The weekend in London 19.04

Mondrian – Nicholson: In Parallel

One of my favourite artists is Mondrian, the simplicity of his work is something many artists attempt to emulate. In this brilliantly conceived exhibition, the Courtauld Gallery at Somerset House brings together some of his works alongside those of Ben Nicholson. The duo were good friends and leaders of the abstract movement in the early 20th Century. Their paintings are timeless and this exhibition is an absolutely essential destination this weekend in London.

Until 20th May 2012
The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand – London WC2R 0RN 
www.courtauld.ac.uk

Erica Baum & Sara MacKillop: Overview

Bischoff/Weiss presents another two-man exhibition, this time juxtaposing the work of two artists whose work finds them in similar enough realms. Erica Baum and Sara MacKillop collect objects – most of which are connected with now defunct systems – like obsolete library cards, for example, and employ them in a funny ha-ha manner, making for an interesting and worth-a-look day at the gallery.

Until 19th May 2012
Bischoff/Weiss, 14a Hay Hill – London W1J 8NZ
www.bischoffweiss.com

Damien Hirst

British art celeb Damien Hirst is a man of superlatives. One of the most influential artists of his generation and probably the most prominent member of the so-called ‘Young British Artists’, he is reportedly also Britain’s richest living artist, having created some of the most iconic artworks of the recent past. London’s Tate Modern now presents a comprehensive overview of Hirst’s oeuvre of the last two decades, showcasing over 70 pieces from his sculptures of the early 90s to significant installations, cabinets and his famous spin and spot paintings, that are randomly created through a mechanical procedure. Hirst’s rise to fame started with a series of artworks incorporating the preserved bodies of dead animals, exploring themes of life and death, a leitmotif prevailing in his whole œuvre. Definitely worth a trip to the island.

Until 9th September
Tate Modern, Bankside, – London SE1 9TG
www.tate.org.uk

British Design 1948-2012

Buildings, objects, images, furniture, cars, ideas – design can take many faces. This exhibition looks back on the development of British Design throughout the years, from 1948 until today, showcasing the innovative and internationally acclaimed works of Britain’s most outstanding design talents. The pieces on display reflect the changes in British society, from the 1950s that saw a generation challenging the values of their parents to the ‘Swinging London’ of the 1960s, punk and nihilism in the 1970s and ‘Cool Britannia’ in the 1990s. Discover true design classics, from a model of the Concorde to Robin Day’s Polyprop chairs and works by Paul Smith or Norman Foster.

Until 12th August
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road – London SW7 2RL
www.vam.ac.uk