19 September — 13 December 2015
Major artist and cultural phenomenon Ai Weiwei takes over our main galleries with brave, provocative and visionary works.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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Between the Land and the Sea
Art Sales at the RA
29 October 2015 — 24 April 2016
Barbara Rae RA presents works on paper by selected Royal Academicians, including Hughie O’Donoghue, Jock McFadyen, and Elizabeth Blackadder, alongside a number of invited Scottish artists.
Academicians in Focus: Bernard Dunstan RA and Diana Armfield RA
Painting From Life – Painting Their Life
29 October 2015 — 24 April 2016
Whether in the vicinity of their two homes in Kew and Wales, or on the many painting trips they have made to Italy and France, Diana Armfield RA and Bernard Dunstan RA have worked in each other’s company for over 65 years. Each has their own approach. Diana responds to still life, landscape and convivial occasions in restaurants and other public places, while Bernard prefers to capture the structure and atmosphere of interiors with the themes of both the intimate nude and the world of musical performance. Both are admirers of Bonnard, Vuillard, Sickert and William Nicholson. They seem happiest when painting and drawing from life, painting with a wonderful lightness of touch and colour and a strong sense of purpose. Diana and Bernard have spent their lives expressing the beauty of the world around them, undistracted by any desire for the expression of self. They “paint what they love, and love what they paint”. Diana and Bernard met while studying at the Slade School of Fine Art in the 1940’s, and their romance was kindled after Diana saw a painting of Bernard’s at the 1947 Summer Exhibition. Together they have since made painting their life, and between them have been Royal Academicians for 82 years. They are now both Senior Academicians, and in their 96th year, continue to work alongside one another with energy and passion.
In the Gallery Café
9 October — 3 December 2015
Ismond Rosen (1924–1996) – artist, psychoanalyst, and psychiatrist – created a vast body of art and written work during his lifetime. Mainly self-taught, he studied at the École des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian in Paris.
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.
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.
Ann Christopher RA
Drawing – The Lines of Time
25 February — 29 May 2016
This exhibition presents a new series of drawings, *The Lines of Time*, by the award-winning abstract sculptor Ann Christopher RA.
27 April — 29 May 2016
We present the results of an ideas competition which invited architects to come up with new and creative uses for London’s brownfield sites.
Breaking the Mould of British Architecture
26 January — 20 April 2016
Charting the course of British architecture through twelve maverick architects: Smythson, Vanbrugh, Wyatt, Soane, Cockerell, Mackintosh, Holden, Goodhart-Rendel, Stirling, Price, FAT and Hadid.
David Hockney RA: 79 Portraits and 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.
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.
Summer Exhibition 2016
13 June — 21 August 2016
Sponsored by Insight Investment
Held without interruption since 1769, the Summer Exhibition displays works in a variety of mediums and genres by emerging and established contemporary artists.
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.
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.
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.
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