The weather in London is driving you crazy as well? The simple idea to take a bus, or to hop on the central line sounds like a beautiful nightmare? I get you reader, but giving up on our social life and let this heatwave win is not an option. It might sounds like I’m repeating myself here, but museums and galleries are actually good places to be when it’s
bloody hot outside as most of them have the holy AirCon that we are all craving for at the moment.
To keep you cool (and sane), I listed some exhibitions that you must see in London this month.
Jenny Holzer at Tate Modern
Since July 23rd, the Tate Modern dedicated one of its artist room to the work of American artist Jenny Holzer. Bringing together key works alongside rarely seen installations of the artist split across five rooms, Tate keeps impressing me with the quality of its free “Artist Rooms” exhibitions. Holzer who is known for pairing words with public spaces, created over four decades an impressive body of work focusing on language and writing. Must visit, it’s a true experience.
On view until summer 2019 at Tate. Free entry.
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The RA summer exhibitions are always a bit overwhelming (so much going on those walls!), but you simply can’t miss it. This year, they are celebrating 250 years of summer exhibitions: “Grayson Perry RA and his committee of fellow artists have handpicked over 1,300 artworks in an array of mediums. There’s a monumental sculpture by Anish Kapoor RA in our courtyard, and within the galleries you’ll find vast new works by David Hockney RA and Joana Vasconcelos. Artists Mona Hatoum and Tal R are shown alongside Royal Academicians including Wolfgang Tillmans, Mike Nelson, Tracey Emin and Rose Wylie, and Honorary Academicians Bruce Nauman and Ed Ruscha.“
On view until August 19 at the Royal Academy, £16.
Paloma Varga Weisz – Wild Bunch at Sadie Coles HQ
The German artist is presenting a new series of sculptures, all carved in lime wood:”These works glance back to her origins as a woodcarver in Bavaria in the late 1980s, while also reflecting the layered personal iconography – surreal, mythological and Modernist – that she has developed over her thirty-year career.“
On view until August 24th at Sadie Coles HQ (Davies St. location), free entry.
Dorothea Lange – Politics of Seeing at Barbican
Photography is not my favourite medium, but I have not enough words to explained how much I loved that exhibition and how long all the faces from Lange’s portraits stayed with me after seeing it. “The camera is an instrument that teaches people to see without a camera” said the photographer who was using her camera as a political tool to shine a light on major events such as the Great Depression (which was probably the event that shaped her creative life), but also to shine a light on migrant’s living and working conditions. Her series “Japanese American Internment” completely resonates with what’s happening today in the US :”Made in the wake of the attack on Pearl Harbor, it documents the fate of the 120,000 US citizens with Japanese ancestry who were rounded up and relocated to makeshift prison camps for the duration of the war.“*. A truly beautiful retrospective to not miss.
On view until September 2 at Barbican, £13.50.
Last chance to see
Group exhibition, “Land of Lads, Land of Lashes” at Thaddeus Ropac. Ends on August 10.
Urs Fischer, ” Soft” at Sadie Coles HQ. Ends on August 18.
Don’t forget to join me on Instagram (@the_bubblist) to follow my art visits.