What’s on

Dozens of art events happen every month in cosmopolitan cities like London and Sao Paulo. It can be overwhelming to find the best ones, especially if you need to move from site to site to see WHAT’S ON in your area. We make your life easier by gathering in just one place a selection of shows, including key information like venue, date and a brief summary of each exhibition.
Here is our curated page of shows currently happening in London and São Paulo.
  • 24/05/2024

    James Collins: Ground

    London

    James Collins: Ground

    Workplace

    Until 24 May 2024

    Made deliberately and slowly, often over several years, James Collins employs additive means to excavate shapes and forms that emerge from within and beneath, as if always there. In his meticulous, densely layered paintings, gradual accretions of oil are built into mounds, furrows, and channels, becoming topographical sites of intense colour.

  • 24/05/2024

    Andreana Dobreva: Public Grapes – Anonymous Meat

    London

    Andreana Dobreva: Public Grapes – Anonymous Meat

    Fiumano Clase

    Until 24 May 2024

    An arresting solo exhibition by Bulgarian artist Andreana Dobreva, opens at Fiumano Clase on the 27th April and runs until the 24th May 2024. A series of new paintings exploring the ongoing difficulties facing migrant populations, a contemporary issue that goes back millennia.

  • 25/05/2024

    Yo No Sé Si Tenga Amor La Eternidad, Pero Allá, Tal Como Aquí, En La Boca Llevarás, Sabor a Mí

    London

    Yo No Sé Si Tenga Amor La Eternidad, Pero Allá, Tal Como Aquí, En La Boca Llevarás, Sabor a Mí

    Alice Amati

    Until 25 May 2024

    Sofía Salazar Rosales’ (b. 1999, Ecuador) practice speaks to said ‘fantasmas’. Drawing from the languages of sculpture, installation and architecture, Rosales’ responses are part of the spaces they inhabit. Crossing mediums, they defy pigeon- holed categorisation, extending and unraveling unseen and unsung details of the world around us.

  • 25/05/2024

    Alexandra Zarins: Caught in the act of being ourselves

    London

    Alexandra Zarins: Caught in the act of being ourselves

    Elizabeth Xi Bauer

    Until 25 May 2024

    Caught in the act of being ourselves brings together five new works and a selection of drawings to mark the artist’s first solo show. In Zarins’ pictorial vocabulary, drawings play a similar role to miniature models within a sculptural practice in that they are the first manifestation of a thought, the starting point for her ideas.

  • 25/05/2024

    Lr Vandy: Twist

    London

    Lr Vandy: Twist

    October Gallery

    Until 25 May 2024

    Twist features a new series of sculptures created from a variety of ropes and other materials; one large-scale rope work, several smaller rope sculptures, a collection of photographic prints and further new works from the artist’s signature Hull series.

  • 25/05/2024

    Robert Zandvliet: Pink Moon

    London

    Robert Zandvliet: Pink Moon

    GRIMM London

    Until 25 May 2024

    As an artist concerned with the combined act of observation and introspection, Zandvliet has dedicated his career to a deep understanding of the elements and foundations of painting, constantly honing his knowledge of his practice. This new series builds on Zandvliet’s decades-long fascination with the landscape as a framework to explore and understand the world, building on the legacy of Dutch landscape painting through his distinctive lens.

  • 01/06/2024

    Jack Kabangu: Smiler Gennen Smerten (Smiling Through The Pain)

    London

    Jack Kabangu: Smiler Gennen Smerten (Smiling Through The Pain)

    Beers London

    Until 01 June 2024

    Kabangu’s debut London exhibition deals with primal, instinctual emotive concepts similar to how Kabangu’s works are visceral, instinctual, and physical responses to his media. The young artist is interested in the balance of life; core philosophical ideas about how one is only capable of experiencing goodness in contrast with badness; dark with light; heaven versus hell, et cetera.

  • 01/06/2024

    H.E.Morris: Of Death and Visions

    London

     H.E.Morris: Of Death and Visions

    lbf contemporary

    Until 01 June 2024

    The works included in this show feature abstract landscapes inspired by the land that Morris feels akin, her birthplace of Upstate New York. Morris’ painting practice broadly explores perhaps the only Greek concepts we are yet to destroy – love and death.

  • 02/06/2024

    Hayal Pozanti: Tender Mountain

    London

    Hayal Pozanti: Tender Mountain

    Timothy Taylor

    Until 2 June 2024

    Marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in the UK and her second with the gallery, this presentation will feature seven large and medium-scale paintings, as well as three studies, depicting expressive landscapes and exuberant biomorphic forms.

  • 02/06/2024

    Shanti Panchal: Endurance

    London

    Shanti Panchal: Endurance

     Grosvenor

    Until 02 June 2024

    “Often the events of my life compel me to paint that which is not visible. One drifts between the real and the unreal: the real becomes unreal and the unreal becomes real. This escape and shifting of focus is the essence of survival.” Shanti Panchal, 2024

  • 02/06/2024

    Shimabuku: Land Art

    London

    Shimabuku: Land Art

    Amanda Wilkinson

    Until 02 June 2024

    From the beginning of the 1990s, he has travelled to various places in Japan and overseas, creating performances and installations that consider the daily lives and cultures of people he encounters, as well as new forms of communication. He also works in a diverse range of media including sculpture, film and photography. Full of poetic sentiment and humor while also inspiring people in metaphorical ways, his style has gained a worldwide reputation.

  • 02/06/2024

    Tracing Absence

    London

    Tracing Absence

    Cristea Roberts

    Until 02 June 2024

    Tracing Absence brings together works by several artists who find reflection in empty spaces where human presence is silently implied.

  • 15/06/2024

    Araminta Blue: Sun Wreck

    London

    Araminta Blue: Sun Wreck

    rosenfeld

    Until 15 June 2024

    These large-scale, immersive oil paintings take figuration to the extreme, such that they border on abstraction. Vivid light and rich colours are dispersed across the canvas through turbulent, fizzing water and sweeping figures.

  • 15/06/2024

    Angel with a Gun: Homage to Guy Brett

    London

    Angel with a Gun: Homage to Guy Brett

    Alison Jacques

    Until 15 June 2024

    Sérgio Camargo, Lygia Clark, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Eugenio Dittborn, Jac Leirner, Cildo Meireles, Hélio Oiticica, Alejandro Otero, Lygia Pape, Mira Schendel, Jesús Rafael Soto and Regina Vater

  • 16/06/2024

    Tesfaye Urgessa

    London

    Tesfaye Urgessa

    Saatchi Yates

    Until 16 June 2024

    Following his presentation at the inaugural Ethiopian Pavillion at La Biennale di Venezia, Saatchi Yates will present 14 paintings by Tesfaye Urgessa created between Addis Ababa, Nürtigen and Padua. The selection of paintings made in the past 2 years demonstrate the compositional development of Urgessa’s unique works and how the artist’s personal experience of prejudice has profoundly shaped his artistic practice.

  • 16/06/2024

    Georg Baselitz: A Confession of My Sins

    London

    Georg Baselitz: A Confession of My Sins

    White Cube

    Until 16 June 2024

    Comprising a large body of new work produced during an intensive year in the studio, the exhibition features large-scale paintings and a selection of works on paper in which the artist, now 86, surveys the past six and a half decades of his practice.

  • 22/06/2024

    Lisa Jahovic: The Third Drawer

    London

    Lisa Jahovic: The Third Drawer

     Flowers

    Until 22 June 2024

    The presentation explores the performative dimensions of photography, sculpture and film through non-linear narratives formed by everyday objects. Showcasing a series of pre-existing artworks and a new body of work centred around the exploration of analog experiments where everyday objects become vessels for expression, offering a fusion of visual poetry and kinetic artistry.

  • 22/06/2024

    Tai Shan Schierenberg: Mixed Emotions

    London

    Tai Shan Schierenberg: Mixed Emotions

     Flowers

    Until 22 June 2024

    Through a collection of works that blend real and imagined memories, Mixed Emotions invites viewers into Schierenberg’s reflective world. The exhibition’s lush and dreamlike landscapes and introspective portraits, depicted in both vibrant and muted hues, serve as a canvas for the artist’s meditations on heritage, memory, and the search for a sense of place.

  • 22/06/2024

    Suyi Xu: Apparitions

    London

    Suyi Xu: Apparitions

    MAMOTH

    Until 22 June 2024

    Through a visual language of organic shape and linear structure, Suyi Xu creates a dialogue between the built world and wonder in nature. Her paintings bridge inner and outer worlds.

  • 23/06/2024

    Matthew Krishanu: The Bough Breaks

    London

    Matthew Krishanu: The Bough Breaks

    Camden Art Centre

    Until 23 June 2024

    The exhibition’s title, The Bough Breaks, proceeds from the artist’s recent exhibition On a Limb (Jhaveri Contemporary, Mumbai, 2023). Both exhibitions relate to images from Krishanu’s Two Boys series, in which the artist and his brother are depicted perched on, and to some extent dwarfed by, the majestic branches, or ‘limbs’, of the banyan tree—an iconic symbol in Indian culture.

  • 29/06/2024

    Atta Kwami

    London

    Atta Kwami

    Goodman

    Until 29 June 2024

    This exhibition presents a selection of important works made over a period of twenty years, showing the breadth of Kwami’s practice and highlighting the artist as one of the most important African abstract painters of the 20th century.

  • 29/06/2024

    Dayanita Singh

    London

    Dayanita Singh

    Frith Street

    Until 29 June 2024

    This show explores in part the intersection of photography and architecture, it includes a major series of wall-based pieces as well as a structural installation.

  • 29/06/2024

    Danica Lundy: Boombox

    London

    Danica Lundy: Boombox

    White Cube

    Until 29 June 2024

    The artist explores structures of power and how these inform and determine the fabric of the everyday – their influence over our bodies, our relationships and how they permeate our industries and social strata.

  • 29/06/2024

    transfeminisms Chapter II: Radical Imaginations

    London

    transfeminisms Chapter II: Radical Imaginations

    Mimosa House

    Until 29 June 2024

    Mimosa House presents the second chapter of transfeminisms, a major survey touring exhibition, that brings to light a multiplicity of urgent, pressing and ongoing issues faced by women, queer and trans people across the globe. The second chapter (15 May—29 June 2024) will feature works by Chiara Fumai, Martine Gutierrez, Juliana Huxtable, Jesse Jones, Josèfa Ntjam and Naomi Rincón Gallardo.

  • 07/07/2024

    The Secret Lives of Plants

    London

    The Secret Lives of Plants

    The Gallery of Everything

    Until 07 July 2024

    A compendium of imagined flora and fauna, The Secret Lives of Plants features the otherworldly botany of Anna Zemánková (1908 – 1986), the envisioned ceramics of Eugene von Bruenchenhein (1910 – 1983), the channeled foliage of Madge Gill (1882 – 1961) and others.

  • 13/07/2024

    Akram Zaatari: Father and Son

    London

    Akram Zaatari: Father and Son

    Thomas Dane

    Until 13 July 2024

    The exhibition features works across many media from the last two decades beginning with his two-hour-long video, Ain el Mir (2002), in which the artist looks for a buried letter that never reached its destination, through to Zaatari’s most recent body of work, Father and Son: A Mother’s Voice (2024) in which the two sarcophagi of two Phoenician Kings (father and son), separated since antiquity, are reunited metaphorically for the first time, and a series of new works on paper that look at the Mediterranean as a locus of exchange, extraction and movement across millennia.

  • 19/07/2024

    Portraits by Mary Beale: Fruit of Friendship

    London

    Portraits by Mary Beale: Fruit of Friendship

    Philip Mould & Company’s

    Until 19 July 2024

    Mary Beale (1633-1699) was one of Britain’s first professional woman artists. Philip Mould & Company’s forthcoming exhibition Fruit of Friendship: Portraits by Mary Beale, opening this Spring, will feature twenty-five of her works from public and private collections. The exhibition will span her entire career and include self-portraits, portraits of her family and friends, and formal commissions.

  • 21/07/2024

    The Last Caravaggio

    London

    The Last Caravaggio

    National Gallery

    Until 21 July 2024

    Few paintings are better placed to tell the story of Caravaggio’s final years than his last-known work, ‘The Martyrdom of Saint Ursula’ (1610, Gallerie d’Italia, Naples). The painting is coming to London for the first time in 20 years.

  • 27/07/2024

    Harmony Korine: Aggresive Dr1ater Part II

    London

    Harmony Korine: Aggresive Dr1ater Part II

     Hauser & Wirth

    Until 27 July 2024

    This exhibition in London features a series of paintings drawn from his newly released film ‘Aggro Dr1ft.’ The exhibition’s acid-hued oils display an unprecedented fusion of Korine’s painting and filmic practices.

  • 28/07/2024

    Michelangelo: The Last Decades

    London

    Michelangelo: The Last Decades

    British Museum

    Until 28 July 2024

    This exhibition looks at the last 30 years of Michelangelo’s remarkable life, when his return to Rome – having been summoned by Pope Clement VII to paint a fresco of the Last Judgment in the Sistine Chapel – brought him new commissions and reunited him with some of his closest friends.

  • 31/08/2024

    Raphaela Simon: Phantom

    London

    Raphaela Simon: Phantom

    Michael Werner

    Until 31 August 2024

    Phantom, the painting for which the exhibition is named, most clearly illustrates Simon’s intention of making the unseen visible. The face of a spirit appears on the body of the painter and dominates her. Dots flow from the eyes, across the shoulders, and down the arms of the painter, as the painter then tries to capture the spirit on the canvas.

  • 01/09/2024

    Judy Chicago: Revelations

    London

    Judy Chicago: Revelations

    Serpentine

    Until 01 September 2024

    This exhibition, the artist’s largest solo presentation in a London institution, takes its name from an unpublished illuminated manuscript Chicago penned in the early 1970s whilst creating The Dinner Party (1974–79) – a monumental installation that symbolises the achievements of 1038 women, now permanently housed at the Brooklyn Museum, New York.

  • 01/09/2024

    Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States

    London

    Yinka Shonibare CBE: Suspended States

    Serpetine

    Until 01 September 2024

    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.

  • 20/10/2024

    Kandinsky, Munter and the Blue Rider: Expressionists

    London

    Kandinsky, Munter and the Blue Rider: Expressionists

    Tate

    Until 20 October 2024

    Expressionists is a story of friendships told through art. It examines the highly individual creatives that made up The Blue Rider, from Franz Marc’s interest in colour to Alexander Sacharoff’s freestyle performance. The women artists played a central role in the movement. Discover experimental photographs by Gabriele Münter alongside the dramatic paintings of Marianne Werefkin.

  • 05/01/2025

    Fragile Beauty: Elton John and David Furnish

    London

    Fragile Beauty: Elton John and David Furnish

    V&A

    Until 05 January 2025

    An unparalleled selection of the world’s leading photographers, telling the story of modern and contemporary photography.