10 September Exhibitions You Won't Want To Miss

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10 September Exhibitions You Won't Want To Miss
Is this what the future of aid drops looks like? Find out at the Israeli installation of the inaugural London Design Biennale. © Sasha Flit

Bjork Digital at Somerset House
Ever watched a virtual reality performance of a piece of music? No, neither have we. But that's we're expecting at this new experience which crosses music, art and technology. Icelandic artist Bjork has never been one to shy away from experimentation and we genuinely have no idea what this is going to be like — and that's why we're excited to see the results. 1 September - 23 October, £15.

London Design Biennale @ Somerset House
Design fans may feel a little neglected right now as they await the opening of the new Design Museum — so it's perfect timing for the inaugural London Design Biennale. 37 countries have been tasked with assigning designers to create fascinating installations on the theme of 'Utopia by Design'. We're looking forward to this global design showdown. 7-27 September, £15.

Infinite Mix at The Store, 180 Strand
The Hayward Gallery may be closed for a two year refurbishment, but that won't stop it from staging an exhibition off-site. It has teamed up with The Vinyl Factory to produce a show all about the audiovisual. It promises to deliver 3D videos, holograms and multi-screen installations. Both Hayward Gallery and The Vinyl Factory have good track records on pushing the boundaries of what to expect from an exhibition. It's safe to say our expectations are high. 9 September - 4 December, free.

These racy Christine Keeler photographs will form part of the V&A's new exhibitions as it will explore the politics of the 60s as well as the music. © Lewis Morley National Media Museum Science & Society Picture Library

You Say You Want A Revolution: Records and Rebels 1966-1970 at V&A
The late 1960's was a defining era for music. But it wasn't just music — there was much going on in fashion, politics and scandals too. The V&A will be homing right in on a five year period to explore this revolutionary time, and London will have a massive role in this show. 10 September - 26 February, £16.

Bedlam: The Asylum and Beyond at Wellcome Collection
If you want consistently great exhibitions, then the Wellcome Collection is the place to go — it delivers time and again. This month the focus is on mental asylums and how mental health treatment has evolved over time, from when 'lunatics' were treated abhorrently right through to modern medicine. As with any Wellcome Collection exhibition, expect a detailed mix of historical material and the work of contemporary artists on this theme. 15 September - 15 January, free.

Edward Burtynsky: Salt Pans / Essential Elements at Flowers East
Nobody does large scale photography quite like Burtynsky. In the past he has explored themes including mining and water. His skill lies in capturing man-made interventions in the landscape and presenting them in a way that truly brings home the scale of the operation. It's hard to imagine the size of a the salt pans in India, but if anyone can pull it off, it will be Burtynksy. 16 September - 29 October, free.

William Kentridge: Thick Time at Whitechapel Gallery
Using animations to draw our attention to history and politics, Kentridge's large scale procession at Marian Goodman Gallery last year blew us away. Now at this major museum retrospective, we're expecting an even bigger impact with the larger exhibition space available for his work. 21 September - 15 January 2017, £11.95.

This fantastic and massive Pollock is one the key loans for the Royal Academy exhibition. (c) The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016

Abstract Expressionism at Royal Academy of Arts
1950s New York. The war is over and painting is taking a turn for the abstract. The likes of Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko are primed to change the face of art. The Royal Academy will be taking us back to capture the creative energy of this key time in art history. 24 September - 2 January, £17.

Turner Prize 2016 at Tate Britain
Always a source of controversy and ever willing to push the boundaries of what can be considered to be contemporary art, the Turner Prize has had a chequered past few years. It comes to London every two years and the last two London editions have been poor, so we're hoping that this year Tate can turn it around. 27 September - 2 January 2017, £10.90.

Antony Gormley: Fit at White Cube, Bermondsey
The creator of the Angel of the North and numerous sculptures of men littered across the world returns with new work. The last time he exhibited at White Cube, he wowed us with a giant version of himself that you could crawl inside, so we're excited to see what he has in store this time. 30 September - 6 November, free.

Last Updated 30 August 2016