The Best Winter Exhibitions in London

Do you have a free hour or two to spare? If so, you’ll want to soak up some culture at one of the many great winter exhibitions in London. There’s something for everyone this winter, but here are our top picks.

Engineering the World
On at the V&A, Brompton until November 6, this exhibition showcases great Danish-British engineer, Ove Arup who was responsible for some of the most iconic buildings on our globe. The show takes a look at Arup’s drawings, models, photographs, films, and prototypes and the construction work he did during his lifetime. Without Arup, the Sydney Opera House would never have been built. See the computer, he and his team, used to pioneer the way engineers work and get a glimpse into his personality.

Donna Huanca: Scar Cymbals
This art exhibition will be on at Chalk Farm until December 18. What could be worse than being stuck, fully clothed, in a room full of naked people? It’s time for your worst nightmare to come true at this fascinating exhibition featuring models wearing little more than body-length stockings and splashes of paint. The models move slowly and calculating around the old chapel in slow motion, smearing their paint on panes of glass. At the end of the room, you’ll come to a three-story glass structure, where the models climb through and lie down. At the opposite end, there is a wooden platform covered with a variety of throbbing speakers and in the center, a massive sandpit covered in footsteps. The sound shakes the windows, and the experience is topped by the thick odour of incense.

Picasso Portraits
On at the National Portrait Gallery until 5 February 2017, this is the perfect opportunity to catch a glimpse of the famous Spanish artist’s most stunning paintings. Follow Picasso’s personal life and the evolution of his art right from the portraits of his youth through the gestural paintings of his later years. The exhibit will showcase over 75 artworks in a range of media.

New Art and Sir Elton at the Tate Modern
Celebrate new art at the Tate Modern, which has recently unveiled new spaces for live performances, interactive art, and video installations. Don’t forget to check out the brand new viewing platform and take in the breathtaking 360 views of the London winter skyline. Next month, the museum will host The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection. The exhibition will run from November 10, 2016 – May 7, 2017, and will show off the musician’s rare collection of vintage prints that date from the 1920s to the 1950s. There are set to be more than 50 artists on show, including Alfred Stieglitz and Imogen Cunningham.

With loads to see and explore and something for all kinds of tastes, you won’t want to miss out on London’s fantastic exhibitions this winter!