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Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition Programme 2021

Royal Academy of Arts Exhibition Programme 2021

The Royal Academy of Arts have just released their exhibition programme for 2021, it includes a mixture of old and new which provides plenty of opportunity for visitors to enjoy the art on show.

Francis Bacon: Man and Beast
Main Galleries
30 January – 18 April 2021

In January 2021, the Royal Academy of Arts will present Francis Bacon: Man and Beast, the first exhibition to chart the development of the artist’s work through the lens of his fascination with animals, and how this impacted upon his treatment of his ultimate subject: the human figure. Francis Bacon (1909–1992) is recognised as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. This important exhibition will include 45 remarkable paintings spanning his career; from his earliest works of the 1930s and 40s through to the final painting he ever made in 1991, which will be exhibited publicly for the first time in the UK. Among the works, a trio of paintings of bullfights, all made in 1969, will also be displayed together for the first time.

Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict
The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries
13 March – 6 June 2021

In March 2021, the Royal Academy of Arts will present an exhibition of Kenyan-born artist Michael Armitage (b. 1984). Armitage graduated from the RA Schools in 2010 and now works between Nairobi and London. In his paintings, Armitage brings together the Western painting tradition (drawing on Titian, Goya, Manet and Gauguin among others) with East African contemporary art, popular culture and politics. Also on display will be a group of works by East African artists, such as Jak Katarikawe (1938-2018), Theresa Musoke (b. 1944) and Meek Gichugu (b. 1968), selected by Armitage for their importance to the development of figurative painting in Kenya and to his artistic development. Alongside his work, Armitage recently founded the Nairobi Contemporary Art Institute, a non-profit visual arts space.

David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020
The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries
27 March – 22 August 2021

The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, 2020 comprises a new body of work created by David Hockney RA during a period of intense activity at his home in Normandy and charts 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 us, as he does himself in one of his frequently used phrases, to ‘love life’. The works have been ‘painted’ on an iPad, and then printed on paper at a large-scale.

Summer Exhibition 2021
Main Galleries
15 June – 17 August 2021

The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, is now in its 253rd year. It provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience, comprising a range of media from painting, printmaking and photography, to sculpture, architecture and film. It has been held each year without interruption since 1769. Around 1200 works will go on display, the majority of which will be for sale offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original work.

Milton Avery
The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries
3 July – 26 September 2021

Milton Avery (1885-1965) has long been recognised in the United States as one of the most important and influential twentieth-century American artists. Avery’s compositions, taken from daily life, including portraits and landscapes, are imbued with a colour sensibility, harmony and balance which was to have a major influence on the next artistic generation. Avery played a vital role in the development of Abstract Expressionism, through his close association with some of the younger exponents of the movement, such as Mark Rothko, Barnett Newman and Adolph Gottlieb. The last retrospective of his work was held at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1982 and this will be the first solo exhibition of Milton Avery in Europe.

Marina Abramović: After Life
Main Galleries
25 September – 12 December 2021

In September 2021, the Royal Academy of Arts will present a solo exhibition of the internationally acclaimed performance artist Marina Abramović Hon RA. The exhibition will be Abramović’s first major survey in the UK, bringing together key works spanning her entire career. The exhibition will explore how Abramović captures and defines performance art through photographs, videos, objects, installations and live re-performances of her work, reflecting Abramović’s interest in the legacy of performance art.

Herzog & de Meuron
The Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries
23 October 2021 – 23 January 2022

In Autumn 2021, the Royal Academy of Arts will present an exhibition of the critically acclaimed architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron, founded in Basel in 1978. With projects across the globe, the work of the practice continues to astound and inspire, as they transform what might otherwise be an ordinary condition or material into something extraordinary that engages with the senses. Notable projects include Tate Modern, London (2000 and 2016) and the National Stadium, Beijing (2008). In this exhibition at the Royal Academy, Herzog & de Meuron will explore ways of exhibiting architecture at this critical moment in time.

Late Constable
The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries
30 October 2021 – 13 February 2022

In 2021, the Royal Academy will present an exhibition on the late work of John Constable (1776-1837). The exhibition’s point of departure is the last of Constable’s celebrated six-foot Suffolk canal scenes, The Leaping Horse, one of the highlights of the RA’s collection, first exhibited in 1825. It is in this painting that, by inserting the detail of the tower of Dedham Church, Constable first departs from the notion of topographical accuracy which had been a hallmark of his work until that date. Distinguished by its rich technical vocabulary, the artist’s late work, though often conservative in subject matter, becomes increasingly expressive in style. The exhibition will explore Constable’s late career, from 1825 until his unexpected death in 1837, through his paintings and oil sketches as well as watercolours, drawings and prints.

RA Schools Show 2021
RA Schools Studios and Weston Studio
17 – 27 June 2021

The RA Schools Show is the annual exhibition of works by artists graduating from the UK’s longest established contemporary art school, the RA Schools. The show will present work by emerging artists in a range of media with each exhibiting in solo spaces in the rarely-seen working studios within the Royal Academy.

For more information and tickets, visit the Royal Academy website here

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