From radical innovations in the use of colour and form to new materials like neon and interactive, kinetic sculpture, this exhibition reveals some of the most original art of the last 100 years.
Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Friday 10am – 10pm
Please note: There will be no disabled access to The Sackler Galleries on 22–23 July due to essential lift maintenance. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause to your visit.
05 July — 28 September The Sackler Wing, Burlington House £11.50 (without donation £10). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.
The time: 1930s. The place: South America. The stage was set for a major innovation in art. Over the next 50 years, artists across five cities would pioneer a new visual language to express their deeply held beliefs about art and its power to change the world around them.
Radical Geometry brings together work from the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros by some of the great innovators of South American modern art, from Torres-García in Uruguay to Lygia Clark in Brazil, from Maldonado in Argentina to Gego in Venezuela. Inspired by European artists such as Mondrian and Kandinsky, their bold experiments with space, movement and colour radically transformed the relationship between art and viewer.
This is art that refuses to be contained by its own perimeter, art that ruptures the boundary between the object and the space around it and introduces dynamic forms to give the illusion of motion and volatility. You will see work that changes as you move around it, and “drawings without paper” that use negative space and shadow to create unique, fleeting compositions.
Book now to experience some of the most exciting and original abstract art ever made.
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Talks and tours
Get more out of the exhibition
Free with an exhibition ticket, no booking required.
Friday 7pm (8 July – 19 September)
Exhibition spotlight talks
10 minute talks on individual works from current exhibitions, free with exhibition entry.
Handheld audio guide
Go at your own pace while discovering much more about the context and motivations behind the works on show, with commentary from the curator. You can pre-order your guide when booking tickets online. Book now
Audio Guide sample
Listen to an extract from the exhibition's audio guide. This extract refers to Tomás Maldonado's painting Development of 14 Themes (1951-52) which can be seen in the image gallery above.
A work of art is not an object, it’s not a thing, it’s a proposal for mankind, a proposal for society.
'Radical Geometry' catalogue
The Radical Geometry exhibition catalogue depicts the challenging geometric abstractions that captured the optimism that swept across South American countries from the 1940s to the 1970s.
Caths blue necklace
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Geometry cup bottom triangles
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