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Review: The New Royal Academy of Arts 2018

The Royal Academy of Arts will open its new campus to the public on Saturday 19 May 2018 as part of the celebrations of its 250th anniversary year. The redevelopment, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield has enable the Royal Academy to open up and reveal parts of the building and some of its historic treasures from its Collection. The changes will also enable the RA to further highlight the work of its Royal Academicians and the Royal Academy Schools.  

The redevelopment has created a link between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens which unites the buildings and creates up to 70% more space than the RA’s original Burlington House footprint.  

One of the highlights of the redevelopment is the creation of a new Royal Academy Collection Gallery which presents The Making of an Artist: The Great Tradition highlighting works from the RA Collection, including the ‘Taddei Tondo’ by Michelangelo and the RA’s almost full-size sixteenth century copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, along with paintings by Reynolds, Kauffman, Thornhill, Constable, Gainsborough and Turner.

The Architecture Studio provides a creative space that invites audience engagement with innovative and critical ideas on architecture. The space opens with Invisible Landscapes which explores the impact of technology in people’s environments.

Learning from the past has been enabled by displaying a series of historical architectural casts in The Dorfman Architecture Court.

Near to Weston Bridge, which now connects Burlington Gardens into Burlington House, The Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery will stage site-specific installations by Royal Academicians. The first major work will be Tips for a Good Life by Bob and Roberta Smith RA (September 2018 – September 2019), on the subject of gender in the history of the RA.

The Weston Studio which is within the Royal Academy Schools complex will be the site for displays and projects developed by students and graduates, it opens with a group exhibition of works by first year students.  

Teaching has been at the forefront of the RA since the RA Schools’ foundation in 1769. In the Vaults area is an exhibit entitled The Making of an Artist: Learning to Draw which displays a remarkable selection of plaster casts from the early years of the RA Schools with works on paper from the RA’s teaching collection.

Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE inaugurates the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries in Burlington Gardens which will complement the other exhibition spaces and allow a wider breadth of exhibition space to enable the RA to expand its exhibition programme and to create new and free displays of art and architecture across the campus for visitors year-round.

The new RA will encourage a public discussion and debate with a new 250 seat Benjamin West Lecture Theatre with a series of talks, festival and educational programmes.

Attending the Royal Academy is always a pleasure because there is so much history ingrained into the fabric of the building. It was reassuring the new development has not tried to bring the building up to date but rather highlighted some of the idiosyncratic aspects of the building. So the brickwork in the Vaults provides a welcome relief from the more classical aspects of the entrances and stairways.  

The Royal Academy of the Arts has great traditions but because it is run by artists is well aware that it is often about paying homage to the past but not being constricted by it. In recent years, the RA has built a great reputation by maintaining the often fragile balance between promoting new art and preserving the traditions of the organisation. This new development is yet another milestone in the illustrious history of the organisation and provides evidence that it can celebrate its 250th anniversary year with confidence in its future.

Royal Academy will unveil the new and transformed campus to the general public on the 19th May 2018.

For more information , visit the Royal Academy website here

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The New Royal Academy of Arts will open on 19th May 2018

The Royal Academy of Arts will open its new campus to the public on Saturday 19 May 2018 as part of the celebrations of its 250th anniversary year. Following redevelopment, designed by internationally-acclaimed architect Sir David Chipperfield CBE RA and supported by the National Lottery, the new Royal Academy will open up and reveal more of the elements that make the RA unique – sharing with the public historic treasures from its Collection, the work of its Royal Academicians and the Royal Academy Schools, alongside its world-class exhibitions programme.

One of the most significant outcomes of the redevelopment is the link between Burlington House and Burlington Gardens, uniting the two-acre campus. This will provide 70% more space than the RA’s original Burlington House footprint, enabling the RA to expand its exhibition programme and to create new and free displays of art and architecture across the campus for visitors year-round. From dedicated galleries to surprising interventions, a dynamic series of changing exhibits and installations will present the living heritage of the Royal Academy; exploring its foundation and history in training artists as well as showcasing contemporary works by Royal Academicians and students at the RA Schools. To bring life to  the displays, a new range of free tours, taster talks and object handling stations will be available to visitors.

Tacita Dean: LANDSCAPE (19 May – 12 August 2018) will inaugurate the new Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries in Burlington Gardens. The exhibition is part of an unprecedented collaboration with the National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery in London. It will showcase the internationally-renowned visual artist and Royal Academician Tacita Dean.

The new Royal Academy Collection Gallery will present The Making of an Artist: The Great Tradition highlighting works from the RA Collection, including the ‘Taddei Tondo’ by Michelangelo and the RA’s almost full-size sixteenth century copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper, along with paintings by Reynolds, Kauffman, Thornhill, Constable, Gainsborough and Turner.

The Architecture Studio within The Dorfman Senate Rooms will provide a creative space that invites audience engagement with innovative and critical ideas on architecture and its intersection with the arts. It will open with Invisible Landscapes (19 May 2018 – March 2019), explored in three ‘Acts’ of immersive interventions looking at the impact and future of technology in people’s environments. In contrast, recently conserved historical architectural casts on display in The Dorfman Architecture Court will convey the history of teaching architecture: the tradition of learning to draw from casts of buildings.

Located at the entrance to the Weston Bridge, which connects Burlington Gardens into Burlington House, The Ronald and Rita McAulay Gallery will stage site-specific installations by Royal Academicians. The first major work will be Tips for a Good Life by Bob and Roberta Smith RA (September 2018 – September 2019), on the subject of gender in the history of the RA.

Moving through to Burlington House, visitors will arrive at the Weston Studio. Located within the heart of the Royal Academy Schools, the Weston Studio will bring the ethos and thinking of the RA Schools’ postgraduate programme to a changing contemporary series of two displays a year and projects developed by students and graduates. It will open with a group exhibition of works by first year students, revealing their rich use of subjects, approaches, methods and materials.

Going back in time, The Vaults will exhibit The Making of an Artist: Learning to Draw a formidable selection of plaster casts from the early years of the RA Schools displayed together with works on paper from the RA’s teaching collection, illustrating the RA’s role in the teaching of art since the RA Schools’ foundation in 1769.

For more information , visit the Royal Academy website here

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Exhibition Review : The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition at Burlington House – 13th June to 20th August 2017

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is one of the great English Art traditions, it is the world’s oldest open-submission exhibition being established in 1768 whose long line of exhibitors reads like a Who’s Who of British Art. Some of the earliest exhibitors included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner, however the exhibition prides itself that it offers a snapshot of contemporary art.

This year, the exhibition features over 1,200 works on show, unlike many major exhibitions, many of the works in the exhibition will be on sale.

This year’s co-ordinator of the Royal Academy of Arts’ 249th Summer Exhibition is Royal Academician Eileen Cooper who explores themes of discovery and new talent. Cooper has taken on the considerable task of coordinating the exhibition, hanging over 1,200 works by artists in the space of just eight days.

This year the exhibition features work by internationally renowned artists Rosemarie Trockel, Julian Schnabel, Hassan Hajjaj, Secundino Hernández, Isaac Julien, Tomoaki Suzuki, Mark Wallinger and Sean Scully RA, as well as submissions by well known artists Gilbert & George, David Adjaye. Anselm Keifer, Cornelia Parker, Tracey Emin, Eileen Cooper and Yinka Shonibare.

Yinka Shonibare RA’s six metre high colourful wind sculpture dominates the RA Courtyard before you enter the exhibition. Part of the fun of wandering around the exhibition is trying to recognise pieces by the more well-known artists and discovering new artists from the wide range of works on display.

Each room offers a kaleidoscope of colour and images in a range of media, from painting, printmaking, film and photography to sculpture, architectural works and performance art.

The Summer Exhibition offers a platform for emerging and established artists and architects to showcase their work in front of a large international audience. The Summer Exhibition also plays a practical role in training young artists, it raises funds to finance the current students of the RA Schools. The RA Schools is the longest established art school in the UK and offers the only free three-year postgraduate programme in Europe.

This fascinating exhibition has a large number of wonderfully eclectic works on display, there is really something for everyone regardless of your particular artistic taste. The Summer Exhibition is one of the highlights of the art world’s summer and attracts a wide range of visitors. It also offers a rare opportunity to buy works from well-known and not so well known artists with prices ranging from a few hundred to over a hundred thousand pounds.

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Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2017

Burlington House

13 June — 20 August 2017

Saturday – Thursday 10am – 6pm

Friday 10am – 10pm

£15.50 (without donation £14). Concessions available. Friends of the RA, and under 16s when with a fee-paying adult, go free.

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Royal Academy website here

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A Short Guide to Hampstead Heath

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Hampstead Heath is one of London’s largest and most popular open spaces, over time the area of the park has grown to cover 790 acres. The Heath is located in North London on a high ridge between Hampstead and Highgate, it is an area of great diversity with hills, large ponds, modern and ancient woodlands and features the stately home of Kenwood House and its grounds. One of the most popular parts of the Heath is Parliament Hill , from where you can enjoy panoramic views over London.

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The Heath was first recorded in 13th century and was generally known as Hampstead Heath from the 16th century. A number of hollows were excavated to extract sand and gravel that gradually became ponds throughout the park. From the 18th century, the Heath became a popular place for Londoners to frequent including poets such as Shelley and painters, Constable made a series of paintings of the area. The quiet rural idyll was changed by the arrival of the railways in the late 19th century when thousands of Londoners made their way to the area to enjoy the country air.

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Hampstead Heath John Constable 1820 (Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge)

The Heath gradually became a recognized beauty spot away from the grime and dirt of industrial London. However its popularity amongst the young workers from the city led to accusations of rowdiness and violence especially on Bank Holidays and Bonfire nights. These concerns began to reduce at the start of the 20th century when the large crowds of visitors began to behave in a more respectable manner.

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The Heath was bought under public ownership in the late 19th century and various additions of land made throughout the 20th century, most notably Kenwood House and its grounds to the north of the heath. Other developments have included turning some of the ponds into swimming areas and the creation of a number of havens for wildlife.

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In the 21st century, Hampstead Heath probably does not attract the thousands of visitors from all over London, but as the north suburbs have grown considerably, the heath has become an important open space in an increasingly developed North London. The Heath is very popular with walkers, joggers, cyclists, swimmers and those who enjoy the wide open spaces.

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Public transport near the Heath includes the London Overground railway stations of Hampstead Heath and Gospel Oak, Underground stations Hampstead, Belsize Park, Golders Green, Highgate and Archway. A number of bus routes serve the various parts of the Heath.

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If you would like further information, visit the City of London website here

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Exhibition Review : The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition at Burlington House – 8th June to 16th August 2015

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The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition is one of the great English Art traditions, it is the world’s oldest open-submission exhibition being established in 1768 whose long line of exhibitors reads like a Who’s Who of British Art. Some of the earliest exhibitors included the likes of Reynolds, Constable and Turner, however the exhibition prides itself that it offers a snapshot of contemporary art.

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This year there will be over 1,200 works on show which were selected from an original entry of 12,000. Unlike many major exhibitions, many of the works in the exhibition will be on sale.

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In the courtyard, visitors are confronted by a  formation of steel ‘clouds’, created by Royal Academician Conrad Shawcross, before Jim Lambie’s kaleidoscopic stairs lead you up to the Main Galleries.

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Part of the fun of the exhibition is trying to recognise pieces by the more well known artists and discovering  new  artists from the wide range of works on display. This year’s co-ordinator of the Summer Exhibition is Michael Craig – Martin who has focused on a new layout  of the Main Galleries which emphasises the vibrant colours of the rooms.

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The staircase and the Central Hall sets the tone for the exhibition with explosions of colour. Dominating the Central Hall is Matthew Darbyshire’s  Captcha No.11 (Doryphoros)  with Liam Gillick’s Applied Projection Ring.

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Other notable highlights include Grayson Perry’s extraordinary supersized tapestry, Julia and Rob.

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The striking As Ye Sow So Shall You Reap: An Allegory( Acknowledgements to Holman Hunt) by Michael Sandle with Salome by Allen Jones in the background.

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An intriguing mix of celebrities with Una Stubbs by Grayson and Measles, Harry Hill by Damien Hirst and Simon Cowell by Jenny Samtula.

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An Acrylic sculpture Untitled by Sir Anish Kapoor with a Triangle painting by Alan Charlton.

These are just a small selection of the wonderfully eclectic works on display, there is really something for everyone regardless of your particular artistic taste. The Summer Exhibition is one of the highlights of the art world’s summer and attracts a wide range of visitors. It offers a rare opportunity to buy works from well known and not so well known artists with prices ranging from a few hundred to over a hundred thousand pounds.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or to book tickets, visit the Royal Academy website here

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

June — 16 August
Main Galleries, Burlington House

£13.50 (without donation £12). Concessions available. Friends of the RA and under 16s go free.

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Exhibition Review : Rubens and His Legacy at the Royal Academy – 24 Jan to 10 April 2015

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As many of London’s high-profile exhibitions are closing, the Royal Academy unleash one of their major exhibitions of the year. Rubens and His Legacy: Van Dyck to Cezanne  brings together masterpieces produced during his lifetime, as well as major works by great artists who were influenced by him in the generations that followed.
One of the aims of the exhibition is to show that Rubens was a more versatile painter than most people realise, in some ways the success of his ‘Rubenesque’ women have obscured his achievements in religious and mythological scenes, landscapes and portraits.

To illustrate his wide range of abilities, the exhibition is centred around six themes; power, lust, compassion, elegance, poetry and violence. Each theme has paintings  and drawings that clearly portray the many influences of Rubens to the following generations.

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The first room considers Ruben’s influence on the English landscape tradition, notably works by Constable  such as Cottage at East Bergholt, (c.1833) can be compared to an idealised Belgian countryside by Rubens Evening Landscape with Timber Wagon, (1630-40.)

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The Poetry and Elegance themes charts Rubens influence through his assistant Van Dyck and into the English portrait tradition especially the works of Gainsborough, Reynolds and  Lawrence.

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One of the highlights of the show is Tiger, Lion and Leopard Hunt, (1616), it is a painting that is awash with violence and action which demonstrates the struggle between life and death is often brutal and cruel. In the same room, Edwin Landseer’s The Hunting of Chevy Chase (1825-6) plays out a similar drama and the works of Delacroix show the Rubens influence in the type of composition and the sense of action.

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The exhibition moves from action and violence into Contemplation with a religious Triptych, Lamentation ‘Christ in the Straw’  which influenced the  religious art of Murillo and Delacroix, and Love with The Garden of Love, (c.1633) . This painting greatly influenced many French painters of love and intrigue in similar settings especially Watteau, Boucher and Fragonard.

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Although the exhibition illustrates the often direct influence of Rubens onto 18th and early 19th century art, within the Lust theme we see influence into rather more unexpected areas. There is no doubt that Rubens is one of the great painters of the nude incorporating a lustiness and eroticism that have seldom been bettered. It was this art of the flesh that especially appealed to the Impressionists of the late 19th, early 20th century, most notably Renoir, Manet and Cezanne. The exhibition also show two similar depictions of Roman martyr St Cecilia, one by Rubens and the other by Gustav Klimt.

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Rubens talent was recognised by the most influential people of his time, he worked for the Kings of England and Spain and the Queen of France. His original works, prints and reproductions were in huge demand and there is little doubt in his time, he was one of the most famous artists in the world.

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He also exercised considerable power with numerous connections to people of influence, his iconic ceiling for Banqueting House in Whitehall is said to have brought about the peace between England and Spain. He was certainly held in high regard being knighted in both England and Spain, his drawings for the Banqueting Hall and Marie de Medici are shown in the exhibition.

Rather strangely, considering his influences, Rubens towering reputation was attacked in the 18th and 19th century and it become fashionable to knock the great artist. Lord Byron, William Blake and Ingres seemed to have been the main culprits leading to  pro and anti Rubens factions.

This exhibition reminds us, not only that Rubens was a great artist but his wide range of influences to other artists from seventeenth century right up to the present day has often been underestimated. Rubens is the core thread that brings all the various schools together within the exhibition and provides a show of surprising variety and vitality.

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There is also a gallery curated by Jenny Saville RA  called La Peregrina, a response to the exhibition that pays tribute to Rubens’s influence right up until today. Alongside new work by Saville herself are paintings by Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon, Sarah Lucas, Lucian Freud and more.
This will undoubtedly be one of the must see exhibitions of 2015, and there will a number of events celebrating Rubens and others in the exhibition.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

For more details of the exhibition and to book tickets, visit the Royal Academy website here

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