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Léon Spilliaert

Temporarily closed

23 February — 25 May 2020

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The Royal Academy is temporarily closed until further notice – the safety of our valued visitors, loyal Friends and staff is our highest priority.

While the RA doors are temporarily closed, you can still experience our ‘Léon Spilliaert’ exhibition in this video tour of the galleries.

Tickets purchased for exhibitions and events can be refunded; simply call the RA box office on 0207 300 8090 or tickets@royalacademy.org.uk.

The RA is an independent charity and we don’t receive revenue funding from the government so we are reliant upon the support of visitors, donors, sponsors, and the loyal Friends of the Royal Academy. If you wish to donate the cost of your exhibition or event ticket instead of requesting a refund, you would be helping to support the RA – thank you!

Léon Spilliaert (1881–1946) was born in the coastal town of Ostend. He moved to Brussels at the age of 20, and would live and work between the two cities for the rest of his life. Self-taught, he forged his own artistic identity, which was shaped by the affinity he felt with writers and thinkers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Friedrich Nietzsche.

Spilliaert’s work is characterised by dramatic perspectives and a quiet luminescence. He is best known for a sequence of enigmatic self-portraits and for his atmospheric night-time scenes of Ostend. His visual explorations of the self and potent images of solitude align him with European modernists such as Edvard Munch and Vilhelm Hammershøi.

This is the first monographic exhibition of Spilliaert’s work in the UK and will showcase some 80 works on paper – from images of his home town and the coast, to later works capturing the tranquillity of the forest outside Brussels. It will bring together works from public and private collections across Belgium, France and the USA, presenting a journey through the lifetime of a remarkably insightful and unusual artist.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with the Musée d‘Orsay, Paris.

Looking for Friends previews? Reserve your slot for 20-22 February.

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23 February — 25 May 2020

Daily 10am – 6pm Friday 10am – 10pm

£14 (without donation £12). Concessions available. Under-16s go free with a fee-paying adult. Free for Friends of the RA with no booking required.

The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries, Royal Academy of Arts