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Your Uncertain Shadow (colour), 2010 - © Olafur Eliasson

The Best Exhibitions in London Right Now

23 September 2019 | London Calling

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Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern
What can I expect to see? More than 40 years of Eliasson's works - and there's a lot of it, considering he's worked as architect, inventor, sculptor, painter and more. The focus here though is largely on his fun, experiential installations and his environmentally-oriented work on glacier deterioration and his home country of Iceland. 
What's the big deal? Everything Eliasson does, he does on a big scale - the interactivity here doesn't just mean 'you can touch this' but full body experiences: a long corridor of blinding, colourful fog which takes several minutes to walk precariously through, a shimmering rainbow-filled wall of mist. As such, this is a great exhibition to take the family along to – kids and adults alike will be enchanted by the many sensory delights of the exhibition and the interactive nature of a lot of the installations. All of this elemental delight links with Eliasson’s climate-centred work, which draws a long hard look too; his melting ice photo series is striking. 
How long have I got? Until 5 January 2020

'Beauty', 1993 © Olafur Eliasson press image
'Beauty', 1993 © Olafur Eliasson

The Best of the Rest:
Water Life

What can I expect to see? 12 striking Afrofuturist pieces from Aida Muluneh, shot in the extreme landscape of one of the hottest and driest places on earth in Northern Ethiopia, responding to the urgent issue of a lack of access to clean water, which has a particularly devastating impact on the lives of women and girls.
How long have I got? Until 20 October 2019

William Blake at the Tate Britain
What can I expect to see? William Blake is a British icon and this will be the largest survey of the visionary painter, printmaker and poet in the UK for a generation, including the breadth of his work as well as an immersive recreation of the room in which he painted.
How long have I got? Until 2 February 2020

Mary Quant at the V&A
What can I expect to see? This is the first exhibition in 50-years to celebrate the iconic work of Dame Mary Quant, and displays over 120 of her original designs, as well as make-up, underwear and even her own brand of doll. Check out our full review here.
How long have I got? Until 20 February 2020
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