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7 Unmissable Art Exhibitions To See In London In February 2018

Explore London's incredible art scene, which is rich with world-class museums and superb galleries, through our curated guide to the best art exhibitions to see in London during February 2018

Andreas Gursky, Hayward Gallery

The Hayward Gallery turns 50 this year and has undergone a facelift to mark the occasion. Following a two-year refurbishment, the esteemed gallery on the Southbank has reopened with a new retrospective that celebrates the life and work of influential German photographer Andreas Gursky. Gursky’s arresting photography competes with any painting, typically taken from an elevated vantage point. 

Until 22 April 2018, southbankcentre.co.uk

In the frame, Michael Hoppen Gallery

This February the Michael Hoppen Gallery sheds a light on Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama with a solo exhibition of his monochrome snaps. The show explores the changing face of Japan in a post-war world, as seen through Moriyama’s lens.

22 February – 3 April, 3 Jubilee Place, SW3, michaelhoppengallery.com

A crafty business, Saatchi Gallery

The Craft Council’s Collect returns to the Saatchi Gallery in Chelsea, uniting 34 galleries from four continents. A total of 250 makers will be represented at the show, with works in ceramics, furniture, jewellery and more. It is an ideal day out for enthusiasts and collectors alike.

From £16, 22-25 February, Saatchi Gallery, King’s Road, SW3, craftscouncil.org.uk

Different strokes, Mall Galleries

Gallerist Rupert Maas will open this year’s annual exhibition from The Pastel Society, held as in previous years at Mall Galleries. Works created using pastel, pencil, chalk and charcoal will be on display, with workshops and demonstrations throughout the week.

£4, 20 February – 3 March, The Mall, SW1, mallgalleries.org.uk

Fashion forward, Philip Mould

Philip Mould is about to catapult portrait miniatures into the 21st century with a collaboration between milliner Victoria Grant and portraitist Lorna May Wadsworth. The two friends have created headgear and paintings inspired by each other and women represented in miniature from the 18th century until the 1920s – a chic, contemporary move. 

9-19 February, 18-19 Pall Mall, SW1Y, philipmould.com

Monochrome simplicity, Beetles+Huxley

Sometimes romantic, sometimes rousing and always razor-sharp: appreciate the world in black and white through Elliott Erwitt's arresting photography, on display at Beetles + Huxley in Mayfair.

Elliott Erwitt, 24 January – 17 February, 3-5 Swallow Street, W1B, beetlesandhuxley.com

Cézanne Portraits of a Life: artwork on film

An inspiration for Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, Paul Cézanne painted nearly 1,000 artworks during his lifetime. Now a new film by Exhibition on Screen will shine a light on the influential artist’s prolific work, focusing on his Provence studio and the portraits he painted there. 

Cézanne – Portraits of a Life is out now, exhibitiononscreen.com