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The best exhibitions this week in London, from Ibrahim Mahama to Georg Baselitz (April 11 to 18)

Georg Baselitz, Was, oh ach mal drei Beine, sechs wie, oh ach, in der Nach (© Georg Baselitz 2024 . Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis))
Georg Baselitz, Was, oh ach mal drei Beine, sechs wie, oh ach, in der Nach (© Georg Baselitz 2024 . Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis))

With access to hundreds of museums and galleries a tube ride away, we Londoners are spoilt for choice when it comes to a fun day out. But sometimes the capital’s embarrassment of riches means it’s tricky to pick where to go.

Do you disappear into the National Gallery for an afternoon, pop by some of the independent galleries in Marylebone, explore East London’s exciting offerings, or wander around the Tate?

Look no further every week: here’s our pick of five extraordinary exhibitions to see in London right now.

Ibrahim Mahama: Purple Hibiscus

Ibrahim Mahama’s Purple Hibiscus during installation at the Barbican, 2024 (Courtesy Ibrahim Mahama, Red Clay Tamale, Barbican Centre, London and White Cube.  © Pete Cadman, Barbican Centre)
Ibrahim Mahama’s Purple Hibiscus during installation at the Barbican, 2024 (Courtesy Ibrahim Mahama, Red Clay Tamale, Barbican Centre, London and White Cube. © Pete Cadman, Barbican Centre)

Ibrahim Mahama has collaborated with hundreds of craftspeople from Ghana to create this delicate, uplifting installation, which sees the Barbican wrapped in 2,000 square metres of purple cloth. 100 ‘batakaris’ – royal Ghanian robes – have been hand sewn to the brightly-coloured piece that adds a shock of colour to the famous grey tones of the Brutalist space.

Barbican, April 10 to August 18; barbican.org.uk

Secundino Hernández: Problematic Corners

Secundino Hernández, Spithere Crab, 2024 (© Secundino Hernández Studio. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro)
Secundino Hernández, Spithere Crab, 2024 (© Secundino Hernández Studio. Courtesy the artist and Victoria Miro)

In his fifth solo exhibition with this east London gallery, Spanish artist Secundino Hernández presents colourful works on giant ovals (the mystical shapes reoccur throughout religious iconography, and are “deeply ingrained in the Spanish imagination”). They continue his exploration of art history and aesthetic movements.

Victoria Miro, April 10 to May 18; victoria-miro.com

Georg Baselitz: A Confession of My Sins

Georg Baselitz, Oh, ach, dazwischen, 2023 (Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis))
Georg Baselitz, Oh, ach, dazwischen, 2023 (Photo © White Cube (Theo Christelis))

86-year-old German painter and sculptor Georg Baselitz returns to White Cube Bermondsey for the first time in eight years, presenting a body of new work in which he reflects on a variety of moments from his extraordinary life, and reflects on his art practice to date.

White Cube, April 10 to June 16; whitecube.com

Barbara Kruger

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (A thing called you), 2024 (Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers Photo: Robert Wedemeyer)
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (A thing called you), 2024 (Courtesy the artist and Sprüth Magers Photo: Robert Wedemeyer)

Barbara Kruger’s “subtle as a brick in the face” retrospective, Thinking of You. I Mean Me. I Mean You, opened at Serpentine Galleries in February to near-universal acclaim. Now, there’s more Kruger in store for London with a massive digital projection piece, and this exhibition of new vinyls and text-based wall works at Sprüth Magers.

Sprüth Magers, April 12 to May 18; spruethmagers.com

Mark Corfield-Moore: We Speak Chicken

Mark Corfield-Moore, Cathedral, 2021 (© the artist, courtesy of Cob Gallery)
Mark Corfield-Moore, Cathedral, 2021 (© the artist, courtesy of Cob Gallery)

In this thought-provoking and humorous exhibition, multidisciplinary artist Mark Corfield-Moore (b. 1988, Bangkok) looks into the history of textile craftsmanship, adopting traditional techniques he learnt in northern Thailand and utilising the methods in his own playful textile works.

Goldsmiths CCA, April 12 to June 2; goldsmithscca.art