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Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds Ocula Conversation Jess Johnson: Worlds Within Worlds

Geometric patterns, anthropomorphic characters, architectural spatial environments, and relics of the ancient world appear throughout Jess Johnson's artworks.Johnson's solo art-ventures began in drawing, but her long-term collaborative relationship with animator Simon Ward brings her drawings to life in videos and virtual reality. The animator has...

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Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger Ocula Conversation Melati Suryodarmo: Performance Art as Trigger

In 2012, Melati Suryodarmo opened Studio Plesungan in her native Surakarta, also known as Solo, the historic royal capital of the Mataram Empire of Java in Indonesia. Suryodarmo had returned to Indonesia from Germany, where she studied Butoh and choreography with Butoh dancer and choreographer Anzu Furukawa, time-based media with avantgarde...

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Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City Ocula Report Lagos Biennial 2019: Stories from Africa’s most Populous City 15 Nov 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Under the direction of Folakunle Oshun, the second edition of the Lagos Biennial (26 October–23 November 2019) includes works by over 40 Lagos-based and international artists, architects, and collectives. Curated by architect Tosin Oshinowo, curator and producer Oyindamola Fakeye, and assistant curator of photography at the Art Institute of...

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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough Ocula Insight | Video
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Hans Hartung and Art Informel: Exhibition Walkthrough 15 October 2019

Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni London (1 October 2019-18 January 2020) presents key works by the French-German painter while highlighting his connection with artists active in Paris during the 50s and 60s. In this video, writer and historian Alan Montgomery discusses Hartung's practice and its legacy.Born in Leipzig in 1904, Hans...

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Contemporary art exhibition, Tony Cragg, Stacks at Lisson Gallery, London
20 November 2019–29 February 2020 Tony Cragg Stacks Lisson Gallery, Bell Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Deacon, Deep State at Lisson Gallery, London
20 November 2019–29 February 2020 Richard Deacon Deep State Lisson Gallery, Lisson Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Masters of Photography 2019 at Huxley-Parlour, London
20 November–20 December 2019 Group Exhibition Masters of Photography 2019 Huxley-Parlour, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Multiverse at Gazelli Art House, London
15 November 2019–11 January 2020 Group Exhibition Multiverse Gazelli Art House, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Alfredo Jaar, 25 Years Later at Goodman Gallery, London
14 November 2019–11 January 2020 Alfredo Jaar 25 Years Later Goodman Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Guy Ben-Ner, Guy Ben-Ner at Sadie Coles HQ, London
14 November–20 December 2019 Guy Ben-Ner Guy Ben-Ner Sadie Coles HQ, Kingly Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Jessi Reaves, Jessi Reaves at Herald St, London
14 November 2019–25 January 2020 Jessi Reaves Jessi Reaves Herald St, Museum St, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Nan Goldin, Sirens at Marian Goodman Gallery, London
14 November 2019–11 January 2020 Nan Goldin Sirens Marian Goodman Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Celia Paul, Celia Paul at Victoria Miro, London
13 November–20 December 2019 Celia Paul Celia Paul Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Patricia Treib, Patricia Treib at Kate MacGarry, London
8 November–14 December 2019 Patricia Treib Patricia Treib Kate MacGarry, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Howard Hodgkin, Strictly Personal Part I at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
31 October–24 November 2019 Howard Hodgkin Strictly Personal Part I Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Xie Lei, Christopher Orr, Xie Lei / Christopher Orr at HdM GALLERY, London
31 October 2019–16 January 2020 Xie Lei, Christopher Orr Xie Lei / Christopher Orr HdM GALLERY, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Torey Thornton, Subdominium Edges Y Assumed Legalities at Modern Art, London
25 October 2019–1 February 2020 Torey Thornton Subdominium Edges Y Assumed Legalities Modern Art, Helmet Row
Contemporary art exhibition, Richard Forster, Notes on Architecture at Timothy Taylor, London
25 October–20 December 2019 Richard Forster Notes on Architecture Timothy Taylor, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Frank Gerritz, First Born Second at Bartha Contemporary, London
22 October–29 November 2019 Frank Gerritz First Born Second Bartha Contemporary, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Doug Aitken, Return to the Real at Victoria Miro, London
2 October–20 December 2019 Doug Aitken Return to the Real Victoria Miro, Wharf Road, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Enoc Perez, The Cinematic Self at Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
2 October–22 November 2019 Enoc Perez The Cinematic Self Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Sterling Ruby, ACTS + TABLE at Gagosian, London
2 October–14 December 2019 Sterling Ruby ACTS + TABLE Gagosian, Britannia Street, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Michael E. Smith, Michael E. Smith at Modern Art, London
1 October–14 December 2019 Michael E. Smith Michael E. Smith Modern Art, Vyner Street
Contemporary art exhibition, Mark Bradford, Cerberus at Hauser & Wirth, London
1 October–21 December 2019 Mark Bradford Cerberus Hauser & Wirth, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Hans Hartung and Art Informel at Mazzoleni, London
1 October 2019–18 January 2020 Group Exhibition Hans Hartung and Art Informel Mazzoleni, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Cy Twombly, Sculpture at Gagosian, London
30 September–21 December 2019 Cy Twombly Sculpture Gagosian, Grosvenor Hill, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Trix and Robert Haussmann, Trix and Robert Haussmann at Herald St, London
29 September–15 December 2019 Trix and Robert Haussmann Trix and Robert Haussmann Herald St, Herald St, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Grayson Perry, Super Rich Interior Decoration at Victoria Miro, London
25 September–20 December 2019 Grayson Perry Super Rich Interior Decoration Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Ann-Marie James, Alchemy at Karsten Schubert, London
21 September 2019–4 January 2020 Ann-Marie James Alchemy Karsten Schubert, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Helen Johnson, Agency at Pilar Corrias, London
21 November 2019–4 January 2020 Helen Johnson Agency Pilar Corrias, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Leo Villareal, Leo Villareal at Pace Gallery, London
22 November 2019–18 January 2020 Leo Villareal Leo Villareal Pace Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Merlin Carpenter, Merlin Carpenter at Simon Lee Gallery, London
22 November 2019–18 January 2020 Merlin Carpenter Merlin Carpenter Simon Lee Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Jockum Nordström, Jockum Nordström at David Zwirner, London
22 November–20 December 2019 Jockum Nordström Jockum Nordström David Zwirner, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Adam Barker-Mill, Adam Barker-Mill at Bartha Contemporary, London
22 November 2019–2 February 2020 Adam Barker-Mill Adam Barker-Mill Kunstmuseum Ahlen, Germany
Contemporary art exhibition, Hamish Fulton, A Decision To Choose Only Walking at Parafin, London
22 November 2019–1 February 2020 Hamish Fulton A Decision To Choose Only Walking Parafin, London
Contemporary art exhibition, James Welling, PLANOGRAPH at Maureen Paley, London
23 November 2019–5 January 2020 James Welling PLANOGRAPH Maureen Paley, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Bruce Conner, Bruce Conner: BREAKAWAY at Thomas Dane Gallery, London
26 November 2019–22 February 2020 Bruce Conner Bruce Conner: BREAKAWAY Thomas Dane Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Erik Lindman, Parsifal at Almine Rech, London
27 November 2019–18 January 2020 Erik Lindman Parsifal Almine Rech, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Candida Höfer, Candida Höfer: Showing and Seeing at Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
28 November 2019–25 January 2020 Candida Höfer Candida Höfer: Showing and Seeing Ben Brown Fine Arts, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Howard Hodgkin, Strictly Personal Part II at Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
28 November–21 December 2019 Howard Hodgkin Strictly Personal Part II Cristea Roberts Gallery, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva, Maria Helena Vieira da Silva at Waddington Custot, London
30 November 2019–29 February 2020 Maria Helena Vieira da Silva Maria Helena Vieira da Silva Waddington Custot, London
Contemporary art exhibition, Hedda Sterne, Hedda Sterne at Victoria Miro, London
29 January–21 March 2020 Hedda Sterne Hedda Sterne Victoria Miro, Mayfair, London

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Michael Armitage and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami on Painting Ocula Conversation Michael Armitage and Kudzanai-Violet Hwami on Painting

At just 26 years of age, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami has made two enviable milestones this year. The Zimbabwean-born and London-based artist represented her country of birth at the 58th Venice Biennale alongside Georgina Maxim, Neville Starling, and Cosmas Shiridzinomwa; while her first institutional solo exhibition opened at Gasworks in London on 19...

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Daisuke Miyatsu: The Salaryman Collector Ocula Conversation
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Daisuke Miyatsu: The Salaryman Collector

Japanese collector Daisuke Miyatsu has merged his life with a passion for collecting art perhaps more than any other collector today. Known as the 'salaryman collector', Miyatsu started his collecting journey as a surprisingly typical office worker with a limited budget for art, originally working in advertising and supplementing his salary as a...

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Clare Woods: ‘a lot of my work is about two extremes coming together’ Ocula Conversation
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Clare Woods: ‘a lot of my work is about two extremes coming together’

Doublethink at Simon Lee Gallery (6 September–5 October 2019), Clare Woods' first solo exhibition in London in ten years, marks a change in direction in the artist's practice. For over 20 years, Woods has expanded from her initial training as a sculptor at Bath College of Art—where she received her BA in 1994—to create abstract...

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Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See Ocula Report Frieze Week Lowdown: London Shows to See 20 Sep 2019 : Tessa Moldan for Ocula

London's galleries and museums are gearing up for a lively October, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters running between 3 and 6 October 2019 at Regent's Park, along with 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair, taking place across the same dates at Somerset House; and the tenth anniversary of the Sunday Art Fair, showcasing new and emerging artists...

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Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide Ocula Conversation Sunjung Kim’s Real DMZ Project Interrogates the North and South Korea Divide

Ongoing since 2012, the Real DMZ Project interrogates the demilitarised zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea through annual, research-based exhibitions that bring together the works of Korean and international artists. Sunjung Kim, the independent curator behind the project, conceived the idea of exploring the DMZ while curating Japanese artist...

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Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House Ocula Report Get Up, Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House 5 Jul 2019 : Jareh Das for Ocula

Get Up Stand Up Now: Generations of Black Creative Pioneers at Somerset House in London (12 June–15 September 2019) surveys more than half a century of black creativity in Britain and beyond across the fields of art, film, photography, music, design, fashion, and literature.Curated by Zak Ové, works by approximately 100 intergenerational black...

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Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture Ocula Conversation Thomas J Price: Reframing Classical Sculpture

When the London-born artist Thomas J Price graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Chelsea College of Arts in 2004, the school's college art prize was by no means his most notable accomplishment as an emerging artist. In 2001, Price presented his much-talked-about work Licked, a daring performance, later profiled on the BBC 4 television...

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Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui Ocula Conversation Andrew Stahl and Guo Xiaohui

The exhibition Beyond Boundaries at Somerset House in London (12 March–2 April 2019) marked the historic contributions of the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing (CAFA) and the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, on the occasion of their 100th and 150th anniversaries, respectively. Spread across several rooms of Somerset House's...

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Paper work – the British Museum shows off its collection of contemporary drawings Related Press Paper work – the British Museum shows off its collection of contemporary drawings Apollo Magazine : 4 November 2019

Anish Kapoor, Louise Bourgeois, Rachel Whiteread, Gerhard Richter. These may not be names that spring to mind when you think of the British Museum, but they all have work filed away in its extensive archive of prints and drawings. 'Pushing Paper: Contemporary Drawing from 1970 to Now' lifts a lid on a lesser-known collection at a museum renowned...

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Damien Hirst, Turning In Circles Related Press Damien Hirst, Turning In Circles Hyperallergic : 12 October 2019

LONDON — It's a hot mid-afternoon in the West End's posh Mayfair district, and Damien Hirst is standing outside the glass double-doors of the White Cube gallery, looking every inch the devil-may-care prankster out of some early Shakespearean comedy.

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Frieze London review, Regent's Park: the fine art of hobnobbing and showing off Related Press Frieze London review, Regent's Park: the fine art of hobnobbing and showing off Telegraph : 3 October 2019

It can be tiring traipsing around the annual Frieze London art fair in Regent's Park – which is why, when you pass Tokyo gallery Taro Nasu's booth, you may find yourself drawn to a black vending machine.If you're after refreshment, though, prepare for disappointment – because this automated device is an installation by British conceptual artist...

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What to look for at Frieze London Related Press What to look for at Frieze London The Guardian : 2 October 2019

Modernist architecture is still a big focus for artists – as long as its Eurocentric and male-dominated history can be rewritten while its buildings are celebrated. Frieze Live is one of the fair's main curated sections, and this year it features British artist Shezad Dawood's performance piece. Dawood's work draws on the work of Bangladeshi...

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Beyond Frieze – what’s in store in London this week Related Press Beyond Frieze – what’s in store in London this week Apollo : 1 October 2019

Frieze Week has long been the busiest spell in the London art calendar, with Frieze London and Frieze Masters (3–6 October) joined by a host of major gallery exhibitions across the city.

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raul mourão | frieze london 2019 | teaser Related Video & Audio raul mourão | frieze london 2019 | teaser Galeria Nara Roesler : 23 September 2019

As a result of almost a decade’s worth of research on Rio de Janeiro’s buildings’ security fences, which physically separate Brazil’s people, supposedly protecting some from others–shielding but also jailing, preserving but also fragmenting communities–Raul Mourão developed an investigation into the idea of opposition. In the artist’s words, ‘We...

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Exposing Ghosts of the Past, Michael Rakowitz Pulls Back the Curtain Related Press Exposing Ghosts of the Past, Michael Rakowitz Pulls Back the Curtain Hyperallergic : 13 August 2019

LONDON — Following Baghdad's fall to US troops in 2003, more than 15,000 artifacts were looted from the National Museum of Iraq by thieves. The presence of ISIS went on to facilitate further destruction of ancient culture in the country, yet looting and pillaging in Iraq is nothing new. Western archaeologists have been laying their claim over...

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CROWD CONTROL Related Press CROWD CONTROL Artforum : 5 August 2019

IN 1792, Robert Barker, the Irish painter and inventor, exhibited a 360-degree view of London as seen from the roof of Albion Mills, a flour mill roughly five hundred feet west of where Tate Modern now stands. His "panorama" and others like it were technological marvels, popular attractions that rendered sweeping landscapes—both...

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Recent Events

Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze Masters 2019 at Ocula Advisory, London
3–6 Oct 2019 Frieze Masters 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2019 at Ocula Advisory, London
3–6 Oct 2019 Frieze London 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Artesantander 2019 at Ocula Advisory, London
13–17 Jul 2019 Artesantander 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Masterpiece London at Ocula Advisory, London
27 Jun–3 Jul 2019 Masterpiece London
Contemporary art exhibition, Photo London 2019 at Ocula Advisory, London
16–19 May 2019 Photo London 2019
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze Masters 2018 at Ocula Advisory, London
4–7 Oct 2018 Frieze Masters 2018
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2018 at Ocula Advisory, London
4–7 Oct 2018 Frieze London 2018
Contemporary art exhibition, Photo London 2018 at Ocula Advisory, London
17–20 May 2018 Photo London 2018
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze Masters 2017 at Ocula Advisory, London
5–8 Oct 2017 Frieze Masters 2017
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2017 at Ocula Advisory, London
5–8 Oct 2017 Frieze London 2017
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2016 at Ocula Advisory, London
6–9 Oct 2016 Frieze London 2016
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze Masters 2016 at Ocula Advisory, London
6–9 Oct 2016 Frieze Masters 2016
Contemporary art exhibition, Art16 at Ocula Advisory, London
20–22 May 2016 Art16
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze Masters 2015 at Ocula Advisory, London
14–18 Oct 2015 Frieze Masters 2015
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2015 at Ocula Advisory, London
14–17 Oct 2015 Frieze London 2015
Contemporary art exhibition, Frieze London 2014 at Ocula Advisory, London
15–18 Oct 2014 Frieze London 2014
Contemporary art exhibition, Art14 London at Ocula Advisory, London
28 Feb–2 Mar 2014 Art14 London
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City Guide: London and its Contemporary Art Spaces and Exhibitions

London's most anticipated commercial art event is, arguably, the annual Frieze Art Fair. Featuring curated sections, talks programmes, and more than 160 of the world's most outstanding galleries, the week-long fair in October is the Frieze brand's prized flagship, even with editions in New York and Los Angeles. Over at Somerset House, 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair takes place over five days. Recent editions have included a series of special projects, a forum, and a talks programme.

But, of course, London is more than a pit stop for mega-collectors and star curators: it is home to countless artist-run initiatives and not-for-profits that have long formed the beating heart of the city's arts ecology. In South London, 198 Contemporary Arts & Learning focuses on supporting BAMER (Black, Asian, Minority Ethnic, and Refugee) artists and curators in breaking through the art-world's racial and socio-economic barriers. For over 30 years, their aim has been to foster sustainability and an enduring sense of community. Turf Projects, the first contemporary art space run by artists in Croydon, has a similarly communal ethos behind its dynamic programme of exhibitions and public events. Founded in 2013 and located in two former retail units, Turf showcases the work of emerging and established, as well as local and international, artists.

Meanwhile, the itinerant b.Dewitt Gallery—a self-described 'entry point to the international art scene for U.K. based artists'—combines the responsiveness of an artist-run initiative with the ambition of a bricks and mortar gallery. In Islington, Cubitt fosters critical, peer-led activity including a locally-focused art education programme, while South London Gallery's collection and history, dating as far back as the 19th century, has proved no impediment to staying as relevant as its non-collecting counterparts.

In East London, Chisenhale Gallery has made its name over the years as a bellwether of contemporary art, commissioning new works by the likes of Rosalind Nashashibi, Ed Atkins, Amalia Pica, Park McArthur, and Hannah Black, during the formative stages of their careers. Similarly, Gasworks in Vauxhall is best-known for its solo exhibitions and public events—but its residency and studio programmes are just as worthy of acclaim. A half-hour away from Gasworks, you can experience Auto Italia's commissioned collaborations with emerging artists, many of whom go on to exhibit all over Europe. And across the city, in northwest London's Waterlow Park, LUX—Europe's largest distributor of artists' film and video—showcases the best in moving-image, including the work of several Turner Prize winners and nominees. Check out their latest offering before strolling through Waterlow Park en route to the nearby Highgate cemetery, where you will find the tombs of Karl Marx, George Eliot, and Malcolm McLaren.

For those in London from January through February, the international gallery exchange CONDO—where host galleries share their spaces with visiting galleries—brings together some of the world's most talked about artists. Founded in 2016 by Vanessa Carlos of Carlos/Ishikawa in Whitechapel, whose own roster of artists includes art stars Oscar Murillo and Korakrit Arunanondchai, CONDO has expanded to include Mexico City, New York, Shanghai, Athens, and São Paolo. Its list of participants—all worth visiting at any time of the year—reads like a veritable roll call of London's most exciting small- to mid-scale private galleries: Southard Reid, Arcadia Missa, Rodeo, Pilar Corrias (all in West London); Project Native Informant, Hollybush Gardens, Kate MacGarry, Emalin, Union Pacific, Modern Art, The Approach, Maureen Paley (all in East London); Green Grassi and The Sunday Painter (both in South London).

The annual Serpentine pavilion commission is possibly the trademark London art event, for which the gallery invites renowned architects to design temporary structures in Hyde Park. With collaborators like Herzog de Meuron, Zaha Hadid, Rem Koolhaas, and SANAA, it is no surprise that the pavilion attracts as much international attention.

London's larger galleries and museums exert their own force with a revolving programme that ranges from early career to blue-chip. Head to The Photographers' Gallery to see the best in lens-based art, the Royal Academy for its crowd-pleasing exhibitions and annual summer show, or stop by The Barbican and experience the surrounding brutalist complex that is one of London's great architectural marvels. At Southbank Centre's Hayward Gallery, give yourself several hours to see one of its large-scale exhibitions before heading to the Institute of Contemporary Art, which has recently emerged as London's home of cutting edge film programming.

An experience of London's art world would be incomplete without a trip to Tate Britain or, the most popular modern art museum in the world, Tate Modern. For smaller crowds but no less stimulating shows, visit Camden Arts Centre, Serpentine Gallery, Whitechapel Gallery, or the recently inaugurated Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art (designed by Turner Prize-winning architects, Assemble). Finish with a trip to see the National Portrait Gallery's storied collection and Victoria & Albert Museum—home of epoch-making blockbusters such as Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty and David Bowie Is.

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