Art Exhibitions in London

Pompeii and Herculaneum

Pompeii and Herculaneum at the British Museum

Pompeii and Herculaneum were buried by a cataclysmic volcanic eruption in AD 79. The cities were lost until their rediscovery by archaeologists almost 1,700 years later, giving us a fascinating insight into Roman life.This major British Museum exhibition brings together more than 250 artefacts from these Roman cities. Until 29 Sep

Man Ray Portraits


This photographic exhibition is devoted to Man Ray, one of the most innovative and influential artists of his generation. The show features more than 150 vintage prints from Man Ray’s career in America and Paris, taken between 1916 and 1968. Until 27 May

David Bowie Is


The V&A presents the first international retrospective of the extraordinary career of David Bowie, one of the world’s most influential performers. The exhibition brings together more than 300 objects, including handwritten lyrics, spectacular costumes, photography, music videos and instruments. Until 28 Jul



American pop artist Roy Lichtenstein is famed for his works based on comic strips and advertising imagery shaded with his hallmark Ben-Day dots. Bringing together 125 of the artist’s paintings and sculptures, Tate Modern is staging the first major exhibition devoted to Lichtenstein in more than 20 years. Until 27 May

Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901


This exhibition tells the remarkable story of Pablo Picasso’s breakthrough year as an artist. 1901 was a momentous year for 19-year-old Picasso. As he prepared for an important show at art dealers Ambroise Vollard, he received the news that his best friend, Carles Casagemas, had committed suicide. Until 26 May

Ice Age Art


The world’s oldest known sculptures, drawings and portraits are being exhibited in this pioneering show, which displays masterpieces from the last Ice Age. Although the works were created between 40,000 and 10,000 years ago, the talented artists were already beginning to experiment with scale, light and perspective. Until 26 May

Treasures of the Royal Courts


The V&A reveals the majesty of the courts of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I to Ivan the Terrible and the early Romanovs in a new exhibition celebrating 500 years of exchange between Britain and Russia. Until 14 Jul



This free Museum of London Docklands exhibition showcases the work of 12 artists inspired by the Thames estuary’s dramatic landscape. Find out more about this often overlooked area and its people through film, photography, paintings and prints. Until 27 Oct

Lowry at Tate Britain


The much-loved English painter LS Lowry is the focus of this exhibition at Tate Britain. Bringing together around 80 works, the show explores how Lowry became Britain’s pre-eminent painter of the industrial city. 25 Jun-20 Oct


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