19 September — 13 December 2015
Major artist and cultural phenomenon Ai Weiwei takes over our main galleries with brave, provocative and visionary works.
a project by Edmund de Waal
26 September 2015 — 3 January 2016
This unique project in the RA Library and Print Room is an exploration of the colour white and the impact that white objects have on their surroundings; an interweaving of words and books with sculpture, paintings and photographs.
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.
24 October 2015 — 31 January 2016
2009-2016 Season supported by JTI
Jean-Etienne Liotard was an artist in great demand across Enlightenment Europe and beyond. An eccentric and distinctive portraitist, his work conjures up the magnificence and cultural curiosity of the age in vividly lifelike detail.
Caochangdi: The studio and the community
Ai Weiwei as architect
26 September — 13 December 2015
In 1999, Ai Weiwei built his first architectural project in the Chaoyang district of Beijing, on the outskirts of a rapidly changing city. In a small village called Caochangdi, Ai Weiwei designed a house and studio compound in red brick, where he has continued to live and work.
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.
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Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse
30 January — 20 April 2016
Sponsored by BNY Mellon, Partner of the Royal Academy of Arts
Using the work of Monet as a starting point, this landmark exhibition examines the role gardens played in the evolution of art from the early 1860s through to the 1920s.
Thinking through drawing
Chris Wilkinson RA
3 September 2015 — 14 February 2016
In a curatorial partnership between Architecture and Collections, the Royal Academy presents the personal sketchbooks of architect Chris Wilkinson RA.
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.
Premiums: Interim Projects 2016
12 February — 21 February 2016
Premiums: Interim Projects features the work of artists in their second year at the Royal Academy Schools.
In the Age of Giorgione
12 March — 5 June 2016
Trace the development of ideas that changed the course of art in this highly original exploration of the Venetian Renaissance. Bringing together iconic paintings by masters such as Titian and Giorgione, we shed new light on a pivotal yet little-understood moment in the history of art.
Summer Exhibition 2016
13 June — 21 August 2016
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.
RA Schools Show 2016
22 June — 3 July 2016
The RA Schools Show is the annual exhibition of works by final year students at the historic Royal Academy Schools, the first art school in Britain.
David Hockney RA: 77 Portraits, 2 Still Lifes
2 July — 2 October 2016
David Hockney returns to the RA with a remarkable new body of work. Embracing portraiture with a renewed creative vigour, he offers an intimate snapshot of the LA art world and the people who have crossed his path over the last two years.
24 September 2016 — 2 January 2017
Abstract Expressionism will forever be associated with the energy and vibrancy of 1950s New York. Artists like Pollock, Rothko and de Kooning injected a new sense of confidence in painting, experimenting with improvisation, spontaneity and colour.
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.
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