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Hockney to Constable: introducing our 2021 exhibitions

Published 4 March 2021

From David Hockney’s joyous springtime works, to the exciting new force in painting, Michael Armitage, our updated 2021 programme gives everyone something to look forward to.

  • Due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, we have made the difficult decision to postpone some of our exhibitions. We will be in touch with all affected ticket-holders.

    A previous version of this page was published on 14 October 2020.

  • Our 2021 exhibitions at a glance:

    • Tracey Emin, It - didnt stop - I didnt stop (detail)

      Tracey Emin, It - didnt stop - I didnt stop (detail), 2019.

      Acrylic on canvas. 152 x 183.5. Photo © HV-studio. Courtesy of the Artist and Xavier Hufkens, Brussels © Tracey Emin. All rights reserved, DACS 2020.

      Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul

      18 May – 1 August

      She’s been a major figure in contemporary art for over 25 years; he pioneered a radical new style known as Expressionism. In this landmark exhibition, Tracey Emin selects masterpieces by Edvard Munch to show alongside her most recent paintings.

    • Michael Armitage , The Paradise Edict (detail)

      Michael Armitage, The Paradise Edict (detail), 2019.

      Oil on lubugo bark cloth. 220 x 420 cm. © Michael Armitage © White Cube (Theo Christelis).

      Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict

      22 May – 19 September

      An exciting new force in painting, Michael Armitage draws from Titian, Goya, Manet and Gauguin to explore East African culture and folklore.

    • David Hockney , No. 147 (detail)

      David Hockney, No. 147 (detail), 5th April 2020.

      iPad painting. © David Hockney.

      David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020

      23 May – 26 September

      In the midst of a pandemic, David Hockney RA captured the unfolding of spring on his iPad, creating 116 new and optimistic works in praise of the natural world.

    • Summer Exhibition 2020

      Summer Exhibition 2020

      Summer Exhibition 2021

      22 September 2021 – 2 January 2022

      Our annual celebration of art and creativity continues in 2021. The Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission art show and brings together art in all mediums by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent.

    • John Constable, Stonehenge

      John Constable, Stonehenge, 1835 (detail).

      Watercolour. 38.7 x 59.7 cm. Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Given by Isabel Constable, daughter of the artist. Photo © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

      Late Constable

      30 October 2021 – 13 February 2022

      Towards the end of his career, John Constable’s brushwork became increasingly free and expressive. This exhibition explores the artist’s late work including paintings as well as watercolours, drawings and prints.

  • Our postponed exhibitions

    • Francis Bacon: Man and Beast: postponed until 29 January – 17 April 2022. Find out more.
    • Milton Avery: postponed until 16 July – 16 October 2022. Find out more.
    • Herzog and de Meuron: postponed — new dates to be announced. Find out more.
    • Marina Abramović: postponed until 2023 — new dates to be announced. Find out more.