Which Of These New Exhibitions Are Actually Worth Seeing?

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Which Of These New Exhibitions Are Actually Worth Seeing?

Which of London's most talked-about exhibitions live up to the hype? We've visited them so you know which ones are actually worth a visit.

Roy Lichtenstein is one of the A-list artists on display at Halcyon Gallery © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein

Master Graphics: The Art of Printmaking at Halcyon Gallery
Hockney, Picasso, Warhol and Lichtenstein all feature in this exhibition of fabulous prints by A-list artists. The print studio set up in the middle of the gallery is a nice touch — workshops will be run from here on weekends and Thursday evenings. Until 31 July, free.
Londonist Rating: ★★★★★

Beyond the Lab: The DIY Science Revolution/Our Lives In Data -both at Science Museum
Two displays cover two fascinating subjects. Citizen scientists are an emerging trend. As scientific technology becomes widely available, people have started working outside the scientific community. Big data is everywhere and can be used for many things from managing London Underground to DNA testing. Both great subjects but they are over as soon as they get going, leaving us wanting much more than they can squeeze into these two small displays. Until 4 September 2016 (Beyond the Lab) & 1 September 2017 (for Our lives in data), free.
Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆ / ★★★☆☆

Jorge Otero-Pailos: The Ethics of Dust at Palace of Westminster
We previewed this ambitious project of taking a cast of the wall of the Great Hall of Parliament. The scale of the work is colossal and the smell of the latex cast wafts through the air. It leaves quite the impression but dig a little deeper and the idea that the dirt and grime on the walls carries a piece of the history of this building feels tenuous at best. Until 1 September, free but booking required.
Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆

A dystopian enchanted forest by Malene Hartmann Rasmussen. Copyright the artist

Malene Hartmann Rasmussen: In the Dead of Night at Jessica Carlisle
An enchanted forest has taken a dark turn. Furry vampire bat like creatures emerge from the ground. Cracked eggs have jagged edges like razor sharp teeth, and the hatchlings are nowhere to be found. It's a fun installation but also disturbing. Until 6 August, free.
Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆

Francesca Pasquali: Metamorphoses at Tornabuoni Art
Sculpture often have a tactile quality to them but most galleries enforce a no touching rule. This show encourages visitors to (gently) touch and prod the works on the walls, and even to walk over to and sit down on one particular large work.
The varying textures make this an engaging show for a short while. The works themselves don't have much to add to the fact they can be touched. Still, it's fun while it lasts. Pasquali also has a work hanging at MOCA in Peckham. Until 17 September, free.
Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆

Terence Donovan/ Made You Look, both at The Photographers' Gallery
Terence Donovan photographed celebrities such as Jimi Hendrix in the 1960s, but ultimately this exhibition is more a case of spot the celebrity rather than stand out photography.
One floor down is the much more interesting Made You Look — a smaller exhibition exploring Black dandyism and how it affected fashion. It's a trend that's been largely overlooked and it's brought out here through some fantastic imagery. Until 25 September, free before 12pm - £3 thereafter.
Londonist Rating: ★☆☆☆☆ / ★★★★☆

Innovative dress designs using wrappers by Kumiko Tani. Image courtesy Museum of Brands

The Attraction of Opposites - Fashion and Recycling at Museum of Brands
Kumiko Tani has constructed clever dresses made from the wrappers of sweet things. It's only a small display of three dresses but if you've been waiting for an excuse to visit this frankly brilliant treasure trove of a museum, here's an added incentive. Until 21 August, £9 adults.
Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆

Henry Hussey: Reliquaries at Gallery 8
This emerging artist has matured in this solo show with his best works to date. These hand woven tapestries pack an emotional punch covering break ups, politics and Hussey's own anxieties. You can feel the artist's soul laid bare in the raw works. Until 30 July, free
Londonist Rating: ★★★★☆

Artistic Differences & Judy Blame: Never Again at ICA
Two inter-related exhibitions occupy the upstairs and downstairs galleries. Judy Blame's fashion and jewellery combine with everyday objects to make a eye catching contrast of luxury and counter culture.
Upstairs is a display of artists linked to Blame. Jake and Dinos Chapman don't disappoint with cheeky disturbing pieces, and nor does Dave Baby with his Gothic butcher's boards. Both shows have some arresting works but are very hit and miss. Until 4 September, £1
Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆

Paths to Utopia at King's Cultural Institute, Inigo Rooms, Somerset House
What the future holds is a great topic for an exhibition. We're treated to some intriguing displays including jewellery laced with biological cells, a temple of perpetual myth and a mesmerising video about whales. Not all the works made an impact with us and they are so wide ranging in their subjects that the exhibition's narrative is never clear. Until 2 October, free
Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆

Jukebox, Jewkbox! at Jewish Museum
The world of music was transformed by the introduction of vinyl by a German-Jewish immigrant to the US. This exhibition shows us Jewish musicians and composers, and explains the foundation of HMV. The walls of vinyl are a nice touch but the subject matter feels a little too niche to have broader appeal. Until 16 October, £7.50 for adults.
Londonist Rating: ★★★☆☆

Exhibition fans should also check out our recent reviews on Colour and Vision, Raqib Shaw, Georgia O'Keeffe, the Kubrick exhibition  and our five exhibitions to reflect on the Somme.

Last Updated 21 September 2016