newspapers by drawing them with childlike tools - bringing a whole new meaning to 'fake news'.


Michael Jackson: On the Wall

48 artists contemporary artists inspired by the King of Pop.

National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station , Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 28th June - 21st October 2018


For Michael Jackson fans and super-fans - and it doesn't get more committed than the 16 singing Thriller in Candice Breitz's 'King' - the National Portrait Gallery's major exhibition on the man in the mirror will be a must-see. Almost a decade after his death, and continuing on what would have been his 60th birthday, on 29th August 2018, Michael Jackson: On the Wall shows the influence of the man who invented the moon walk on 48 artists contemporary artists. The last portrait he commissioned shows the King of Pop on horseback, painted by Kehinde Wiley looking like King Philip II. This looms large over first room you encounter. Under his eyes, walk through a cut out of Mark Ryden's cover for the Dangerous album and you'll find a picture of Elizabeth Taylor's 'Bedside Table' by Catherine Opie, Michael Jackson's 'dinner jacket' and footage of his 1992 concert in Bucharest. Very much an exhibition of art, rather than a collection memorabilia, the show reveals how the youngest person to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine has influenced - and continues to inspire - modern day artists.


Mantegna and Bellini

Two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, presented side by side.

National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station , Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station


Dates: 01st October - 27th January 2019


Giovanni Bellini and Andrea Mantegna, two of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, who were also related by marriage, are presented side by side at the National Gallery. Through major works of art - paintings, drawings and particularly sculpture, which greatly influenced both - the exhibition compares the work of the two artists. The display centres on their depictions of 'The Agony in the Garden'; Mantegna and Bellini's works have hung side by side in the National Gallery since the late 19th century. From further afield are their paintings of 'The Presentation at the Temple'. Mantegna's version comes from the Gemäldegalerie, Berlin and Bellini's from the Fondazione Querini Stampalia in Venice.


Renzo Piano: The Art of Making Buildings

The first survey exhibition on the 'starchitect' in London for almost 30 years.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 15th September - 20th January 2019


He has designed some of the most striking buildings in our modern cities, from the Pompidou Centre in Paris to The Shard in London and the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. In September 2018, Renzo Piano is the subject of the first annual architecture exhibition in the Royal Academy of Arts' newly refurbished galleries in Burlington Gardens. The first survey exhibition on the 'starchitect' in London for almost 30 years, the display will document his early days as a young architect working with Richard Rogers and move on to more recent projects. See his landmark buildings through rarely displayed drawings, models and full-scale maquettes in an exhibition which reveals the process behind his best-known creations.


Living with Buildings

Exploring the pivotal role of design and urban planning in human health.

Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BE

Tube: Euston Square Station , Euston Station, Warren Street Station


Dates: 04th October - 03rd March 2019


Architects Rogers Stirk Harbour Partners have created a clinic especially commissioned for Wellcome Collection's major autumn exhibition, Living with Buildings. Taking over two galleries, this multi-storey exhibition will explore the pivotal role of design and urban planning in human health. On the first floor, visitors will be able to see the 'live build' of the mobile clinic, developed for and with Doctors of the World. The ground floor display features more than 100 objects, including the work of artists and photographers like Giles Round, Andreas Gursky and Rachel Whiteread, revealing how the structures that surround us contribute to our mental and physical health.


Splendours of the Subcontinent

Treasures presented to Prince Albert on his four-month tour of the Indian Subcontinent.

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1A 1AA

Tube: Victoria Station


Dates: 08th June - 14th October 2018


In October 1875, the Prince of Wales, Albert Edward, set off on a four-month tour of the Indian Subcontinent. Treasures presented to the Prince during the trip go on display at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace for the first time in over 130 years. Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875-76 tells the story of his grand tour during which he visited over 21 localities, which today encompass India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal. Gifts with over 90 rulers and included a magnificent ten-piece gold service, given by the Maharaja of Mysore and an enamelled gold and diamond perfume holder from Ram Singh II, Maharajah of Jaipur.


Christian Marclay: The Clock

Montage of thousands of film and televisions images of clocks.

Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station


Dates: 14th September - 20th January 2019


Sees Christian Marclay's unique installation, The Clock, at Tate Modern this autumn. Twenty-four hours long, the mesmerising piece is a montage of thousands of film and televisions images of clocks, edited together to show the actual time. Several years of rigorous and painstaking research and production led to the piece, with the final result showcasing a vast range of narratives, settings and moods with the space of a few minutes. Visitors will be able to see the installation for free during the day while once a month the gallery will remain open throughout the night to allow the full 24-hour installation to be shown.


I Object: Ian Hislop's search for dissent

Stories of dissent, subversion and satire hidden within the British Museum.

British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station , Russell Square Station, Holborn Station


Dates: 06th September - 20th January 2019


Journalist, historian and Have I Got News For You regular Ian Hislop has been on a mission to find stories of dissent, subversion and satire hidden within the vast collections of the British Museum for I Object, the museum's new autumn exhibition. Exploring how people have used objects to subvert official ideology and to mock the powerful throughout history, the display highlights handpicked objects associated with dissent - like the suffragettes of the Edwardian era, and the work of outspoken Chinese artists. Often anonymously created, the pieces give a voice to those who would otherwise be without one. From a defaced Roman bust to 18th century satirical prints to modern African cloth, each object has been chosen because of the subversive or satirical message it carries. A highlight of the exhibition is an artwork by Banksy, a hoax piece called Peckham Rock which was secretly 'installed' by the artist in the museum in 2005.


Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

Self-portraits of the Mexican artist and her famously colourful wardrobe.

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station


Dates: 16th June - 04th November 2018


The Victoria and Albert Museum's major fashion exhibition for 2018 puts the spotlight on Mexican artist Frida Kahlo and her famously colourful wardrobe. The artist's personal items, including necklaces, photographs and letters that have never been seen outside Mexico, will be displayed at the V&A from 16th June. The exhibition also puts key self-portraits on display, showing her wearing many of the costumes discovered in the Blue House, her home in Mexico City where she was born, lived and died. Medical corsets, jewellery, accessories, photographs and letters offer a fresh perspective on Kahlo's compelling life story. A unique opportunity to see material that, apart from the paintings, has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.



The first major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the UK.

Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, London, W1J 0BD

Tube: Green Park Station , Piccadilly Circus Station


Dates: 29th September - 10th December 2018


Exploring themes of voyaging, place-making and encounter, Oceania marks the 250th anniversary of the Royal Academy of Arts, founded in 1768,the same year Captain James Cook set sail on his first expedition from Plymouth on the Endeavour. The first major survey of Oceanic art to be held in the United Kingdom, this ambitious exhibition celebrates the art of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia, encompassing the vast South Pacific region from NewGuinea to Easter Island, Hawaii to New Zealand and bringing together exceptional works from the ancient past through to the present day.


Sir Richard Wallace: The Collector

The Wallace Collection opens its new £1.2 million exhibition space.

Wallace Collection, Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, W1U 3BN

Tube: Bond Street Station


Dates: 20th June - 06th January 2019


One of London's best loved small museums, the Wallace Collection opens its new £1.2 million exhibition space with a display celebrating 200 years since the birth of the museum's founder, Sir Richard Wallace. Objects, artefacts and works of art from the collection include a beautiful ostrich made of silver holding a horseshoe in its beak and two 18th century Chinese wine cups - of which there are only four in the world - made with pearls and blue from kingfishers' feathers. Here too is the divine Bell of St Mura, made in County Donegal, a gold trophy head from the Asante Kingdom (now Ghana) and spectacular examples of arms and armour, jewellery and unexpected treasures of the museum.

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