Round Revue takes a look at London's must-see exhibitions in 2024, including Van Gogh, Francis Bacon and Yoko Ono
David Hockney: Drawing from Life
Originally on show for 20 days before the covid lockdown in March 2020, Drawing from Life explores Hockney’s portraiture in a range of media with a focus on a handful of sitters covering decades. This reincarnation of the exhibition also features additional portraits from 2021 and 2022, including the painting of Harry Styles that caused a social media storm.
National Portrait Gallery until 21 January 2024
Postponed following the murder of George Floyd owing to its controversial depictions of the Ku Klux Klan and racial conflict in the United States, Tate Modern's Philip Guston retrospective runs until the end of February.
Tate Modern until 25 February 2024
Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec
Spotlighting works on paper by Impressionists and Post-Impressionists from late 19th century France, the RA brings together 77 works ranging from preparatory studies to completed masterpieces by Van Gogh, Cézanne, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and others.
Royal Academy until 10 March 2024
Capturing the Moment
Tate Modern explores the dynamic relationship between painting and photography through a body of iconic artworks. The exhibition’s journey depicts how artists’ manipulation of the paintbrush and camera lens shaped each other in capturing moments in time over the past century.
Tate Modern until 28 April 2024
Luke Hannam: The Power of Popular Song
As a painter, performer and songwriter, Hannam is drawn to narrative. This new body of work embraces a directly expressive approach to his monumental and figurative paintings and works on paper. This new collection of works embraces both a personal mythology and the artist’s connection to the outer world.
Eight Holland Street, 8 February to 16 March 2024
Frank Auerbach: The Charcoal Heads
Auerbach’s large scale charcoal portraits from the 1950s and 60s shown at the Courtauld alongside paintings made of the same sitters. The post-war images cover the first years of the artist’s body of work, emerging out of the darkness of destruction.
Courtauld Gallery, 9 February to 27 May 2024
Yoko Ono: Music of the Mind
Showcasing some of Ono’s most (in)famous pieces, Music of the Mind represents a major retrospective surveying the artist’s art, music, ideas and activism. The exhibition includes video, participatory pieces and work created with her husband and collaborator, John Lennon.
Tate Modern, 15 February to 1 September 2024
Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers
A collection of Van Gogh’s paintings and drawings from his two years in the south of France are brought together in celebration of the RA’s 200th birthday. In 2024, we also look forward to Martin Gayford’s new book focusing on a single week in August 1888, when Van Gogh was creating his collection of sunflower paintings.
National Gallery, 14 September 2024 to 19 January 2025
Francis Bacon Portraits
From his responses to the portraiture of earlier artists to his large-scale works featuring his lovers and friends, Francis Bacon Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery brings together works showing how Bacon challenged the traditional definition of the portrait.
National Portrait Gallery, 10 October 2024 to 19 January 2025