Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Greater London



020 7300 8000

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The Royal Academy of Arts was founded by George III in 1768. Governed by artists to 'promote the arts of design' and was the first institution in Great Britain devoted solely to the promotion of the visual arts. The Royal Academy raised the standing of art, artists and architecture. It has held an annual selling exhibition since its formation and held its first loan exhibition in 1870 of 'Ancient Masters'. It now enjoys an unrivalled reputation as a venue for exhibitions of international importance.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Library, Historic house or home, Museum

Opening hours

Sat-Thurs 10.00-18.00
Fri 10.00-22.00

Admission charges

Varies with each exhibition


  • Museums Association

Collection details

Design, Fine Art, Architecture

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Norman Stevens ARA: Selected Prints

  • 26 February — 25 May 2014 *on now

This display explores prints by the British artist Norman Stevens (1937-1988), from the first black and white etchings he produced to his vividly coloured, large-scale screen-prints of the 1980s.

Trained as a painter, Stevens was one of the 'Bradford Mafia' – an exceptionally gifted cohort of students at Bradford College of Art that included David Hockney RA, Michael Vaughan, John Loker and David Oxtoby.

Taking up printmaking in the early 1970s, Stevens taught himself the various techniques of this medium including the complicated process of mezzotint. Printmaking suited Stevens’s meticulous approach, enabling him to produce images of great precision and subtlety.

Suitable for

  • Any age
Woodcut image of a man wearing a toga holding a staff and reading books placed on the floor

Renaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna

  • 15 March — 8 June 2014 *on now

The artistic development of sixteenth-century chiaroscuro woodcuts from the collection of the Albertina Museum in Vienna and from the personal collection of Georg Baselitz Hon RA will be explored in this exhibition.

Over 100 works have been selected to illustrate this revolutionary, yet short-lived printing technique. Included in the exhibition will be works by the German artists Hans Burgkmaier and Lucas Cranach, who are believed to have pioneered the technique in 1508, as well as works by their European contemporaries in France, Italy and the Netherlands.

Suitable for

  • Any age


See website for details.


Black and white photograph of an urban landscape taken from the inside of a car

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album

  • 26 June — 25 August 2014

Dennis Hopper, the American film actor and director, was closely associated with the hopes and failures of the counterculture of the 1960s. Hopper was a keen artist and he took up photography intensively from 1961 – 1967, documenting America’s cultural and social life.

This exhibition will bring together over 400 of his photographs, discovered after Hopper’s death in 2010. Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album will feature iconic portraits of artists and actors, including Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Paul Newman, alongside shots of historic social and political events such as Martin Luther King’s march from Selma to Montgomery in 1965.

Suitable for

  • Any age


See website for details on admission charges.


Dark rectangular shapes against a pale background

Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection

  • 5 July — 28 September 2014

This exhibition explores the art produced during a fifty-year period in distinct areas of South America.

In Montevideo, Uruguay, Joaquín Torres-García founded the School of the South in the 1930s, through which he planned a new Pan-American art that drew on indigenous American influences.

Across the Rio de la Plata, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a group of artists including Juan Melé created Arte Madí that challenged the conventions of traditional painting in the 1940s. Further north, from the 1950s artists in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, such as Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Clark likewise challenged the notions of art by removing it from the walls of galleries and placing it in the hands of the viewer.

Finally in Caracas, Venezuela from the 1970s, artists like Jesús Soto and Carlos Cruz Diez worked with optical illusion to create sculpture and paintings that interacted with the viewer and responded to the light of the tropics. All three regions created new and challenging geometric abstractions that captured the optimism that swept across these countries.

Suitable for

  • Any age


See website for more details on admission charges


Image of a muddy and ploughed field

Anselm Kiefer

  • 27 September — 14 December 2014

In September 2014, the Royal Academy will present the first major retrospective of work to be held in the UK by Honorary Royal Academician, Anselm Kiefer. A highly erudite artist, Kiefer’s intellectual discourse with the work of past masters, and with history itself, permeates his oeuvre.

This large scale retrospective will include works ranging from Kiefer’s student days up to the present time, comprising artist’s books, drawings, photographs, watercolours, paintings, sculptures and installations. Following in the Royal Academy’s tradition of celebrating its artist members with single artist shows, this exhibition will present Anselm Kiefer as an artist who continues to seek new challenges and produce ever more ambitious work, including pieces conceived specifically for the Royal Academy’s galleries.


Please see website for further details on admission charges.


Full length portrait of a man wearing Renaissance-era clothes

Giovanni Battista Moroni

  • 25 October 2014 — 25 January 2015

In Autumn 2014, the Royal Academy of Arts will present the first comprehensive exhibition in the UK to showcase the works of the Bergamo artist Giovanni Battista Moroni.

A contemporary of Titian, and one of the most important painters of the Northern Italian Renaissance, Moroni is widely regarded as one of the greatest portraitists of all time. His genius lay in his ability to capture both the exact likeness, character and inner life of his sitters with a rare penetrating insight.

Depicting members of the society in which he lived, his portraits convey a humanity, particularly in his portrayal of the regular people of Bergamo of his day, and are remarkable for their vitality, directness and immediacy. The exhibition will present Moroni not only as a distinctive portraitist but also in his lesser-known role as a religious painter.

Suitable for

  • Any age


See website for details on admission charges.