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5 Must-See London Art Exhibitions in Summer 2017

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Updated: 19 April 2017
From photography to massive installations, London’s summer’s exhibitions are nothing if not diverse. Diversify your art go-tos and discover some new galleries, with boundary-pushing exhibitions.
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Benedict Drew: The Trickle-Down Syndrome

June 3rd – September 7th

The Whitechapel Gallery is the kind of gallery where you take friends to make them think you know something about art, but whether you’ve heard of Benedict Drew or not you should pop along to this. The exhibition spans large-scale installations made in reaction to pop culture and political events.

77-82 Whitechapel High St, London E1 7QX, 020 7522 7888

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Gregory Crewdson: Cathedral of the Pines

June 23rd – October 8th

Over at Soho’s Photographers’ Gallery is this huge sprawling exhibition of legendary US photographer Gregory Crewdson‘s work, Cathedral of the Pines which mixes 19th-century formal portraiture with a documentary of the decline of rural America, or specifically Becket, Massachusetts.

16-18 Ramillies St, Soho, London W1F 7LW, 020 7087 9300

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Fahrelnissa Zeid

June 13th – October 8th

Turkish avant-garde painter Fahrelnissa Zeid gets a retrospective this summer at the Tate Modern. Her bold and bright, huge abstract paintings mix Islamic and European patterns and styles and demand attention.

Tate Modern

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Jürgen Partenheimer: Lichtschwarm

April 28th – June 8th

White Cube in Bermondsey will show Jürgen Partenheimer: Lichtschwarm – he is one of Germany’s best-loved living artists and his work can be said to be minimalist and metaphysical. Discover his abstract pastel paintings in this new exhibition.

144-152 Bermondsey St, London SE1 3TQ, 020 7930 5373

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The Encounter: Drawings from Leonardo to Rembrandt

July 13th – October 22nd

The National Portrait Gallery looks back at the golden age of Renaissance and Baroque portraiture to examine the relationship between the painter and the muse. See stripped back work from Leonardo da Vinci, Holbein, Rubens and Rembrandt.

St. Martin’s Pl, London WC2H 0HE, 020 7306 0055