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Unmissable Art Exhibitions In London This April

Where best to evade April showers? In an art gallery, of course

 Monet & Architecture, National Portrait Gallery

The National Gallery presents the first exhibition in London solely dedicated to Monet. In an unusual twist, the exhibition will not explore his famous garden and seascapes, but his dedication to architecture, highlighting Europe's great landmarks through the imitable lens of the Impressionist Master. 

Until 29 July; St. Martin's Place, WC2H nationalgallery.org.uk

Tracey Emin, St Pancras International

Head to St Pancras International station this month for a new piece of work by Tracey Emin for the 2018 Terrace Wires Commission. Titled I Want My Time With You, it is expected to be a 20-metre long piece of art, suspended over the Grand Terrace of the station. 

Unveiled 10 April, Euston Road, Kings Cross, N1C 

Thomas Mailaender, Michael Hoppen Gallery 

French multi-media artist Thomas Mailaender opens at the Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea this month, with an irreverent showcase coined Fun Archive. The uplifting display brings together photography, ceramics and sculpture, infused with a hearty dose of wit. 

17 April – 26 May 2018, 3 Jubilee Place, Chelsea, London SW3, michaelhoppengallery.com

Keep Smiling, Maddox Gallery 

French-born, LA-based Thierry Guetta goes by the moniker of Mr Brainwash. He notably appeared in Exit Through The Gift Shop by Banksy in 2010 as well as starring in an episode of Keeping up with the Kardashians in 2016. In his first solo exhibition in six years, the Street Pop artist places his mischievous, irreverent stamp on classical art by adding contemporary iconography from Jeff Koons’ balloon dog to Keith Haring’s stick man.

20 April – 14 May 2018,112 Westbourne Grove, W2  maddoxgallery.co.uk

Fashioned From Nature, V&A

An innovative new exhibition at the V&A explores the history of fashion and our sartorial relationship with the great outdoors. Delving back to 1600, it showcases both historical garments and state-of-the-art innovations, from an embroidered 18th-century waistcoat to a genetically engineered bioluminescent silk dress. 

21 Apr 2018 – 27 Jan 2019; Cromwell Road, Knightsbridge, London SW7, vam.ac.uk

If I Was Your Girlfriend: A Jam at Belmacz Gallery

With an accompanying playlist by Jarvis Cocker, this new exhibition in Mayfair celebrates Prince, bringing together a group of contemporary artists to convey his legacy through multi-media artwork, sound and sculpture. 

April 21 – June 16, 2018, 45 Davies Street, Mayfair, W1K, belmacz.com

Yayoi Kusama: Small Pumpkins, Omer Tiroche Gallery

"I was enchanted by their charming and winsome form. What appealed to me most was the pumpkin’s generous unpretentiousness,” said yayoi Kusama of the humble gourd. Her small-scale pumpkin paintings have now taken over Omer Tiroche Gallery in bright yellow force.

Yayoi kusama: Small Pumpkins, until 1 June; 21 conduit Street, W1S, omertiroche.com

More than words..., Mazzoleni Art

Mazzoleni in Mayfair is hosting a new group show that explores the written word, with esteemed work from Alighiero Boetti and Lucio Fontana, as well as Cy Twombly and Tracey Emin.

More than words..., until 12 May; 27 Albemarle Street, Mayfair, W1S, mazzoleniart.com

Last Chance to See: Charles I: King and Collector at the Royal Academy of Arts