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Must See: London February Shows

Andreas Gurksy

On view now in London are several of not-to-miss exhibitions. Below, we walk you through some of our must-see shows at destinations like David Zwirner, Victoria Miro, Gagosian Gallery, and more.

Andreas Gursky at White Cube
February 7–April 8
White Cube is presenting a large-scale photograph entitled Rückblick by Andrea Gursky. Translating to “review,” Rückblick depicts a fictional scene featuring the politician Angela Merkel and the three previous chancellors of the Federal Republic of Germany. Capturing several of Gursky’s key themes, Rückblick uses photographic scale and digital manipulation to expose our faith in the truth of the image.

Andreas Gurksy

Andreas Gursky
Copyright: Andreas Gursky / DACS, 2018
Courtesy of White Cube

Bridget Riley at David Zwirner
January 19–March 10
Spanning three floors at David Zwirner is an exhibition by Bridget Riley. The show includes wall paintings and works on canvas that focus on two themes: black-and-white style, and the disc. Riley’s focus on simple geometric forms result in compositions that actively engage the viewer and trigger a sense of vibration and movement. Whilst drawing on motifs from past work, Riley creates even more complex and nuanced structures within these works.

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh at Gagosian
February 20–April 7
Working in Takashi Murakami’s Tokyo studio, Murakami and Virgil Abloh produced works that intersect their styles and cultural experiences to reflect on the sign of the times in which we live. On view at Gagosian Gallery, we see works where Murakami drew inspiration from traditional Japanese painting, and Abloh drew inspiration from training as an architect and engineer. Disrupting the tiers of cultural production, the duo created artistic gestures, transforming traditional concepts.

Glance Past the Future

Takashi Murakami and Virgil Abloh
Glance Past the Future
Acrylic on canvas mounted on aluminum frame
Courtesy of the artists and Gagosian

Jorge Pardo at Victoria Miro
February 2–March 24
Victoria Miro presents paintings and an installation of lamps by Cuban-American artist Jorge Pardo. Celebrating Pardo’s use of vibrant color, pattern, and materials, his work intersects a diverse range of art ranging from architecture to painting. The exhibition features suspended lamps, offering a sense of the physical and immaterial, and his paintings shift and dissolve between the visible and invisible.

Mark Dion at Whitechapel Gallery
February 14–May 13
Curated by Whitechapel Gallery director, Iwona Blazwick, Mark Dion’s large-scale installations draw attention to characters that observe, conserve, and exploit the natural world. Dion examines how knowledge is gathered and interpreted, raising questions concerning nature and urban space.

Mark Dion

Mark Dion
Hunting Blind (The Glutton)
Mixed media
300 x 170 x 230 cm
Courtesy Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna
Photo © Adolf Bereuter

Tara Donovan at Pace London
January 24–March 9
Pace London presents Tara Donovan: “Compositions”—an exhibition investigating the physical characteristics of an object through wall-mounted framed works in various sizes. Donovan’s works explore stratification as a sculptural technique and a means of constructing two-dimensional planes. This new series layers styrene cards to create the illusion of motion on a static surface, using the frame as a means of controlling density and orientation.

Bjarne Melgaard at Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
February 23–March 31
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is showing a two-part exhibition by Bjarne Melgaard. “Bodyparty” (a series of 14 new paintings) will be displayed along Life Killed my Chihuahua, a curated virtual extension of the exhibition. The paintings embody the passing of time and an allusion of the body and its physicality, and the digital concept involves the audience by creating a relationship between physical and digital worlds. Both parts of the exhibition are characteristic of Melgaard’s individual style independent, radical, and non-conformist.

Bjarne Melgaard

Bjarne Melgaard
Oil on canvas
180 x 180 cm
Courtesy of Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London · Paris · Salzburg.
© Bjarne Melgaard/ DACS, London, 2018
Photo: Tom Carter


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