What To Visit In London This Summer From slides and robotics at the Hayward Gallery to the Classical beauty of ancient Greek statues at the British Museum, check out our faculty suggestions for must-visit exhibitions and shows happening in London this summer!
CARSTEN HÖLLER: DECISIONS
Hayward Gallery, 10 June – 6 September, 2015
Belgian artist Carsten Höller takes over the Hayward Gallery with his wildly exciting and immersive exhibition featuring slides, robotics and disorienting objects scattered throughout the space. Höller asks the viewer to contemplate the process of decision making by offering a multi-faceted sensational experience designed to alter our thought processes.
CROSSROADS OF CURIOSITY
The British Library, 20 June, 2015
Artist David Normal has created an incredible outdoor light box piece using imagery from the Library’s digitized collections. Crossroads of Curiosity was previously on display at the 2014 Burning Man festival in Black Rock, Arkansas, and is around for one night only – providing the backdrop for lectures, artist talks and an evening set by DJ Yoda.
British Museum, 26 March – 5 July, 2015
This standout exhibition focuses on the Classical beauty of ancient Greek statues and what it means in terms of perceptions of the body. Ranging from roughly-hewn archaic forms to curvaceous marble hyper-realism, Defining Beauty celebrates the human form and compares the ancient ideal to our current standards of beauty.
HACKNEY WICKED FESTIVAL
Hackney Wick, 29 – 31 July, 2015
Located in London’s trendy East End, Hackney WickED is a festival devoted to celebrating the local art community. Both established and up-and-coming artists and galleries are represented through exhibitions, performances, tours and workshops, making Hackney WickED one of the summer’s most varied and inspiring festivals.
THE FOUR FRIDAS
Greenwich & The Docklands Festival, 1 – 4 July, 2015
The Four Fridas is an immersive outdoor performance celebrating the life and work of the famous Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo, and her lifelong love affair with indigenous Mexico. GDIF’s Creative Director Bradley Hemmings combines dance, music, cinematography and animation in a spectacle made to express Frida’s unique spirit through contemporary art practices.
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