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Curators’ introduction – ‘The Great Spectacle’


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Friday 22 June 2018
11am — 12pm

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C.R. Cockerell, The Professor’s Dream, (detail) 1848.

Pencil, pen & grey ink and watercolour, with scratched highlights. 112 x 171 cm. © Royal Academy of Arts, London.

Curators Professor Mark Hallett and Dr Sarah Turner introduce ‘The Great Spectacle’, exploring 250 years of the Summer Exhibition through key works as they ponder the impact of this iconic annual show on art in Britain and around the world.

The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition is the world’s longest running annual display of contemporary art, and one of its largest. Ever since 1769, and at a succession of locations ranging from Pall Mall to Piccadilly, the Academy’s exhibition rooms have been crowded for some two months each year with hundreds of paintings and sculptures produced by many of Britain’s leading artists. Over the last 250 years, these spectacular displays of art – dominated by what has become a famously crowded and collage-like arrangement of pictures across the Academy’s walls – have provided thousands of artists with a crucial form of competition, inspiration and publicity, and captured the interest of millions of visitors. The curators will select key works from the exhibition to tell the story of this remarkable history.

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Friday 22 June 2018

11am — 12pm

The Benjamin West Lecture Theatre, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

£10, £6 concessions.