If you’re a lover of visual art, design, and history and you’re planning to visit London this year, you’re in luck. As the best exhibitions in 2023 prove, this year is set to be a fantastic one for art and more in the capital. Find out about Nalini Malani at the London National Gallery, London Street at the Saatchi Gallery, Clash of the Titan at the National History Museum, and Dopamine Land as we delve into the top immersive exhibitions in London this year.
London National Gallery: Nalini Malani: My Reality is Different 2 March – 11 June 2023
Born in 1946, Nalini Malani is a contemporary Indian artist who is part of the country’s first generation of video artists. Her exhibition, My Reality is Different, will be at the London National Gallery from 2 March until 11 June. See how Malani presents new ways of seeing famous artworks through striking new hand-drawn visual animations which reveal and conceal elements of paintings by Caravaggio, Bronzino, Jan van der Venne, Johann Zoffany, and other works in the collections of the National Gallery and Bath’s Holburne Museum.
Malani works with a variety of mediums, including videos, installations, mixed media paintings and drawings, and theatre, through which she has evolved an iconic visual language. The process has seen her move from stop motion, erasure animations, and reverse paintings to digital animations she draws with her finger on a tablet. The artist’s creations are influenced by her experience of migration following the partition of India and by pressing feminist issues.
Malani made her first video work, Dream Houses, in 1969 as the youngest and only female participant in the Vision Exchange Workshop (VIEW), an experimental multi-disciplinary workshop by the late Akbar Padamsee in Bombay (Mumbai). Her works have been shown at Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum, New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and other renowned museums and galleries around the world.
Saatchi Gallery: London Street Art: Beyond the Streets 17 February – 9 May 2023
From 17 February until 9 May, the entire Saatchi Gallery will be occupied by one show, namely London Street Art: Beyond the Streets; something which hasn’t happened in eight years. This is your chance to explore the most comprehensive street art and graffiti exhibition to open in the UK.
Beyond the Streets brings together original art, rare ephemera, photography, archival fashion, immersive and site-specific installations, and other surprises from more than 150 different artists, mark-makers, icons, and rule-breakers. This immersive exhibition in London will pay homage to important moments from the worlds of graffiti and street art, hip-hop and punk rock, and social activism.
Beyond the Streets London follows the 2018 Los Angeles and 2019 New York blockbuster exhibitions. The show will be curated by Beyond the Streets founder and noted graffiti historian Roger Gastman in conjunction with a team of guest curators.