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BCKJ Architects from China named winners of the 2020 Royal Academy Dorfman Award for Architecture
The Royal Academy of Arts announced this evening on Thursday 3 December 2020 at an online presentation, that Dong Mei and Liu Xiaochuan, of BCKJ Architects, an architectural practice from China, have been awarded the 2020 Royal Academy Dorfman Award, honouring an international talent that represents the future of architecture.
Royal Academy of Arts announces election of new professors for the RA Schools and an Honorary FellowRoyal Academy of Arts to reopen to RA Friends on 9 July and to the public on 16 July 2020
At a recent General Assembly meeting, conducted for the first time via video conference, the Royal Academy of Arts elected Fiona Banner RA as Professor of Perspective and Lubaina Himid RA as Professor of Painting for the Royal Academy Schools. Alison Wilding RA’s appointment as Eranda Professor of Drawing has also been extended for two years. This follows the election of author Zadie Smith as Honorary Fellow earlier this year.
David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020
The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries
In March 2021, the Royal Academy of Arts will present David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 comprising a new body of work created by David Hockney RA during a period of intense activity at his home in Normandy, charting the unfolding and progression of spring. The period in which these works were made coincided with the beginning of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, where Hockney, along with the rest of Europe and much of the world, was in a state of lockdown. Faced with an unprecedented and perplexing period, Hockney’s focus on the emergence of spring instead celebrates the natural world and urges people, as he does himself in one of his frequently used phrases, to ‘love life’. This will be the first time the works will be exhibited, opening exactly a year after the works were made.
In February 2021, the Royal Academy of Arts will present Jock McFadyen RA: Tourist without a Guidebook, a free display that will be held in The Weston Rooms in Burlington House. The exhibition will explore McFadyen’s ongoing interest in the changing urban landscape and will focus on works depicting East London, where he has lived and worked for the past 40 years. Around 20 of McFadyen’s works will be on display, covering a period from the early 1990s to the present.
Tracey Emin / Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul
The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries
The Royal Academy of Arts will present a landmark exhibition bringing together for the first time the work of acclaimed British artist Tracey Emin RA (b.1963) and the Norwegian Expressionist Edvard Munch (1863-1944), two internationally renowned artists born 100 years apart. Long fascinated and inspired by Edvard Munch’s work, Tracey Emin will choose a selection of his masterpieces to accompany her own works.