Royal Academy of Arts

Royal Academy of Arts
Burlington House
Piccadilly
London
Greater London
W1J 0BD
England

Website

www.royalacademy.org.uk/

E-mail

events.lectures@royalacademy.org.uk

Telephone

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

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Collection details

Design, Fine Art, Architecture

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
architectural drawing of front entrance for Greenham Lodge, Greenham, Berkshire

Dream, Draw, Work: Architectural Drawings by Norman Shaw

  • 30 May — 14 September 2014 *on now

Shaw designed great country houses like Cragside in Northumberland (now National Trust), rebuilt the area around London’s Piccadilly Circus and created gracious renovations like the addition to the Royal Academy of the restaurant and new galleries.

With a fascinating array of drawings surviving from Shaw’s office in the Royal Academy’s own collections – from working drawings to dazzling perspectives – this exhibition explores the materials, draughtsmanship and design practices of Shaw and his small but brilliant staff.

An additional display in the Architecture Space explores Shaw’s work in London and at the Royal Academy. Supported by Lowell Libson Ltd. and the Collections and Library Supporters Circle.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/26

Summer Exhibition 2014 installation view

Summer Exhibition 2014

  • 9 June — 17 August 2014 *on now

This is the world’s largest open entry exhibition and we’ve been holding it for nearly 250 years – that’s nine British monarchies, 43 US Presidents, two World Wars and more than 50 British Prime Ministers.

Throughout that time, the Summer Exhibition has remained a powerful barometer of the art of each age. And the same simple premise has always applied – anyone can enter and all of the works are chosen by leading artists.

The sheer variety of work presented each year is what makes the Summer Exhibition an annual highlight of the cultural calendar. Sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, video, installation – the entire spectrum of art that is being made right now. With more than 1,000 works to take in, who will you discover?

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£13.50 (without donation £12.00). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/15

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 *on now

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

Admission

See website for details on admission charges.

Website

https://tickets.royalacademy.org.uk/performancelist.asp?ShoID=2182

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 *on now

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

Admission

See website for more details on admission charges

Website

https://tickets.royalacademy.org.uk/performancelist.asp?ShoID=2180

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.

Admission

Please see website for further details on admission charges.

Website

https://tickets.royalacademy.org.uk/performancelist.asp?ShoID=2188

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

Admission

See website for details on admission charges.

Website

https://tickets.royalacademy.org.uk/performancelist.asp?ShoID=2189

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
photograph of young girl doing craft activity

Summer Exhibition Family Workshop

  • 25 July 2014 11am-1pm *on now
  • 30 July 2014 11am-1pm
  • 1 August 2014 11am-1pm
  • 13 August 2014 11am-1pm
  • 15 August 2014 11am-1pm

A visit to the Summer Exhibition is the perfect way to introduce your children to art, bringing together some of the most exciting work being created right now.

From sculptures and paintings to drawings, prints and photography – prepare to be inspired! Book now to take part in a fun interactive tour of the galleries, led by our engaging artist-educators, followed by an art making session inspired by the works on display in the Summer Exhibition.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£15.00 adult. £5.00 RA Friends. £3.00 Children.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk

Caped Curators and the Puppet Parade

  • 10 August 2014 11am-2pm

Channel your extraordinary talents to create an exhibition to take up, up and away!

Collage a photograph puppet sidekick to accompany you on your adventures through the galleries.

Upon arrival, signage will direct you to the workshop.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk

Audio Described Tour for visually impaired visitors - Summer Exhibition

  • 11 August 2014 9am-12pm

An event for blind and visually impaired visitors – an audio described tour of the Summer Exhibition, followed by an art-making session.

Includes refreshments; volunteer support provided.

This event is part of InTouch at the RA, a programme of events for blind and partially sighted visitors.

Meet in the Main Hall.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£3.00. Carers and Friends of the RA go free.

Website

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk

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