This Summer’s must-see exhibitions

Lulu Le Vay, March 2018

This June the Royal Academy of Arts celebrates its 250th Summer Exhibition. In celebration of all things arty, we have curated the best new shows coming up this summer.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up (The V&A, 16 June- 4 November)
The first of its kind – an incredible exhibition that presents a collection of Mexican artist Kahlo’s personal belongings and artefacts that have been locked away for the last 50 years. Until now.

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All Too Human, Bacon, Freud and a Century of Painting Life (Tate Britain, 28 February-27 August)
A stunning collection of works by these two heavyweight British painters who were able to capture the human figure in the most intimate contexts. This show also includes some unseen work by Frank Auerbach and Paula Rego.

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The Summer Exhibition (The Royal Academy of Arts, 12 June-19 August)
This year Grayson Perry is coordinating the world’s longest-running and largest open-submission show. Immerse yourself in a dazzling spectacle of talent smothering these iconic walls.

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Shape of Light: 100 Years of Photography and Abstract Art (Tate Modern, 3 May-16 September)
This is the first major exhibition to bring together two defining moments in modern visual culture – the birth of abstract art and photography. These are two disciplines whose stories have previously been told in isolation. However, finally the relationship between the two is to be explored, from 1910 to the present day.


Edward Bawden (Dulwich Picture Gallery, 23 May-9 September)
Escape the holiday hordes and check out linocuts by this master printmaker in leafy East Dulwich. Famous for his designs for Twinings and Fortnum & Mason, Bawden is a great example of a talent that can find that tricky balance between commerce and artistic integrity.


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