RA250 preview: the New RA and ‘Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE’

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Wednesday 16 May 2018
10am — 12pm

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Celebrate the opening of the New RA and enjoy the premiere exhibition ‘Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE’ at this special preview for RA250 Friends, RA250 Supporters and the Academicians’ Room members.

Be one of the first to see the redeveloped Burlington Gardens site ahead of the public opening and enjoy our premiere exhibition at this special event. In May 2018, leading artist Tacita Dean will exhibit pioneering, poetic work in our new galleries. As an RA250 Friend or Supporter, you have exclusive access to the exhibition before it opens to our Friends and the public.

Tacita Dean’s interest in landscape phenomena has taken her around the world: from the unspoilt landscape of Bodmin Moor in England to the open rangelands of Wyoming in the American West to film a rare solar eclipse. Dean is a champion of photochemical film, yet her wide-ranging practice extends across a multitude of mediums.

In the newly opened Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, the internationally renowned visual artist and Royal Academician will explore “landscape” in its broadest sense: intimate collections of natural found objects, a mountainous blackboard drawing and a series of cloudscapes in chalk on slate created especially for these spaces will draw you into Dean’s vision. The highlight of the exhibition will be a major new experimental 35mm film, Antigone. This quasi-narrative film, featuring writer/poet Anne Carson and actor Stephen Dillane, combines multiple places, geologies and seasons into a single cinematographic image. It is made with the same masking technique first developed by Dean for her Tate Modern Turbine Hall project FILM (2011).

It was at the RA that the likes of Constable, Gainsborough and Turner championed the genre of landscape painting. Tacita Dean takes up this legacy in immensely beautiful and poetic works that ask us to slow down and consider our place in human, geological and cosmic temporal scales. This is one of three distinct exhibitions to form an unprecedented collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery. Each show focuses on a genre central to the shaping of the institutions’ collections – LANDSCAPE, PORTRAIT, STILL LIFE – and looks at them through the contemporary prism of Tacita Dean’s artistic practice.

Academicians’ Room members and RA250 Friends and Supporters only. Please call 020 7300 8090 or book online.

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Wednesday 16 May 2018

10am — 12pm

The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, Burlington Gardens, Royal Academy of Arts

Free, booking required. Academicians' Room members and RA250 Friends and Supporters only.

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