London’s art scene is taking a fun twist this autumn with fanciful exhibitions to inspire fans of everything from Harry Potter and Snoopy to Neon and Kusama. Here’s more on those drawing our attention.
Potter to St. Paul’s: In advance of the release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ new Wizarding World adventure Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, an installation of nine giant wands will illuminate the walkway between Millennium Bridge and St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to help raise awareness for J.K. Rowling’s charity Lumos, whose mission is to end the institutionalization of children around the world. Standing fifteen feet tall, the wands—bringing to life those belonging to some of the most beloved characters in the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films—are the centerpiece of the new installation, Fantastic Beasts: Wizarding World Wands supporting Lumos, which also kicks off a series of exciting activities for fans every “Wizarding Wednesday,” including wand training and a live performance of music from the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts films by a military marching band. The wands are set to light up Peter’s Hill every night at 6:45 p.m. from October 18 to November 12.
Snoopy at Somerset House: The upcoming exhibit GOOD GRIEF, CHARLIE BROWN! brings together Charles M. Schulz original Peanuts cartoons with work from a wide range of acclaimed contemporary artists and designers who have been inspired by this highly influential and much-loved cartoon. Unique in its enduring appeal, this exhibition will explore the Peanuts’ ongoing influence in contemporary culture will showcase works from KAWS, Snoopy’s role at NASA, Matt Groening’s references in the Simpsons, and even a new film by Andy Holden. On from October 25 to March 3.
Neon at Selfridges: Lighten up your Christmas shopping, literally. The famed department store Selfridges is hosting a pop-up of neon signs from God’s Own Junkyard, a Walthamstow gallery that is home to the personal collection of the late neon artist Chris Bracey, which features everything from his signage for Soho sex clubs in the ‘60s to his work for the movie industry ("Eyes Wide Shut," "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory," "Batman," to name a few) and later with musicians (think: Elton John, Lady Gaga, Jay Z, Depeche Mode and more) The Selfridges display will incorporate both plus add in Instagram worthy new pieces. The collection will appear and launch in-store in mid-October.
Kusama at Victoria Miro: A major exhibition of new works by the celebrated Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, is taking place place across the Victoria Miro Wharf Road galleries and waterside garden in north London, now through December 21. The exhibition features new paintings, including works from the iconic My Eternal Soul series, painted bronze pumpkin and flower sculptures, and a large-scale Infinity Mirrored Room. Entry to the exhibition is by free timed tickets only, and fully booked but follow Instagram for updates on any last-minute or additional ticket availability, as this is an Instagram-worthy event. Note: There is last-minute availability only.