Four exhibitions to visit in London this July

If you're coming to the Big Smoke this month, here is our pick of the exhibitions that are currently on display. If a trip to London is not on the cards, don't panic, we have the catalogues for you

1) The Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy - until 19 August

The Summer Exhibition at the RA is the world's oldest open submission show. This year the Summer Exhibition has some 3000 works by established artists like Tracey Emin and Grayson Perry and complete unknowns. It's immense fun and what's more, some of the time, the first gallery hosts a bar, so if you have a friend or partner who is not a fan of art, they'll have a good time too.

2) Rodin and the Art of Ancient Greece at the British Museum - until 29 July

This show looks at the profound influence that the British Museum had on Rodin. The show pairs many of Rodin's masterpieces including The Kiss, the Thinker and the Burghers of Calais with highlights from the Elgin Marbles. The show is beautifully lit and staged.

3. Picasso 1932 at the Tate Modern - until 9 September

This masterful exhibition covers just one year in the life of Picasso: 12 months of furious creativity and personal turmoil. You see an artist taking risks, experimenting and struggling to find a new direction and a man falling out of love with his wife and in the midst of a passionate affair with his mistress and muse, Marie Therese Walter. Throughout the show, you see Marie Therese everywhere with her oval eyes, classical nose and radiant blonde hair - works charged with tenderness and desire.
One for the fashion lovers - this show shines a spotlight on the incredible creations of Alaia.  R ather than a retrospective, the show interlaces stories of the designer's life and career alongside garments, ranging from the rare to the iconic and spanning the early 1980s to his most recent collection in 2017


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