The new year means new exhibitions! Well, if you've been thinking about diving deep into London’s art scene, 2023 is the perfect time. The Royal Academy of Arts, Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum and many other art institutions have already announced their next major displays. From classic works to cutting-edge modern pieces, the upcoming art season has expositions to suit all tastes. Below, we have rounded up 5 exhibitions to look forward to. Explore alone, with friends or with a significant other!
Art, Activism, and the Women’s movement in the UK 1970-1990 — that’s what Tate Britain’s upcoming exhibition will be about. Women in Revolt will showcase pieces by 100 women artists, working in a variety of mediums such as painting, drawing, film, and performance. The exhibition reflects on social and political issues and events, including the British Women’s Liberation movement, maternal and domestic experiences, Rock Against Racism, the AIDs pandemic, and more. The show will celebrate the work and lived experiences of women who were largely left out of the artistic narratives of the time. Women in Revolt will be on display starting November 2, 2023.
Curated by the industrial designer and skater Jonathan Olivares, the exhibition will showcase the design evolution of the skateboard from the 1950s to today. The exhibition, set to open at the Design Museum, will display innovative skateboards, skate photography and video, complete with original soundtracks. It will also chart the way skateboarding has adapted to different urban environments, with each decade producing new techniques. The gallery will reflect this unique culture, with areas where visitors can hang out together and watch exclusive content. Explore the world of skateboarding starting October 20, 2023.
This unique group exhibition continues the Family and Friends art project, which was on view in March. Through January, Pi Artworks London will showcase art pieces from a range of young and emerging artists. Although these creatives work in different mediums, they will all reflect on one particular subject — the notion of belonging. From intimate and nostalgic to the surreal and confrontational, the exhibition will investigate how we establish a sense of self and what shapes our identity. The show will display paintings of family members and figures from artists’ upbringing, as well as found footage and imagery.
Marina Abramović is perhaps the most famous performance artist in the world. Her work explores the body, endurance, feminism, and the possibilities of the mind. Marina’s most known performance, Rhythm 0 (1974), involved her standing still for 6 hours while the audience was invited to do to her whatever they wished using one of 72 objects. In Marina Abramović’s first major exhibition, which will open September 23, the Royal Academy of Arts will bring together works spanning the artist's 50-year career. The show will offer visitors intense encounters with the performer for which she has become known. Marina Abramović will also participate in the program of talks and events surrounding the show.
In April, Tate Britain will present a major exhibition following the romance and radicalism of the Rossetti generation through and beyond the pre-Raphaelite years. The exhibition will take a fresh look at the fascinating myths surrounding the unconventional relationships between Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Elizabeth Siddal, Fanny Cornforth, and Jane Morris. The immersive show will explore the Rossetti’s revolutionary approach to art, love, and lifestyle, using spoken poetry, paintings, drawings, photography, design, and more.