George Maguire

London’s magnificent galleries and creative spaces are once again busy dreaming up, planning and executing new exhibitions. From acclaimed artists such as David Hockney, to the work of photographer-activist Claudia Andujar, or studies on the topic of fluidity; many creatives have gained new direction, purpose and perspective in the wake of the national lockdowns. Here are six exhibitions that we are keen to explore in 2021. Let us know how you find them on social media by tagging us @culture calling

1 Claudia Andujar’s The Tanomami Struggle - Barbican Art Gallery – link here
Image via Barbican Art Gallery. Link here.
From the 17th June, the Barbican’s Curve gallery will be hosting Claudia Andujar: The Yanomami Struggle. Comprising of over 200 photographs alongside Yanomami tribe drawings, the exhibition covers the life and work of Andujar as she spent five decades protecting the South American tribal people from powerful external factors such as illegal mining.
When? 17 Jun—Sun 29 Aug 2021.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y8DS.
2 David Hockney’s The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 – Royal Academy – link here

Hockney. I’m sure it’s made someone at Apple headquarters very happy. Link here.
Taking to his iPad in the ever-hopeful season of Spring, artist David Hockney found inspiration in the natural world around him. In this show, The Arrival of Spring, Hockney displays a total of 116 vibrant new iPad works that have scaled up and printed. Tickets are hard to obtain currently but if you sign up to the Royal Academy newsletter you will have a shot at the last releases. A selection of the works is viewable on the website.
When? 23rd May till 26TH September 2021
Burlington House, Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD.
3 Jean Debuffet: Brutal Beauty @ Barbican - link here

Landscape with Argus. Link here via Barbican.
Brutal Beauty is an exhibition at the Barbican that will be showcasing and celebrating the work of Jean Dubuffet; a powerful and rebellious creator of post war modern art. The show encompasses four decades of Debuffet’s work, alongside examples of his ‘Art Brut’ (translates as raw art). It’s time to question what you think you know about beauty…
When? Mon 17 May till Sun 22 Aug 2021.
Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS.
4 Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser @ The Victoria & Albert – link here

Link here via Victoria & Albert.
The visual works of Alice and Wonderland are pervasive everywhere. Diving into the story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and how it came to be a truly global sensation, this show ‘Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser’ at the V&A will introduce to you the manuscripts, origin stories and evolution of Alice over time. Described as ‘a wonderful tumble down the rabbit hole’ by The Guardian we hope you leave with a grin on your face – but maybe not like the Cheshire cat’s…
When? Showing until 31st December 2021.
Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

5 Water/ Fluidity @ Whitechapel Gallery – link here

Image via Whitechapel Theatre. Link here.
Water can be fascinating if we pay attention to it. Described a ‘thematic programme of events’, this online programme at Whitechapel Gallery will take a stab at the question; what can we learn from water? It’s a broad topic tackled by a global array of artists such as Sydney based Taloi Havini and the Lebanese Umama Hamido.
Whitechapel Online.
When? Until 29th July 2021.

6 The Den @ Wellcome Collection – link here

The Den. Image via Wellcome Collection.
An artist that goes by the name of Sop turned to new inspirations during the Covid-19 pandemic. Being part of the ‘clinically extremely vulnerable’ category, Sop had to shelter away from society. Sop then built a secret den in a cemetery surrounded by woodland, finding solace in a time of need. You just might too at this sound works at the Wellcome Collection.
Showing till 13th June 2021.
Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Rd, London NW1 2BE


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