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London’s hottest art exhibitions

Explore this summer's best new art exhibitions

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Discover this season’s best exhibitions in the he(art) of London

From internationally-renowned art galleries to expert dealers, fuel that exhibition ambition and explore our neighbourhood to get your culture fix this summer. Here’s four for your must-visit list.

The Royal Academy of Arts

It wouldn’t be summer in London without the Royal Academy’s famous open submission Summer Exhibition. Visit from 21 June - 21 August to immerse yourself in an explosion of colour. Challenge your perception with this year’s theme, ‘climate’ – whether on a global scale or through everyday experiences. Don’t miss its immersive installation which brings nature and water to the courtyard of the RA.

Be sure to also stop off and admire the bold work of American colourist Mark Rothko in the first major exhibition of his work in Europe. Finish with a stroll along London’s iconic Piccadilly to admire the artist-designed flags.

Christie’s

Hop on an artist retreat from London to Paris. Explore the creative synergies which span the 20th and 21st centuries with Christie’s new exhibition. We love this joyful art experience featuring renowned artworks from the likes of Monet, Chagall, Yves Klein and Koons and celebrates the cultural dialogue between these two inspiring cities. Want to see masterpieces from the modern age? Set your mind at easel and catch the action from June to July 2022 in St James’s.

Messum’s

For a gallery that always draws the art crowd, visit Messum’s for a deep dive into masterpieces by Liverpudlian painter Steve des Landes from 6 – 29 July. An artist with an extraordinary personal vision, Steve des Landes’ figurative work features people and landscapes filled with angst, uncertainty, and hope - illustrating everyday experiences and the monotony of life.

Grosvenor Gallery

Kick start your summer of culture with Zarah Hussain’s first solo-exhibition ‘Breath’ in Grosvenor Gallery from 7 to 29 July. Find a moment of calm and stillness with Zarah’s ordered use of geometry. Intended to be viewed in pairs, the paintings represent breathwork and encourage self-reflection.

Find even more top exhibitions and shows this season in our directory of galleries and theatres.