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

Friends events

● Fully booked

Saturday 7 April 2018
7 — 10pm

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Charles I: King and Collector

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Enjoy an exclusive private view of the legendary art collection of Charles I away from the crowds with live music, themed food and drinks available to purchase.

At this late private view of Charles I: King and Collector you can experience the themes of the exhibition with a complimentary glass of sparkling wine. Relax to live harp music and indulge in a specially prepared menu of British provenance tapas dishes from Peyton & Byrne and 2-for-1 cocktails with a royal twist, available to purchase.

For a VIP experience, upgrade your ticket and treat yourself to free-flowing sparkling wine in our private members’ club, where DJ Thom will be playing the perfect soundtrack to the night. The intimate Academicians’ Room is the perfect place to celebrate in style; currently on show are the monumental wall-hangings of internationally renowned artist El Anatsui Hon RA in his temporary display Benchmarks. VIP guests can also enjoy access to a private bar, where our resident mixologist will be serving signature cocktails, available to purchase until late.

For a taste of what to expect, have a look at the latest Friends private view images.

Charles I: King and Collector

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.

The Royal Academy is an independent charity that relies on the generosity of its Friends. Thank you for supporting the RA by participating in Friends events.

● Fully booked

● Cancelled

Saturday 7 April 2018

7 — 10pm

Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

£25/£50 VIP. Includes a welcome drink.