Five must-see London exhibitions in February 2017
From one of the most anticipated exhibitions of the year to a giant 3D printer, February has a lot to offer the London art scene. Discover our highlights for this month.
David Hockney at Tate Britain
Britain’s best-loved living artist is back. The Tate asserts that this is Hockney’s “most comprehensive exhibition yet”, a big claim considering the scale of the retrospective launched by the RA in 2012. Does Hockney, who had another show at the RA in 2016, need a retrospective now? Perhaps not, but it will be fantastic to see some of his most famous works drawn together in one place, giving visibility to the scope of his varied career.
David Hockney is at Tate Britain from 9th February until 29th May 2017, for further information or to book visit here.
Do Ho Suh: Passage/s at Victoria Miro Wharf Road
Korean sculptor and installation artist Do Ho Suh presents his first exhibition at Victoria Miro. Set to take over the gallery’s huge space at the Wharf Road venue, the show will feature new specially designed fabric sculptures. Suh’s work consists of structures created out of translucent fabric on an architectural scale, replicating the places he has lived including his childhood home and his apartments in the US. Guaranteed to get you thinking, his timely work examines “ideas about migration, transience and shifting identities”.
Do Ho Suh: Passage/s is at Victoria Miro Wharf Road from 1st February until 18th March 2017, for further information or to book visit here.
Vanessa Bell (1879-1961) at Dulwich Picture Gallery
Often overshadowed by her more famous sister Virginia Woolf, Vanessa Bell has frequently been sidelined by art historians looking at the modernist period. Dulwich Picture Gallery, however, is on a mission to bring her work to the attention of the public once more through a fresh consideration of her oeuvre.
Vanessa Bell is at Dulwich Picture Gallery from 8th February until 4th June 2017, for further information or to book visit here.
Anya Gallaccio: Beautiful Minds at Thomas Dane Gallery
In this unusual exhibition from artist Anya Gallaccio, the gallery space will be taken up by a giant 3D clay printer that will actively print a scaled model of a mountain. Gallaccio embraces cutting-edge technology while also subverting it; 3D printing is known for precision, but the artist’s application of unreliable slip clay offers unpredictable results. It’s a great opportunity to experience art-making in process.
Anya Gallaccio: Beautiful Minds is at Thomas Dane Gallery from 3rd February until 25th March 2017, for further information or to book visit here.
Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 at the Royal Academy
One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, this exhibition at the Royal Academy explores the events that took place in this period through the work of Russian creatives. See the bold innovations of artists such as Kandinsky and Malevich compared to the inception of Socialist Realism, which would come to encapsulate the Communist regime.
Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932 is at the Royal Academy from 11th February until 17th April 2017, for further information or to book visit here.