London in the summer is glorious. Not just for the mid-level heat and park picnics but also because there’s a wave of blockbuster exhibitions that are some of the best in the world. Here’s our summer 2017 top five.
Hokusai: Beyond the Great Wave
May 25th – August 31st
You’ll know his wave pictures (hanging in every mediocre sushi joint all over the world), even if you don’t know his name. The British Museum has a two-month exhibition of Katsushika Hokusai – one of Japan’s most famous artists. His woodblock prints and delicate engravings and paintings set the tone for generations to come.
Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour
June 28th – September 24th
While we all see things differently, there’s been years of research into how colour behaves and this new exhibition at The Design Museum explores that behaviour in terms of shapes, materials, shadows and reflections and helps us question one of the most basic aspects of design.
224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG, 020 3862 5900
Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
May 27th – February 18th
While Pink Floyd tickets sell out faster than Adele, Balenciaga is also worth heading to the V&A for this summer. The exhibition looks back at the designs and life of Cristóbal Balenciaga, one of the most influential fashion figures of the 20th century, who came into his own in the 1960s.
City Now City Future
May 25th – April 2018
Over at the Museum of London this summer you’ve got the forward thinking City Now City Future exhibition. Over 100 events, workshops and talks debate the urban change and development that’s happening not just in London but also around the world. There are interactive exhibitions on how London is a shared space, how it’s changing for the future.
150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN, 020 7001 9844
Syria: A Conflict Explored
April 27th – September 3rd
The Imperial War Museum takes on the complicated issue of Syria looking to shed light on the complex origins of the war and its far-reaching consequences for Syrians and Europe.
Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, 020 7416 5000