Until 20th September 2015
‘The Institute of Sexology’ is a candid exploration of the most publicly discussed of private acts. Undress your mind and join us to investigate human sexuality at ‘The Institute’. Featuring over 200 objects spanning art, rare archival material, erotica, film and photography, this is the first UK exhibition to bring together the pioneers of the study of sex.
From Alfred Kinsey’s complex questionnaires to the contemporary National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles (Natsal), ‘The Institute of Sexology’ investigates how the practice of sex research has shaped our ever-evolving attitudes towards sexual behaviour and identity. Moving between pathologies of perversion and contested ideas of normality, it shows how sex has been observed, analysed and questioned from the late 19th century to the present day.
The show features contemporary artworks exploring sexual identity by artists Zanele Muholi, John Stezaker, Sharon Hayes and Timothy Archibald. A new commission by artist Neil Bartlett will revisit the sex survey, joining visitors with the hundreds of thousands of anonymous participants whose personal accounts underpin the study of sex.
Please note that ‘The Institute of Sexology’ includes exhibits and live events of a sexual nature.
14 March – 2 August 2015.
Celebrating the extraordinary creative talent of one of the most innovative designers of recent times, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty will be the first and largest retrospective of McQueen’s work to be presented in Europe.
Timed tickets are in operation. Advance booking is recommended.
£16 (+£1.50 booking fee per ticket if booked online)
Until 3rd March 2015
The exhibition brings together 250 works by 110 artists from China, the Former Soviet Union, Taiwan, the UK and the USA in a comprehensive survey celebrating Pop Art’s legacy. Post Pop: East Meets West examines why of all the twentieth century’s art movements, Pop Art has had such a powerful influence over artists from world regions that have had very different and sometimes opposing ideologies.
The exhibition celebrates the art being produced in these four distinct regions since the heyday of Pop, and presents them in relation to each other through the framework of six themes: Habitat; Advertising and Consumerism; Celebrity and Mass Media; Art History; Religion and Ideology; Sex and the Body.
Until 15 March 2015
From the seconds after a bomb is detonated to a former scene of battle years after a war has ended, this moving exhibition focuses on the passing of time, tracing a diverse and poignant journey through over 150 years of conflict around the world, since the invention of photography.
For the show, the works are ordered according to how long after the event they were created from moments, days and weeks to decades later. Photographs taken seven months after the fire bombing of Dresden are shown alongside those taken seven months after the end of the First Gulf War. Images made in Vietnam 25 years after the fall of Saigon are shown alongside those made in Nakasaki 25 years after the atomic bomb. The result is the chance to make never-before-made connections while viewing the legacy of war as artists and photographers have captured it in retrospect.
T H E U N S E E N Emporium
Until 5 May 2015
T H E U N S E E N, is a material exploration house made of a collective of alchemists, cutters, coders and anatomists presents science fused with design. Within the Emporium visitors are fully immersed in material science and surrounded by iconic British designed products that have been treated with UNSEEN technology. www.seetheunseen.co.uk
Knyttan: Factory of the Future
Until 1 March 2015
Have you ever wanted to design your own scarf, jumper or even tie, but can’t knit? Based in Somerset House’s New Wing, Knyttan’s Factory of the Future allows you to create a design and have it made in front of you in minutes! The knitting studio’s industrial machines are controlled by each particular visitor’s creativity and, using the finest-quality Italian Merino wool, make a unique piece of luxury knitwear every time. If you are stuck for ideas, don’t worry – Knyttan have a wide selection of pre-existing models to choose from, including designs by prominent artists, designers and musicians that can be customised to your style. Or if you know someone who would love to design their own, then buy them a gift voucher so they can design it from home, and have the finished garment delivered later.
9 October 2014 – 8 February 2015
Sigmar Polke was one of the most experimental artists of the twentieth century.
This retrospective is the first to bring together the unusually broad range of media he worked with during his five-decade career – not only painting, drawing, photography, film and sculpture, but also notebooks, slide projections and photocopies. He worked in off-the-wall materials ranging from meteor dust to gold, bubble wrap, snail juice, potatoes, soot and even uranium, all the while resisting easy categorisation. Polke’s inventive works range in size from the intimacy of a notebook to monumental paintings. He took a wildly different approach to art-making, from his responses to consumer society in the 1960s to his interest in travel, drugs and communal living in the 1970s and his increasingly experimental practice after 1980.
The Royal Academy of Art presents an exhibition spanning the entire career of British Pop artist Allen Jones, from the 1960s to the present day.
Through the connections and themes followed in the exhibition we can see that there is a clear fusion in terms of the representation of city life, theatre, and advertising mixed with the more traditional painterly aesthetics.
From large sculptures to colourful canvases and the rarely-seen storyboards Jones uses to plan many of his compositions, there is something to capture the eyes and minds of everyone.
On until 25th January 2015.
Visit www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/allen-jones-ra for more information.