Exhibitions that take place the first 15 days of the month and worth visiting

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Artangel project: The Colony
Until 9 October |133 Rye Lane, Peckham
The Colony is a new film installation by Vietnamese artist and filmmaker Dinh Q. Lê on the site of one of London’s earliest cinemas, Peckham’s Electric Theatre which opened in 1908. Lê’s films were shot on location on the Chincha Islands, off the coast of Peru, their rich guano deposits the cause of the 19th century Chincha Islands War.
Barbican Art Gallery in London presents major exhibitions by leading international figures in the heart of the City of London

The Curve: Bedwyr Williams, The Gulch
29 September 2016 – 8 January 2017 |
This autumn, enter the weird and wonderful mind of Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams as he brings the Barbican’s Curve gallery to life with his quest into The Gulch.
Navigate a succession of surreal and theatrically staged scenes as you embark on a journey conjured by one of the contemporary art world’s most exciting and innovative artists. From a pair of singing running shoes to a depressed hypnotist and a talking goat, Bedwyr’s curious and often subversive internal dialogue plays out along the Curve’s space in this fantastical installation. Physical and metaphorical twists and turns will guide you through the gallery and ultimately inspire you to give your own performance, one that will fill the cavernous gorge of the gulch for those following in your footsteps.
Minute observations are elevated to a monumental scale and compelling scenarios come to the fore on this intriguing and immersive journey.
Barbican Art Gallery: Designing for a Living City
Foyer, Level G | 19 March 2016 – 16 October 2016
Explore the third Barbican Exhibition which traces the controversial design of the residential development, looking at the range of flat types and interiors which would accommodate some 6000 people within 35 acres. The display includes Chamberlin, Powell and Bon’s original 1971 residential layout and landscape plan, as well as original fittings, archival illustrations, leaflets, brochures and films.

19 May – 27 November 2016
Submerged under the sea for over a thousand years, two lost cities of ancient Egypt were recently rediscovered. Their story is told for the first time in this blockbuster exhibition.
3 June – 9 October 2016

This free display looks at how money has affected everyday life – from the cash we carry in our pockets to financial concepts such as taxation and inflation

30 September 2016 – 8 January 2017
Inspired by Camden Arts Centre’s history as a public library, The Sequence of Things layers Mullican’s multiple methods of categorisation and ordering. Mathematically dividing the architectural spaces, the galleries will be laden with his book works, pin-boards, posters, drawings, flags, objects, photography and videos, all depicting his various maps, charts, diagrams and symbols. Together, the plethora of works demonstrates his attempts to find methodology behind the relationships at play in the world around us and its representation.
30 September 2016 – 8 January 2017

For this exhibition, Camplin has developed a semiotic technology arranged in Gallery 3 as an expanded schematic diagram. This 2D model demonstrates the principles of energy and information transference through morphic-fields and qualia-channels, the holarchic nature of reality in which worlds exist within worlds, extra-sensory communication (telepathy) and radical agency in relation to regulatory systems.

16 September – 11 December 2016

Chisenhale Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in a UK institution by Berlin and Brussels-based artist Peter Wächtler.

22 SEP – 11 DEC 16

Gasworks presents A Body Reduced to Brilliant Colour, the first UK solo show by Candice Lin.

21 Sep 2016 – 13 Nov 2016
James Richards presents new and recent works which continue his ongoing exploration of collage, installation and sound.
4 Oct 2016 – 27 Nov 2016

This display highlights the ICA’s rich heritage as a home for radical contemporary arts and culture, looking at 1968 exhibition Fluorescent Chrysanthemum, the first presentation of experimental Japanese art, music, film and design in Europe

 Sunley Room, 11 May – 30 October 2016

George Shaw unveils the culmination of his two-year studio residency at the National Gallery

 21 July – 23 October, Porter Gallery

William Eggleston is a pioneering American photographer renowned for his vivid, poetic and mysterious images. This exhibition of 100 works surveys Eggleston’s full career from the 1960s to the present day and is the most comprehensive display of his portrait photography ever.

2 July — 2 October 2016
David Hockney returns to the RA with a remarkable new body of work. Embracing portraiture with a renewed creative vigour, he offers an intimate snapshot of the LA art world and the people who have crossed his path over the last two years.
24 September 2016 — 2 January 2017

Exploring an unparalleled period in American art, this long-awaited exhibition reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York.

29 Sep 2016 to 20 Nov 2016
This autumn, the Serpentine presents an exhibition by artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz (b. post-war, Paris). Increasingly influential for younger generations of artists, his work explores the space between public and private, design and art, and includes painting, sculpture and photography with prototypes for everyday objects, furnishings and wallpapers.
Serpentine Sackler Gallery: HELEN MARTEN: DRUNK BROWN HOUSE
29 Sep 2016 to 20 Nov 2016

The Serpentine presents a major exhibition of new work by London-based artist Helen Marten (b. 1985, Macclesfield, UK) who has been nominated for both the 2016 Turner Prize and the inaugural Hepworth Sculpture Prize.

Until 30 Oct 2016
A rare opportunity to see over 100 remarkable paintings by this pioneer of twentieth-century art
Until 6 Nov 2016

Explore the extraordinary paintings of this key figure in modern Indian art

Until 9 Oct 2016

In this continuous live performance, dancers move through the galleries

Until Sunday, 12 March 2017
Discover the fascinating and sometimes controversial story of underwear design from the 18th century to the present day
Until Sunday, 6 November 2016
The first major retrospective of Ove Arup (1895-1988), the most influential engineer of the 20th century. Part of the Engineering Season
until Sunday, 26 February 2017
How have the finished and unfinished revolutions of the late 1960s changed the way we live today and think about the future?
Until Sunday, 26 February 2017
Showcasing footage captured onsite at the Glastonbury Festival in 2014, this immersive film and sound installation deconstructs the festival to create an epic kaleidoscope of experiences, intimate and spectacular.
Opening on Saturday, 1 October 2016

Explore a selection of the most outstanding examples of English Medieval embroidery. Featuring surviving examples of exquisite craftsmanship, this exhibition will focus on the artistic skill of the makers and the world in which they were created.

21 Sep – 15 Jan 2017
South African artist William Kentridge (b.1955, Johannesburg) is renowned for his animated expressionist drawings and films exploring time, the history of colonialism and the aspirations and failures of revolutionary politics.
In this major exhibition of six large-scale installations by the artist, music and drama are ruptured by revolution, exile and scientific advancement.
28 Sep – 25 Jun 201
Berlin-based artist Alicja Kwade‘s new installation presents astronomical data exploring our position in the universe.
Bronze casts of giant vertebrae accompany a film inspired by NASA data of extrasolar meteors, referencing the cataclysmic event believed to have caused the extinction of the dinosaurs. At the centre of the space, a large mobile of 24 electronic star maps hangs from the ceiling. Rotating in concentric circles, the mobile visualises astronomical data showing the earth’s position in the known galaxy.
Kwade (b.1979, Katowice, Poland) defies the conventional understanding of time and space in her work. From manipulating the mechanical workings of a clock, to creating liquid pools of mirrored glass, she converts common materials into extraordinary artworks that alter our perception of the world
01 Oct – 05 Mar 2017
The Guerrilla Girls revisit their 1986 poster “It’s Even Worse in Europe” in a new display at the Whitechapel Gallery. The project is based on information gathered from museums across Europe about the representation of artists who are female, gender non-conforming or from Africa, Asia, South Asia and South America.

Obtained via questionnaires sent to the directors of European museums, the project presents new statistics on the state of museums and galleries in the continent. Archival material illuminating the group’s inner workings, from research and production to public response are also on show.

16 Sept 2016 – 10 Dec 2016

With Kelly Akashi, Jean-Marie Appriou, Dora Budor, Justin Fitzpatrick, Ann Hirsch, Max Hooper Schneider, Donna Huanca, Renaud Jerez, Jason Matthew Lee, Athena Papadopoulos, Anna Uddenberg, Stewart Uoo, Issy Wood; and works by Renate Bertlmann, Carolee Schneemann, David Wojnarowicz, Martin Wong.


Due to the redevelopment of the site Dairy Art Centre occupies, the exhibition space will be temporarily closed. Once the redevelopment is complete, there will be a new space on the same site in Bloomsbury.

4 – 31 October 2016
Henri Barande’s practice is dedicated to exploring the dialogue between life and death, the found and the fabricated, which led to the creation of a world of miniature forms and figures that he uses as source material in his large-scale paintings.
1 – 29 OCTOBER 2016
29 September–18 December
The first UK solo exhibition by Donna Huanca at the Zabludowicz Collection will also be the first performance-led commission in the space, with daily performances from painted models activating a series of new site-responsive architectural and sculptural installations in the 19th century former Methodist chapel.
29 September–6 November
Time Team, a solo exhibition by Newcastle-based artist Luke McCreadie, addresses the purpose of objects and the fluidity of interpretation through a multifaceted sculptural environment. Combining new and recent video works in a site-specific installation, McCreadie considers how the transformation of language between varying contexts creates slippages in meaning and understanding.
Laura Schmieder