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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

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

Jasper Johns, Royal Academy ★★★★ The master mark-maker transforms the familiar into the exotic. Until 10 Dec

Matisse in the Studio, Royal Academy ★★★★ Intriguing insight into the artist's relationship with his possessions. Until 12 Nov

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

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 imely exhibition celebrating the Finnish illustrator’s painterly ambition. Until 28 Jan

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