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Top 5 exhibitions this week!

Posted on July 20, 2017

Our Curious 5 exhibitions not to miss this week.


We have an eclectic mix of exhibitions this week from breathing colour, portraits, perfumes, station installations and right back to the super minimal, a little something for everyone.


Breathing Colour by Hella Jongerius

Design Museum

28 June 2017 –24 Sep 2017


Breathing Colour by acclaimed Dutch designer Hella Jongerius, is an installation-based exhibition that takes a deeper look at the way colour behaves, exploring shapes, materials, shadows and reflections.

We see the world in colour but rarely do we appreciate how colour shapes what we see.

Breathing Colour blurs the boundaries between art and design. Combining intriguing shapes with extensive research; this exhibition questions our preconceptions of colour and embraces its imperfection and experimentation.

The exhibition is divided into separate spaces that simulate daylight conditions at specific times of the day – morning, noon and evening. These three phases explore the impact of changing daylight on our perception of colour. Each installation includes a series of three-dimensional objects as well as textiles, some of which are hand-woven while others are produced on industrial looms. 


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Tom Burr

Maureen Paley

02 June - 23 July 2017

Work by the New York-based artist, whose work has a curious sleekness that makes as many nods to everyday design as it does minimalism, and tends to suggest half-forgotten stories and memories.

Maureen Paley is pleased to present the first solo exhibition at the gallery by Tom Burr – Stages. For almost three decades, Tom Burr's sculpture, writing, collage, and photography have tended to focus on access, site-specificity, the confluence of public and private environments, as well as the constructed persona.


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Perfume A Sensory Journey Through Contemporary Scent

Somerset House

21 Jun – 17 Sep 2017


Multi-sensory exhibition featuring ten extraordinary perfumes and their pioneering creators, who have radically changed our perceptions of fragrance over the last 20 years.

Discover a vibrant new perfume scene, the contemporary cult perfumes shaking up scent culture and the unseen works of art worn on our skin. Contemporary perfume provocateurs are dispensing with traditional high gloss communication concepts, gender boundaries and conventional notions of good taste.

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BP Portrait Award 2017

National Portrait Gallery

22 June – 24 September 2017


Selected from 2,580 entries by artists from 87 countries around the world, the BP Portrait Award 2017 represents the very best in contemporary portrait painting. From informal and personal studies of friends and family to revealing images of famous faces, the exhibition always features a variety of styles and approaches to the contemporary painted portrait. Now in its thirty-eighth year at the National Portrait Gallery and twenty-eighth year of sponsorship by BP, the Award continues to be an unmissable highlight of the annual art calendar.

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Conrad Shawcross: The Interpretation of Movement (A 9:8 in Blue)

St Pancras Internation Station

British sculptor Shawcross is the next artist to install a specially commissioned artwork on the ceiling of St Pancras's Barlow Shed, as part of the Terrace Wires programme. 

The artist explores subjects that lie on the borders of geometry and philosophy, physics and metaphysics. In recent years Conrad Shawcross RA has expanded his practice to tackle public spaces, with major works in Dulwich Park (Three Perpetual Chords, 2015), the Royal Academy of Arts courtyard (The Dappled Light of the Sun, 2015) and Chatsworth House (Beyond Limits, 2015).

In 2016, Paradigm, a 14m high monumental work, was unveiled outside the Francis Crick Institute in the heart of King's Cross, London, and a major architectural intervention, The Optic Clock, was unveiled for the Greenwich Peninsula low carbon Energy Centre.

Shawcross's work has been exhibited at leading UK and international arts organisations.

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