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The Best Exhibitions in London | reviews, news & interviews

The Best Exhibitions in London

The Best Exhibitions in London

Soviet art, Cézanne, Harry Potter and more: our favourite shows to see now

Lissitzky's Beat the Whites with the Red Wedge, 1920, from Red Star Over Russia at Tate ModernDave King Collection at Tate, purchased 2016

Basquiat: Boom for Real, Barbican ★★★★ Appraising the graffiti artist whose paintings fetch over $100 million at auction. Until 28 Jan

Cézanne Portraits, National Portrait Gallery ★★★★★ Hallucinatory intensity in a once-in-a-lifetime show. Until 11 Feb

Drawn in Colour: Degas from the Burrell Collection, National Gallery ★★★★ How pastel became a truly modern medium. Until 30 Apr

Lake Keitele: A Vision of Finland, National Gallery ★★★★ One of the National Gallery's most popular postcards comes under the spotlight. Until 4 Feb

Harry Potter: A History of Magic, British Library ★★★★ Loans from JK Rowling sit comfortably alongside ancient books and objects. Until 28 Feb

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken into the Future, Tate Modern ★★★★ Funny, moving and revelatory retrospective about the Soviet artist who came in from the cold and met his soulmate. Until 28 Jan

Modigliani, Tate Modern ★★★ Blockbuster show of the bad boy of the Paris scene succumbs to surface. Until 2 Apr

Monochrome, National Gallery ★★★ Colourless but not dreary show brings an arcane subject to life Until 18 Feb

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics, V&A ★★★★★ Stunning range in spacious operatic rooms. Until 25 Feb

Rachel Whiteread, Tate Britain ★★★★ A singular vision that transforms everyday objects into extraordinary sculptures. Until 21 Jan

Red Star Over Russia, Tate Modern ★★★★ Fascinating glimpse into the design, manipulation and dissemination of images in the USSR. Until 18 Feb

Rose Wylie: Quack Quack, Serpentine Gallery ★★★★★ The octogenarian who paints with the fresh eye of a child. Until 11 Feb

Soutine's Portraits, Courtauld Gallery ★★★★ Superb, unsettling show: humanity writ large in cooks, waiters and bellboys by French-Russian portraitist. Until 21 Jan

Tove Jansson (1914-2001), Dulwich Picture Gallery ★★★★ There's more than Moominvalley in a timely exhibition celebrating the Finnish illustrator’s painterly ambition. Until 28 Jan

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic, V&A ★★★★ The remarkable reach of a children's classic. Until 8 Apr

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