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Must-See Art Exhibitions This Autumn

With the crisp air and cooling temperatures of fall soon to be upon us, it’s time to start planning new ways to spend our days. And nothing hits the spot on a dreary Saturday afternoon quite like an exciting art exhibition. To ensure you don’t miss out on any of the highly anticipated shows this autumn, Niki Gifford of Gifford PR has put together an extensive roundup of the must-see exhibitions in London. From Sarah Lucas’ much-awaited Happy Gas to George Baselitz’s sculptures and the Women in Art Fair, your cultural guide to all things art awaits…

Marina Abramović

Maybe the most anticipated show in London this month, The RA host a look back on the illustrious career of the queen of performance Marina Abramović. With performers from the artists own institute bringing back to life famous part performances, this may prove to be an exhibition not for the faint hearted.

Where: The Royal Academy
When: now until 1st January 2024

Rob Munday & Christian Furr – Resplendence

Royal artists Rob Munday & Christian Furr come together with a special exhibition which opened last month to commemorate one year since the passing of Queen Elizabeth II. With a selection of works both royal and on the theme of ‘resplendence’, Furr and Munday show off their distinct but complementary practices in this beautiful exhibition.

Where: Dellasposa Gallery
When: now until 17th October 2023

Sarah Lucas: Happy Gas

The much anticipated show for the Y.B.A legend, Happy Gas takes viewers through works from 1990 to the present day with Lucas’s signature filthy look at sex, smoking and death. Receiving rave reviews, this exhibition is a great opportunity to explore four decades of work by one of the most significant artists of her generation.

Where: Tate Britain
When: now until January 2024

Farah Al Qasimi – Abort, Retry, Fail

The first UK solo exhibition by former Delfina Foundation resident Farah Al Qasimi captures glimpses of everyday life and the entangled relationship between material culture and globalised societies. Comprising of photographs, vinyl wallpaper works and a specifically commissioned video.

Where: Delfina Foundation
When: 4th October – 20th November 2023

RE/SISTERS – A Lens on Gender & Ecology

A major new group show is coming to Barbican in October, exploring the relationship between gender equality and the systematic links between gender oppression and environmental destruction. Featuring 50 international women and gender non-conforming artists, this looks to be an interesting look at environmental oppression with a host of multi-disciplinary works.

Where: Barbican
When: 5th October – 14th January 2024

Georg Baselitz: Sculptures 2011-2015

Bringing Georg Baselitz’s sculptural works to the fore, this solo exhibition offers an intimate glimpse into the creative process of a ground-breaking artist. This is a rare opportunity to see a selection of works originally intended to be maquettes for larger bronze works, alongside a selection of drawings from the artists studio. This looks set to be a rare opportunity to see a host of works from a pioneer of post-war German art.

Where: The Serpentine
When: 5th October – 7th January 2024

PAD London

The 15th London edition of the premier art and design fair, PAD comes back to West London this October. A mix of new and returning exhibitors, the fair will also feature specially commissioned works like Light Entanglements by Stine Bidstrup, a chandelier featuring elegant hand-blown clusters of glass. The only fair in the UK dedicated to contemporary design, this is definitely not one to miss for design lovers.

Where: Berkley Square
When: 10th – 15th October 2023

Celebrating Picasso Today: Infinite Modernism

As part of the international program Picasso Celebration 1973-2023, which brings together dozens of institutions around the world, Almine Rech is presenting a series of exhibitions featuring works by contemporary artists which highlight the scale of Picasso’s artistic impact. The exhibition aims to showcase how modern and contemporary artists have been directly inspired by Picasso’s work over the decades.

Where: Almine Rech
When: 10th October – 18th November 2023

Women in Art Fair

A brand initiative this year, the Women in Art Fair aims to redress the art worlds gender imbalance by showcasing the work of emerging and established female artists. With a mission to create a space for female curators, artists and gallerists to show their work and to contribute to the developing exchange of ideas around gender, sexuality and culture, WIAF is an exciting new event celebrating women in art.

Where: Mall Galleries
When: 11th – 14th October 2023

Freize London & Masters

The event in the London art calendar, Frieze brings galleries and artists from all over the world to Regents Park to see the latest in contemporary art practice and the best in big names the art market has to offer. This year will feature over 160 galleries from over 40 countries, a new ‘artist to artist’ initiative and ‘Modern Women’ curated by AWARE.

Where: Regents Park
When: 11th – 15th October 2023