The UK capital is an ideal destination in springtime, and one reason is the large number of art exhibitions in town. Here a list of the most interesting art exhibits in London this spring. 

The Japanese House: Architecture and life after 1945



At the Barbican Art Gallery, until June 25, it’s possible to visit  an exhibition dedicated to residential architecture in Japanese houses. The event, entirely dedicated to interior design, analyses architecture and Japanese life styles since the Second World War. More than 20 of the twentieth century architects and internationally renowned contemporary designers reveal aspects of the essential Japanese housing, whose modern and minimal lines continue to influence international trends.

The Japanese House: Architecture and life after 1945
Until June 25, 2017 Open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 (Thursday and Friday up to 21.00)
Tickets Adults £ 14:50
Barbican Art Gallery, Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS

Michelangelo & Sebastiano del Piombo at the National Gallery

Italian Renaissance is celebrated through the relationship between two great artists. The monumentality and intensity of Michelangelo Buonarroti have undoubtedly influenced the creative path of Sebastiano del Piombo, giving strong plasticity and realistic evidence to his figures. Also the friendship between the two artists lead to an artistic collaboration that lasted more than 25 years. The works on display, such as paintings, drawings, sculptures and letters, attest to the mutual stylistic contribution to masterpieces such as the “Resurrection of Lazarus” by Sebastiano del Piombo, already at the National Gallery, and the “Risen Christ” by Michelangelo, from the Church of St. Vincenzo Martire in Bassano Romano.

Michelangelo & Sebastian Until June 25, 2017
Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 (Friday until 21.00)
Adult ticket £ 16:50 (£ 15.00 with no donation)
National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN  

Reading Drawings 

The Courtauld Gallery showcases an interesting analysis of design from the Renaissance to the present day. Every drawing and print on display, from the Courtauld Institute of Arts, allows the inspection of the contents of almost cryptic inscriptions and annotations of the same artists or recordings for ownership changes. The designs, although having the purpose of study or constituting preparatory sketches, are to be considered actual historic documents and source of study in the reconstruction of the history of a work, in order to investigate the creative process or know details were lost.

Reading Drawings
Until June 4, 2017
Open daily, from 10:00 to 18:00 (last admission 17:30)
Adult ticket £ 7.00
Courtauld Gallery Strand London, WC2R 1LA

A century of Photography 1840 – 1940, National Portrait Gallery

One hundred years in the history of photography are summarised in an interesting selection of the most innovative shots from 1840 to 1940, at the National Portrait Gallery until October 1, 2017. The curators have selected shots of artists and internationally renowned photographers such as Edward Weston and Frederick Evans. Also on display is the oldest and rarest examples of photography, including works by Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll.

A Century of Photography, 1840 – 1940
Until October 1, 2017
Open daily from 10:00 to 18:00 (Thursday and Friday until 21.00)
Free entry
National Portrait Gallery St. Martin’s Place, London WC2H 0HE

Howard Hodgkin: About Friends

Until June 18, the National Portrait Gallery will also host an exhibition dedicated to portraits of one of the greatest living British painter: Howard Hodgkin. The artist’s works are the result of a personal language that, with vigorous brush strokes and strong colours, represents in an allusive and fragmentary manner the appearance of the human figure, disrupting the traditional forms of portrait.

Howard Hodgkin: About Friends
Until June 18, 2017
Open every day from 10:00 to 18:00 (Thursday and Friday until 21.00)
Adult ticket £ 12.00 (£ 10.00 with no donation)
National Portrait Gallery St. Martin’s Pl, London WC2H 0HE

Two different exhibitions celebrate Diana Spencer and Amy Winehouse 

Diana: Her Fashion Story” is the exhibition that opened last February 24 and will last until 2018. Elegant evening dresses, suits and classic and sober clothes reveal the evolution of style and taste of the Princess of Wales, who became an icon of style and architect of the dress code’s re-interpretation at the court of the royal family.
Diana: Her Fashion Story
Until 2018
Open daily from 10.00 to 16.00 until February 28, 2017 From 10.00 to 18.00 from March 1 to October 31, 2017
Tickets: Admission to the exhibition is included in the Kensington Palace entrance tickets
Kensington Gardens London W8 4PX

Until September 25, 2017 the Jewish Museum hosts an exhibition dedicated to an intimate portrait of Amy Winehouse, away from the media spotlights. The exhibition explores the relationships with the family through objects, family photographs, diaries and clothing, revealing the more authentic side of the woman who has been called the forerunner of white soul.

Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait
Until September 24, 2017 Open every day from 10.00 to 17.00 (Friday to 14.00) Adult ticket £ 8.50
Jewish Museum London Raymond Burton House
129 131 Albert Street, London NW1 7NB

The Guido Cagnacci’s Penitent Magdalene at the National Gallery

From February 15th to May 21st, after more than 30 years, the Penitent Magdalene by Guido Cagnacci (1601-1663) will be on display in the UK. Inspired by Caravaggio, but also deeply devoted to the naturalism of Guido Reni, the artist has become famous for his erotic nudes and the extraordinary sense of color. Saints and heroes are represented in a deeply sensual and seductive way, providing a personal interpretation of the stylistic trends of the time.
Cagnacci’s Repentant Magdalene: An Italian Baroque Masterpiece from the Norton Simon Museum
Until May 21, 2017
Open every day from 10.00 to 18.00 (Friday until 21.00)
Free entry
National Gallery, Sainsbury Wing Trafalgar Square London WC2N 5DN

Places of the Mind: British watercolor landscapes from 1850 to 1950

Until August 27th the British Museum offers an exhibition on the genre of landscape painting. The exhibition examines themes and styles from the Victorian landscape painters of the twentieth century. 125 works are exposed following both a thematic and a chronological path. Among the most famous painters there’s J. M. W. Turner, a leading representative of the genre who investigated nature aiming at rendering the atmospheric effects. Other works on display there are masterpieces created by James McNeil Whistler, Edward Burne Jones, John Singer Sargent, Muirhead Bone, Paul Nash, John Minton, Henry Moore and Graham Sutherland.
Places of the Mind: British watercolor landscapes 1850-1950
Until August 27, 2017 Open Monday to Thursday from 10.00 to 17.30 Friday until 20:30 Saturday and Sunday from 9:00 to 17:30
Free entry
British Museum, Room 90 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s

The Royal Academy of Arts will host an exhibition organised by the Institute of Art in Chicago, in collaboration with Musée d’Orsay, Musée de l’Orangerie and Royal Academy of Arts in London. America’s history in the 30s, right after the collapse of Wall Street, is examined through the artists of the time. The attention is focused on the social changes brought by the economic and financial crisis. Among the artists on show James Pollock, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Thomas Hart Benton and Philip Guston.

America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s
Until June 4, 2017 Open every day from 10.00 to 18.00 (last admission 17:30) Friday and Saturday until 22.00 (last admission 21:30)
Adult ticket £ 13:50 (£ 12.00 with no donation)
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington House, Piccadilly London, W1J