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RA Family Album

Yinka Shonibare MBE RA

16 May 2016 — 14 May 2017

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RA Family Album brings together over 160 images that span the Royal Academy’s 248-year history. The juxtaposition of images reveals the rich tapestry of activity which takes place behind these walls.

From the renowned exhibitions, public debates, artists’ gatherings and stylish social events, to the more private making of art by RA Schools’ students and the skilled back-of-house operation, all give the place its life and vitality. This spread of images is topped by one of Shonibare’s signature colourful fabric designs, in this case of circles, selected as a sign of universal inclusiveness.

The artwork wraps the Royal Academy’s Burlington Gardens building during construction, which when reopened in 2018 will be united with Burlington House and Piccadilly by a design of David Chipperfield RA. Learn more about RA250, our 2018 project.

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16 May 2016 — 14 May 2017


Burlington Gardens