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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.
Paul Cézanne, L'Estaque, 1879-83

Cézanne: The Rock and Quarry Paintings

  • 12 July — 18 October 2020 *on now

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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