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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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19 September –13 December 2015
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.
In July 2015, the Royal Academy of Arts will present an exhibition of works by American artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972). Joseph Cornell: Wanderlust will offer an overview of the artist’s inventive oeuvre, surveying around 80 of Cornell’s remarkable box constructions, assemblages, collages and films.
Cornelia Parker RA in St Pancras International station.
Photo: HS1 Ltd.
Cornelia Parker, One More Time
From 28 May 2015
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.
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.
Royal Academy of Arts Burlington Gardens Festival announced
London, 11 June 2015: The Royal Academy of Arts announced today that it will host a street party, the Burlington Gardens Festival on 4 July 2015 (during Brown’s London Art Weekend 3 – 5 July 2015), to celebrate the history and future of Burlington Gardens, on the eve of its redevelopment. Artist hosts will include Royal Academicians Will Alsop, Yinka Shonibare, Bob and Roberta Smith and Richard Wilson.
The Royal Academy’s north-facing Entrance, Burlington Gardens.
Image credit: Hayes Davidson.
The Royal Academy of Arts unveils plans for 250th anniversary redevelopment
London, 11 May 2015. The Royal Academy of Arts, Britain’s foremost artist-led institution, today unveiled designs for a transformative redevelopment which will be completed in time for its 250th anniversary in 2018. The project is supported by a grant of £12.7 million from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).
The Royal Academy of Arts and St Pancras International station to launch partnership with installation by Cornelia Parker RA
London, 7 May 2015: The Royal Academy of Arts announced today 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. This is the first time the Royal Academy of Arts will co-present an external public sculpture series in London.
Richard Wilson RA,Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea,2015.
A full-sized replica of a coach teeters on the side of a skyscraper in Hong Kong, inspired by Michael Caine’s famous final line of the Italian Job..
Courtesy the Artist and Michelle D’Souza Fine Art. Originally commissioned by the De La Warr Pavilion, UK and generously supported by Eddie Izzard, the Arts Council England Grants for the Arts via the National Lottery and the Henry Moore Foundation, as part of the London 2012 Festival..
The Royal Academy of Arts and the Peninsula Hong Kong to launch new collaboration with installation by Richard Wilson RA
Hong Kong, 4 March 2015: The Royal Academy of Arts and the Peninsula Hong Kong will co-present a public art installation in Hong Kong by leading British sculptor Richard Wilson RA. The first initiative in a three-year partnership between The Peninsula and the RA, Wilson’s work is timed to coincide with the third edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong, and will be unveiled on Thursday 12 March 2015.