January is always a busy month in the art world, as after a well needed winter break the galleries are back with brand new shows. As you can imagine there is a lot happening this month in London, so as many of you asked me for recommendations today I will share with you some exhibitions or art events I’m looking forward to.

Courtesy of Saatchi Gallery

“Champagne Life” at Saatchi Gallery

To celebrate the 30th birthday of the Saatchi Gallery, they are welcoming an all-female artists exhibition. If you are expecting a feminist show you will be disappointed as the goal of Champagne Life is to celebrate the rich and diverse production of women artists.

When : Until March 9th  // Entrance : Free // AddressDuke of York’s HQ, King’s Road,London


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Courtesy of Roman Road Gallery

Jim Thorell “Seashells on the Seashore” at Roman Road Gallery

I’ve never been to Roman Road yet, but I only read and heard positive feedback about this little gallery located in East London and run by fellow Belgian Marisa Bellani. The exhibition will focus on the recent works by the Swedish Painter and on a mural he made in situ : “Jim Thorell’s work evokes the uncanniness and fantasy of dreams. Caught in a dialogue between reality and subconscious expression, his paintings are a repetition of his minds workings, teeming with jubilant and comical renderings.”

When : The opening reception is on January 14th // Address69 Roman Road, London E2 0QN

Courtesy of White Cube Gallery

Park Seo-Bo “Ecriture 1967-1981” at White Cube Gallery

Since I live in London I’m pleased to see so many Asian artists in art galleries as it was not common in Brussels or in Tel Aviv. So I’m looking forward to discover the work of this leading figure of Korean contemporary art at White Cube Mason’s Yard :” ‘My work is […] related to the oriental tradition of space, the spiritual concept of space. I am more interested in space from the point of view of nature. Even though my paintings may represent an idea about culture, the main focus is based on nature […] I want to reduce the idea and emotion in my work to express only that. I want to reduce and reduce – to create pure emptiness.’ Park Seo-Bo ( 2006)”

When : The opening is on January 14th at 6pm // Address : 25-26 Mason’s Yard, London 

Courtesy Freud Museum London

Gavin Turk in Conversation with Joseph Kosuth

For the ones who don’t have plans this evening, this is a rare opportunity to see two important art world figures reunite together for a talk alongside Turk’s exhibition “Wittgenstein’s Dream”  at the Freud Museum : “This is the first in a special series of talks and lectures marking the Museum’s 30th Anniversary, which take place throughout 2016.”

When : Jan. 14th at 7pm // Entrance : From £11.68 // Address12 Maresfield Gardens London

Julian Charrière, ‘Future Fossil Spaces’, 2014. Salt blocks from Salar de Uyuni, plaster, enamelled steel basins, lithium brine, dimensions variable. Installation view at Kunsthalle zu Kiel, Germany, 2015. Photograph: Helmut Kunde & Serena Acksel.

Julian Charrière at Parasol Unit

The Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art is welcoming the French/Swiss Conceptual artist Julian Charrière for his first exhibition in the UK : “Charrière is a conceptual artist whose activities and interventions during the first decade of his career have taken him to some of the remotest regions of the planet, researching geology, biology, physics, history and archaeology. Much of his work is concerned with time, the continuous cycle of past, present and future, as well as sudden and gradual physical transformations that have occurred naturally or due to human activity.

When: Opening Jan. 14th at 6.30 pm// Entrance : Free // Address14 Wharf Road ,London 

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

“Electronic Superhighway” at Whitechapel Gallery

I’m really looking forward for this group exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery as the impact of new technologies on art is a subject that is fascinating me: “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.(…) Arranged in reverse chronological order,Electronic Superhighway begins with works made at the arrival of the new millennium, and ends with Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T), an iconic, artistic moment that took place in 1966. Key moments in the history of art and the Internet emerge as the exhibition travels back in time.

When: January 29th // Entrance : £11.95 // Address77-82 Whitechapel High St., London

Tom Marioni, One Second Sculpture, 1969 Black and white photograph Dimensions variable © Tom Marioni

“Line” at Lisson Gallery

I’m really excited by this group exhibition reuniting fifteen international artists at Lisson Gallery and  curated by Drawing Room : “Fifteen international artists – whose works span seminal artworks from the late ’60s through to performative and site-specific pieces made especially for this exhibition – take their various lines for a walk off the page to intermingle in the three-dimensional space of the gallery, extending via sound into the atmosphere and reverberating via action and memory across time.

When: Opening January 21th at 6pm // Address52 Bell Street , London

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© Courtesy of The Hispanic Society of America, New York.

Painting the Modern Garden : Monet to Matisse at the Royal Academy

The Royal Academy is transitioning from Ai Wei Wei to the beautiful gardens of some of the key figures of Impressionism and Avant-Garde painting : “Monet, arguably the most important painter of gardens in the history of art, once said he owed his painting “to flowers”. But Monet was far from alone in his fascination with the horticultural world, which is why we will also be bringing you masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne, Pissarro, Manet, Sargent, Kandinsky, Van Gogh, Matisse, Klimt and Klee. For these artists and others, the garden gave them the freedom to break new ground and explore the ever-changing world around them.

When : January 30th // Entrance : £17.60 // AddressBurlington House, Piccadilly London

Above: Blonde Listening to the Radio, 1959. Mixed media and collage on board. 6 5/8 x 5 5/8 inches (16.8 x 14. 3 cm). Art © Estate of Tom Wesselmann/Licensed by VAGA, New York, NY

Tom Wesselmann “Collages 1959 – 1964” at David Zwirner Gallery

I’m a big aficionado of collages in art and Wesselmann’s bold colors and Pop Art vibes really needs to be seen :” David Zwirner is pleased to present an exhibition of collages by American artist Tom Wesselmann at the gallery’s London location. Organized in collaboration with The Estate of Tom Wesselmann, the exhibition will present over 30 works produced between 1959 and 1964—a significant period spanning the artist’s early career that presages his emergence as a leading figure of Pop Art.

When : Jan. 28th at 6pm // Address24 Grafton Street, London

There is of course many other openings and art event happening this month in London such as the London Art Fair for example so feel free to share your own recommendations with us.

Don’t forget to join me on Instagram @the_bubblist and on Snapchat @thebubblistarty to stay connected with me and get sneak peaks of what’s on in London.

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19 replies on “January Art Guide : 9 Exhibitions & Art Events Opening in London

  1. Parfait, je peux enfin planifier complétement mon city trip avec mon amoureux. merci pour tout tes supers articles. Je recommende ton blog à tout le monde!

  2. You rock! I have friends coming over from Sweden this weekend and they want to see cool exhibitions so this guide is perfection right now!

  3. Merci! Je viens une semaine à Londres en famille avec deux petits bout de 5 et 8 ans. Ils adorent l’art et voient beaucoup d’expositions sur Paris, on pensait les emmener à la Tate qu’en penses tu? merci pour ton blog, on découvre toujours des nouveaux artistes, lieux et personnalités. Carole

    1. Merci pour tes mots Carole! Les Tate et le V&A organisent pas mal d’activités pour les enfants donc ça vaut le coup de jeter un oeil à leur programme. L’Expo Pop Art à la Tate Modern est apparemment populaire auprès des petits 😉 Bon séjour à Londres!

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