The Royal Academy of Arts has today announced its 2016 exhibition programme for both its main galleries and those taking place in the Sackler Wing Galleries.

This latest programme will open with Painting the Modern Garden: Monet to Matisse on the 30th January 2016, running until the 20th April 2016. The exhibition will be examining the role of gardens in the work of Claude Monet and his contemporaries. Using Monet as the starting point, the display will span the 1860’s all the way to the 1920’s which saw a period of social change and innovation in the arts. It will bring together over 110 pieces of work.

Wassily Kandinsky, Murnau The Garden II, 1910. Merzbacher Kunststiftung .Photo (c) Merzbacher Kunststiftung.

Meanwhile in the Sackler Wing of Galleries from the 12th to the 21st of February, Premiums Interim Projects  will focus on the work of the postgraduates in their second year at the RA schools. It allows visitors to see new work by new artists at a point in which their piece is still being created on their three year course.

Heading into March, the Royal Academy will be presenting In the Age of Giorgione from the 12th March to the 5th June in the Sackler Wing of Galleries. The exhibition will focus on Venice at the turn of the 16th century. Although little is known about Giorgione’s life and very few paintings are accredited to him, his work is still considered to be important today.

The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition returns from the 13th June until 21st August  and is the world’s biggest open submission contemporary art show. It provides a platform for emerging and established artists to exhibit their work together and comprising of a wide range of media.

Meanwhile, the RA Schools Show 2016  will coincide with the Summer Exhibition and celebrates the work of artists graduating from the historic RA Schools. The display will take place from the 22nd June until the 3rd July.

The work of David Hockney will be celebrated at the Royal Academy from the 2nd July until the 2nd October. In this new exhibition, the works on display will include portraits recently created by the artist, revisiting the genre that has been an important part of his work. It will be curated by Edith Devaney in close collaboration with David Hockney.

It has also been announced that the Royal Academy will be celebrating the first major collective exhibition of Abstract Expressionism in the UK for 50 years from the 24th September until the 2nd January 2017. It will feature work from the most recognised artists of the movement including Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko.

Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans  celebrates the work of the Belgian artist, who is widely considered to be an important influence in the development of Expressionism. This exhibition is the first in the UK for 20 years to examine his work and influence. It is curated by Luc Tuymans, Belgium’s leading contemporary painter. It will be on display to the public from the 29th October 2016 to the 29th January 2017.