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Great exhibitions in South Kensington

South Kensington has some great exhibitions to enjoy. Marvel at stunning photography, be inspired by fashion, see one of the world's largest dinosaurs, or explore the worldwide effort to develop vaccines at pandemic speed.

Madonna in Paradise

17th - 21st April
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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Combining skill and the simplicity of the medium, anxiety and irony, naivety and kitsch, contemporary artist and performer Danila Polyakov explores questions of identity, the interaction of humans and technology, and himself and his relationship to the external world.

Fine Craft by Soluna

14th May - 19th May
11am - 7pm
Cromwell Place
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A leading art company in South Korea, Soluna Art Group celebrates the tenth anniversary edition of London Craft Week with an exhibition of the finest Korean craft. The exhibition aims to introduce Korea’s cultural traditions to an international audience. The artists speak a universal language that draws on the region’s long history of working with materials. They interpret historical references in new ways, expressing their own unique voices.

Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States

12th April - 1st Sept
10am - 6pm
Serpentine
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Suspended States is the artist’s first London solo exhibition in over 20 years. It showcases new works, interrogating how systems of power affect sites of refuge, debates on public statues, the ecological impact of colonialisation and the legacy of imperialism on conflict and consequential attempts at peace.

Image credit: © Zhai Zeyu, Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Until 30th June
10am - 5.50pm
Natural History Museum
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Get beyond the camera and discover the stories behind some of the best nature photography in the world.

Zimingzhong 凝时聚珍: Clockwork Treasures from China’s Forbidden City

1st Feb - 2nd June
10am - 6pm
Science Museum
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Discover a beautiful collection of unique clockwork wonders. This exhibition will showcase the stunning craftsmanship and the inner workings of centuries-old timepieces prized by the emperors of China's Forbidden City.

Image credit: 1962 Barbie Dream House c. Mattel, Inc.

Barbie: The exhibition

5th July 2024 - 23 Feb 2025
10am - 5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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Tickets are now on sale! Opening to coincide with the 65th anniversary of the Barbie brand in 2024, the exhibition will map the Barbie legacy that started in 1959. It will explore the story of Barbie through a design lens, including fashion, architecture, furniture and vehicle design.

Image credit: Versace dress (back view), El Mirage, photograph by Herb Ritts, 1990. © Herb Ritts Foundation.

Fragile Beauty: Photographs from the Sir Elton John and David Furnish Collection

Opens 18th May
10am - 5.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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An unparalleled selection of the world's leading photographers, telling the story of modern and contemporary photography. Discover iconic images across subjects such as fashion, celebrity, reportage and the male body.

Tropical Modernism: Architecture and Independence

2nd March - 22nd Sept
10am - 5.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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An exhibition exploring Tropical Modernism - an architectural style developed in the hot, humid conditions of West Africa in the 1940s. After independence, India and Ghana adopted the style as a symbol of modernity and progressiveness, distinct from colonial culture.

Naomi

Opens 22nd June
10.00am - 5.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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An exhibition exploring the extraordinary career of fashion model Naomi Campbell. Through the work of leading global designers and photographers we celebrate her creative collaborations, activism and far-reaching cultural impact.

Jameel Prize 7

Opens 30th Nov 2024
10am - 5.45pm
V&A South Kensington
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The seventh edition of the Jameel Prize is devoted to moving image and new media work, inspired by Islamic art, culture, history, or ideas.A group of finalists will be selected by a jury, and the winner will be announced at the V&A exhibition opening.

100 years of Theatre and Performance at the V&A

Opens 1st June
V&A South Kensington
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In 1924, the V&A accepted a donation of over 80,000 playbills, programmes, and ephemera from Gabrielle Enthoven, which kicked off the museum’s collecting of theatre and performance and has since evolved into the internationally renowned and recognised National Collection of Performing Arts

Enzo Mari

29th March - 8th Sept
10am - 5pm
Design Museum Kensington
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This major exhibition will celebrate the life and work of one of the greatest Italian designers of the 20th century, Enzo Mari, whose designs have inspired generations of creatives around the world.

Out Shopping: The dresses of Marion and Maud Sambourne (1880-1910)

23rd March - 20th Oct
10am - 5.30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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A curated selection of rarely-seen outfits, this exhibition will tell the story of Marion Sambourne and Maud Messel, at a moment in history that significantly shaped fashion.

Leighton and Landscape

16th Nov - 27th April 2025
10am - 5.30pm
Leighton House and Sambourne House Museum
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This first major exhibition of Frederic Leighton’s work, following the reopening of the museum in October 2022, will focus on the artist’s production of small en plein air landscape sketches, created between 1850 up until his death in 1896.

Untold Lives: A Palace at Work

Opens 14th March
10am - 4pm
Kensington Palace
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A new exhibition uncovering the forgotten stories of those who worked at the royal palaces over 300 years ago. They were at the centre of royal life, but little is known about the servants and courtiers who ran royal palaces for centuries.