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In the Age of Giorgione
12 March – 5 June 2016
In March 2016, the Royal Academy of Arts will present In the Age of Giorgione, a focused survey of the Venetian Renaissance during the first decade of the sixteenth century. The exhibition will shed new light on this pivotal period, which laid the foundations for the Golden Age of Venetian painting. It will bring together around 50 works from public institutions and private collections across Europe and the United States, by celebrated artists such as Giorgione, Titian, Giovanni Bellini, Sebastiano del Piombo and Lorenzo Lotto, while offering an opportunity to rediscover other less well known artists such as Giovanni Cariani. The exhibition will also consider the influence of Albrecht Dürer who visited Venice in 1505–6.
Drawing – The Lines of Time will present a new series of 26 drawings by the abstract sculptor Ann Christopher RA (b. 1947) alongside one sculpture, The Edge of Light (2002). The artist began this project while working in Southern France near the town of Albi and describes the forms represented as originating from her experience of the ‘ever-changing effects of the climate and light on the landscape’ in the area.
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.
Premiums Interim Projects provides an opportunity to view new work by 17 emerging artists at the interim point of their postgraduate study at the UK’s longest established art school, the RA Schools.
The exhibition will present a wide range of work, reflecting the diversity of the students’ individual practices, from hand-made objects and wallpaper installations to paintings and trompe l’oeil, as well as film, woodcuts, photography and sound. Themes explored include social situations, Elvis Presley, ambiguous environments, fictional worlds, armchair travel, Paleolithic art and science fiction.
Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture
26 January – 20 April 2016
Mavericks: Breaking the Mould of British Architecture is an installation that will chart the course of British architecture from the sixteenth century to the present day through the work of twelve maverick architects: Robert Smythson, Sir John Vanbrugh, James Wyatt PRA, Sir John Soane RA, Charles Robert Cockerell RA, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Charles Holden, H. S. Goodhart-Rendel, James Stirling RA, Cedric Price, FAT and Zaha Hadid RA.
3 September 2015 – 14 February 2016
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.
Jean-Etienne Liotard,Woman on a Sofa Reading,1748-52.
Oil on canvas. 50 x 60 cm. Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence. Photo Gabinetto Fotografico dell'Ex Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico, Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Firenze.
24 October 2015 – 31 January 2016
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.
The Space and the Royal Academy of Arts use 360º technology to offer an immersive experience of Ai Weiwei's 2015 exhibition to audiences online
London, 21 January 2016: Following the success of Ai Weiwei, which received 372,813 visitors, The Space and the Royal Academy of Arts will extend the audience reach and the life of the landmark exhibition further with the launch of Ai Weiwei 360. Through innovative 360º technology, audiences are invited to experience this landmark show from the comfort of their own homes or on the move using their desktop, tablet, smartphone or virtual reality headset.
Royal Academy of Arts announces election of new Royal Academician, new Professors for the RA Schools and Honorary Surveyor
London, 15 January 2016: The Royal Academy of Arts has elected Brian Catling as a Royal Academician in the category of sculpture. Chantal Joffe RA (replacing Fiona Rae RA) has been appointed Professor of Painting and Cathie Pilkington RA (replacing Richard Wilson RA) as Professor of Sculpture for the Royal Academy Schools. Roger Zogolovitch has also been elected as Honorary Surveyor.
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.
The close of 2015 saw more than 370,000 visitors flock to Ai Weiwei in the Main Galleries. The exhibition garnered five-star reviews, and over the course of summer 2015 the RA’s very first Kickstarter campaign raised funds to bring an enormous site-specific installation to the Courtyard, free to be enjoyed by all.
During the closing three days of Ai Weiwei, and for the first time in the Royal Academy’s 247th year history, extra capacity was also provided for visitors to view the exhibition with 56 hours of round-the-clock entry into the galleries. 26,458 visitors viewed the exhibition during the 56 hour round-the-clock opening.
Credit: Ai Weiwei, 'Tree', 2009-10, 2015. 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.