The Hottest Exhibitions in London this Summer

The National Portrait Gallery, Tate Modern and The Serpentine – just a handful of art galleries London is famous for.

Along with impressive permanent displays, each has temporary exhibitions that attract visitors from around the world. Below are five of our favourites, which should give you some inspiration when you feel like being cultural in the Capital this summer:

1.       The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk (The Barbican, now until 25 August 2014)

The first major exhibition dedicated to Jean Paul Gaultier, featuring more than 140 cutting-edge designs that have shaped fashion over the past 35 years.

2.       Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs (Tate Modern, now until 7 September 2014)

An exhibition showcasing the largest collection of the iconic French artist’s cut-out work, created between 1936 and 1954.

3.       Making Colour (The National Gallery, now until 7 September 2014)

Exploring the history of colour in art, this exhibition takes visitors on a journey back in time, exploring the wide range of materials that have been used to create colour in all types of art.

4.       Pangaea (Saatchi Gallery, now until 2November 2014)

Taking its title from the prehistoric landmass that conjoined Africa and Latin America, this major exhibition reunites two former sister continents by bringing together the work of 16 of their emerging artists.

5.       Kenneth Clark: Looking for Civilisation (Tate Britain, now until August 10 2014)

This exhibition explores the impact of art historian, public servant and broadcaster Kenneth Clark, who is widely viewed as one of the most influential figures in 20th Century British art.