Classic to avant-garde
ABBA: Super Troupers, Hayward Gallery until 29 July
Come on a musical journey with Swedish pop sensation ABBA as they take over 1970s Britain in this one-of-a-kind exhibition. Led by a personal tour guide and the voice of narrator Jarvis Cocker, we take you through nine immersive rooms exploring the music, lyrics and lives of one of the world’s most unforgettable bands.
The Heart of Hollywood Tour, The O2 20 June – 17 July
Film buffs and fans of the 'Golden Age of Hollywood'; head to The O2 this summer for The Heart of Hollywood World Tour, a must-see Hollywood showcase and memorabilia exhibition, which arrives at The Quadrant in June. The exhibition will take residence at The O2 from the 20th June 2018 to the 17th July 2018, before embarking on a 60-city, five-year world tour.The centrepiece of the show is the worldwide symbol of the entertainment industry - the original 45-foot, 95 ton iconic 'H' from the original Hollywood sign, which stood tall in the Hollywood Hills from 1923 until 1978. To put that into scale, the 'H' stands taller than four London double decker buses.
Joan Jonas, Tate Modern until 5 August
Hero to a generation of younger artists, Joan Jonas is a pioneer of performance and video who has pushed the boundaries of art for the last five decades. Experience the largest exhibition of Jonas’s work ever held in the UK. Early works from the late 1960s are shown alongside recent installations dealing with topical themes such as climate change and extinction. You can see her landmark installations including Lines in the Sand, The Juniper Tree and Reanimation. For the first time at Tate Modern, a single artist’s work is explored in the exhibition galleries, and in film screenings in the Starr Cinema and installations in the Tanks – an experimental exhibition for an experimental artist. Joan Jonas will also perform live alongside other artists as part of the BMW Tate Live Exhibition: Ten Days Six Nights programme.
Lee Bull, The Hayward Gallery until 19 August
Lee Bul transforms Hayward Gallery into a spectacular dream-like landscape featuring monstrous bodies, futuristic cyborgs, glittering mirrored environments and an exquisitely surreal monumental foil Zeppelin.
Bringing together more than 100 works from the late 1980s to the present day, this exhibition explores the full range of Lee Bul’s pioneering and thought-provoking practice, from provocative early performances to recent large-scale installations that attempt to get our body and our brain ‘working at the same time, together’.
The London Open 2018, Whitechapel Gallery 8 June - 26 August
The London Open 2018 brings together critical and dynamic art that reflects on the experience of living in a global city now. This triennial open submission exhibition features 22 artists working across painting, sculpture, performance and video.
The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy until 9 September
1932 was an intensely creative period in the life of the 20th century’s most influential artist. This is the first ever solo Pablo Picasso exhibition at Tate Modern. It will bring you face-to-face with more than 100 paintings, sculptures and drawings, mixed with family photographs and rare glimpses into his personal life. The myths around Picasso are stripped away to reveal the man and the artist in his full complexity and richness. You will see him as never before.
Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern, Fashion & Textile Museum until 23 September
Orla Kiely is one of the UK and Ireland’s most successful designers. Her stylized graphic patterns are innovative, influential and instantly recognisable. With a global audience in thrall to the rhythms and repeats of her designs, this exhibition explores the power of decoration to transform the way we feel. Featuring over 150 patterns and products, as well as collaborations with photographers, film directors and architects, Orla Kiely: A Life in Pattern emphasises the role of ornament and colour in our everyday lives.
Mark the 2018 centenary of iconic leader Nelson Mandela’s birth in this exhibition about his life, career, and commitment to equality and justice. This exhibition explores the life and times of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013) and marks the centenary of his birth. It provides insight into Mandela’s journey from young freedom fighter to becoming the inspiration for an international movement against South Africa’s violent and oppressive apartheid system, and an emblem of an ongoing struggle to build a more just and equitable world.
DC Exhibition Dawn of Heroes, O2 until 9 September
Fans of Super Heroes and Super Villains…. then head over to the DC Exhibition: Dawn Of Super Heroes. The perfect day trip out for all ages with something to suit everybody; costumes, models, props, original sketches & iconic video scenes to bring you closer to the world’s most iconic characters. Look inside the world of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Joker, The Penguin and Mr Freeze. See how the iconic characters that make up DC super heroes and super villains started life and created cinema history.