Royal Academy 2014 exhibitions
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25 January – 6 April 2014
Concept image of environment by Li Xiaodong (detail), commissioned by the Royal Academy of Arts, London. © Li Xiaodong.
Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined will see the Main Galleries of the Royal Academy of Arts transformed by seven architectural practices from around the world. The RA has commissioned the architects to create site-specific installations; the shared brief is to evoke the experience and power of architecture. The exhibition considers architecture from the angle of the human encounter: how vision, touch, sound and memory play a role in our perceptions of space, proportion, materials and light.
Premiums Interim Projects
7 – 19 March 2014
Installation view of Premiums Interim Projects 2013.
Premiums Interim Projects will feature the work of the postgraduates in their second year at the Royal Academy Schools.
This annual exhibition provides an opportunity to view new work by emerging artists at a point when their work is still developing whilst on their three year postgraduate course. The exhibition includes painting, performance, photography, sculpture, site specific installation and video.
Renaissance Impressions: Chiaroscuro woodcuts from the Collections of Georg Baselitz and the Albertina, Vienna
Ugo da Carpi, ‘Diogenes’, early sixteenth century. Chiaroscuro woodcut; four blocks (green and blue); first state. 47.8 x 34.3 cm. Private Collection. Photo Albertina, Vienna. The Sackler Wing of Galleries
15 March – 8 June 2014
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.
The London Original Print Fair 2014
24 – 27 April 2014
Now in its 29th year, the London Original Print Fair (LOPF) is the world’s longest running specialist fair dedicated to prints. With over 50 international exhibitors, the fair offers a rare opportunity to buy affordable works as well as masterpieces from across five centuries. This year, the LOPF coincides with the RA’s exhibition of sixteenth-century chiaroscuro woodcuts.
Summer Exhibition 2014
9 June – 17 August 2014
Sponsored by Insight Investment
Installation view of Gallery IV, Summer Exhibition 2013 Photo: Benedict Johnson
The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition
is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. Now in its 246th year, this exhibition continues the tradition of showcasing work by both emerging and established artists in all media, including painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, architecture and film. The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually with over 10,000 entries received in 2013.
RA Schools Show 2014
RA Schools Studios
18 – 29 June 2014
Michael O’Reily prepares work for the RA Schools Show 2013.
The RA Schools Show is the annual exhibition of works by final year students at the historic Royal Academy Schools,
the oldest art school in Britain. Held in the studio spaces of the Schools the exhibition invites students to show works developed over a three-year period of post graduate study, providing visitors with a rare opportunity to view and buy exceptional pieces from an aspiring generation of artists.
Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album
26 June – 25 August 2014
Lead Series Supporter JTI
Dennis Hopper, 'Double Standard', 1961. © Dennis Hopper, Courtesy The Hopper Art Trust. www.dennishopper.com
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.
Radical Geometry: Modern Art of South America from the Patricia Phelps de Cisneros Collection
The Sackler Wing of Galleries
5 July – 28 September 2014
Hélio Oiticica, 'Pintura 9', 1959. Oil on canvas, 115.9 x 88.9 cm. Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. © Projeto Hélio Oiticica. 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.
27 September – 14 December 2014
Sponsored by BNP Paribas
Anselm Kiefer, 'For Paul Celan, Ash Flowers', 2006. Oil, emulsion, acrylic, and shellac on canvas with burnt books, 330 x 760 cm. Private collection, Paris. © Anselm Kiefer. 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 comprise artist’s books, drawings, photographs, watercolours, paintings, sculptures and installations, from early works up to the present time. 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.
Giovanni Battista Moroni (c.1520 – 1579)
The Sackler Wing of Galleries
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.
Allen Jones RA
13 November 2014 – 25 January 2015
Lead Series Supporter JTI
Allen Jones RA, 'First Step', 1966. Oil on canvas and laminated shelf, 91.5 x 93x 9.1 cm. Image courtesy of the artist. Allen Jones’ reputation was established, while still a student at the Royal College of Art in London in the 1960s, as part of a generation of young talented Pop artists. Over the past forty years his work has remained true to the depiction of popular culture, with much of his imagery being drawn from advertising and performance. This exhibition will be a survey of Jones’ work spanning his entire career, including prints, paintings and the iconic figurative sculptures from the late 1960s up to the present day. The exhibition will also seek to demonstrate the enduring place of drawing in Jones’ creative process. His talents as a draughtsman are considerable and although infrequently seen, these drawings underpin every element of his artistic output.
Norman Stevens ARA
26 February – 25 May 2014
This exhibition will explore the prints of Norman Stevens ARA (1937-88), admired for their technical mastery and poetic evocation of the play of light and shade over gardens, buildings and other structures. 25 years on from his premature death, it will offer the chance for a long-overdue reappraisal of his work.
Eileen Cooper RA
Eileen Cooper RA (b. 1953) holds a special place in the life of the Academy as the Keeper of the RA Schools – the first woman ever to be elected to the post. She is renowned as a painter and printmaker whose art is rooted in the figurative tradition. This exhibition will be a rare opportunity to explore her work in the media of watercolour and gouache.