As far as culture goes, London has always initiated crazy projects. To this day, artists – be they photographers, painters, designers or performers – elect to practice their craft in the effervescent and dynamic metropolis. This cultural drive is to be found in the various museums and art galleries recommended here. Make a note of these in your notebooks... and no exhibition will slip your attention.
British Museum: The American Dream: pop to the present
The last 6 decades have deeply changed the face of America. From the assassination of J.F.K. to the launch of Apollo 11 and AIDS, all these major events inspired contemporary American artists. Andy Warhol, Jasper Jones or Robert Rauschenberg have depicted their time and country in deeply meaningful works that were also clear statements. The exhibition offered by the British Museum displays drawings, engravings and various objects, and highlights the successes and failures of the American dream.
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
From 9 March to 18 June 2017
Full price: 16.50 GBP (free for children under 16)
Design Museum: Imagine Moscow
London's Design Museum offers a previously unseen exhibition for the centennial of the Russian Revolution. Eight architectural projects (never realized) show another side of Moscow. An ideal vision of the Soviet capital, conveyed by architectural sketches on a large scale, as well as propaganda drawings and posters. Revolving around eight themes – collectivisation, urbanism, aviation, communication, industrialisation, community life and leisure –, these works show Moscow as it should have been in the 1920s and 1930s.
224-238 Kensington High Street
London W8 6AG
From 15 March to 4 June 2017
Full price: 10 GBP (free for children under 6)
Tate Modern: Robert Rauschenberg
The artist who brought about a revolution in the New York art scene is being exhibited at the Tate Modern until April 2nd. Collages, lighting effects and even an angora goat... Robert Rauschenberg dared them all. Organised in partnership with The Museum of Modern Art, New York, the exhibition marks the first major retrospective dedicated to the artist. You will be able to revel in his unique style, always breaking from the traditional limits of the art form.
London SE1 9TG
Until 2 April 2017
Full price: 16.80 GBP
Tate Modern: The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection
Thanks to an audio guide, Sir Elton John himself introduces his collection of photographs, most of them taken between 1920 and 1950. With over 70 art photographers and nearly 150 prints from Brassaï, Imogen Cunningham, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Tina Modotti and Aleksander Rodchenko, the singer offers you a chance to have a peek at portraits of Matisse, Picasso and André Breton taken by Man Ray, exhibited together for the first time.
London SE1 9TG
Until 7 May 2017
Full price: 15 GBP
Southbank Centre: Adventures in Moominland
You have surely come across these comic books in a bookstore, introducing small and funny looking hippopotamus-like characters. Created by Finnish author Tove Jansson, the Moomins have since been adapted into cartoons and animated films. Passing through London with your kids, make a detour to Southbank Centre for an interactive and playful exhibition devoted to these sweet characters.
London SE1 8XX
Until 23 April 2017
Full price: from 13.50 GBP
London Film Museum: Bond In Motion
If you love cinema, the adventures of the most famous secret agent in the world and especially his legendary cars, the London Film Museum Bond In Motion exhibition is made for you. Already greeted by the public, the greatest event of its kind ever organised in London has been prolonged over the entire year 2017. You'll be able to discover the 23 main vehicles used by 007, from the DB5 Aston Martin and the Phantom III Rolls-Royce to the Esprit S1 Lotus.
London Film Museum
45 Wellington Street
London WC2E 7BN
Until 23 December 2017
Full price: 14.50 GBP (free for children under 5)
Victoria and Albert Museum: Undressed: A Brief History of Underwear
From girdles and suspender-belts to Calvin Klein boxers and Stella McCartney lingerie, male and female underwear will hold no more secrets for you, thanks to the exhibition displayed by V&A Museum. With more than 200 pieces, it sheds a light on the cutting, fitting, designing and decorating that obscure object of desire, while questioning the notion of ‘ideal body', depending on various time periods.
Victoria and Albert Museum
London SW7 2RL
Until12 March 2017
Full price: 12 GBP (free for children under 11)