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Exhibitions to see this Autumn

From the first major solo show by performance artist Marina Abramović at the Royal Academy, to an exhibition at the Fitzwilliam that celebrates people, power and resistance, featuring works made in West Africa, the Caribbean and South America, there’s many exciting exhibitions to see this autumn.

Claudette Johnson Presence at The Courtauld Gallery. Installation View. Photo Fergus Carmichael
Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 16 September 2023 – 25 February 2024. Presented in partnership with Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, Paris Musées. With the support of CHANEL

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto 16 September 2023 – 25 February 2024

Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto is the first UK exhibition dedicated to the work of French couturière, Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel, charting the evolution of her iconic design style and the establishment of the House of CHANEL, from the opening of her first millinery boutique in Paris in 1910 to the showing of her final collection in 1971.

Featuring almost 200 looks seen together for the first time, as well as accessories, perfumes and jewellery, the exhibition explores Chanel’s pioneering approach to fashion design, which paved the way for a new elegance and continues to influence the way women dress today.

Based upon the Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto exhibition organised by the Palais Galliera, Fashion Museum of the City of Paris, the exhibition is re-imagined by the V&A, with over 100 new objects including 60 new looks. Learn more

Dior Men Summer 2023 group shot in front of Charleston reconstruction; photograph: © Brett Lloyd

Bring No Clothes: Bloomsbury and Fashion 13th September 2023 – 7th Janurary 2024

Exploring the dynamic relationship between the Bloomsbury group and fashion, Charleston's first ever exhibition focuses on the clothing of this radical collective, and their impact on 21st century fashion.

The story is told through a sensational mix of contemporary fashion, historic artwork, objects and ephemera, many never exhibited publicly before now.

Curated by writer Charlie Porter, expect a multi-layered experience featuring catwalk fashion by Dior, Fendi, Burberry, Comme des Garçons, Erdem and S.S. Daley, personal items belonging to members of the Bloomsbury group including Virginia Woolf and Lady Ottoline Morrell, never-before-seen portraits by artists Duncan Grant and Vanessa Bell, plus new commissions and interventions by contemporary fashion designers Jawara Alleyne and Ella Boucht. Learn more

Claudette Johnson Presence at The Courtauld Gallery. Installation View. Photo Fergus Carmichael

Claudette Johnson: Presence 29 Sep 2023 – 14 Jan 2024

A major exhibition of work by British artist Claudette Johnson (born 1959), one of the founding members of the Black British Arts Movement, has been unveiled at The Courtauld Gallery.

One of the most significant figurative artists of her generation, Claudette Johnson creates larger-than-life drawings of Black women and men that are at once intimate and powerful. For over 30 years she has consistently pushed herself to create the most authentic renderings of her sitters, addressing both Black bodies and interior lives and lending them a profound sense of presence.

Featuring significant early works alongside recent and new drawings, the exhibition offers a compelling overview of Johnson’s pioneering career and artistic development. Learn more

Turner Prize 28 September 2023 – 14 April 2024

Towner Eastbourne is hosting the Turner Prize 2023, the world’s leading prize for contemporary art, as the center piece of their centenary celebrations. We are proud to be working in partnership with Towner Eastbourne as lead sponsors of the Turner Prize 2023.

One of the best-known prizes for the visual arts in the world, the Turner Prize aims to promote public debate around new developments in contemporary British art. Established in 1984, the Prize is awarded to a British artist for an outstanding exhibition or other presentation of their work in the previous twelve months.

The announcement of the winner of the Turner Prize will take place on 5 December 2023. The Turner Prize winner will be awarded £25,000 with £10,000 awarded to the other shortlisted artists. Learn more

Gallery view of the Marina Abramović exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, from 23 September 2023 – 1 January 2024, showing Four Crosses (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives. © Marina Abramović. Photo © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry

Marina Abramović 23 September 2023 – 1 January 2024

The Royal Academy of Arts presents the first major solo survey in the UK of the work of internationally acclaimed Serbian performance artist and Honorary Royal Academician, Marina Abramović (b. 1946).

In a career that spans over five decades, Abramović has propelled performance art from its experimental beginnings to the mainstream. The exhibition, arranged in close collaboration with the artist, provides an overview of her extraordinary practice with photographs, videos, objects and installations.

It features four of Abramović’s iconic performance pieces, which are reperformed by performance artists live in the galleries. Three of these performances are being reperformed in the UK for the first time: Imponderabilia, 1977, Nude with Skeleton, 2002, and The House with the Ocean View, 2002. Learn More

Barbara Walker, Vanishing Point 29 (Duyster), 2021. Courtesy the artist and Cristea Roberts Gallery, London. © Barbara Walker, 2023

Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance 8 September 2023 – 7 January 2024

This September, the Fitzwilliam Museum will stage the major exhibition, Black Atlantic: Power, People, Resistance. Featuring works made in West Africa, the Caribbean, South America and Europe, the exhibition will reveal global stories and histories of exploitation, resilience and liberation.

Historic pieces will be exhibited in dialogue with works by modern and contemporary Black artists, including Donald Locke, Barbara Walker, Keith Piper, Alberta Whittle and Jacqueline Bishop, that challenge and reflect on hidden and untold histories, and reveal acts of courage, resistance, hope and repair.

Between 1400 and 1900, European empires colonised the Americas and transported over 12.5 million people to these colonies from Africa as slaves. Through resisting colonial slavery, people produced new cultures that continue to shape our world. Learn more

S han Map , c.1889. Reproduced by kind permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library

Burma to Myanmar 2 November 2023 – 11 February 2024

Burma to Myanmar is the first major exhibition in the UK to focus on telling the story of Myanmar–also known as Burma. On the 75th anniversary of its independence, the British Museum is staging this unprecedented exhibition and the chance to learn about how Myanmar’s history has shaped its present, including the lasting impact of over a century of British colonial rule.

Interconnected yet cut-off, rich in natural resources such as jade, rubies and teak but with much of the country living below the poverty line, Myanmar has gone from influential superpower to repressive regime over the past 1,500 years. It has recently experienced decades of civil war and is now ruled again by a military dictatorship and riven with human rights issues including the violent persecution of the Rohingya. Learn More

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