From the historic to the avant-garde
Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up, V&A Museum 16 June – 4 November
Experience a fresh perspective on Kahlo's compelling life story through her most intimate personal belongings. This exhibition will present an extraordinary collection of personal artefacts and clothing belonging to the iconic Mexican artist Frida Kahlo. Locked away for 50 years after her death, this collection has never before been exhibited outside Mexico.
Summer Opening of the State Rooms at Buckingham Palace 21 July – 30 September
During a visit to Buckingham Palace, you can see the 19 magnificent State Rooms which provide the setting for ceremonial occasions and official entertaining. All rooms are furnished with many of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection. To mark The Prince of Wales' 70th birthday, visitors to Buckingham Palace this summer will enjoy ‘Prince and Patron’ a special display featuring over 100 works of art personally selected by His Royal Highness.
London Design Biennale 4 to 23 September 2018
A highlight of the global design calendar, with 40 countries, cities and territories at Somerset House from 4-23 September 2018 will reveal how design influences our emotions in response to the theme Emotional States.
Azzedine Alaia: The Couturier Until 7 October
Celebrate ‘couture’s rebellious outsider’ (The Guardian) Azzedine Alaïa, in the first UK solo exhibition of his work.
Michael Jackson On The Wall, National Portrait Gallery 28 June - 21 October
This landmark exhibition explores the influence of Michael Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art, spanning several generations of artists across all media. Curated by Dr Nicholas Cullinan, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, the exhibition will open in the summer of 2018 to coincide with what would have been Michael Jackson’s 60th birthday. Since Andy Warhol first used his image in 1982, Jackson has become the most depicted cultural figure in visual art by an extraordinary array of leading contemporary artists. . For the first time, Michael Jackson:On the Wall will bring together the works of over forty of these artists, drawn from public and private collections around the world, including new works made especially for the exhibition.
V&A Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt 8 September 2018 to 24 February 2019
Of interest to young and old, a unique insight into the design process behind a selection of ground breaking contemporary videogames. From concept art and prototypes design work to large-scale immersive installations and interactives.
Frieze London 4 to 7 October 2018
Regents Park hosts more than 160 of the worlds leading galleries, featuring artistsis from the emerging to iconic. Experience the fair’s critically acclaimed curated sections, Talks programme and view over 1000 leading artists work.
Museums at Night 25 October to 27 October
Part of a UK-wide festival, the London offering of ‘Museums at Night’ sees doors kept open after-hours at cultural venues across the city. It’s a chance to go behind the scenes and see London’s best museums in a very different way with specialist talks, unusual events and one-off exhibitions thrown into the mix. The venues really go for it – and the themes get weirder every year.