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.
|Venue name:||Royal Academy of Arts||Contact:|
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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David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and One Still-Life
Imagine sitting perfectly still, locked on the spot, with an old man staring intensely at you, for three days. Sounds uncomfortable doesn’t it? Like a horror movie, or Christmas at your parents’. That’s the commitment you would have had to give the great...Painting Until Sunday October 2 2016Read more
Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016
Now entering its 248th consecutive year, the RA's summer show is the world's longest-running open-submission exhibition. As ever, the work of heavy-hitters will hang alongside that of younger, emerging artists. An annual gem.Until Sunday August 21 2016Read more
Summer Sounds: An Evening Of Music Inspired By The Summer Exhibition
Musicians from the Royal College of Music, London, perform music inspired by selected artworks from the Summer Exhibition.Classical and opera Saturday July 30 2016Read more
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Intrigue: James Ensor By Luc Tuymans
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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.