This spring sees the art world embark on a season of frenzied activity, with new exhibitions opening all over the country. Our arts editor Emily Tobin guides us through the best exhibitions to see in the coming months, from the National Gallery's Elizabethan Treasures to the best of contemporary art.

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams, until July 14

    Spanning 1947 to the present day, this exhibition at the Victoria & Albert Museum traces the history and impact of one of the 20th century's most influential couturiers, exploring the enduring influence of the fashion house, and Dior’s relationship with Britain.
    vam.ac.uk

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory, until May 6

    This exhibition at Tate Modern is the first major show of this great colourist's work in the UK in 20 years, and focuses on the period between 1912 and his death in 1947, when colour was a primary concern. (Pictured: The Studio with Mimosas, 1946)
    tate.org.uk

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Don McCullin, until May 6

    This major retrospective reveals the scope of the photographer’s career documenting scenes from Vietnam, Northern Ireland, Lebanon and Biafra, but also working-class life in London. (Pictured: Protester, Cuban Missile Crisis, Whitehall, London, 1962, gelatin silver print.)
    tate.org.uk

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Dorothea Tanning, until June 9

    The American painter, printmaker, sculptor, writer and poet Dorothea Tanning died in New York in 2012 aged 101, having created an extraordinary body of surrealist works. At Tate Modern, this is the first large-scale exhibition of her work for 25 years and the first ever to span her remarkable seven-decade career. (Pictured: La Truite a Bleu, 1952, oil on canvas.)
    tate.org.uk

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Elizabethan Treasures: Miniatures by Hilliard and Oliver, until May 19

    Miniature portraits were hugely popular during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Nicholas Hilliard and Isaac Oliver achieved fame for their portraits in Elizabethan and Jacobean England. Highlights include miniatures of Elizabeth I and Sir Walter Raleigh, James I and Sir Francis Drake. (Pictured: Elizabeth I)
    npg.org.uk

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, until May 6

    To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo's death, 144 of his drawings will go on display across the UK. (Pictured: The Skull Sectioned, black chalk, pen and ink, 1489.)
    royalcollection.org.uk

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Russia: Royalty and the Romanovs, until April 28

    Britain's relationship with Russia spans more than 300 years through exploration, diplomatic alliances, familial and dynastic ties. This Queen's Gallery exhibition examines the relationship between the two countries and their royal families. (Pictured: Laurits Regner Tuxen, The Marriage of Nicholas II, Emperor of Russia, 26th November 1894,1896)
    royalcollection.org.uk

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Only Human: Martin Parr, until May 27

    The National Portrait Gallery has brought together some of Martin Parr's best-known photographs and some new work, with a particular focus on his wry observations of Britishness and British identity today. (Pictured: The Perry family - daughter Florence, Philippa and Grayson, 2012)
    npg.org.uk

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light, until July 7

    There are few works by Joaquín Sorolla y Bastida, the painter referred to as Spain's Impressionist, in UK public collections, so this exhibition at The National Gallery provides a rare opportunity for visitors to see a selection of the portraits, landscapes, seascapes, garden views and bather scenes for which he is most well-known. (Pictured: The Pink Robe, 1916)
    nationalgallery.org.uk

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway, until June 2

    Harald Sohlberg was a Norwegian symbolist artist and landscape painter. Coinciding with the 150th anniversary of his birth, the Dulwich Picture Gallery is holding the first major show of Sohlberg's work in the UK. (Pictured: Fisherman's Cottage, 1906)
    dulwichpicturegallery.org.uk

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    London Original Print Fair, April 25-28

    Now in its 34th year, London Original Print Fair returns to the Royal Academy of Arts, W1. This is a good opportunity for collectors to find new works to hang on their walls. (Pictured: David Hockney, Lithographic Water Made of Lines, Crayon and Two Blue Washes)
    londonoriginalprintfair.com

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    A Tale of Mother's Bones, until June 23

    This show at Camden Arts Centre, NW3, explores Grace Pailthorpe and Reuben Mednikoff's unsettling partnership through their work. The pair excavated their earliest memories to understand their adult relationships and spiritual beliefs, becoming controversial figures in surrealism. (Pictured: Reuben Mednikoff, September 21, 1941)
    camdenartscentre.org

  • Art exhibitions in London 2019

    Sixty Years, from April 22

    This month, Tate Britain opens a new display dedicated to women artists working in the UK over the past 60 years. It will include works by Mona Hatoum, Sarah Lucas and Bridget Riley. Sixty Years will run for at least a year and represents Tate's efforts to increase the representation of women across its galleries. (Pictured: Monster Chetwynd, Crazy Bat Lady)
    tate.org.uk