The Royal Academy’s Sum­mer Ex­hi­bi­tion, mas­ter­minded by mag­i­cal re­al­ist painter Eileen Cooper, is not to be missed (13 June–20 Au­gust; roy­ala­cademy.org). But it’s not the only show ca­pa­ble of lift­ing spir­its…

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‘Ba­len­ci­aga: Shap­ing Fash­ion’ at the V&A

The UK’S first ex­hi­bi­tion cel­e­brat­ing the work of Cristóbal Ba­len­ci­aga, the Spa­niard about whom Chris­tian Dior once said: ‘Haute cou­ture is like an or­ches­tra whose con­duc­tor is Ba­len­ci­aga. We other cou­turi­ers are the mu­si­cians and we fol­low the direction he gives.’ 27 May–28 Fe­bru­ary 2018 (vam.ac.uk).

‘Sar­gent: The Wa­ter­colours’ at Dul­wich Pic­ture Gallery

See work by the great 19th-cen­tury An­glo-amer­i­can artist John Singer Sar­gent. Light abounds, and thanks to de­pic­tions of sunny af­ter­noons ‘on the con­ti­nent’, it’s a very sum­mery show. 21 June–8 Oc­to­ber (dul­wich­pic­ture gallery.org.uk).

‘Gi­a­cometti’ at Tate Mod­ern

At­tend this show­case of the 20th cen­tury Swiss sculp­tor’s sinewy, elon­gated bronze fig­ures (above), loved for their dy­namic stances and thought­ful ex­pres­sions. Also on show are lesser-known ob­jects, such as a 1930s resin re­lief of a seag­ull. 10 May–10 Septem­ber (tate.org.uk).

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