Now celebrating 250 years, the Royal Academy – Britain's first art school – has recently expanded its campus, bringing in new free displays. Housed in the extravagantly Palladian Burlington House, the RA's biggest event is the Summer Exhibition, which draws from works entered by the public as well its Royal Academicians.
|Venue name:||Royal Academy of Arts|
Burlington House, Piccadilly
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-6pm; Fri 10am-10pm|
|Transport:||Tube: Piccadilly Circus|
|Price:||Some exhibitions free, ticketed exhibitions vary|
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Bill Viola / Michelangelo: Life, Death, Rebirth review
It’s rare that an exhibition can make you fall to your knees, shake yours fists at the heavens with tears rolling down your face and scream ‘Why, God? WHY?’ But here I am in the Royal Academy’s forecourt doing just that, begging for an answer as to why...Until Sunday March 31 2019
A new (and likely massive) installation from Phyllida Barlow, an artist who specialises in creating sculptural artworks out of mundane materials like cardboard and discarded wood. We don't know much about it, but it's likely to create a striking contrast...Saturday February 23 2019 - Sunday June 23 2019
The Renaissance Nude
'Get your kit off' has been the rallying cry of generations of artists dating back hundreds of years. The RA brings together a selection of the best ever painted in this show dedicated to the nicest nudes of the Rennaisance. One of the highlights will...Sunday March 3 2019 - Sunday June 2 2019
Summer Exhibition 2019
Riding high on the success of their 250th summer exhibition last year (curated by Grayson Perry, nonetheless), the RA's annual showcase of all the artists you need to know about right now returns to brighten up the summer holidays.Monday June 10 2019 - Monday August 12 2019
Swiss-French artist Félix Vallotton is remembered as a member of Les Nablis, a group of artists hanging out in gay Paris when it was considered 'the place to be' for European arty types. But despite his affiliation with a group, Vallotton's paintings...Sunday June 30 2019 - Sunday September 29 2019
Go on, say it. 'Who?' Helene Schjerbeck, that's who and, hopefully come 2019 you'll never need to ask again. Helene Schjerbeck might not be that well known outside her native Finland, but her paintings cry out for greater recognition. Over the course...Saturday July 20 2019 - Sunday October 27 2019
Major new exhibition of Antony Gormley sculptures that should provide a neat overview of his career to date, showing how his best-known and most-recent works developed out of his earlier practice. The thing with Gormley is that however many times you...Saturday September 21 2019 - Tuesday December 3 2019
Lucian Freud: The Self-portraits
Lucian Freud isn't especially known for his self-portraits, but it turns out he did quite a few of them - enough to fill an exhibition, anyhow. Famed for his unremitting and - according to artist Celia Paul - 'clinical' gaze, Freud's images of himself...Sunday October 27 2019 - Sunday January 26 2020
Slightly different offering from the Royal Academy to normal, this thoroughly modern exhibition looks at artists and architects doing their bit in the fight against climate change and other assorted horrors facing the planet. The show focuses on creatives...Sunday November 24 2019 - Sunday February 23 2020
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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.
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