Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust
4 July — 27 September 2015
★★★★★ - The Guardian
From a basement in New York, Joseph Cornell channelled his limitless imagination into some of the most original art of the 20th century. Step into his beguiling world at this landmark exhibition.
You're bringing Ai Weiwei's Tree to London
Thank you to our 1,300 Kickstarter backers who contributed £123,000 to bring Ai Weiwei's monumental installation to our courtyard.
19 September — 13 December 2015
In September 2015 major artist and cultural phenomenon Ai Weiwei takes over our main galleries with brave, provocative and visionary works.
Our pick of this week’s art events: 21 – 27 August
From the dystopian installations of Josh Kline, to the shadowy, marginalised life of Pierre Molinier, we guide you through the week’s top art events.
Inside the show: Joseph Cornell
A video tour with the exhibition's curators
Take a look inside the exhibition ‘Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust’ in these short video clips with our curators.
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
30 January — 20 April 2016
Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.
Artist of the month: August 2015
Charles Gere RA (1869-1957)
A prominent member of ‘The Birmingham Group’, Charles Gere RA was inspired by the medieval period and lead the revival of tempera painting.
10 minutes with… Tess Jaray RA
Each month we catch up with a different Royal Academician. This month, Tess Jaray RA tells us about her move away from bright colours, and how driven you need to be to be an artist.
Object of the month: August 2015
Robert Buhler RA's 'High Alps, Switzerland' (1971)
The artist’s short, vigorous brushstrokes and bright palette of blues, greens and white suggest the fresh, vivid atmosphere of the mountains.
RA Lates: Joseph Cornell's enchanted cosmos
Saturday 5 September
Magic meets science at this event as we explore Joseph Cornell’s awe of the cosmos. We'll celebrate his dreamlike, poetic assemblages and bring his eclectic imagination to life. Think sci-fi film screenings, ballet dancers, collage-making workshops and much, much more.
Don’t worry what other people say about your work. Be free. That’s what art is about.
Cornelia Parker RA
Joseph Cornell: A beginner’s guide
Cornell is a singular figure in the history of art – best known for his pioneering use of collage and assemblage. For those new to Cornell, here are six key facts to help you enter his unique imagination.
Was Joseph Cornell an outsider artist?
An avid collector who defied categorisation and never spent a night away from home, Cornell also exhibited with the biggest names of his day. So what makes an artist an outsider artist? Five experts discuss.
Joseph Cornell: armchair voyager
The title of our Joseph Cornell exhibition is ‘Wanderlust’. Curator Sarah Lea describes how this theme is closely linked to Cornell’s artistic practice, and his travels of the imagination.
Watercolour 'en plein air': One-day practical class for beginners
This one-day class explores the art of painting from nature. Working with vista views of Hyde Park, students will learn methods of capturing natural light, how to mix colours tonally and techniques for working beyond the studio.
Joseph Cornell and his poets
Ted Hughes Poetry Prize-nominated author Tamar Yoseloff, leader of our upcoming short course, explores the poets whose writings had a profound effect on Joseph Cornell.
Terrace Wires: Cornelia Parker RA
From 28 May 2015
Celebrated British sculptor Cornelia Parker RA presents a new public installation in St Pancras International station.
Explore Daniel Maclise RA's cartoon of the Battle of Waterloo
To coincide with the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo we've created an interactive image of Maclise's 13-metre wide commemorative cartoon. Our curators and conservators reveal some of the stories, details and secrets hidden within the work.
Very rarely as an artist do you get that real ecstasy of painting – you are always chasing it.
Chantal Joffe RA
Art Sales at the RA
Our brand new collection, Works on Paper by Sculptors, has just launched. This is your chance to purchase limited editions and unique works by Royal Academicians and significant contemporary artists.
Peter Randall-Page is elected as a Royal Academician
Peter Randall-Page has gained an international reputation through his sculpture, drawings and prints. His large-scale works have evolved around themes of nature and geometry.
Stories from the Past — Visions of the Future
The RA and its Buildings
In the Architecture Space until 20 September 2015
Marking the moment we embark on the most significant transformation of our home for nearly 150 years, this exhibition explores the past and future of the RA’s buildings.
The act of drawing is at the heart of everything I do. It is the most intimate of processes and at its best reveals both the hand and mind of the artist to the viewer.
Rebecca Salter RA
Inside the Academy
Redeveloping the Royal Academy
For nearly 250 years, the RA has been a place to make, exhibit and debate art. For our anniversary in 2018 we are opening up the RA as never before, transforming our historic buildings – and inviting Friends and visitors old and new to celebrate with us.
Preview: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at the Serpentine
The imagined portraits by this RA Schools alumna and Turner Prize nominee are revelations from another world, says Kelly Grovier.
Joseph Cornell: Pioneer of assemblage art
Joseph Cornell created curious worlds of long ago and far away in his boxes of found objects. We examine the work of this American trailblazer ahead of his RA exhibition.
In the studio with Louisa Hutton
Behind redbrick walls in an old Berlin factory Fiona Maddocks finds architect Louisa Hutton RA in a calm and spacious haven.
Architecture is like writing. You have to edit it over and over so it looks effortless.
Zaha Hadid RA
Catching up with... Lucy Williams
As she launches her new book, Lucy Williams discusses her time at the RA Schools and tells us how her block colour, architectural collages bring a fresh perspective to urban landscapes.
Five quick tips to improve your life-drawing
The RA Schools’ Head of Sculpture and Printmaking led a life-drawing masterclass as part of our first Friends Week. Here he shares five key pieces of advice.
In the neighbourhood: Exploring Ai Weiwei’s ‘village’ in Beijing
Behind the scenes
A vibrant arts quarter has grown up around Ai Weiwei’s home and studio in Beijing. Our curator Adrian Locke explores the area, and finds himself on a journey into the city’s past.
Jackson Pollock: pouring his art out
Leading abstract painter Frank Bowling RA welcomes a major show that reassesses Jackson Pollock’s black pourings.
Become a Friend of the RA
Become a Friend of the RA today and enjoy a year of free entry to our exhibitions, including Joseph Cornell and Ai Weiwei. Friends can bring a family guest for free, enjoy all day access to the Keeper’s House and much more.
Free RA Tours
Discover the art, architecture and history of the RA in these special, one-hour tours that include the historic John Madejski Fine Rooms.
The moment just before a work is finished, it’s finished. You want a bit of nervous twitching, a bit of tension, in the sculpture.
Richard Wilson RA
Bryan Kneale RA at Pangolin London
An exhibition of five decades of Bryan Kneale’s sculpture and works on paper gives the Academician a chance to see his work afresh.
Learn from experts and artists
Whether you’re a writer, sketcher, art enthusiast or architecture buff, discover our new range of courses and classes.
Zaha Hadid RA in conversation with Alain Elkann
In this video, the eminent architect discusses her approach to her work and her thoughts on the past, present and future of architecture.
House of curiosities
In the studio with Tom Phillips RA
When artist Tom Phillips RA rented a room in a south London house 50 years ago, little did he know the entire house would become his studio...
RAted at the RA Shop
Explore our showcase for emerging British design and artistic talent.
Looking for an art-lover's gift?
Order bespoke art prints, canvases and framed reproductions from our Collection online.
Rose Wylie RA Elect
"In answer to the question, 'How do you know when a painting is finished?' You don't until you see it. Something just impels you to stop because it looks alright."
Architecture is a public art, and is never really finished. When a building is completed it’s the beginning of its life – a life which really only starts when people inhabit and breathe life into it. Buildings change, evolve and grow.
Alan Stanton RA
Inside the Academy
The RA Schools
A school of contemporary fine art, right at the heart of the RA.
Friends of the RA
RA Art Tours Worldwide
These expert-led small-group tours, created by travel specialists Cox & Kings, focus on the art, architecture and archaeology of some of the world’s most fascinating destinations.