At last, from 17th May, museums and galleries are allowed to open their doors once more. We’ve rounded up our favourite shows to visit and who to go with.
BEST FOR: A TRIP WITH THE GIRLFRIENDS
From rucksacks to despatch boxes, Birkin bags to Louis Vuitton luggage, Bags: Inside Out explores the world of the bag.
Mulberry ‘Bayswater’ and ‘Alexa’ bags from the private collections of Kate Moss and Alexa Chung, 2003 and 2010, England. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
Tracey Emin selects masterpieces by Edvard Munch, an artist she has long had a fascination with, to show alongside her most recent paintings.
Neon. 30.6 x 115 cm. Edition of 10, with 3 Aps. Collection of Michelle Kennedy and Richard Tyler © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2020.
Whether dancing on the rooftops in Paris, sharing ideas with fellow artists and friends Pablo Picasso, Dora Maar and Man Ray, or gathering starfish on the beaches of Cornwall, Eileen Agar transformed the everyday into the extraordinary.
Erotic Landscape, 1942, collage on paper, 255 x 305 mm, private collection. © The Estate of Eileen Agar. Photograph courtesy Pallant House Gallery, Chichester © Doug Atfield
BEST FOR: A FASCINATING DAY OUT
The first major survey of this Parisian artist in the UK for over 50 years, Dubruffet’s experimental drive and playful spirit (and love of stripes) has been hugely influential on many twentieth century artists.
Jean Dubuffet, Skedaddle (L’Escampette) 31 October 1964 STEDELIJK MUSEUM AMSTERDAM © FONDATION DUBUFFET, PARIS / ADAGP, PARIS AND DACS, LONDON 2020
Featuring over 200 of his works, many of which have not been seen in the UK before, this show looks at the importance of plaster in his work and evokes the atmosphere of the artist’s studio.
Auguste Rodin Main droite de Pierre et Jacques de Wissant 1885–86 Musée Rodin, S.00332
Michael Armitage, a Kenyan-born artist, draws from Titian, Goya, Manet and Gauguin to explore East African culture and folklore in the exhibition of 15 of his large-scale works.
The Paradise Edict, 2019. Oil on lubugo bark cloth. 220 x 420 cm. The Joyner / Giuffrida Collection © Michael Armitage © White Cube (Theo Christelis).
BEST FOR: A CHEERY DAY OUT
116 new works created on the iPad by Hockney who spent the lockdown at his house in Normandy.
No. 241, 23rd April 2020. iPad painting. © David Hockney.
BEST FOR: A TRIP WITH THE KIDS
Adults and kids alike will love experiencing her Infinity Mirror Rooms which were originally made for her 2012 retrospective at Tate Modern. Tickets are selling out fast so do book quickly.
Yayoi Kusama, Chandelier of Grief 2016/2018. Tate. © YAYOI KUSAMA
25 images shortlisted from over 49,000 entries are displayed with the winning image alongside 4 commended images. Great fun for all the family.
Exploring its origins, adaptations and reinventions over 157 years, this immersive show (including a Virtual Reality game of croquet) charts the evolution of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.
Illustration from first published edition of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by John Tenniel, 1866. © Victoria and Albert Museum, London
From the original Converse Chuck Taylor All Star to designer collaborations and sustainable creations, this exhibition explores the high-tech and designer developments of the sneaker world.
BEST FOR: A DAY TRIP OUT OF LONDON
To mark their 10th anniversary, the gallery have organised the biggest show of Hepworth’s work since her death in 1975, exhibited alongside works by Bridget Riley, Tacita Dean and Veronica Ryan.
Barbara Hepworth with the plaster prototype for the United Nations Single Form at the Morris Singer foundry, London, May 1963. Photograph by Morgan-Wells. © Bowness
A collection of photographs from Miller and Penrose’s trip around the Balkans at the beginning of WWII. Penrose’s photographs were made into a book but the majority of Miller’s pictures have never been published before.