May 13, 2021         BY: PROVK STAFF

Are we back yet? London's art scene has been locked down for a better part of a year. After the reopening of non-essential retail in London last month, we are excited to see shows will be soon opening to the public. Next week national institutions like Tate and Royal Academy along with other galleries will begin opening exhibitions that had been delayed due to the pandemic. The reopening will have much to offer for the lost time. From 9am on 17th of May, all things going to plan, England’s galleries are allowed to open their doors once again in a dam-bursting flood of exhibitions. 

We compiled a list of the shows we think you should consider checking out be it with a mask and social distancing protocols. Remember to also check out your local artist studio openings. Artists need your support now more than ever before. Enjoy!

© David Hockney

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

One of the most acclaimed and well know British artists David Hockney will open an exhibition at the Royal Academy with 116 works. All the paintings were painted on Hockney's iPad. The works were produced in the Spring of 202 from his Normandy home. 

Royal Academy, London

May 23 - September 26


South London GALLERY

The annual exhibition showcasing emerging artists is back at South London Gallery. The exhibition will showcase 36 up and coming artists who were selected among 1,500 applicants. 

South London Gallery

May 19 - June 6


© Yayoi Kusama

Tom Sachs: Ritual

Thaddaeus Ropac 

It's been three years since Tom Sachs has exhibited in London. Now he returns with "Ritual" at Thaddaeus Ropac. The show will showcase 12 sculptures created over the past year. Taking inspiration from Andy Warhol the show will have sculptures made from household items. 

Thaddaeus Ropac

June 3 - July 31


Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi Gallery’s exhibition “JR: Chronicles” tells the story of the French artist’s life and career from his earliest days as a graffiti artist to the large-scale installations he is now known for. Curated by a team from the Brooklyn Museum, the exhibit covers some of JR’s best-known projects including The Secret of the Great Pyramid — which was installed at the Louvre in 2019 — and Tehachapi.

While “JR: Chronicles” had initially been scheduled to run from November last year until February, lockdown restrictions across the U.K. pushed back its opening. The exhibition will now open on June 4, and remain open until October 3.

Saatchi Gallery

June 34 - October 4

Yayoi Kusama: Infinity Mirror Rooms

Tate Modern

Yayoi Kusama’s installation at Tate Modern had originally been planned to open in May 2020, beginning the London gallery’s 20th anniversary celebrations. Instead, the Japanese artist’s largest Infinity Mirror Room will open to Tate members on May 18, and the wider public on June 14.

The exhibition features two Infinity Mirror Rooms — titled Infinity Mirrored Room – Filled with the Brilliance of Life and Chandelier of Grief — alongside early photographs of Kusama’s experimental performances and events.

Tate Modern

May 18 - June 12, 2022