From dazzling Egyptian artefacts to iconic optical art, here are the top five must-see exhibitions in London this Autumn


By Abbie Schofield

Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh

Tutankhamun: Treasure of the Golden Pharaoh
Laboratoriorosso, Viterbo, Italy; Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh presented by Viking Cruises.

After becoming the most-visited exhibition in France, Londoners now have the chance to see the dazzling artefacts found within Tutankhamun’s tomb at the Saatchi Gallery. Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the discovery of the tomb, visitors will explore the life of King Tutankhamun, and the revelation that captivated the world, through more than 150 authentic ancient Egyptian pieces. 

From 2 November, tutankhamun-london.com

Moving to Mars

Moving to Mars Design Museum Exhibitions in London
Mars Habitat O’Callaghan by Hassell, image credit: HASSELL + Eckersley.

Sending humans to Mars isn’t just another step for mankind, it’s also one for design, according to the new exhibition launched at The Design Museum. A striking, multisensory experience for all the family, Moving to Mars explores the role that design will play in humanity’s quest to reach the Red Planet, including what we would shelter in, eat and even wear on Mars. 

From 18 October, designmuseum.org

Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley Exhibitions in London
Bridget Riley, High Sky, 1991; Oil on canvas; 165 x 227 cm; © Bridget Riley 2018; All rights reserved.

Colours, geometric shapes and optical illusions all characterise Bridget Riley’s distinctive body of work. The most iconic pieces from the British artist’s 70-year career will be on show at the Southbank Centre’s Hayward Gallery, giving visitors the opportunity to experience her powerful and pioneering optical art in person.

From 23 October, southbankcentre.co.uk

Conrad Marca-Relli

Conrad Marca-Relli Exhibition in London

Conrad Marca-Relli in his studio; Sarasota Florida, 1982; Courtesy of the Archivio Marca-Relli, Parma.

The Ronchini Gallery presents an exhibition of renowned Abstract Expressionist Conrad Marca-Relli’s work this autumn. The highly influential Boston-born artist organised the first Abstract Exhibitionist Show in 1951 and is best known for his surreal collages of carnivals and cityscapes as well as purer abstract pieces.

From 5 October, ronchinigallery.com

Grayson Perry: Super Rich Interior Decoration

Grayson Perry Super Rich Interior Decoration Exhibition
Grayson Perry; Thin Woman with Painting 2019; Glazed ceramic, 86 x 36 x 36 cm, 33 7/8 x 14 1/8 x 14 1/8 in; © Grayson Perry; Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro, London/Venice

For his first solo exhibition since 2012 – and first exhibition at Victoria Miro Mayfair – Grayson Perry presents new works that cast an anthropological eye on the heady collision of art, money, power and desire. New pots include Shopping for Meaning, adorned with images of the artist in wig, headscarf and various outfits, and Thin Woman with Painting which depicts an immaculate contemporary art patron at home with her collection. 

Until 20 December, victoria-miro.com


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