We look ahead at the best London art openings in May, organized by category and opening date. We hope you find it handy for planning ahead. Useful? Missing something? Pile of crap? Please let us know and we’ll tweak the format in future installments. This time we’ve added new sections for ‘London-y’ and ‘Must See’.
Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK is on at The British Library 2May-19 August. See details below. Photo: Misty – well known 1978 dark female comic book of supernatural and horror stories. Photography © British Library Board.
2 May: British Library hosts Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK, a major exhibition about comics and graphic novels, exhibiting works from names such as Alan Moore, Grant Morrison and Jamie Hewlett — Gorillaz co-creator. For comic passionate and… anarchists! Read Londonist preview. £9.50/£7.50, prebook, until 19 August
20 May: Tate Britain hosts a major exhibition about Kenneth Clark (1903–1983): mainly art historian but also public servant, collector, patron and broadcaster. He’s widely seen as one of the most influential figures in the popularization of British art of the 20th century. £11.00/£9.50, prebook, until 10 August
22 May: Ancient Lives, New Discoveries unveils hidden secrets and reconstructs the life of eight mummies who used to live along the Nile Valley over 4,000 years ago. Take a journey into history at the British Museum. £10/£8, prebook, until 30 September
22 May: Prix Pictet, the Prize for Photography and Sustainability, is on display at The Victoria & Albert Museum for a few weeks. Eleven internationally famous photographers show projects on the theme of earth consumption. Free, until 14 June
26 May: Reception, Rupture and Return is a free long-term display at Tate Britain about the role of the life model for the artist, the relationship between these two subjects and the changing status of life drawing from the 19th to the 21st centuries. Free, until 12 October
Architecture & Design
1 May: Explore the relationship between architecture and jeweler at the Platform Gallery, with the exhibition Space Craft: Architecture Meets Making. The display is connected to COLLECT, the international art fair for contemporary objects taking place at the Saatchi Gallery (9-12 May). Free, until 1 June
4 May: Anise Gallery displays works from the Society of Architectural Illustration’s latest book Drawing on Architecture, which is also the title of the exhibition. Expect a rich variety of drawing, which shares a focus on architecture. On Saturday 3 May from 6.30pm, night of the private view, there will be a live performance from three award winning young musicians: Jenni Hogan (flute), Rosanna Ter-berg (flute) and Olivia Jaegers (harp). Free, until 25 May
8 May: Enjoy a solo exhibition about British designer David Pearson, well known for his series of Penguin book cover designs, who recently played a key role in the re-emergence of the publishing company. Discover his world at the Kemistry Gallery in Shoreditch. Free, until 28 June
14 May: The Design Museum dedicates an exhibition to Argentinian designer Daniel Weil, famous for his series of inventive objects, products and interiors. This exhibition focuses on Weil’s personal process of design: how he interprets sources, chooses projects, uses colour and creates form. £12.40/£9.30 (tickets include admission to the museum), just turn up, until 31 August
30 May: The Royal Academy of Arts pays homage to architect Norman Shaw, who contributed to the renovation of the Royal Academy itself. See a fascinating array of Shaw’s artworks: from working drawings to dazzling perspectives. The display takes place in the Tennant Gallery and Architecture Space. Free, until 26 October