The year ahead holds an abundance of opportunities for art lovers. We have found 12 months worth of exhibition essentials to help get you started and we plan to add to this list as we discover anything that cannot be missed.

This year we see Vanessa Bell celebrated, the famous American Gothic is leaving the United States for the first time and the UK’s first large-scale Jean-Michel Basquiat exhibition. This year also marks the centenary of the Russian Revolution and Marcel Duchamp’s Urinal.


January

Radical Eye: Elton John’s collection of Modernist photography
Tate Modern
Now until May 7

Guerrilla Girls: Is it even worse in Europe
Whitechapel Gallery
Now until March 5


February

Vanessa Bell
Dulwich Picture Gallery
February 8 – June 4

Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932
Royal Academy
February 11 – April 17

Eduardo Paolozzi
Whitechapel Gallery
February 16 – May 14

America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s
Royal Academy
February 25 — June 4


March

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends
National Portrait Gallery
March 23 – June 18

Michelangelo & Sebastiano
National Gallery
March 15 – June 25


April

Queer British Art 1861-1967
Tate Britain
April 5 – Oct 1

Documenta 14
Athens
April 8 – July 16


May

Balenciaga: Shaping Fashion
V&A
May 27 – February 18

Alberto Giacometti
Tate Modern
May 10 – Sept 10

Venice Biennale
Venice, Italy
May 13 – November 26


June

Münster Sculpture Project
Münster, Germany
June 10 – October 1

Grayson Perry
Serpentine Galleries
June 8 – September 10

Documenta 14
Kassel, Germany
June 10 – September 17


August

Matisse in the Studio
Royal Academy
August 5 – November 12

September

Basquiat: Boom for Real
The Barbican
September 21 – January 2018

October

Dali/Duchamp
Royal Academy
October 7 – Jan 7 2018

Cézanne Portraits
National Portrait Gallery
October 26 – February 11 2018

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites
National Gallery
October 4 – April 2


November

Impressionists in London
Tate Britain
November 2 – April 29 2018

Modigliani
Tate Modern
November 23 – April 2 2018

Monochrome: Painting in Black and White
National Gallery
November 1 – February 18 2018


December

Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring A Classic
V&A
December 16 – April 8 2018