In my opinion London truly blossoms during the summer exhibition season. Look beyond the Serpentine and the RA to my top picks:
It’s easy to forget about old Mother Nature as a city that pays more attention to packaged kale than park greenery, but this exhibition reminds us of our lush surroundings, found even in this smog-filled metropolis.
To demonstrate how we relate to nature, The Wellcome Collection have nicked 56 random objects from members of the public to present as an exhibition. Jokes aside, this touching personal collection of quotidien trinkets aims to confront huge global concerns about the environment. By localising our nostalgic connection with nature, The Wellcome Collection hopes to inspire action.
That iPhone you’re tapping away on? Made in California. The Uber you drunk ordered last night, the Facebook status you scoffed at, the Pride flag you lugged around during the march? All made in California. Since the 1960s, whether we like it or not, the Golden State has creeped into our staunch British lives through technology, activism and art as a place that truly pioneers pop culture.
This exhibition looks at game-changing inventions and revolutionary opinions hailing from the West Coast and how they’ve influenced the modern day, from emojis to LSD.
When we think of Picasso we picture distorted faces and mangled geometrics, but here The Gagosian Gallery delves deep into the artist’s connection to the Spanish cult of the bull. This special collection of paintings, drawings, ceramics, and film invites Picasso fans to look beyond the iconic Cubist canvases to the wider context of (some bizarre) Spanish customs. All that aside, the peculiar photos of the famous artist dressed up as a bull make it worth a visit alone.
From mythologies to monsters, here you’ll learn about Picasso’s slightly creepy obsession with this Mediterranean tradition and how it translates into his symbolism. I mean, the guy really liked bulls.