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The 9 Must-See Museum Shows During Frieze Week, From Carolee Schneemann’s First U.K. Retrospective to Cecilia Vicuña’s Turbine Hall Installation

With no shortage of world class museums, London usually boasts a good roster of unmissable exhibitions. For the art crowds that flock to the U.K. for Frieze Week, the city is putting its best foot forward with a bumper offering of Modern and contemporary art exhibitions.

Fairgoers who need a break the frenzied bustle and want to see more of what London has to offer outside of Regent’s Park and pop-up tents will no doubt feel spoilt for choice. Here is a round-up of nine of London’s must-see museum shows this week.


“Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics”
Barbican Art Gallery, through January 8

The first U.K. survey of radical American artist Carolee Schneemann, who died in 2019, introduces a whole new audience to her transgressive feminist practice. The Barbican Art Gallery has ample space to house more than 300 objects, including large-scale installations, that give a comprehensive overview of just how varied Schneemann’s output of films, paintings, assemblages, performances, scrapbooks and costumes was over her 60-year career. As the title promises, visitors will learn how Schneemann’s body was often her most enduring medium in a series of works that still serve today as bold challenges to a male-dominated art world.

“Carolee Schneemann: Body Politics”, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, EC2Y 8DS.