You know how, amid the madness and stress and repeated hearing of Slade that comes with Christmas, sometimes you just think, 'Man, I wish I could escape and look at some cutting-edge Russian art'? Us too. Which is why we're heading over to the Old Truman Brewery to see this new exhibition by the London-based Karina Akopyan. Comparing and contrasting the Russian Orthodox traditions of her heritage with the escapism of the London fetish scene, the results are paintings, photography, sculptures, installations and costume pieces full of bold colour and dark symbolism. It's beautiful, thought-provoking and truly absorbing stuff; so much so you'll forget that Noddy Holder ever existed. Promise.
8-18 Dec; free
Martyrs and Matryoshkas, Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, Shoreditch, E1 6QL
We used to think that our love of Elton John could be summed up in two words: Tiny. Dancer. However, now we're going to have to broaden this out to include the words 'photography' and 'collection', too – because somehow, in amongst spectacle-shopping, tiara-polishing and writing classic pop tunes, Sir Elt found the time to amass more than 7,000 modernist prints. And the good news is, they're on display right now at the Tate Modern. Ranging from fashion shots from the great Irving Penn to radical innovations by Man Ray, to surreal compositions by Josef Breitenbach, it really it staggering, beautiful stuff. In fact, we hope you don't mind – we hope you don't mind – that we put down in words, how wonderful life is with these in the world.
(PS. Know someone who'll love this? Why not gift them a membership card to all four Tate museums – a whole year for £70. Cultural Christmas, sorted.)
Until 17 May 2017; £15
Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG