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Introducing our 2023 exhibitions

Published 24 May 2022

From rare treasures created in Spain and the Hispanic world, to re-performances of Marina Abramović’s best-known works, our 2023 programme gives everyone something to look forward to.

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    There’s a lot of art to look forward to in 2023

    Our galleries will be bursting with art, with exhibitions featuring some of the best-known names in Impressionism, Spanish art and much, much more.

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  • Our 2023 exhibitions at a glance:

    • Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, The Duchess of Alba

      Francisco de Goya y Lucientes, The Duchess of Alba, 1797 (detail).

      Oil on canvas. 210.2 x 149.2 cm. On loan from The Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY.

      Spain and the Hispanic World

      Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library

      21 January – 10 April

      Discover the rich story of Spanish and Hispanic art and culture from antiquity to the 20th century: from masterpieces by Goya, Velázquez, Zurbarán and El Greco to paintings, sculptures, silk textiles, ceramics, lustreware, silverwork, precious jewellery, maps, drawings, illuminated manuscripts and stunning decorative lacquerware from Latin America.

      The exhibition features the famous World Map of 1526 by Giovanni Vespucci, and culminates with Sorolla’s colourful, large-scale study for his monumental series of 14 paintings, Vision of Spain.

      #RASpain

    • Thornton Dial, Stars of Everything (detail)

      Thornton Dial, Stars of Everything (detail), 2004.

      Mixed media. 248.9 x 257.8 x 52.1 cm. Souls Grown Deep Foundation © 2022 Estate of Thornton Dial / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio.

      Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers

      Black Artists from the American South

      17 March – 18 June 2023

      Discover the Black artists from America’s South who created some of the most spectacular and ingenious works of the last century. Working in near isolation from established practices, these artists articulate America’s painful past – the inhuman practice of enslavement, the cruel segregationist policies of the Jim Crow era, and institutionalised racism.

      Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers brings together sculpture, paintings, reliefs, drawings, and quilts, most of which will be seen in the UK and Europe for the first time. It will also feature the celebrated quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama and the neighbouring communities of Rehoboth and Alberta.

      #RASoulsGrownDeep

    • Summer Exhibition

      Summer Exhibition

      Summer Exhibition 2023

      12 June – 20 August 2023

      The Summer Exhibition is the world’s most joyful art exhibition with a history dating back to 1769. Anyone can submit their work and – if your work’s selected by our panel of artists – it will go on display in our Main Galleries.

      We show every imaginable medium, from prints, paintings, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and more by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent.

      #RASummer

    • Herzog & de Meuron, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, US, 2005-10

      Herzog & de Meuron, 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, US, 2005-10

      © Iwan Baan

      Herzog & de Meuron

      14 July – 15 October 2023

      Embracing an experimental approach, this exhibition will look at a selection of Herzog & de Meuron’s projects, both complete and still in the works. With film and digital experiences, accompanied by models, material samples and prototypes, it will invite us to explore the perception and experience of architecture and its surrounding contexts.

      #RAarchitecture

    • Marina Abramović, ‘Artist Portrait with a Candle (A)’, from the series With Eyes Closed I See Happiness

      Marina Abramović, ‘Artist Portrait with a Candle (A)’, from the series With Eyes Closed I See Happiness, 2012.

      Colour, fine art pigment print. Courtesy of the Marina Abramović Archives © Marina Abramović.

      Marina Abramović

      23 September – 10 December 2023

      Over the past 50 years, Marina Abramović has earned worldwide acclaim as a pioneer of performance art. She has consistently tested the limits of her own physical and mental endurance in her work – and invited audiences to encounter it with her.

      In Abramović’s first major exhibition in the UK, we bring together works spanning her 50-year career. Curated in close collaboration with the artist, the exhibition will offer visitors the sort of intense, physical encounter for which she has become known. Abramović will participate in the programme of talks and events surrounding the exhibition.

      #MarinaAbravomicRA

    • Edgar Degas, Dancers on a Bench

      Edgar Degas, Dancers on a Bench, 1898 (detail).

      Pastel on tracing paper. 54.8 x 76 cm. Lent by Glasgow Life (Glasgow Museums) on behalf of Glasgow City Council. Bequeathed by William McInnes, 1944. © CSG CIC Glasgow Museums Collection.

      Impressionists on Paper

      Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec

      25 November 2023 – 10 March 2024

      Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists radically transformed the future direction of art. But it wasn’t just through their paintings. In a subtle but seismic shift, they lifted the status of works on paper – drawings, pastels, watercolours, temperas, gouaches – from something preparatory that you left in a studio, to artworks in their own right.

      #RAImpressionists