Book now for the best art shows of 2019

Écarlate afternoon dress, Autumn-Winter 1955 Haute Couture collection, Y line. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Photo © Laziz Hamani

2019 is already looking like a stellar year but you’ll have to get booking if you don’t want to miss out. Here are some of our top tips:

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory at Tate Modern (23 January – 6 May 2019)

The first major exhibition of Bonnard in the UK for 20 years is sure to reinstate him as one of the early twentieth century’s greatest colourists, alongside Matisse. Don’t miss a talk by author Sheila Heti on the show on 18 March 2019.

Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, V&A (Opening 2 February 2019)

We advise that you book your tickets now to this highly anticipated show which will trace the history, impact and relationship with Britain of the fashion house, Dior, from 1947 to present day.

Jeff Koons, The Ashmolean (7 February – 9 June 2019)

This major exhibition of the work of Jeff Koons (b. 1955), curated by Koons himself together with guest curator Norman Rosenthal, will feature 17 works, 14 of which have never been exhibited in the UK before.

Diane Arbus: In the Beginning, Hayward Gallery (13 February – 6 May 2019)

This exhibition is the first solo show of Arbus’ photographic work in the UK for 12 years and covers the first 7 years of her career, from 1956 – 1962. Organised by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, it features more than 100 photographs, many of which have never before been exhibited in Europe.

Van Gogh, Tate Britain (27 March – 11 August 2019)

Presenting the largest collection of works by Van Gogh in over a decade, this show reveals how he was inspired by both Britain and British artists.  Of the 45 paintings in the exhibition, showstoppers include Sunflowers and Starry Night on the Rhone.

Leonardo Da Vinci: A life in Drawing at The Queens Gallery, Buckingham Palace (24 May – 13 October 2019)

Over 200 drawings will be shown in this must-see show, the largest exhibition of Da Vinci’s work in over 65 years.

Cindy Sherman, National Portrait Gallery (27 June – 15 September 2019)

A major new retrospective from the American contemporary artist including over 150 works, some never shown in the public gallery before.

Olafur Eliasson, Tate Modern (11 July 2019 – 5 January 2020)

If you loved Eliasson’s 2003 The Weather Project, don’t miss this major survey of his career.

Tim Walker, V&A (Opening 21 September 2019)

You can’t book tickets yet but we can’t wait for this immersive look at the imaginative, fantastical worlds of fashion photographer Tim Walker.

Elizabeth Peyton, National Portrait Gallery (3 October 2019 – 5 January 2020)

A selection of the American Artist’s best portraits from the last two decades.  Free entrance.

Gauguin Portraits, National Gallery (7 October 109 – 26 January 2020)

The first ever exhibition dedicated to his portraits, keep your eyes peeled for when tickets go on sale next year.

Bridget Riley, Hayward Gallery  (23 October 2019 – 26 January 2020)

One of Britain’s most popular painters gets a major retrospective exhibition, the first for over 16 years.


Next year is looking stellar - we've rounded up the best art exhibitions, books & plays, many of which you'll need to book now.
— Francesca
12th December 2018