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If you’re visiting London this spring, make sure to visit these Must See exhibitions from the city’s top galleries and museums like Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery, and Ben Brown Fine Arts.
Anne Imhof: Sex
Don’t miss your last chance to experience Anne Imhof’s exhibition “Sex,” on view at Tate Modern until this Sunday, March 31. The show features a large-scale commissioned work that combines structural interventions, painting, sound, and lighting, which evolves over a ten-day period durational performances. During the day, the commission serves as a still exhibition. At night, a series of six live performances unfold one by one, exploring the fluidity between binaries and the line where the two zones meet. Presented in partnership with BMW as part of its annual collaboration with the museum, “Sex” is the first solo exhibition at museum to occupy the entirety of its atmospheric Tanks.
Mike Nelson: The Asset Strippers
On view at Tate Britain is Mike Nelson’s “The Asset Strippers.” Created for the annual Tate Britain commission, the exhibition fills the open spaces of the Duveen Galleries, transforming it into a cross between a sculpture garden and an “asset strippers’ warehouse.” In the galleries, towering piles of objects from a past world (like the post-war Britain in which Nelson grew up in) are made up of old machinery, farming equipment, and abandoned furniture. As viewers walk through the maze of forgotten objects, they gain a melancholic reminder of Britain’s political and social history.
“Is This Tomorrow?”
A group exhibition conceived in collaboration by more than 30 artists and architects, “Is This Tomorrow?” at Whitechapel Gallery is an experiential installation exploring themes of living spaces (including borders, migration, and privacy) and our relationship with technology. Featuring artists like Adjaye Associates, Jacolby Satterwhite, Marina Tabassum Architects, Simon Fujiwara, and Cécile B. Evans, the exhibition highlights ten experimental projects that offer speculative visions of the future in response to critical issues faced in today’s society. Visitors can make their way through a maze-like arrangement of projects, where they will come across constructions—like an enclosure made for animals, a configuration of security barricades, and a mini museum devoted entirely to Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi—each posing the unstated question: “Is this tomorrow?”
Alighiero Boetti: Embroideries Including Mappas, Tuttos and a Rug
Ben Brown Fine Arts
Now on view at Ben Brown Fine Arts is an expansive survey of the late Italian textile artist, Alighiero Boetti. Including a series of Boetti’s mappa, tutto, and arazzi works, the exhibition highlights the artist’s time spent abroad in Afghanistan, where he bridged Western and Eastern cultures in his work through the inclusion of cultural and traditional elements—often seen in the use of Farsi writing. Also featured is one of Boetti’s eleven rugs (or tappeti), which depicts traditional iconography and images from the artist’s daily life.
William Monk: A Fool Through the Cloud
William Monk’s debut exhibition at Pace Gallery, “A Fool Through the Cloud,” features a series of the artist’s new oil paintings, titled as a play on words surrounding the many possible interpretations of Monk’s work. The exhibition is made up of colorful and complex mindscapes that move in and out of juxtaposed ideas of figuration and abstraction, and reality and mirage—each made up of two adjoining panels, positioned with the seam at eye level to influence the viewer’s perception. Included in the show are pieces like A Fool Through the Cloud (reminding us of a volcanic eruption), and a trio of paintings called Sea of Cloud, which create a montage of images suggestive of a cloud forming in the sky.