Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cézanne
Until 10 April 2015
★★★★ "Superb" – The Telegraph
This unmissable exhibition brings together masterpieces by Peter Paul Rubens with major works by great artists who were influenced by him in the generations that followed.
Until 7 June 2015
★★★★★ "Magnificent" – Evening Standard
Revered as one of the great post-war masters in his native United States, Richard Diebenkorn is an artist whose staunchly independent career takes us from abstraction to figuration and back again.
18 April 2015
Join us for pina coladas, soft surf rock and live art-making as we bring to life the spirit of 1970s California at our special Late, inspired by Richard Diebenkorn’s Ocean Park series.
Friends Week: 17–23 May
Get ready for our first ever Friends Week – seven days of specially planned events, activities and exclusive tours. See us up close like never before: learn, discover and marvel.
Sculpture in the Courtyard
Frank Stella Hon RA
A new large-scale sculpture by Frank Stella Hon RA, one of the most important living American artists, is on display in the Annenberg Courtyard.
Anish Kapoor RA at Lisson Gallery
The Royal Academician explains how his new paintings in silicone and resin have a close connection to his blockbuster 2009 show at the RA.
An Abiding Standard
The Prints of Stanley Anderson RA
A key figure in the revival of line engraving in the 1920s, Stanley Anderson RA (1884–1966) is best known for his series of prints memorialising England’s vanishing rural crafts.
Richard Wilson’s ‘Hang On A Minute…’ travels to Hong Kong
The Royal Academician’s sculpture inspired by ‘The Italian Job’ goes on show at The Peninsula Hotel.
Naked truth: the story of female life models at the RA
What was the historic role of the female nude life model at the RA? We delved into our archive to find out.
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
Podcast: Richard Diebenkorn, A Riotous Calm
Exhibition curator Sarah C. Bancroft explores Richard Diebenkorn’s consuming attention to detail and improvisational process that led to his magnificent compositions.
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.
Should art be more political?
Should art have politics at the forefront of its agenda? Artist Bob and Roberta Smith RA and critic Kelly Grovier go head to head.
Four Visions for the Future of Housing
What might the future hold for housing in the UK? What are the challenges faced now and how can they be overcome? We put these questions to Mæ Architects, Dallas Pierce Quintero, 5th Studio and Sarah Wigglesworth Architects who came up with a range of intriguing visions.
Cornelia Parker’s poppies at the Whitworth
A survey of work by Cornelia Parker RA is the opening show at Manchester’s newly renovated Whitworth Gallery – featuring a room hung with the negatives from a poppy factory.
RA Schools Auction
This annual auction helps to promote and raise funds for the RA Schools, and includes work by Royal Academicians and graduates of the RA Schools, donated by the artists. The works are on display at Sotheby’s from 17 March until 22 March.
Behind the scenes
A day in the life
Molly Bretton, Access Manager
How can we make art accessible for all our audiences? We chatted to a key member of our learning team about her role.
Very rarely as an artist do you get that real ecstasy of painting – you are always chasing it.
Chantal Joffe RA
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.
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...
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
Our pick of this week’s art events: 21–28 March
Let RA Magazine guide you to the latest art events: from abstract paintings at the National Portrait Gallery to a British art sale at Sotheby’s.
Become a Friend of the RA
Become a Friend of the RA today and enjoy a year of free entry to our exhibitions, including Rubens, Diebenkorn, and Ai Weiwei. Friends can bring a family guest for free, enjoy all day access to the Keeper’s House and much more.
From the archive
“Striving after excellence”
Victorian women and the fight for arts training
Learn how 19th-century women aspiring to be artists had an uphill struggle to get equal access to the Royal Academy Schools
10 minutes with… Alan Stanton RA
Each month, we have a quick chat with one of our Academicians to find out what they’re up to and what the RA means to them.
Object of the month: March 2015
Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA, 'Studio Experiments in Colour and Media', c.1770
As a new exhibition of paintings by Sir Joshua Reynolds opens at the Wallace Collection, we take a look at one of his more experimental pieces in the RA Collection.
Learn from experts and artists
Whether you’re a writer, sketcher, art enthusiast or architecture buff, discover our new range of courses and classes.
Baroque 'n' roll: Rubens and his enduring artistic legacy
From his battle scenes to royal portraits, landscapes and altarpieces, Rubens’s extraordinary output occupies a uniquely heroic position in the history of art. Waldemar Januszczak argues that art was one thing before him – and another thing after.
RAted at the RA Shop
Explore our showcase for emerging British design and artistic talent.
Cats and conversations
Laying out the exhibition with Ai Weiwei
Part three in a series of blogs telling the story of how our forthcoming Ai Weiwei exhibition – the latest in our sequence of major single artist shows – is being put together across 10 months, by teams across three continents.
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
Art Sales at the RA
From limited edition prints to unique works. Browse the works available, including Georg Baselitz Hon RA, Humphrey Ocean RA, Tracey Emin RA and more.
Artist of the month: March 2015
Stanley Anderson RA
Stanley Anderson RA is best known for his series of prints memorialising England’s vanishing rural crafts.
Painting on the threshold
Ian McKeever RA on Diebenkorn and abstraction
As the Academy celebrates the American master, painter Ian McKeever RA explores Richard Diebenkorn’s profound inquiry into the nature of abstraction.
On the Reynolds trail in the RA archive
On the eve of a major exhibition London dedicated to Sir Joshua Reynolds, we delve into the RA’s archive to learn more about the Academy’s founding president.
The Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award 2015
18 April — 17 May 2015
A celebration of exciting new talent in the art world, the Converse x Dazed Emerging Artists Award is one of the most prestigious competitions for UK artists at the start of their career. In 2015, we play host to work by the winners in our Burlington Gardens galleries for the very first time.
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A school of contemporary fine art, right at the heart of the RA.
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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.
Tacita Dean RA
"Everything comes to me by chance. It’s very important for me not to know where I’m going."