Great exhibitions in South Kensington

Great exhibitions in South Kensington, London. Come face to face with Robots, see extraordinary art, marvel at stunning wildlife photography, explore the fashion of Princess Diana, walk amongst butterflies, discover the bold revolutionary plans for Moscow post revolution and so much more.

Robots

On until 3rd Sep 2017
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Robots explores the 500-year story of humanoid robots and the artistic and scientific quest to understand what it means to be human. Featuring over 100 robots, from a 16th-century mechanical monk to robots from science fiction and modern-day research labs.

Another Russia: Post-Soviet Printmaking

on til 15th Aug
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Discover how the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 coincided with a period of creative innovation in Russia. Print has become an important component of recent Russian art practice.

The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains

Opens 13th May 2017
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Experience an unprecedented, innovative and multi-sensory journey through Pink Floyd's extraordinary worlds, chronicling the music, design and staging of the band, from their debut to the present day.

Building of the Royal Albert Hall

6th May - 7th Jan 2018
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2017 marks the 150th anniversary of the Royal Albert Hall’s creation. This display, supported by the Royal Albert Hall, explores the fascinating story of the Hall’s design through a variety of historic models, photographs and casts. Gallery 127

Engineer your future

On until 16th December 2017
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Find out if you’ve got the problem-solving, big-thinking, team-working skills to be a globe-trotting engineer of tomorrow.

Our Lives in Data

On until 1st Sep
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Visit Our Lives in Data to uncover some of the diverse ways our data is being collected, analysed and used - discover new tools to protect your data.

Photography

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

On til 10th Sept 2017
Natural History Museum
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From intimate portraits to dramatic landscapes, see how photographers' passion for the natural world produces startling images. This year’s competition attracted almost 50,000 entries.

California

24th May - 15th Oct
Design Museum Kensington
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While California’s mid-century modernism is well documented, this is the first exhibition to examine its current global reach. Picking up the story in the 1960s, the exhibition charts the journey from the counterculture to Silicon Valley’s tech culture.

Whales: Beneath the Surface

On until 28th Feb 2018
Natural History Museum
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Dive deeper into the mysterious world of this group of mammals in a new summer family exhibition. Explore the remarkable bodies of the largest creatures to have lived on earth, and how they are much more similar to us than you may think.

Into the Woods: Trees in Illustration

On until 23rd Jan 2018
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Many children's stories and fairy tales take place in a wood or forest. This display shows a variety of illustrations featuring trees and wooded landscapes, with watercolours by Beatrix Potter alongside drawings by E H Shepard for A A Milne's Pooh stories and his verses in Now We are Six.

Hinze Hall Opening

Now open
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Hinze Hall is now open after a spectacular redevelopment. The space features new specimens and exhibits that reflect the story of evolution, diversity in the world today, and our role in protecting the planet.

Designing the V&A

Daily
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Designing the V&A explores through drawings and photographs the history of the V&A's buildings, from the 1850s to the present day. It highlights the architects, artists, designers and engineers who created the Museum.

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!

8th June - 10th Sept
Serpentine Galleries
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This summer Grayson Perry, one of the most astute commentators on contemporary society and culture, will present a major exhibition of new work. The works will touch on many themes including popularity and art, masculinity and the current cultural landscape.

Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions

8th June - 10th Sept
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The Serpentine presents the work of the acclaimed US filmmaker, cinematographer and artist Arthur Jafa in his first solo UK exhibition. Jafa has developed a multidisciplinary practice ranging from films and installations to lecture-performances.

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Serpentine Pavilion

On until 8th Oct
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Diébédo Francis Kéré, the award-winning architect from Burkino Faso, has been commissioned to design the Serpentine Pavilion 2017 - a bold, innovative structure that brings his characteristic sense of light and life to the lawns of Kensington Gardens.

Plywood: Material of the Modern World

15th July - 12th Nov
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Light, strong, affordable and versatile, plywood is the unlikely material behind a surprising array of groundbreaking designs that will be celebrated this world-first exhibition. More than 120 objects will be brought together in an exploration of how the product has helped create the modern world.

Cartier in Motion

25th May - 28th July
Design Museum Kensington
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Curated by Lord Norman Foster, this exhibition explores the creativity of Cartier and design. Cartier in Motion includes over 170 exhibits alongside rare insights into the research and work of the designers at Cartier, through extracts from material found in the Cartier Archives.

Hella Jongerius: Breathing Colour

28th Jun-24th Sept
Design Museum Kensington
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Drawing on years of research, designer Hella Jongerius presents Breathing Colour; an installation-based exhibition that takes a deeper look at the way colour behaves, exploring shapes, materials, shadows and reflections.

Wounded: Conflict, Casualties and Care

On until 15th Jan
Science Museum
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Commemorating the centenary of the Battle of the Somme and the huge medical and human impact of wounding during and beyond the First World War.

Diana: Her Fashion Story

On until 2018
Kensington Palace
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Twenty years on from Diana, Princess of Wales' death, a new exhibition and temporary garden celebrating her life have opened at Kensington Palace, her home for over 15 years.

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The Art of British Natural History

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This art exhibition celebrates the unique nature on our shores. With over 70,000 documented species, the British Isles have a diverse and distinctive natural history. Admire artworks of some of Britain's most iconic species.

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Voyages

On until 30th July
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Using innovative methods of photography, Anderson & Low have created a series of beautiful and ethereal images which capture the collection in a new light, reimagining the models as epic voyagers.

London Design Festival

16th-24th Sept
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As the festival hub, the V&A will house a broad range of specially-commissioned installations and displays around the Museum by some of the world’s most exciting designers, as well as a huge programme of events including talks, tours and workshops.

Illuminating India

21 Sep to 25 Mar 2018
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This autumn there will be season of exhibitions and events dedicated to the people, culture and skills of India. The programme will centre on two exhibitions celebrating the country's rich culture and history of innovation.

Torbjørn Rødland: The Touch That Made You

29th Sept - 19th Nov
Serpentine Galleries
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Torbjørn Rødland is a Los Angeles-based photographer who creates portraits, still lives and landscapes, which simultaneously inhabit, defamiliarise and disrupt the realm of the everyday.

Ferrari: Under the Skin

15th Nov - 15th April 2018
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Design Museum Kensington
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A major exhibition marking the 70th anniversary of Ferrari, celebrating one of the great adventures of the industrial age. A behind-the-scenes look at the design, manufacturing and engineering of one of the most iconic car brands on the planet.

Rosie Wylie

29th Nov - 4th Feb
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Rose Wylie finds visual material for her large-scale paintings in a wide range of sources: from art history, cinema and comic books, to daily observations, news and celebrity stories.

Ocean Liners

3rd Feb - 10th June 2018
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Experience a unique journey through the design stories of the world's greatest ocean liners, including the Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra, and discover how these impressive vessels still loom large in our cultural imagination.

Wade Guyton: Das New Yorker Atelier, Abridged

29th Sept - 4th Feb 2018
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American artist Wade Guyton uses digital technologies – iPhones, cameras, computers and consumer-grade Epson printers – as tools to create both large-scale paintings on linen and smaller compositions on paper.

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery

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Mathematics is too often perceived as dry and complex, but this new gallery will tell stories that place the subject at the heart of our lives, exploring how mathematicians, their tools and ideas have helped to shape the modern world.

Human Evolution

Daily
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Meet your ancient relatives, trace the origins and evolution of our species, and explore what makes us human.

Europe 1600-1815

Daily
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Show casing over 1100 objects from the V&A’s collections of 17th- and 18th-century European art and design in a suite of seven galleries.