Jan 24, 2023
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.
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.
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.
Marvel at the sheer immensity of the largest creature to ever walk the face of the earth at the Natural History Museum in London. Titanosaur: Life as the Biggest Dinosaur, from 31 March this year until 7 January 2024, will see the Patagotitan mayorum dinosaur displayed in Europe for the first time ever.
At 12 metres longer than the museum’s blue whale and four times heavy than Dippy the Diplodocus, the titanosaur is a sight to behold. The family-friendly interactive exhibition lets you follow the dinosaur’s life, from a football-sized egg to a fully grown adult. Surrounded by beautiful Cretaceous plant and animal illustrations, you’ll have opportunities to compare your size to the titanosaur’s thigh bone, touch its gigantic skull, and find out how it foraged, survived predators, and grew to its immense size.
Dopamine Land: An Immersive Experience at 79-85 Old Brompton Road until 26 February is another excellent immersive exhibition in London. This multisensory experience brings together media, technology, and play to bring your inner child’s imagination into reality.
During the day, the exhibition is an ideal outing for families with children. In the late evenings, Dopamine Land becomes adult-friendly, giving everyone a chance to express their inner child throughout the colourful installations.
The exhibition consists of five rooms, each of which is designed to trigger the gentle release of dopamine, the happy hormone: To Infinity and Beyond with its infinitely changing light sequences, the Ground Is Your Enemy maze mirrored room with interactive squares to help you find your path, the Keep Calm and Carry On digital forest decompression room, the Popcorn Room which gives you the chance to step inside a popcorn machine, and Pillow Fight, where you can have a pillow fight with friends, family, or colleagues.
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