Lichtenstein, Pop Art Design, Hello My Name is Paul Smith, George Bellows. 2013 was an undeniably fantastic year for exhibitions in London. And luckily for us 2014 looks to be shaping up even better with a whole host of blockbuster displays to look forward to in the new year. We’ve picked through the already bumper lineup of shows to bring you our list of exhibitions that we think you should be getting excited about in 2014.


Henri Matisse: The Cut-OutsLe Cheval, l'ecuyere, et le Clown (The Horse, the Rider, and the Clown)

Tate Modern.
17 April – 7 September 2014

After losing the ability to handle a paint brush properly later in life Matisse turned instead to paper and scissors producing some of his most iconic and best loved works in the process. This collection will bring together over 120 of these colourful and innovative works and promises to be one of the boldest displays of the year. The ‘Jazz plates’ alone will be worth the admission!


IN THE MAKINGinthemaking

Design Museum.
22 January – 4 May 2014

If you have ever wondered what a product looks like mid-manufacture then this is the exhibition for you. With cricket bats, shoes, pencils, marbles and more being documented half finished, giving us a rare glimpse of the secret lives of products in the making. The show aims to celebrate the production process and show the beauty of the product in an unfinished state. As one of the curators says, “Often the object is as beautiful, if not more so, than the finished product!’ This one’s for anyone who like me failed to persuade their year 11 DT teacher of the aesthetic value of their unfinished postbox!


UVA: Momentumimage

13 February – 1 June 2014

Taking the form of a ‘digitally manipulated environment’ Momentum is an inovative installation of light, sound and movement that has been commissioned to celebrate 10 years of United Visual Artists. You can discover Momentum for yourself for free at the Barbican providing what sounds like an awe inspiring experience in the middle of Spring time London.


The Glamour of Italian Fashionvalentino-with-models-1967_610px

5 April – 27 July 2014

This upcoming exhibition explores the key organisations and individuals that have shaped Italian fashion since 1945. Featuring both mens and womenswear the collection is sure to be an interesting and dazzlingly glamorous display of great design and style. Here’s hoping the glamour and more gaudy aspects of Italy’s fashion heritage will be balanced by some insight on the tailoring and suiting that makes Italian style so iconic for us gents.



Richard Hamiltonimage

Tate Modern.
13 February – 26 May

London’s obession with Pop Art is carrying over into 2014 with this retrospective of one of the movements defining figures. The collection will display the full scope of Richard Hamilton’s work including his installation Fun House and a print of the iconic Just what is it that makes today’s homes so different, so appealing?. Expect Marilyn Monroe, expect Mick Jagger, expect image of body builders, but most of all expect fun.

With so much going on, 2014 looks certain to be another awesome year for art in the capital. Are there any must see exhibitions that you’re excited about that we have missed? Let us know in the comments.

2 Responses

  1. Martin

    Great list. Excited to see most of these. If you’re interested in Pop Art, David Hockney at the Dulwich picture gallery looks like it will be a great collection.

    • Quintessential Gent

      Hi Martin. Glad you like the list, we’re excited too as you can probably tell. Great tip, would be great to see some Hockney prints first hand.