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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|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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Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
The year is 1769: James Cook lands in Tahiti, Napoleon Bonaparte is born in France and, in London, the newly-founded Royal Academy of Arts invites ‘artists of merit’ to submit paintings to its first annual open exhibition. If you’ve seen Timothy Spall’s...Until Sunday August 20 2017
Matisse in the Studio
Not just an extraordinary painter, Henri Matisee was also an avid collector, who picked up all sorts of objects and artefacts during his travels to North Africa, Mali and the Far East. This exhibition will look at the influences these exotic acquisitions...Saturday August 5 2017 - Sunday November 12 2017
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 2017
You might not think of Salvador Dalí and Marcel Duchamp – one a flamboyant, moustachioed surrealist and Disney collaborator; the other an arch, cerebral conceptualist and chess player – as artistic bedfellows. But this new RA show will tell an entirely...Saturday October 7 2017 - Wednesday January 3 2018
Charles I: King and Collector
Aside from being the only English monarch to ever suffer the indignity of having their head chopped off, Charles I (1600-49) was also an avid art collector. He bought and commissioned work by some of his age's greatest artists, including Rubens, Titian...Saturday January 27 2018 - Sunday April 15 2018
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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.