It's Showtime!

Updated: Sep 6, 2020

After a hiatus of several months, normal service is being restored to the London exhibition scene. Along the way, a number of shows have been delayed, others terminated prematurely and a few abandoned for good, for a variety of reasons. On a more positive note, some exhibitions are re-opening with the lifting of the lockdown, giving us the opportunity to see things we may have never expected to see again.


Here is our list of the major exhibitions in town this summer. It's showtime!

From 16 July

Mushrooms: The Art, Design and Future of Fungi

Somerset House

Donation invited


From 27 July until 20 September

Aubrey Beardsley

Tate Britain

Paid entry (£16)


From 27 July until 15 November

Andy Warhol

Tate Modern

Paid entry (£22)


From 29 July until 13 September

Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company

The Wallace Collection

Paid entry, tickets go on sale on 22 July


From 30 July until 3 January 2021

Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs

The Horniman Museum

Paid entry (adult £9, child £5)


From 31 July until 14 February 2021

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers

The Design Museum

Paid entry, tickets on sale 10 July


From 1 August

Nightingale in 200 Objects, People and Places

Florence Nightingale Museum

Paid entry to the museum


From 1 August until 31 October

Among the Trees

Hayward Gallery

Paid entry (£13.50)


Until 2 August

Picasso on Paper

The Royal Academy of Arts

Paid entry (£20)

Read our review, Taking the Picasso: 'There have been some stand-out exhibitions at the Royal Academy in recent times. Picasso on Paper is not one of them.'


Until 2 August

Cerith Wyn Evans: No realm of thought... no field of vision

White Cube Bermondsey

Free entry, book online

Read our review, Cerith Wyn Evans at the White Cube: 'a sensory experience for the soul'


From 4 August

Cao Fei: Blueprints

Serpentine Gallery

Free entry, book online from July


From 7 August until 18 October

Gauguin and the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection

The Royal Academy of Arts

Paid entry (prices TBC), tickets not yet on sale


From 19 August until 5 January 2021

Driverless: Who is in control?

Science Museum

Free entry


Until 23 August

Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media

The Foundling Museum

Paid entry to the museum

Read our review, Beyoncé's Bump and the Princess Dress: 'a pregnant pause ... but the wait is worth it for this groundbreaking, unmissable exhibition'


From 27 August until 25 October

Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk

Victoria & Albert Museum

Paid entry (£16-£18)


Until 20 September

Derek Jarman: My garden's boundaries are the horizon

The Garden Museum

Paid entry to the museum


From 22 September until 1 July 2021

Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945

The National Army Museum

Free entry


From 29 September until December

Formafantasma: Cambio

Serpentine Sackler Gallery

Free entry, book online from early September


From 3 October

Artemisia

The National Gallery

Tickets on sale soon


Until 17 January 2021

Titian: Love, Desire, Death

The National Gallery

Paid entry (£12)



Alice in Wonderland: Curiouser and Curiouser at the V&A has been postponed until 27 March 2021

Angelica Kauffman at the Royal Academy has been cancelled

Bags: Inside Out at the V&A has been postponed until 21 November 2020

Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings at the Royal Academy has been cancelled

Epic Iran at the V&A has been postponed until 13 February 2021

Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature at the Natural History Museum has been postponed

Prada: Front and Back at the Design Museum has been cancelled

Raphael at the National Gallery has been postponed until 2022

Sneakers Unboxed: Studio to Street at the Design Museum has been postponed until 2021

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh at the Saatchi Gallery will not re-open

Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern has been postponed until 5 November 2020


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