Britain's first art school was founded in 1768 and moved to the extravagantly Palladian Burlington House a century later. It is now best known for the galleries. Expect to pay for blockbusters (like 2008's popular 'From Russia' show) in the Sackler Wing or main galleries, while shows in the John Madejski Fine Rooms are drawn from the RA's holdings – ranging from Constable to Hockney – and are free. The Royal Academy's biggest event is the Summer Exhibition, which for more than two centuries has drawn from works entered by the public as well its Royal Academicians. The nozzles of the courtyard fountain are layed out to match the position of the stars and planets on the night in 1723 when Sir Joshua Reynolds, artist and RA Founding President, was born.
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Burlington House, Piccadilly
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-10pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus|
|Price:||Admission Charge between £14-£10, concs £6-£9|
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If you don’t leave this show feeling completely overwhelmed and totally breathless, you’re either blind, dead or a bit of a dick. The RA has pulled together room after room of paintings and sculptures from probably the most important art movement of the...Painting Until Monday January 2 2017Read more
Intrigue: James Ensor By Luc Tuymans
James Ensor wasn’t a great artist. An odd, macabre, creepy and totally weird artist, sure, but not a great one. The Belgian painter lived almost his entire life in the seaside town of Ostend, above his mother’s curiosity shop – an isolated, barren existence,...Painting Until Sunday January 29 2017Read more
Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932
This show will throw a magnifying glass over a remarkable creative period in Russian history: after the Bolshevik revolution forever changed society, and before Stalin's brutal period of censorship began. In these fifteen years, artmaking flourished astonishingly...Saturday February 11 2017 - Monday April 17 2017Read more
America After The Fall: Painting in the 1930s
Following its hugely successful Abstract Expressionism show, the RA is now turning its attention to the preceding generation of American art, which held up a mirror to a turbulent period of economic depression and great social change.Saturday February 25 2017 - Sunday June 4 2017Read more
Indisputable fact: there's no more important painter alive today than Jasper Johns. The 86-year-old artist's influence stretches so far and wide that it's practically immeasurable. He came of age in 1950s New York, in the fertile years between splashy...Friday September 29 2017 - Sunday December 10 2017Read more
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I have been to the RA a couple of times now and I can safely say that they are really good at pulling you in! I stayed away from the Ai Wei Wei exhibition (I am not interested in anything that makes an obvious political statement) but I couldn't say no to seeing Painting the Modern Garden - Monet to Matisse. This exhibition brought together not only some of Monet's famous Japanese bridge over water lilies paintings but also his large paintings of water lilies in the pond being his last works. Finally seeing some of these together in one room was personally a dream come true. It also brought together the works of other Impressionists of the time, i.e. Matisse, Kandinsky and paintings of English and Scandinavian gardens. Altogether you got to see a lot of different interpretations as well as aesthetics. However to get there, I had to become a Friend of the RA which incidentally, is not cheap and does not include the Audio Guide :( Disaster averted, I turned on Apple Music and listened to French classics to block out the white noise. It worked quite well I have to say!
The Rubens exhibition at the Royal Academy of the Arts was absolutely fantastic!
I advise every art lover to visit the exhibitions. The gallery is near Piccadilly Circus in the very heart of London.
As this is advertised as a free gallery i went along to check it out...there were 3 or 4 paintings on a wall behind a stairwell that were free to view, all the exhibitions were £20 or more. This shouldn't be listed as a free gallery at all.