Summer Exhibition 2008
9 June—17 August 2008
In the Main Galleries, Burlington House
RB Kitaj, Moses Contra Freud, 2005. Oil on canvas, 21.5 x 28 cm (103)
© The Estate of RB Kitaj, Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art, London
The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is the largest open contemporary art exhibition in the world, drawing together a wide range of new work by both established and unknown living artists. Now in its 240th year, the exhibition includes around 1,200 works and the majority of works are for sale.
This year’s exhibition coordinators are Royal Academicians Humphrey Ocean, Tony Cragg and Gordon Benson, and the theme is Man Made. Highlights of the show include a memorial gallery dedicated to the extraordinary artistic achievements of the late RB Kitaj, featuring some of Kitaj’s greatest works alongside recent paintings which are available for sale.
Recently elected Academician Tracey Emin has curated a gallery, and the exhibition also includes a dedicated area for photographic works. Finally, the Academy's Courtyard plays host to a monumental sculpture by Sir Anthony Caro, titled Promenade.
Once again the Academy is working closely with BBC2 on a special edition of The Culture Show which will celebrate Summer Exhibition 2008.
List of Exhibitors
Events and Activities
Audio download: Tracey Emin RA in Conversation with Matthew Collings
RA Magazine features
Humphrey Ocean RA on curating Gallery 4
Tracey Emin RA on curating Gallery 8
Anthony Caro RA on his sculpture in the Courtyard
to watch a film of the installation of Sir Anthony Caro RA's sculpture in courtyard
Large Weston Room: 11 Prints for Under £500
Summer Exhibition Preview Party
View our photo album
on the Royal Academy's page on Facebook
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