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Amazing Temporary Art Exhibitions & Galleries You Have To See In 2021

2021 is set to be the year of the 'Do'.


We have big plans and want to do and see as much as we can to make up for the lost time in 2020. We were gladly able to visit our well-missed galleries virtually as they allowed us to do so but we are ready to get back through the doors and explore, finding new and interesting, thought-provoking pieces to be amazed by. Some iconic artists have exhibitions on at the moment even including Damien Hirst featuring 50 of his works all together in the same place which has not yet been seen before.


We are very excited to get back out there and spend hours wandering through galleries in our spare time, so here is our top 12 list that we will be heading to do this year. Let us know if there are any others that you will be attending too!

Artemisia at The National Gallery - Until 24th January



"I will show Your Illustrious Lordship what a woman can do", Artemisia Gentileschi challenged 17th-century perceptions of women in art. You can see the world through her eyes in this exhibition including some of her well-known painting such as ‘Judith beheading Holofernes’.

Masterpieces from Buckingham Palace, The Queen's Gallery - Until 31st January



Excitingly, you can now see 65 of the greatest paintings from the Royal Collection at the Picture Gallery at Buckingham Palace. See works from artists such as Claude, Titian and Rubens on display.

Steve Mcqueen Year 3 at Tate Britain - Until 31st January



You may have seen these images pop up just about everywhere on billboards across London in 2019. The visual portraits of 76,000 of London's Year 3 Pupils beamed across the city looking somewhat familiar to our own class photos in our childhood and they look amazing all together in this exhibition.

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers at The Design Museum - Until 14th February



The most talked-about exhibition of 2020 is still available to see up until February. Bringing the experience of being in a club setting and celebrating the visuals and sounds through art, design, photography and technology that ignites in the electronic live music and culture scene.

The Loneliness of the Soul at Royal Academy of Arts - Until 28th February



Tracey Emin and Edvard Munch have combined for this exhibition of The Loneliness of the Soul. As an avid fan of Much, Emin carefully selected pieces that express the true feeling and emotion of grief, loss and longing reflected in both their work.

End of a Century at Newport Gallery - Until 7th March



A rare exhibition of pieces by Damien Hirst. On show are 50 artworks from his student and early years before becoming the well-known artists we know today, with some pieces never seen publicly before. His art reflects on beauty, religion, science, life and death and the complex relationships. A must-see!

Turner's Modern World at Tate Britain - Until 7th March



J.M.W. Turner is one of Britain's greatest artists who captured the changing society and world during the industrial revolution in his pieces, unlike any other painter during that time. The Tate has organised for major pieces previously kept across the globe to come together in this gallery to celebrate Turner.

The Art Of Banksy at 50 Earlham Street - 25th March 2021 to 26th September



The worlds largest collection of Banksy's work is coming to London for the very first time. The unauthorized private collection of powerful and historic pieces has been loaned by their current owners to be displayed to the crowds, see iconic artwork such as the 'Girl and Balloon' in this exciting show.

Yayoi Kusama at Tate Modern - 29th March 2021 to 27th March 2022



An immersive art phenomenon, Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama's Infinity Mirror Rooms will be back at the Tate for a rare exclusive. She can do almost anything from sculptures, installations and paintings with the commonality throughout which are the dots. ‘Our earth is only one polka dot among a million stars in the cosmos. Polka dots are a way to infinity. When we obliterate nature and our bodies with polka dots, we become part of the unity of our environment’.

Grayson's Art Club at Machester Art Gallery - Until 18th April 2021



Grayson Perry was known through lockdown to support others through art and creating togetherness. Now a selection of these pieces by the general public and celebrities involved in the club has been chosen by Grayson to feature in an exhibition, which will be the first major reflection of lockdown and covid through art. You can watch the programme on All 4 here.

Zanele Muholi at Tate Modern - Until 6th June 2021



See over 260 photographs by one of the biggest photographers of the current day and visual activist, Zanele Muholi. The photos capture lives of South Africa's LQBTQ+ communities in the early 2000s which are celebrated and documented through love and trauma in this exhibition of Zanele's work.

Wildlife Photographer Of The Year, Natural History Museum

Until 4th July



The documenting of our incredible wildlife in these most amazing shots presented in this ultimate display of the best photographs taken each year. Learn, discover and be amazed by the stunning imagery captured and carefully selected that provides an intimate connection and access to our amazing wildlife worldwide.

Bags: Inside Out at The V&A - Until 12th September



The ultimate accessory, this exhibition delves into the weird and wonderful of the bag world. Exploring in fine detail some of the world best designers and bags found in history. Unique and iconic bags will be on display, from vanity cases to military rucksacks.

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