8 June — 16 August 2015
The Summer Exhibition is unlike any other. For 247 years, we’ve showcased the most exciting painting, sculpture, film, architecture and photography from new and established artists. Get ready to discover your new favourite artist.
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.
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
30 January — 20 April 2016
This major exhibition examines the role of gardens in the paintings of Claude Monet and his contemporaries. Spanning the early 1860s to the 1920s, a period of tremendous social change and innovation in the arts, it will include Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists.
View all the Summer Exhibition works online
Using the new Explorer, browse, collect and share your favourite Summer artworks on social media, or enjoy online guided tours with figures from across the arts, including a number of Royal Academicians – the artists who curate the exhibition.
Hide and Seek: Drawings by Eileen Cooper RA
Until 23 August 2015
This summer the RA celebrates the art of Eileen Cooper RA with an exhibition of drawings spanning almost 40 years of her career.
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
This July, the Royal Academy opens a landmark exhibition devoted to the beguiling works of Joseph Cornell – one of the most original artists of the 20th century.
Posters: A Century of Summer Exhibitions at the Royal Academy
This new book brings together over 50 posters that celebrate 100 years of contemporary visual culture.
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.
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.