What’s On | June

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An Illuminating Path, 1998 by David LaChapelle. Copyright: Courtesy of the artist, David LaChapelle

From exhibitions dedicated to pop culture icons to an incredible new West End play, plus celebrations of art past and present; summer in the city is off to a sizzling start

Michael Jackson: On the Wall

28 June–21 October
As one of the most influential cultural figures to come out of the last century, Michael Jackson is also one of the most depicted subjects in modern visual arts. In Michael Jackson: On the Wall, the National Portrait Gallery will bring together works by over 40 contemporary artists to explore the music icon’s considerable influence on the art world. With pieces drawn from personal and private collections across the globe, as well as new works created specifically for this exhibition, this is a must-see for any fan of the King of Pop. npg.org.uk

Jakob Philipp Hackert (Prenzlau 1737-1807 San Pietro di Careggi) ‘The Port of Salerno from Vietri, with herdsmen and other figures in the foreground, with the Castello di Arechi beyond and shipping vessels in the bay’

London Art Week

29 June–6 July
Offering the best of pre-contemporary art, London Art Week offers visitors the chance to discover and purchase works of art; from ancient sculptures to Old Master drawings and paintings by Post Impressionists. Whether you’re a seasoned collector or just curious to see what it’s all about, dealers will be on hand to share their knowledge. Talks and events from art historians and curators also run throughout the week. londonartweek.co.uk

Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939, photograph by Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up

From 16 June
Offering a fresh perspective on a cultural icon, Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up will open at the Victoria & Albert Museum this month. Exploring the ways in which Kahlo fashioned her identity, the exhibition will reveal personal artefacts and items of clothing alongside self-portraits and photographs to offer an unprecedented insight into the artist’s compelling life story. Ranging from an eyebrow pencil to orthopaedic aids, this collection of over 200 objects was locked away for 50 years after Kahlo’s death, and is only now leaving Mexico for the first time. vam.ac.uk

David Sedaris

23–25 July
Leading humourist and bestselling author David Sedaris will embark upon a UK tour this summer, taking in 10 dates and culminating with two nights at London’s Cadogan Hall. With his sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Sedaris is known for being a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the contemporary human condition. This latest tour will support his next literary release, a book of essays entitled Calypso. Tickets for the tour’s London dates are selling fast, so book now. myticket.co.uk

John Bodkin

250th Summer Exhibition

12 June–19 August
The Royal Academy is gearing up for its 250th annual celebration of ‘art made now’, the famous Summer Exhibition. Grayson Perry will coordinate this year’s festivities, which promise to be the biggest and brightest yet, with events spilling beyond the RA and onto the streets of the West End. Art lovers can see over 1,200 works in an array of mediums from internationally renowned artists to first-time exhibitors, as well as a monumental sculpture in the courtyard. Events include a free weekend festival and the biggest ever RA Late. royalacademy.org.uk

Courtesy of Stack/Somerset House, Burnt Roti, Crash!, gal-dem, Garageland, Mushpit, Oz, Private Eye, Positive News, Spare Rib, and Thiiird

Print: Tearing It Up!

8 June–22 August
Somerset House’s summer exhibition sets out to prove that print is still a force to be reckoned with. Print! Tearing It Up will be the first exhibition to chart the evolution of Britain’s independent magazine scene; from the publications of the early 20th Century to today’s titles. As well as taking visitors through the processes involved in designing, printing and distributing a magazine, the exhibition will celebrate the voices who use print to tackle social issues. somersethouse.org.uk

David Sandison

The Jungle

16 June
The Playhouse Theatre is set to be transformed for the West End arrival of Joe Murphy and Joe Robertson’s critically-acclaimed play, The Jungle. Audiences will find themselves transported to the Calais Jungle, which in 2015 became a temporary home for more than 10,000 refugees. Take a seat in the bustling ‘Afghan Café’ in the reimagined auditorium, or watch the performance from the ‘Cliffs of Dover’ in the circle, and prepare to experience stories of loss, fear, community and hope in this intense performance. Fundraising efforts will take place at the venue for charity partner Help Refugees. atgtickets.com

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