Summer Exhibition 2016
13 June — 21 August 2016
Sponsored by Insight Investment
Richard Wilson, leading British sculptor and Royal Academician, puts his stamp on a 248-year-old institution, the Summer Exhibition.
David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still-life
2 July — 2 October 2016
Sponsored by Cazenove Capital Management
As one of our most anticipated shows of the year, advance booking is essential for both Friends and visitors.
Bill Jacklin RA: The Graphic Work 1961 – 2016
3 June — 28 August 2016
In the first ever retrospective of Bill Jacklin RA’s graphic work, etchings from the 1960s are shown alongside newly created monotypes.
Peter Cook RA: Floating Ideas
8 June — 2 October 2016
Visionary architect and educator Sir Peter Cook RA creates an installation in the Architecture Space that evokes a world of architectural possibilities through over 60 drawings submitted to the Summer Exhibitions from the mid-1960s to the present day.
RA Family Album
Yinka Shonibare MBE RA
From 16 May 2016
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.
A-Level Summer Exhibition Online 2016
13 June — 21 August 2016
Selected from over 2,000 submissions, the A-level Summer Exhibition Online is a showcase of Britain’s best young artistic talent.
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The Edge of Printing
Art Sales at the RA
27 April — 23 October 2016
Tess Jaray RA presents presents works on paper by selected Royal Academicians, including Rebecca Salter, Anne Desmet and Peter Freeth alongside a number of invited artists.
Ken Howard’s Switzerland
Academicians in Focus
28 April — 23 October 2016
For the fourth in the Academicians in Focus series, we are proud to present a selection of small paintings by Ken Howard RA made during his extensive travels in Switzerland.
Ai Weiwei 360
Experience the show online
20 January — 20 November 2016
Ai Weiwei at the RA was the cultural phenomenon of the year. If you weren’t lucky enough to see the show, this is your chance to experience it online.
Thought of Train of Thought
Terrace Wires: Ron Arad RA
From 7 July 2016
British sculptor and Royal Academician Ron Arad presents a new public installation in St Pancras International station.
24 September 2016 — 2 January 2017
Sponsored by BNP Paribas
Exploring an unparalleled period in American art, this long awaited exhibition reveals the full breadth of a movement that will forever be associated with the boundless creative energy of 1950s New York.
Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans
29 October 2016 — 29 January 2017
The theatrical, the satirical and the macabre come together in arresting fashion in the art of James Ensor. Curated by Luc Tuymans, this exhibition will present a truly original body of work, seen through the eyes of one of today’s leading painters.
Flowing Lines of Grace
Drawing Drapery in the Late Nineteenth Century
26 July — 30 September 2016
For Leighton, Alma-Tadema and Watts, the drapery of classical Greek sculpture represented an aesthetic and physical ideal. Featuring drawings, engravings and contemporary publications from the RA’s Historic Book collection, this display explores the influence of classical drapery on these artists’ work and the ways in which it was perceived to represent the epitome of beauty.
The Veronica Scanner
Live 3D portraiture
2 September — 11 September 2016
For ten days in September, the Royal Academy will be home to the Veronica Chorographic Scanner, a bespoke 3D head scanner that maps the fine surface-detail of the human face.
Revolution: Russian Art 1917–1932
11 February — 17 April 2017
One hundred years on from the Russian Revolution, this powerful exhibition explores one of the most momentous periods in modern world history through the lens of its groundbreaking art.
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