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The Unmissable 2022 Exhibition List

As galleries reopen without the covid restrictions, life is finally starting to look similar to what it did back in 2019. There have been some incredible exhibitions so far, Louise Bourgeous at The South Bank Centre (closes 15th May – see our overview HERE), Van Gogh Self-Portraits at The Courtauld Gallery (closes 8th May) and the recently extended Yayoi Kasuma at The Tate Modern (see our overview HERE). There are still lots to look forward to, and we’ve collated 10 art exhibitions to look forward to in 2022: 

1. Surrealism Beyond Borders at Tate Modern

This landmark exhibition will rewrite the history of the revolutionary art movement. Surrealism is not a style – but a state of mind. It aims to subvert reality and to find the uncanny in the everyday. This exhibition covers work by artists from 40 countries over 80 years – see works by Magritte, Dali and more. Opening from 24 Feb-29 Aug, ticket information can be found HERE

2. Raphael at The National Gallery

Short but prolific, Raphael’s career saw him become one of the most prized painters of his generation and he shaped the course of Western culture like few artists before or since. This exhibition, one of the first ever to explore Raphael’s complete career, looks at his celebrated paintings and drawings as well as his work in architecture, poetry, and design for sculpture, tapestry and prints. Opening from 9 Apr-31 Jul, ticket information can be found HERE

3. Walter Sickert at Tate Britain

A major exhibition of one of the central figures in British art, Walter Sickert was one of the most influential artists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The exhibition showcases his transition from impressionism to modernism, with works inspired by news stories such as the Camden Town Murders, theatrical performers and popular culture. Opening from 28 Apr-18 Sept, ticket information can be found HERE

4.Our Time on Earth at The Curve at The Barbican Center

A major exhibition celebrating the power of global creativity to transform the conversation around the climate emergency. Through art, design, science, music and philosophy, the exhibition presents a range of radical visions for the future of all species. This forward-thinking exhibition at the Curve at the Barbican Center combines immersive, interactive and digital works to explore different ways of living in harmony with our planet. Opening 5 May-29 Aug, ticket information can be found HERE

5. Milton Avery at Royal Academy of Arts

The first comprehensive exhibition in Europe of American painter Milton Avery’s, one of the great colourists of the 20th century. Famed for his signature use of harmonious colour and simplified forms, this exhibition will showcase his celebrated style with paintings from the 1930s to the 1960s. Opening 15 Jul-16 Oct, ticket information can be found HERE

6. Beatrix Potter: Drawn to Nature at The V&A

An exhibition dedicated to everyone’s favorite storyteller and natural scientist, Beatrix Potter. The show displays original watercolors and paintings for grown-ups to marvel over, as well as personal artifacts such as letters, manuscripts and diaries. Opening now-8 Jan 2023, ticket information can be found HERE

7. A Century of the Artist’s Studio: 1920–2020 at The Whitechapel Gallery

Whether it be an abandoned factory, an attic or a kitchen table, it is the artist’s studio where the great art of our time is conceived and created. This new multi-media show is the result of a 100-year survey of international artists and the spaces, including pieces from icons such as Francis Bacon, Louise Bourgeois, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele and Andy Warhol, and more contemporary artists such as Walead Beshty, Lisa Brice and Kerry James Marshall, plus photos and recreations of studios in all their messy glory. Opening now- 5 Jun, ticket information can be found HERE

8. Cecilia Vicuña at the Tate Modern (Hyundai Commission)

Chilean artist and poet Cecilia Vicuña is the latest artist to be chosen to take over Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall for the 2022 edition of the Hyundai Commission. A prolific multi-disciplinary artist, Vicuña explores the pressing concerns of ecology, community, and social justice and is best known for her radical textile sculptures, combining natural materials and traditional crafts. Opening 11 Oct 2022- 16 Apr 2023, ticket information can be found HERE

9. The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts

The R&As annual celebration of art and creativity continues in 2022, and will explore the urgent theme of Climate. Running without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition is the world’s most joyful art exhibition that celebrates art in all mediums, from prints, paintings, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and more by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent. Opening 21 Jun-21 August 2022, ticket information can be found HERE

10. William Kentridge at the Royal Academy of Arts 

The royal academy of arts’s major autumn exhibition presents a new, immersive world by the multi-sensory artist and global creative powerhouse William Kentridge, in the major autumn exhibition. Opening 24 Sept-11 Dec, ticket information can be found HERE

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