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8 Must-See Exhibitions in London This Month: March 2018

London's finest must-see exhibitions and events for art and photography this month.

In February, we brought you the biggest and brightest must-see exhibitions in the British capital: this month, we cross the city again to find the most interesting exhibitions to visit March 2018.

Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins

28 February – 27 May
Barbican Art Gallery
Cost: £13.50 (Standard Ticket)

Engage with diverse and complex themes and subjects in the Barbican’s photography exhibition, Another Kind of Life. Featuring works by 20 photographers from the 1950s to today, the exhibition presents the authentic – and oftentimes ugly – experience of disenfranchised communities on the fringes of society around the world. Tackling broad themes such as sexuality, addiction, youth culture and poverty, this exhibition is pertinent and provocative: a must-see.

The Other Art Fair

22 March – 25 March
Victoria House
Cost: £8.00 (Adult Ticket)

You don’t have to take out a loan to pick up a work of art at the delightful Other Art Fair, presented by Saatchi Art. Cutting out galleries, the Fair’s exhibitors are young, up-and-coming and unrepresented artists, so you could find yourself a bargain by snapping up a piece by tomorrow’s Picasso or Hockney. A curated programme of features including food, drink, DJ sets, tattooing sessions and VR experiences complements this contemporary and youthful celebration of art.

Source and Stimulus: Polke, Lichtenstein, Laing

6 March – 21 April
Lévy Gorvy Gallery, Old Bond Street
Cost: Free

Source and Stimulus is a celebration of the Ben-Day dot. The exhibition features exceptional artists who employed the iconic technique: Sigmar Polke, Roy Lichtenstein, and Gerald Laing. The exhibition – the first in the newly remodelled gallery – addresses not just technical similarities in the 1960s Pop Art movement, but also key shared themes such as the Space Race, sexual liberation, mass consumerism, and politics. Pop along for a casual and accessible introduction to the artists and the iconic style.

Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2018

23 February – 3 June
The Photographers’ Gallery
Cost: £4.00

The four photographers shortlisted for this prestigious prize share little in terms of style and approach. However, all of the projects reflect concerns with the manipulation of knowledge. Mathieu Asselin is nominated for his critical photographic investigation into global biotech giant Monsanto. The relationship between the urban environment and government control in Eastern Europe is closely examined by Rafal Milach. Batia Suter’s sequence of found images assembled densely on the wall plays with subjective meaning in context. Our pick for winner is the deeply moving silent 35mm film of grieving Diamond Reynolds by Luke Willis Thompson.

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

2 October 2017 – 2 April 2018
The National Gallery
Cost: From £10

Van Eyck’s Arnolfini portrait serves as the launch point for this exhibition, which explores the iconic 15th-century painting as inspiration for the secretive Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. The artists featured include Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Holman Hunt and John Everett Millais, working some four centuries after Van Eyck’s canvas had dried. The exhibition explores techniques and themes with a particular emphasis on the enduring power of Van Eyck’s instantly recognisable mirror on the wall. A divisive exhibition, and well worth a visit.

The EY Exhibition: Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy

8 March – 9 September
Tate Modern
Cost: £22.00 (Adult Ticket)

London’s Tate Modern hosts its first ever solo exhibition of one of history’s most enduring and celebrated artists: Pablo Picasso. Covering the artist’s ‘year of wonders’ in chronological order, the exhibition features an astonishing and varied selection of works. The central focus will be three nudes of Picasso’s most famous lover, Marie-Thérèse Walter, reunited for the first time in 85 years.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

1 March – 20 May
National Portrait Gallery
Cost: £10.00

Four Victorian photographers are the focus of Victorian Giants, identified as being instrumental in developing photography as an art form. Striking portraits of famous sitters including Charles Darwin, among others, establish the connection between technology and artistic expression of the past and future. It’s an opportunity to see more of the gallery’s rarely seen works, carefully curated in part by the Gallery’s patron, the Duchess of Cambridge.

Last Chance: Must-See Exhibitions Closing this Month

Bridget Riley: Recent Paintings 2014-2017

19 January – 10 March
David Zwirner London
Cost: Free

British artist Bridget Riley’s striking contemporary paintings take over three floors of the stunning David Zwirner townhouse gallery in Mayfair. Works on canvas, wall, and paper employ seemingly simple geometric forms to create dizzying hallucinogenic sensations. Riley continues to produce an extraordinary output in terms of quantity and quality, and in this exhibition, achieves her singular objective of playing with perception for the viewer.

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