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Frida Kahlo with Olmec figurine, 1939. Photograph Nickolas Muray © Nickolas Muray Photo Archives

What’s on in July and August 2018: the best C20 architecture, art and design

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Our summer round-up takes us from the dizzying heights of aerial images to the extraordinary lives and work of female artists Frida Kahlo, Corita Kent and the multi-talented Enid Marx.

Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up
V&A, London, until 4 November

A rare chance to see clothing and personal artefacts that belonged to Mexican artist Frida Kahlo (1907–54). As well as glorious fabrics in silk and cotton, the display includes cosmetics, a corset and even a prosthetic leg (and boot). (Sponsored by Grosvenor Britain and Ireland) More

Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art
House of Illustration, London, until 23 September

The wide-ranging career of pioneering designer Enid Marx is celebrated in this exhibition marking the 20th anniversary of her death. On display are her fabrics for London Underground, textiles for the wartime Utility Furniture Scheme, postage stamps and book covers for the King Penguin series. More

Aftermath Art in the Wake of World War One
Tate Britain, London, until 23 September

Paintings, prints and sculptures by Picasso, George Grosz, Winifred Knights and C.R.W. Nevinson reveal how European artists reacted to the memories and trauma of WWI. More

Bomberg
Ben Uri Gallery, London, until 16 September

A major survey of work by artist David Bomberg (1890–1957), covering his work as a war artist, a landscape painter and a leading figure in pre-war British Modernism. More

At Altitude
Towner Art Gallery, Eastbourne, until 30 September FREE ENTRY

From early aviation to the all-encompassing Google Earth, this is a look at the fascinating history and appeal of the aerial image. The exhibition includes work by Charles and Ray Eames, Peter Lanyon, Wolfgang Tillmans and Tacita Dean. More

Corita Kent: Get with the Action
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, East Sussex, until 14 October

An artist, educator and nun, American Corita Kent (1918–86) tackled the politics and social issues of the turbulent 1960s with her colourful screen-printed banners and posters. More

Lucie Rie: Ceramics & Buttons
Centre of Ceramic Art, York Art Gallery, until 12 May 2019

Celebrated for her domestic ceramics, Dame Lucie Rie (1902–95) was also involved in producing beautiful ceramic buttons for the fashion industry during WWII. The exhibition also features work by her contemporaries Bernard Leach and Hans Coper. More

Last chance

Cedric Morris: Artist Plantsman

Garden Museum, London, until 22 July
Fabulous flower paintings by artist and plantsman Cedric Morris (1889–1982), who co-founded the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing, and cultivated more than 90 new irises. More

Still showing

The Return of the Past: Postmodernism in British Architecture
Sir John Soane’s Museum, London, until 27 August FREE ENTRY

Discover the early, ‘radical moment’ of Postmodernism, through the work of leading exponents like Terry Farrell, John Outram and Piers Gough. More

Edward Bawden
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, until 9 September

This thematically arranged exhibition of watercolours, linocuts and wartime portraits covers the prolific 60-year career of Edward Bawden (1903–89). More

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