Exhibitions to see this summer

From an exhibition celebrating the power and creativity of iconic performers at the V&A, to a show dedicated to the renowned Impressionist Berthe Morisot at Dulwich Picture Gallery, there's many exciting exhibitions to see this summer.

Ruth Ossai, Student nurses Alfrah, Adabesi, Odah, Uzoma, Abor and Aniagolum. Onitsha, Anambra state, Nigeria , 2018 Photograph, inkjet print on paper; 1016 × 673 mm © Ruth Ginika Ossai

Berthe Morisot: Shaping Impressionism, Dulwich Picture Gallery. 31st March – 10th September 2023

Berthe Morisot: Shaping Impressionism, is the first major UK exhibition of the renowned Impressionist since 1950. In partnership with the Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris, it will bring together 40 of Morisot’s most important works from international collections.

A founding member of the Impressionist group, Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) was known for her swiftly painted glimpses of contemporary life and intimate domestic scenes. She featured prominently in the Impressionist exhibitions and defied social norms to become one of the movement’s most influential figures.

Now, in a bold new retelling of Morisot’s story, Dulwich Picture Gallery will draw on new research and previously unpublished archival material from the Musée Marmottan Monet to trace the roots of her inspiration, revealing the ways in which Morisot engaged with 18th century art and culture, while also highlighting the originality of her artistic vision, which ultimately set her apart from her predecessors. Learn more

Berthe Morisot, Eugène Manet on the Isle of Wight , 1885 © Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris.

DIVA, Victoria & Albert Museum. 24th June 2023 – 7th April 2024

DIVA will be the first exhibition of its kind to celebrate the extraordinary power and creativity of iconic performers who have made their voices heard, from the 19th century to today.

The exhibition will showcase over 250 objects drawn from the V&A collection and loans from across the world, spanning fashion, photography, design, costumes, music, and live performance.

Through theatrical staging and a sonic headset experience, DIVA will celebrate the powerful and personal stories of creativity, ambition, and resilience of some the best known divas, from opera goddesses and silent movie stars to sirens of the big screen and today’s global megastars.

The exhibition also looks at how the performer has intersected with society and driven change through their platform and profile for social good and political change, including global civil rights and feminism. Learn more

Rihanna wearing Maison Margiela at the Met Gala, 2018. Photo Dennis Leupold

Paula Rego: Crivelli’s Garden, The National Gallery. 20th July – 29th October 2023

More than 30 years after Dame Paula Rego (1935–2022), the National Gallery’s first Associate Artist (1990–92), was commissioned to create a painting for the Sainsbury Wing Dining Room, a new exhibition explores the relationship of Rego’s work titled 'Crivelli’s Garden' to the 15th-century altarpiece that inspired it.

The exhibition, which had long been planned to mark this anniversary, unites the two monumental artworks in the Gallery’s collection for the first time – inviting visitors to draw out direct comparisons – and will also show how members of National Gallery staff found their way into Dame Paula’s work.

The death of Paula Rego on 8 June makes this exhibition a poignant tribute to the work and life of one of the most important artists of her generation. Learn more

Paula Rego, Crivelli's Garden IV, 1990-1, Acrylic on canvas, 190x260.7x2cm, The National Gallery, London. Presented by English Estates, 1991 © Ostrich Arts Ltd. Photo: The National Gallery, London

A World in Common: Contemporary African Photography, Tate Modern. 6th July 2023 – 4th January 2024

Bringing together a group of artists from different generations, this exhibition will address how photography, film, audio, and more have been used to reimagine Africa’s diverse cultures and historical narratives.

Moving beyond a traditional photography exhibition, the show seeks to explore the many ways images travel across histories and geographies. Using themes of spirituality, identity, urbanism and climate emergency, the exhibition will guide the viewer through dream-like utopias and bustling cityscapes viewed from the artists’ perspectives.

The exhibition follows artists across the many landscapes, borders and time zones of Africa to reveal how photography allows the past and the future to co-exist in powerful and transformative ways. Learn more

Ruth Ossai, Student nurses Alfrah, Adabesi, Odah, Uzoma, Abor and Aniagolum. Onitsha, Anambra state, Nigeria , 2018 Photograph, inkjet print on paper; 1016 × 673 mm © Ruth Ginika Ossai

(Un)Defining Queer, The Whitworth 27th Janurary - 3rd December 2023

This first-of-its-kind exhibition at the Whitworth delves into the gallery’s collection to explore how we can use a queer lens to define what the term ‘queer’ means. Examining same-sex love and desire and gender fluidity across different cultures, the exhibition will offer a survey of artworks that seeks to redress historic omissions that have existed as a result of heteronormative museum practice.

Presenting collection works alongside loans the exhibition includes artists Ajamu X, Niki de Saint Phalle, General Idea, David Hockney, Maggi Hambling, Pearl Alcock, Keith Vaughan, Matthew Bamber, Sarah-Joy Ford, Wolfgang Tillmans, Chester Tenneson and Jez Dolan. Learn more

Ajamu X, Bud Kim, 2018 © the artist, Ajamu Studio

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