Summer Exhibition 2015
8 June — 16 August 2015
Sponsored by Insight Investment
Get ready to discover your new favourite artist as we head into a summer of colour at the RA. From painting to installation art, you’ll find it all at the Summer Exhibition.
4 July — 27 September 2015
2009-2016 Season supported by JTI
From a basement in New York, Joseph Cornell channelled his limitless imagination into some of the most original art of the 20th century. Step into his beguiling world at this landmark exhibition.
Stories from the Past — Visions of the Future
The Royal Academy and its Buildings
20 May — 20 September 2015
The RA is home to four centuries of architectural history. From distant beginnings as town-palace on the edge of London, Victorian transformations with the arrival of the Royal Academy, and the construction of 6 Burlington Gardens, to twentieth and twenty-first century interventions of The Sackler Wing and the Keeper’s House, our buildings are a palimpsest of architectural interest and invention. This rich legacy has provided the basis for a major building project designed by David Chipperfield Architects that will open up the Royal Academy for the twenty-first century. A new bridge building will link Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, unifying our site for the first time, while Burlington Gardens will be overhauled with refurbished galleries, a new Clore Learning Centre and a 260-capacity lecture theatre. Complete in time for the 250th anniversary of the RA’s foundation in 2018, the project lays the ground the next stage in our history.
Academicians in Focus: Timothy Hyman RA
A year with Maggie's
30 April — 22 October 2015
The first Maggie’s Centre opened in Edinburgh in 1996, using a blueprint for cancer established by Maggie Keswick Jencks before her death in June 1995. Since then the charity has commissioned a sequence of outstanding, modestly-scaled buildings sited alongside NHS hospitals; many being designed by major architects, often without fee. A moving and sensitive portrayal of the inner life of the centres, this exhibition celebrates those who benefit from them – their gatherings, preoccupations, and individual journeys – and explores the essence of the buildings both spiritually and structurally. All works are available for sale and a selection can be found in the RA’s [online shop](http://shop.royalacademy.org.uk/). [Find out more](http://shop.royalacademy.org.uk/artsales/?___store=art_sales) about Art Sales at the RA, ask at the Membership Desk in the Keeper’s House or call 020 7300 5932.
One More Time
Terrace Wires: Cornelia Parker RA
From 28 May 2015
Millions of London visitors are set to be wowed by new public artworks from Royal Academicians, as the RA announces an exciting high-profile partnership with St Pancras International. Celebrated British sculptor Cornelia Parker RA will unveil a new installation on 28 May, in the first of a series of original commissions from Academicians that will hang from the station’s huge, iconic roof.
Hide and Seek
Drawings by Eileen Cooper RA
29 May — 23 August 2015
This exhibition, which coincides with the publication of a monograph celebrating Cooper’s career, presents drawings spanning almost 40 years. Cooper creates work that possesses a strongly poetic and distinctive vision, and the artist has been described as a ‘magical realist’. An accomplished painter and printmaker, Cooper’s practice has always been underpinned by drawing. This remarkable body of work illustrates how her distinctive imagery has developed through making drawings that explore such subjects as sexuality, birth, family, fecundity and creativity. We are delighted to display, as part of the exhibition, the artist’s gift to the Royal Academy Collections of ten previously unseen mixed-media drawings. These feature Cooper’s iconic female figures, and are multi-layered and complex in form.
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A-Level Summer Exhibition Online 2015
Beings of the world, unite!
8 June — 16 August 2015
Selected from over 2,000 submissions, the A-level Summer Exhibition Online is a showcase of Britain’s best young artistic talent.
19 September — 13 December 2015
In September 2015 major artist and cultural phenomenon Ai Weiwei takes over our main galleries with brave, provocative and visionary works.
3 July — 20 September 2015
Visitors to Burlington Gardens will be welcomed this summer by a ceramic urban landscape designed by emerging Istanbul-based practice, SO? Architecture and Ideas.
24 October 2015 — 31 January 2016
2009-2016 Season supported by JTI
Jean-Etienne Liotard was an artist in great demand at noble courts across Enlightenment Europe. An eccentric and distinctive portraitist, he also made carefully observed scenes of contemporary life in far-flung locales.
Daniel Maclise: The Waterloo Cartoon
2 September 2015 — 3 January 2016
Daniel Maclise’s cartoon for ‘The Meeting of Wellington and Blücher’ is a preparatory drawing on an epic scale.
European Prize for Urban Public Space
21 July — 9 August 2015
A biennial initiative of the Centre of Contemporary Culture of Barcelona (CCCB), the European Prize for Urban Public Space aims to draw attention to the importance of public space in the democratic life of cities. The exhibition showcases the twenty-five most outstanding projects of the 2014 prize, exemplified as interventions that give priority to access over barriers of every kind and encourage appropriation by citizens. Hosted in partnership with The Architecture Foundation.
Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
30 January — 20 April 2016
Sponsored by BNY Mellon, Partner of the Royal Academy of Arts
This major exhibition examines the role of gardens in the paintings of Claude Monet and his contemporaries. Spanning the early 1860s to the 1920s, a period of tremendous social change and innovation in the arts, it will include Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists.
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