19 - 20 May 2018
It is ten years since David Chipperfield RA’s architecture firm was appointed to head up the major building project to transform the Royal Academy. The New RA links Burlington House and 6 Burlington Gardens behind, and creates new exhibition and gallery spaces to display the RA’s vast collection. Now, in time for it’s 250th birthday, the new space is ready and will open this Saturday.
In celebration the RA are throwing a free art party this weekend, with drop-in creative activities, performances, music and a night of DJ’s. Highlights include architectural model making with artist Seb Harding, pop-up poetry from Apples and Snakes, 20-minute tours and an art-filled after party with Born ‘n’ Bread. For the full program click here.
As well as the Art Party events, explore the beautiful new spaces – new works on permanent display include Taddai Tondi, the only marble Michelangelo sculpture in the UK, as well as a nearly full size 16th century copy of Leonardo’s The Last Supper. The new exhibition space is being inaugurated by Tacita Dean in a fitting show, LANDSCAPE, that follows a genre beloved of Royal Academician’s like Constable, Gainsborough and Turner. And finally, stop for a coffee in the new Poster Bar, also opening on Saturday, and decorated with iconic posters from the RA’s 250 years of exhibitions.