London Art Exhibitions Autumn/Winter 2021/22 – Month By Month Guide

London Art Exhibitions Autumn 2021

As Autumn approaches, a new season of exhibitions are planned for London’s museums and galleries.  Artlyst has put together a month by month selection to guide you through the best of the shows on offer. There is a separate section at the end for Art Fairs.  The list will continue to be updated as soon as any new information is received.


Mixing it up,Hayward Gallery
Mixing it up,Hayward Gallery

Mixing It Up: Painting Today

Hayward Gallery

9 Sep – 12 Dec,

An exhibition of 31 artists whose works entrance, transfix and challenge us, Mixing It Up celebrates paintings that bring together diverse images and ideas.

Tasha Amini, Hurvin Anderson, Alvaro Barrington, Lydia Blakeley, Gabriella Boyd, Lisa Brice, Gareth Cadwallader, Caroline Coon, Somaya Critchlow, Peter Doig, Jadé Fadojutimi, Denzil Forrester, Louise Giovanelli, Andrew Pierre Hart, Lubaina Himid, Kudzanai-Violet Hwami, Merlin James, Rachel Jones, Allison Katz, Matthew Krishanu, Graham Little, Oscar Murillo, Mohammed Sami, Samara Scott, Daniel Sinsel, Caragh Thuring, Sophie von Hellermann, Jonathan Wateridge, Rose Wylie, Issy Wood and Vivien Zhang.

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Gerhard Richter,Heni Project Space,Hayward Gallery
Gerhard Richter, Heni Project Space, Hayward Gallery

Gerhard Richter: Drawings, 1999 – 2021

Hayward Gallery Heni Project Space

9 Sep – 12 Dec


Including several new series of experimental drawings, this exhibition – Richter’s first presentation in a major London gallery in a decade – brings together more than 60 works on paper made between 1999 and 2021.

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Richard Estes b. 1932 Century , 2020 Signed and dated at lower right: RICHARD ESTES 2020 Oil on canvas
Richard Estes b. 1932 Century , 2020 Signed and dated at lower right: RICHARD ESTES 2020 Oil on canvas

Richard Estes
Newport Street Gallery
10 September – tbc


The celebrated American photorealist artist’s work will include 45 paintings.
While Estes is best known for his paintings of New York, the London show will also feature paintings made following trips to Europe, Asia, Africa and Antarctica.

Frieze Sculpture 2021
Vanessa da Silva, Muamba Grove #1, 2019, Steel, fibreglass, resin, UV paint, 360 x 135 x 112 cm. Courtesy of Galeria Duarte Sequeira

Frieze Sculpture

The Regent’s Park

14 September – 31 October 


Curated for the ninth year by Clare Lilley (Director of Programme at Yorkshire Sculpture Park), the 2021 edition features Rasheed Araeen, Daniel Arsham, Anthony Caro, Gisela Colón, José Pedro Croft, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Stoyan Dechev, Ibrahim El-Salahi, Divya Mehra, Annie Morris, Isamu Noguchi, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Solange Pessoa, Vanessa da Silva, Tatiana Wolska, Rose Wylie and Yunizar. In addition, Serpentine will present Counterspace, marking the first time a public institution has participated in Frieze Sculpture.

Helen Frankenthaler,Dulwich Picture Gallery
Helen Frankenthaler,Dulwich Picture Gallery

Helen Frankenthaler

Dulwich Picture Gallery

15 September 2021 – 18 April 2022


The first major UK exhibition of woodcuts by leading Abstract Expressionist, Helen Frankenthaler.

RA Summer 2021
RA Summer 2021

Summer Exhibition 2021

Royal Academy of Arts
22 September 2021 – 2 January 2022


Held every year without fail, the Summer Exhibition is a celebration of contemporary art and architecture. Anyone can enter their work – leading artists, household names, new and emerging talent – and it provides a platform for the artistic community to showcase what they’re doing.

Frans Hals,The Male Portrait, Wallace Collection

Frans Hals: The Male Portrait

The Wallace Collection 

22 September – 30 January 2022


In autumn 2021, The Wallace Collection will celebrate Frans Hals’s (1582/3-1666) most famous and beloved painting, The Laughing Cavalier, painted in 1624. Since it entered the Wallace Collection in 1865 as the only work by Hals, this iconic image has never been seen together with other works by the artist, and will form the centrepiece of the exhibition.

In the first ever show to focus solely on Hals’s portraits of men posing on their own, The Laughing Cavalier will be showcased alongside other great male portraits by Hals in order to explore his highly innovative approach to male portraiture in particular, from the beginning of his career in the 1610s until the end of his life in 1666.

Theaster Gates,Whitechapel Gallery
Theaster Gates,Whitechapel Gallery

Theaster Gates: A Clay Sermon
Whitechapel Gallery
29 September – 9 January 2022
The exhibition at Whitechapel Gallery will begin with a survey of the Theaster Gates’s clay works – from examples of his early ceramic production to ‘Afro-Mingei’ sculptures and large vessels – alongside examples by those who have shaped Gates’s approach to clay. The exhibition also includes potters who exchanged traditions from different cultural contexts, such as Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada

Noguchi,Barbican Art Gallery
Noguchi, Barbican Art Gallery

Barbican Art Gallery
30 September – 9 January 2022

An exhibition celebrating Japanese American sculptor Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), one of the most experimental and pioneering artists of the 20th century.


Pablo Bronstein: Hell in its Heyday
Pablo Bronstein: Hell in its Heyday, Sir John Soane’s Museum

Pablo Bronstein: Hell in its Heyday

Sir John Soane’s Museum

06 Oct 2021 to 02 Jan 2022

Free – advance booking required

In a new body of work created especially for Sir John Soane’s Museum, contemporary artist Pablo Bronstein presents his unique, seductive and deeply ironic vision of hell.

Poussin and Dance, National Gallery
Poussin and Dance, National Gallery

Poussin and the Dance
National Gallery
9 October – 2 January 2022

Poussin’s paintings of dance are unique. He brings to life the Classical world of gods and mortals with wild and riotous movement but, the chaos on the canvas does not reflect the meticulous and inventive process that allowed him to capture bodies in motion.
In this exhibition, Poussin’s paintings and drawings of dance will be shown alongside the antique sculpture he studied, inviting you to trace the evolution of his ideas from marble to paper to paint.

Hélène Binet, Royal Academy of Arts
Hélène Binet,
Zaha Hadid Architects, Glasgow Riverside Museum of Transport, Glasgow, U

Light Lines: The Architectural Photographs of Hélène Binet

Royal Academy of Arts

23 October 2021 — 23 January 2022


Over the past 30 years, Hélène Binet has travelled the world to photograph historic and contemporary buildings, as well as projects in the making. Considered “the architect’s photographer” by many, Binet has worked closely with Zaha Hadid RADaniel Libeskind Hon RA and Peter Zumthor Hon RA among others, who have turned to her to interpret their work.

Late Constable,Royal Academy of Arts
John Constable RA,
Cloud Study, 11 September 1821, 1821.

Late Constable

Royal Academy of Arts

30 October 2021 — 13 February 2022

John Constable is one of Britain’s best-known artists: a graduate of the RA Schools and a regular exhibitor at the Summer Exhibition, his ascent to fame is closely tied with the history of the RA. Yet, until now, the RA has never staged a major retrospective of his work.

This exhibition – which spans from 1825 until the artist’s unexpected death in 1837 – explores Constable’s late style through his paintings and oil sketches as well as watercolours, drawings and prints.


Hogarth, Tate Britain
O the Roast Beef of Old England (‘The Gate of Calais’) 1748 William Hogarth 1697-1764 Presented by the Duke of Westminster 1895

Hogarth and Europe

Tate Britain

3 November 2021 – 20 March 2022

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For the first time, this exhibition will bring together Hogarth’s greatest works with those of his peers across the continent – including Francesco Guardi in Venice, Chardin in Paris and Cornelis Troost in Amsterdam – to suggest the cross currents, parallels and sympathies that crossed borders.

Lubaina Himid, Tate Modern
Lubaina Himid, Tate Modern

Lubaina Himid

Tate Modern

25 Nov 2021 – 3 Jul 2022

This large-scale exhibition will Turner prize-winning artist Lubaina Himid’s influential career. Taking inspiration from her interest in theatre, the exhibition will unfold in a sequence of scenes designed to place visitors centre-stage and backstage.

: Albrecht Dürer, 'The Knight, Death and the Devil'
Albrecht Dürer, ‘The Knight, Death and the Devil’

Dürer’s Journeys: Travels of a Renaissance Artist
National Gallery
20 November – 27 February 2022

The first major UK exhibition of German Renaissance artist Albrecht Dürer in nearly 20 years.
Through paintings, drawings, prints, and letters, this exhibition follows Dürer’s travels across Europe, bringing to life the artist himself, and the people and places he visited.

Fabergé, V&A
Cigarette case, by Fabergé, 1908. Royal Collection Trust © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2021

Fabergé in London: Romance to Revolution
20 November 2021 – 8 May 2022

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This exhibition will explore master goldsmith, Carl Fabergé – whose internationally recognised firm symbolised Russian craftsmanship, luxury and elegance – and the Anglo-Russian relationship which saw the opening of a London branch in 1903.


Caribbean British Art, Tate Britain
Denzil Forrester, Tate Britain

Life Between Islands: Caribbean-British Art 50s – Now

Tate Britain

1 Dec 2021 – 3 Apr 2022

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This exhibition will explore work by artists from the Caribbean who made their home in Britain, alongside other British artists who have also made work addressing Caribbean themes and heritage. It celebrates how people from the Caribbean have forged new communities and identities in post-war Britain – and in doing so have transformed British culture and society.

Kehinde Wiley, National Gallery
Kehinde Wiley, National Gallery

Kehinde Wiley
at the National Gallery
10 December 2021 – 18 April 2022

Kehinde Wiley is an American artist best known for his portraits that render people of colour in the traditional settings of Old Master paintings. Most famously, in 2017, he was commissioned to paint Barack Obama, becoming the first Black artist to paint an official portrait of a president of the United States.
In this exhibition, Wiley will shift his focus from one European tradition – Grand Manner portraiture – to another – landscape painting.
Like his work before, this new work will look back at Old Masters as a way to create new connections and raise fresh questions.

Still On

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

Royal Academy of Arts

11 August – 26 September

Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict

Royal Academy of Arts

22 May – 19 September 2021

Sophie Taeuber Arp
Tate Modern
until 17 October 2021

Paula Rego
Tate Britain
Until 24 October 2021

Turner’s Modern World
Tate Britain
until 12 September 2021

The EY Exhibition: The Making of Rodin
Tate Modern
Until 21 November 2021

Alice: Curiouser & Curiouser

until 16 January 2022

Art Fairs

Photo London 8 – 12 September

Somerset House

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With over 100 exhibitors from 14 countries, Photo London showcases the best of photography, from iconic works to emerging talent. Running alongside the Fair, the Public Programme offers special exhibitions, photography workshops, awards, portfolio reviews led by the British Journal of Photography and guided tours.

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Frieze London & Frieze Masters

13-17 October 2021

The Regent’s Park

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Discover art from emerging stars to iconic names and thousands of years of art history at Frieze London and Frieze Masters. Featuring major galleries from around the world, new curated sections, special artist commissions, talks and more.

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