Exciting New Exhibitions in London in 2017

The start of a new year is always exciting as it brings a change of season and a change of scenery when it comes to new exhibitions and galleries arriving in the city.  London is home to some world-class museums and art galleries, many of which regularly host special exhibitions throughout the year and of those exhibitions which have been announced, 2017 looks set to be another fantastic year.  So whether you are planning a spring break in the city or you aren’t heading down to London until later in the year, here are some of the best exhibitions to look out for:-

The Japanese House
The Barbican Centre is one of the largest multi-arts venues in the whole of Europe and this March sees the arrival of The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945.  This exhibition runs from the 23 March until the 25 June and is the UK’s first exhibition to focus on the growth of Japanese design following the end of the Second World War.  It will feature a variety of different objects and artefacts including photography, cinema, art and architectural plans which all help to educate on the role the house plays in Japanese culture.

Once Upon A Tomorrow
If you are planning a stay in East London and on the lookout for events near Old Street Tube Station then Once Upon A Tomorrow could be just the thing.  Located in the Curious Duke Gallery on Whitecross Street, Once Upon A Tomorrow is an apocalyptic, political and cultural exhibition created by collage artist, Steve Quinn, and it launches on 2 March.  Using cut-outs from old magazines and historic imagery, Steve Quinn has created a collage of narratives which reflect concerns about the present day.

Between February and September this year, the Science Museum will be hosting an exhibition which showcases the 500 year story of humanoid robots.  The Robots exhibition is set in five different periods and places and features a collection of over 100 robots, with 12 working models so you might even be lucky enough to get to interact with one during your visit.  Other highlights of the exhibition include an articulated iron manikin from the 1500s, a 16th century mechanical monk and one of the first walking two-legged robots.

Treasures of the Scythians
The British Museum can boast a collection which consists of more than 8 million objects and with only 80,000 on display at any one time, they often run special exhibitions.  One such exhibition which will arrive at the museum in September is the treasures of the Scythians although the exact name of the exhibition has yet to be confirmed.  Easy to reach from any of the Shoreditch hotels, this exhibition will feature some stunning artefacts which belong to this lesser known chapter in history.  Scythia was a nomadic civilisation which was located in parts of present-day Russia and Ukraine.

People Power – Fighting for Peace
The Imperial War Museum will host a very special exhibition this year, between 23 March and 28 August.  People Power – Fighting for Peace is all about peace movements and how they have shaped and influenced war and conflicts over the last 100 years.  There will be over 300 artefacts and objects on display to help tell this important story including paintings, literature, banners and badges and even music.  The Imperial War Museum is located south of Central London; around 40 minutes from the M hotel by Montcalm in Shoreditch London Tech City but we are confident that the exhibition will be worth a visit.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year
Each year, the Natural History Museum hosts the Wildlife Photography of the Year exhibition, which showcases 100 carefully selected photos, chosen from around 50,000 entries.  This year will be the 52nd exhibition and it premieres at the Natural History Museum before touring more than 60 cities in the UK and across the rest of the world.  Booking tickets is absolutely essential as this exhibition is incredibly popular.

Electricity: The Spark of Life
Until Sunday 25 June, the Wellcome Collection is hosting an exhibition focusing on how vital electricity is to our lives.  This is a collaboration between the Wellcome Collection, the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester and Teylers Museum in Haarlem.  You can follow the story of electricity and how it has shaped and impacted our modern world, and there are also three new artworks which were commissioned specifically for the exhibition to discover as well.

Imagine Moscow
Between March and June this year, there will be an exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensginton to coincide with the centenary of Russia’s Bolshevik revolution.  Imagine Moscow will showcase a range of art, architecture and propaganda; the Moscow which was imagined by a generation of designers and architects in the 1920s and 1930s.  It is a vision of an idealistic Moscow which was never realised and offers a fascinating insight into the capital of the Soviet Union at this period in history.

Into the Unknown: A Journey Through Science Fiction
Another exhibition which will be arriving at the Barbican in June until September is this journey into the world of Science Fiction.  Although currently a very popular subject, Science Fiction hasn’t always been flavour of the month and this exhibition explores how the genre jumped into the mainstream and how it has changed and developed over the years.  The exhibition will feature original concept art and models from the likes of Godzilla and Stargate, commissions and music, film and contemporary art to tell this story.

Opera: Power, Passion and Politics
Although this may not appeal to everyone, the V&A will play host to an overview look at the history of opera, arranged around seven different operatic premieres.  Works such as Handel’s ‘Rinaldo’ and Wagner’s ‘Tannhauser’ will also be looked at in detail.

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