Summer Crowds, Trafalgar Square by Mike Samson

After months of shutdown, art lovers are heading back to the capital as galleries, museums and art exhibition spaces are now able to throw open their doors to the public and present some brand-new collections to inspire and delight those that have sorely missed their art fix.

As London has always been a mecca for art lovers with some of the world’s best galleries, plenty of thought and effort has been put into creating new exhibitions to pull visitors back to the city. Here is just a very small selection of some of the best art exhibitions the capital has to offer this summer.

 

Forest for Change – The Global Goals Pavilion at Somerset House

One of the hottest topics during the Covid-19 pandemic is that of the environment with pollution levels plummeting as we were all urged to stay at home.

This brand-new exhibition is taking place at the iconic Somerset House Pavilions. It acts as social commentary on this important subject and sees over 400 trees being used as an impressive outdoor installation in the heart of the city.

Sure to be popular, this outdoor piece of art can be seen from 1-26 June 2021.

 

Jean Dubuffet: Brutal Beauty at Barbican Art Gallery

The perfect backdrop to such as exhibition, the stark brutalist architecture of the Barbican plays host to an alternative take on beauty by post-war artist Jean Dubuffet in a collection of over 150 pieces of art.

Shunning traditional concepts of beauty, the artist seeks to highlight everyday beauty in the ordinary things we take for granted in this engaging and interesting collection that can be seen from 17 May – 22 August 2021.

 

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020, at the Royal Academy of Arts

Inspirational, uplifting and vibrant, artist David Hockney began his foray into this new collection as lockdown landed with the sole aim of capturing the colourful spring landscape in the garden and countryside surrounding his new home in Normandy.

Filled with bold colour, hope and optimism, this collection of works is a must-see following lockdown thanks to its invigorating nature and is a celebration of fresh starts and new beginnings that can be seen by visitors to London from 23 May – 26 September 2021.

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Featured artwork: Summer Crowds, Trafalgar Square by Mike Samson