Editor’s Pick: Top #5 London Exhibitions – February 2016

Winter in London has been merciful this year, but it is cold enough to prefer the warmth and comfort of a gallery over a grey rainy day. I can assure you Art will always sparkle up your day 🙂

Here for you, the *a selection for the top #5 exhibitions of the month of February 2016.

#1 – The feminist one

Imperial War Museum
Lee Miller: A Woman’s War

Until 24 April 2016

Address: IWM London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

web Fire Masks, London, England 1941 by Lee Miller (3840-9)
Web Fire Masks, London, England 1941 by Lee Miller

Explore the impact of the Second World War on women’s lives through the photography of Lee Miller, one of the most important war photographers of the twentieth century.

This exhibition documents Miller’s evolving vision of women’s roles and lives in Britain and Europe as she travelled between countries before, during and in the immediate aftermath of war.

Over 150 images are on display alongside Picasso’s portrait of Miller, personal correspondence with Vogue founder Conde Nast and many other objects never seen before.

Tickets: Adult £10, Child £5 and Concessions £7. More info can be found here.

#2 – The Evergreen

Royal Academy of Arts 
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse

Until 24 April 2016

Claude Monet, The Lady in The Garden, 1863 (Pic@The State Hermitage Museum/Vladimir Terebenin)

Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.

£17.60 (without donation £16). Concessions available. Friends of the RA, and under 16s when with a fee-paying adult, go free.

#3 – The High-Tech

Whitechapel Gallery
Electronic Superhighway (2016-1966) 

Until 15 May 2016

Address: Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX

Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, Surface Tension (1992) Courtesy the artist and Carroll/Fletcher, London. Installation photograph by Maxime Dufour © Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

A major exhibition bringing together over 100 works to show the impact of computer and Internet technologies on artists from the mid-1960s to the present day.

The exhibition features new and rarely seen multimedia works, together with film, painting, sculpture, photography and drawing. From Cory Arcangel, Jeremy Bailey, James Bridle, Constant Dullaart and Oliver Laric, to Roy Ascott, Judith Barry, Lynn Hershman Leeson and Ulla Wiggen, over 70 artists spanning 50 years are included.

Tickets start at £11.95. More details can be found here.

#4 – For True Fashionistas

Vogue 100: A Century of Style
National Portrait Gallery

From 11 February 2016 to 22 May 2016

Address: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

Mario Testino, Kate Moss at the Master Shipwright's House, Deptford, 2008 © Mario Testino
Mario Testino, Kate Moss at the Master Shipwright’s House, Deptford, 2008
© Mario Testino

Vogue 100: A Century of Style will showcase the remarkable range of photography that has been commissioned by British Vogue since it was founded in 1916, with over 280 prints from the Condé Nast archive and international collections being shown together for the first time to tell the story of one of the most influential fashion magazines in the world.

IMPORTANT!!! Admission to the exhibition is by timed ticket, with entry every 15 minutes throughout the day. Tickets are valid only on the date and at the entrance time specified on the ticket.

Entry details: £8.50 with National Art Pass (standard entry £17).

For more info on ticket booking see here.

#5 – For movie aficionados

Lisson Gallery
John Akomfrah

Until 12 March 2016

Address: 27 Bell Street, London NW1 5BY

Tropikos Film still Single channel HD colour video, 5.1 sound 36 minutes 41 seconds © Smoking Dogs Films
Tropikos (Film still). Single channel HD colour video, 5.1 sound, 36 minutes 41 seconds
© Smoking Dogs Films

I’m a born bricoleur. I love the way that things that are otherwise discrete and self-contained start to suggest things once they are forced into a dialogue with something else.”– John Akomfrah

I heard about John Akomfrah for the first time just last week, as the artist Doug Fishbone came to Christie’s Education to hold a class about curating. At some point he mentioned this guy with this exotic name, just to find out – after some research –  that he really is cool (not just because he was Doug’s friend!) and that by total chance he is having his first exhibition at Lisson gallery, showing new and recent works.

From the Lisson’s website I also found out that he is an “internationally acclaimed artist and filmmaker”. Akomfrah’s work is characterised by a rich, multi-layered visual style that is as poetic as it is political and which frequently fuses contemporary issues with history, fiction and mythology. Collaging archival film footage, still photography and newsreel with new material, he investigates personal and collective memories, post-colonialism, temporality and aesthetics in works that frequently explore the experience of the African diaspora in Europe and the US. I will certainly go and see what seems to be a really interesting exhibition.

More info can be found here.

Have fun people and let me know if you have any other awesome suggestions in the comments below!