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News from the Academy
From the appointment of new Academicians to the latest updates on the Academy’s redevelopment plans, this is where you’ll find all our news announcements.
We will announce our 2016 programme in Autumn 2015. Find out more about our future programme and exciting array of exhibitions soon.
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2016 Exhibition Programme
The Royal Academy of Arts reveals what’s in store for next year as we launch our 2016 exhibition programme.
In September 2015, the Royal Academy of Arts will present a landmark exhibition of the Honorary Royal Academician, Ai Weiwei. Although Ai is one of China’s leading contemporary artists, his work has not been seen extensively in Britain and the Royal Academy will present the first major institutional survey of his artistic output. The exhibition will include significant works from 1993 onwards, the date that marks Ai Weiwei’s return to China following more than a decade living in New York. Ai Weiwei will create new, site-specific installations and interventions throughout the Royal Academy’s spaces.
This exhibition will be devoted to the idiosyncratic Swiss artist Jean-Etienne Liotard (1702-1789), who attained international recognition as one of the most highly accomplished portraitists of eighteenth century Enlightenment Europe. Jean-Etienne Liotard will bring together over 70 works, providing a unique opportunity to view a wide selection of the artist’s exceptional oeuvre in pastel, as well as oil paintings, drawings and miniatures from public and private collections in Europe and the UK, many of which have rarely been seen in public.
This September, the Royal Academy of Arts will present white, a project conceived and curated by the artist and writer, Edmund de Waal. On display throughout the Library and Print Room of the Royal Academy, the exhibition will be a personal exploration of the colour white, an expression of de Waal’s ongoing fascination with its use, meanings and impact. De Waal has chosen over 40 works from the RA Collection and private collections including sculpture, paintings, photographs and books, to interweave throughout the Library. It is the first time this space at the RA has been curated by an artist.
This September, the Royal Academy of Arts presents an exhibition by the architect Chris Wilkinson RA (b. 1945) bringing together 30 years of his architectural drawings and sketchbooks. For an architect, the sketchbook is not just a place to draw but a place to order thoughts, to graphically and visually gather information and to develop a design response. Thinking through drawing: Chris Wilkinson RA will offer an extraordinary window into the architect’s creative process, revealing the central role drawing plays within the development of a design.
In January 2016, the Royal Academy of Arts will present Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse, a major exhibition examining the role of gardens in the paintings of Claude Monet and his contemporaries. With Monet as the starting point, the exhibition will span the early 1860s to the 1920s, a period of tremendous social change and innovation in the arts, and will include Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and Avant-Garde artists of the early twentieth century. It will bring together over 120 works, from public institutions and private collections across Europe and the USA, including 35 paintings by Monet alongside rarely seen masterpieces by Paul Klee, Emil Nolde, Gustav Klimt and Wassily Kandinsky.
Details of a four year partnership with HS1 Ltd. (owners of St Pancras International station) to develop Terrace Wires, the station’s commissioning programme for new artwork by leading international artists. The first work selected for the commission is by Cornelia Parker RA, whose work One More Time (2015) is a working replica of the station’s DENT London clock.
Extended opening hours and a 56 hour round-the-clock opening for final weekend of Ai Weiwei
London, 5 November 2015: Due to the success of Ai Weiwei, the Royal Academy of Arts will be extending opening hours for the exhibition’s final four weekends. The exhibition will remain open until midnight on Saturday 21 November, Saturday 28 November and Saturday 5 December 2015. For the first time in the Royal Academy’s 247th year history, 56 hours of round-the-clock entry into the galleries will also take place for the closing three days of the exhibition. Ai Weiwei will remain open, without closure, for 56 hours from 10am on Friday 11 December until 6pm on Sunday 13 December.
Royal Academy of Arts is the UK Lego collection point for Ai Weiwei new project
(c) David Parry.
Royal Academy of Arts announces UK Lego collection point for Ai Weiwei project
London, 28 October 2015: The Royal Academy of Arts will become the UK Lego Collection point for a new international art project by Ai Weiwei. A second-hand BMW 5 series sedan will be placed in the Royal Academy’s Courtyard, and visitors are encouraged to donate Lego blocks through the vehicle’s sunroof. The car will remain in the Royal Academy’s Courtyard from Friday 30 October until the end of November 2015
Keystone of British cultural history revealed for first time in 100 years
London, 27 October 2015: The Charter for the Society of Artists of Great Britain and its associated Roll of Obligation have been rediscovered at the Royal Academy of Arts 250 years after the Society’s foundation in 1765. Thought to be missing, these documents are central to the story of British cultural history signifying the formalisation of artists as a professional group in Britain in the late eighteenth century. The Society was crucial to the foundation of the Royal Academy of Arts in 1768, when a cabal of artists broke away from the Society and formed the Academy instead.
Royal Academy of Arts welcomes Maurice Davies as Head of Collections
London, 1 October 2015: The Royal Academy of Arts is pleased to announce the appointment of Maurice Davies as its new Head of Collections. He will join the RA on 5 October, taking responsibility for the Academy’s Library, Archive and historic Collection of over 46,000 objects following the retirement of Nick Savage. Davies will be instrumental in the development of the new spaces being designed to display the Collections – one of the most significant elements of the Academy’s transformative redevelopment plans, which will be completed in time for its 250th anniversary in 2018.
Installation at the Royal Academy of Arts, London 2015. Photo Fraser Marr
Royal Academy of Arts' successful Kickstarter Campaign will fund monumental courtyard installation by Ai Weiwei
London, 21 August 2015: The Royal Academy of Arts announced today that £123,577 has been raised through a major crowdfunding campaign supported by Kickstarter to exhibit a monumental, site-specific installation by Ai Weiwei in the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard. The Royal Academy will display Ai Weiwei’s Tree, consisting of eight individual trees, each measuring around seven metres tall. This will be the largest installation of the work to date and will coincide with the artist’s exhibition at the Royal Academy, opening to the public on the 19 September.
London, 22 July 2015: The Royal Academy of Arts is pleased to announce that Ai Weiwei has just received his passport and will be travelling to London for his landmark exhibition at the RA in September.
Royal Academy of Arts invites the public to support monumental courtyard installation by Ai Weiwei
London, 15 July 2015: The Royal Academy of Arts announced today plans to exhibit a monumental, site-specific installation by Ai Weiwei in the Royal Academy’s Annenberg Courtyard, to coincide with the major exhibition opening to the public on the 19 September 2015. The Royal Academy proposes to display Ai Weiwei’s Tree, consisting of eight individual trees, each measuring around seven metres tall. This will be the largest installation of the work to date.
Newly designed Academicians' Room by Martin Brudnizki Design Studio to open in September at the Royal Academy of Arts
London, Monday 13 July: Renowned interior architects, the Martin Brudnizki Design Studio, will create a newly designed Academicians’ Room in the Keeper’s House at the Royal Academy of Arts, due to open in September 2015. The Academicians’ Room is an impressive grand space originally designed by Norman Shaw RA in 1883 and now provides a designated private members club for Royal Academicians, their guests and members.