Summer Exhibition at The Royal Academy 2019
No visit to London over the summer months is complete without a visit to the Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts held at Burlington House in Piccadilly.
Running continuously since 1769, the annual Summer Exhibition is one of the world’s largest with over 1500 pieces on display and including all media– prints and paintings, film, photography, sculpture, architectural works and more – by leading artists, Royal Academicians and household names as well as new and emerging talent.
This year, the 251st exhibition is being curated by Jock McFadyen who takes over from Grayson Perry’s witty and challenging selection in 2018. This year, you can look forward to seeing the good, the bad and the ugly as is to be expected in an exhibition of this size and of this nature.
Brexit, climate change and more feature prominently as one would imagine and all combine to produce a display of clashing themes and colours from wall to wall and floor to ceiling. Moving away from the anarchy delivered by Grayson Perry in 2018, this year shows a more ordered but no less interesting selection with something to appeal to everyone.
Big names such as Banksy, Anselm Kiefer and Charles Avery – whose surreal bronze sculpture of two headless dogs connected by a single long neck are displayed as part of his fictional island Onomatopoeia, populated by all manner of surreal creature – rub shoulders with submissions from emerging talents that have been submitted to the judges for inclusion.
As before, many of the artworks are available to purchase with proceeds going towards the non-profit making activities of the academy in nurturing the next generation of artists.
The Summer Exhibition 2019 is on at Royal Academy of Arts from 10 June to 12 August. Tickets are £18. Closest tube: Green Park