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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

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.
Philippe Rahm architectes, The Meteorological Garden

Eco-Visionaries: Confronting a planet in a state of emergency

  • 23 November 2019 — 23 February 2020 *on now

Discover how architects, artists and designers are responding today to some of the most urgent ecological issues of our times.

From climate change to species extinction and resource depletion, the damaging effects of modern life are more tangible than ever. Eco-Visionaries examines humankind’s impact on the planet and presents innovative approaches that reframe our relationship with nature. Through film, installation, architectural models and photography, the works in this exhibition interrogate how architecture, art and design are reacting to a rapidly changing world, beyond mainstream notions of sustainability.

In the 1950s, scientists started raising serious concerns about the damaging effects of modern life on the environment. Since then, architects, designers and artists have joined the urgent effort to draw attention to the planet’s fragile and endangered ecosystem.

This timely exhibition brings together international practitioners including Olafur Eliasson Hon RA, Ant Farm, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Andrés Jaque, Tue Greenfort, Unknown Fields, Rimini Protokoll, Virgil Abloh and WORKac, amongst others. Their provocative responses are a wake-up call, urging us to acknowledge and become conscious of our impact on our environment.

Eco-Visionaries is a project initiated by Fundação EDP/MAAT (Lisbon, Portugal), Bildmuseet (Umeå, Sweden), HeK (Basel, Switzerland) and LABoral (Gijón, Spain), in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts (London, UK) and Matadero Madrid (Madrid, Spain).

Please note that this exhibition contains a video with occasional scenes of violence that some visitors may find distressing. If you have any questions please ask a member of staff.

Admission

£12 (without donation £10). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.

Website

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/architecture-environment-eco-visionaries

Pablo Picasso, Violin, Paris, autumn 1912

Picasso and Paper

  • 25 January — 13 April 2020 *on now

Picasso didn’t just draw on paper – he tore it, burnt it, and made it three-dimensional. From studies for ‘Guernica’ to a 4.8-metre-wide collage, this exhibition brings together more than 300 works on paper spanning the artist’s 80-year career.

For Picasso, paper was both a tool to explore his ideas and a material with limitless possibilities. He experimented with everything from newsprint and napkins to decorative wallpaper. He spent decades investigating printmaking techniques, sourcing rare and antique paper from as far as Japan – and all without losing his compulsion to draw on every last scrap.

From effortlessly expressive drawings that led to towering sculptures to the colossal collage, Femmes à leur toilette, Picasso’s work with paper spans his entire lifetime and showcases his constant drive to invent and innovate.

You will see Picasso’s creative process first-hand in remarkable documentary footage of the artist at work, studies for Guernica, and sketchbooks where the seeds of revolutionary masterpieces first took shape, including Les Demoiselles d’Avignon.

Letters, illustrated poems and photographic collaborations with Dora Maar will also offer glimpses into the artist’s life.

Immerse yourself in Picasso’s world of paper and discover how – with this everyday material we know so well – he found the means to explore the furthest reaches of his creativity.

Admission

Tickets £18 – £22. Concessions available. Become a Friend to see for free and visit at any time

Website

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/picasso-and-paper

Léon Spilliaert, Woman at the Shoreline, 1910

Léon Spilliaert

  • 23 February — 25 May 2020

From his celebrated self-portraits to dreamlike scenes of the North Sea coast, this exhibition will introduce UK audiences to the visionary work of artist Léon Spilliaert.

Léon Spilliaert (1881–1946) was born in the coastal town of Ostend. He moved to Brussels at the age of 20, and would live and work between the two cities for the rest of his life. Self-taught, he forged his own artistic identity, which was shaped by the affinity he felt with writers and thinkers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Spilliaert’s work is characterised by dramatic perspectives and a quiet luminescence. He is best known for a sequence of enigmatic self-portraits and for his atmospheric night-time scenes of Ostend. His visual explorations of the self and potent images of solitude align him with European modernists such as Edvard Munch and Vilhelm Hammershøi.

This is the first monographic exhibition of Spilliaert’s work in the UK and will showcase some 80 works on paper – from images of his home town and the coast, to later works capturing the tranquillity of the forest outside Brussels. It will bring together works from public and private collections across Belgium, France and the USA, presenting a journey through the lifetime of a remarkably insightful and unusual artist.

Admission

£14 (without donation £12). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.

Website

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/leon-spilliaert

Paul Gauguin, Portrait of a Young Woman, Vaïte (Jeanne) Goupil, 1896

Gauguin and the Impressionists: Masterpieces from the Ordrupgaard Collection

  • 29 March — 14 June 2020

The Ordrupgaard Collection in Denmark is home to some of the most important Impressionist paintings in northern Europe. Next spring, we showcase 60 of its works by painters such as Manet, Monet, Renoir, Pissarro, Morisot and Degas – many of which have never been seen in the UK.

The Ordrupgaard Collection outside Copenhagen reads like a 19th-century roll-call of Impressionist masters who reshaped Western art. It was assembled by a wealthy Danish couple with the help of an early champion of Impressionism and French writer, Théodore Duret.

This exhibition is a unique opportunity to view the Ordupgaard Collection’s treasure trove of Impressionist works, from Monet and Degas, to pre-Impressionist artists like Corot and Courbet, as well as artists associated with the Barbizon School such as Dupre and Daubigny.

The exhibition closes with a stunning series of Post-Impressionist works by Paul Gauguin that span his career, from Impressionist-inspired paintings to the highly personal use of colour, symbolism and simplified forms that he became known for.

Exhibition organised by Ordrupgaard, Copenhagen and the Royal Academy of Arts.

Admission

£16 (without donation £14). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.

Website

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/gauguin-and-the-impressionists-ordrupgaard

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2019 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London

Summer Exhibition 2020

  • 9 June — 16 August 2020

Get ready to discover works by household names and emerging artists at our annual celebration of art and creativity.

The Summer Exhibition has run without interruption since 1769 and we don’t intend to break that streak in 2020. It is the world’s largest open submission art show, and anyone can apply to enter. Each year, a committee of diverse artists choose an array of art in all mediums – prints and paintings, film and photography, sculpture, architectural works and more – for everyone and anyone to enjoy.

You’ll see work by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names, as well as new and emerging talent you might not know. So, explore art you love, art you hate, and art that simply puts a smile on your face.

Why are most of the artworks for sale?

Proceeds from the Summer Exhibition help fund our non-profit-making activities, including training the next generation of artists in the Royal Academy Schools.

Admission

Check the website prior to visiting for more information

Website

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/summer-exhibition-2020

Angelica Kauffman, Self-portrait of the Artist hesitating between the Arts of Music and Painting, 1794

Angelica Kauffman

  • 28 June — 20 September 2020

In 18th-century Europe, Angelica Kauffman was a very successful artist in a largely male-dominated field. In this major exhibition, we trace her trajectory from child prodigy to one of Britain’s most sought-after painters.

Angelica Kauffman (1741–1807) was one of the most successful artists of her time and a founding member of the Royal Academy. Born in Switzerland in 1741, Kauffman was quickly recognised as a child prodigy, before receiving further artistic training in Italy. Arriving in London in 1766, she enjoyed an unprecedented career as a history painter and portraitist before moving to Rome in 1782, where her studio became a hub of the city’s cultural life.

Kauffman’s career was unusual for a female artist in the late 18th and early 19th century. A highly acclaimed portraitist, she identified herself primarily as a history painter, working for patrons across Britain and the continent, including Catherine the Great amongst others. This exhibition will focus on Kauffman’s work at the height of her public acclaim, tracing the life and work of this celebrated artist.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£14 (without donation £12). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.

Website

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/angelica-kauffman

Paul Cézanne, L'Estaque, 1879-83

Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

  • 12 July — 18 October 2020

With their radiant colours and rugged forms, Paul Cézanne’s paintings of the rocky landscapes of his native France are among the most extraordinary of his career. This is the first exhibition to focus on this body of work.

Around 1869 Paul Cézanne said to his young friend, the poet Joachim Gasquet, “To paint a landscape well, I must first discover its geological foundations”. His fascination with rock formations led to some of his most remarkable paintings and watercolours.

Cézanne was drawn to areas of France notable for their rocky terrain, from the ancient Forest of Fontainebleau to the golden stone and shimmering heat of the abandoned Bibémus Quarry in Provence.

Based on new research, this focused exhibition brings together works in which rocks are the central motif, several of which have not been seen together before. It contrasts the robust presence of the rocks in the oil paintings with the ethereal, almost abstract shapes in the watercolours. The late paintings are among his greatest and most profoundly moving works.

Exhibition organised by the Princeton University Art Museum, in association with the Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

£16 (without donation £14). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.

Website

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/cezanne-rock-and-quarry-paintings

Marina Abramović, ‘Artist Portrait with a Candle (C)’

Marina Abramović: After Life

  • 26 September — 8 December 2020

Marina Abramović is one of the most important performance artists in the world. Here, the artist presents the first ever UK exhibition spanning her life’s work – including live re-performances of iconic works, as well as brand new work for these galleries.

Over the past 50 years, Marina Abramović has earned worldwide acclaim as a pioneer of performance art. Abramović has consistently tested the limits of her own physical and mental endurance in her work – and invited audiences to encounter it with her.

Works such as Rhythm 0 (1974) invited audiences to freely interact with Abramović however they chose – famously resulting in a loaded gun held to her head. Later works such as The Artist Is Present (2010), at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, pushed audiences to question their own emotions, as they sat in silence opposite the artist.

In Abramović’s first major exhibition in the UK, we bring together works spanning her 50-year career, along with new works conceived especially for these galleries. As Abramović approaches her mid-70s, her new work reflects on changes to the artist’s body, and explores her perception of the transition between life and death.

Audiences will also engage with the ongoing debate that Abramović explores throughout the exhibition: can performance art outlive the moment of performance? ​Abramović examines the question of legacy through photographs, videos, installations and re-performances by younger performers.

Curated in close collaboration with Abramović, this exhibition will offer visitors the sort of intense, physical encounter for which she has become known. Abramović will participate in the programme of talks and events surrounding the exhibition.

Admission

Please check website for ticket information

Website

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/marina-abramovic

Rita Angus, Rutu, 1951

Rita Angus: New Zealand Modernist

  • 18 October 2020 — 24 January 2021

Rita Angus is one of the greatest New Zealand artists of the 20th century. Fifty years after her death, this revelatory exhibition will be the very first to bring her pioneering vision beyond the shores of her home country.

In her native New Zealand, Rita Angus (1908-1970) is an icon. Inspiring generations of artists and admirers alike, her paintings broke away from the traditional art of the time, which was based on the European tradition and dominated by a nostalgic view of Britain. Instead, Angus developed a new visual style – with strong outlines and flat, unmodulated colour – that has come to symbolise the natural beauty and independent spirit of New Zealand.

Through over 70 vivid portraits, landscapes and still lifes, this long-overdue survey charts the remarkable career of a fiercely independent woman, who like many of her contemporaries across the world – Frida Kahlo, Alice Neel and Emily Carr among others – changed the artistic landscape of her country forever.

Exhibition developed in partnership by the Royal Academy of Arts and Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa.

Admission

Please check the website for ticket information

Website

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/rita-angus

Tracey Emin, It - didnt stop - I didnt stop, 2019

Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul

  • 15 November 2020 — 28 February 2021

She’s been a major figure in contemporary art for over 25 years; he pioneered a radical new style known as Expressionism. This exhibition from Oslo’s Munch Museum will reveal Tracey Emin’s long-held fascination with Edvard Munch.

Tracey Emin took an interest in Munch from a young age: “I’ve been in love with this man since I was eighteen”.Throughout her career, Emin has been drawn to Munch’s expressionism and shares his concern with exploring the complexity of the human psyche.

As early as 1998, Emin referenced Munch in both the title and location of the film work HOMAGE TO EDVARD MUNCH AND ALL MY DEAD CHILDREN, which opens with a naked Emin curled in a foetal position on a wooden jetty on the edge of the Oslo Fjord in Asgardstrand where Munch painted several well-known works. This exhibition will reveal the way in which Munch has been a constant inspiration and will showcase Emin’s wide-ranging skills as an artist.

Exhibition organised by the Munch Museum, Oslo, Norway, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Arts.

Admission

Please check website for ticket information

Website

https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/tracey-emin-edvard-munch

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

Website

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

E-mail

events.lectures@royalacademy.org.uk

Telephone

020 7300 8000

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