Friends premium private view: ‘From Life’ and ‘Charles I: King and Collector’

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Saturday 3 February 2018
7 — 10pm

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Enjoy an exclusive private view of both the legendary art collection of Charles I and inquisitive traditions of ‘From Life’ away from the crowds with live music, themed food and drinks available to purchase.

King Charles I amassed one of the most extraordinary art collections of his age, acquiring works by some of the finest artists of the past – Titian, Mantegna, Holbein, Dürer – and commissioning leading contemporary artists such as Van Dyck and Rubens.

Yet, following the king’s execution in 1649, his collection was sold off and scattered across Europe. While many works were retrieved by Charles II during the Restoration, others now form the core of museums such as the Louvre and the Prado. Charles I: King and Collector will reunite the greatest masterpieces of this magnificent collection for the first time. Celebrating its breadth and grandeur, we will include over 100 works of art, ranging from classical sculptures to Baroque paintings, and from exquisite miniatures to monumental tapestries. In showing these works together, the exhibition will demonstrate the radical impact they had at the time and shed light on how they fostered a vibrant visual culture that was hitherto unknown in England.

Looking to the past, present and future of one of the cornerstones of artistic process, we ask what it means to make art from life, and how the practice is evolving as technology opens up new ways of making and seeing.

Drawing from casts and life models was long considered essential training for any aspiring artist, and was once a staple of the Royal Academy’s own art school. Now, on the cusp of the RA’s 250th anniversary, this special exhibition project takes an inquisitive look at the tradition and its ongoing relationship with artists today.

Beginning with historic works drawn from the RA Collection, From Life will trace a line from the origins of the RA in the 18th century to the present day. Alongside a room devoted to Jeremy Deller’s Iggy Pop Life Class, we will show contemporary work in diverse media by various artists including numerous Royal Academicians who continue to interrogate the practice of working from life, among them Jenny Saville, Chantal Joffe,and Gillian Wearing.

Finally we will see how emerging technologies present artists with new ways to both observe and represent themselves and the world around them, opening up unexplored techniques and pushing back physical limitations. Through the work of artists like Antony Gormley and Jonathan Yeo, and architect Farshid Moussavi, we will offer a glimpse of possible future applications of virtual and augmented reality in the art of tomorrow.

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Saturday 3 February 2018

7 — 10pm

Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£25. Includes a welcome drink.

Booking is now open to Friends of the RA.

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