The Royal Academy of Arts has confirmed details of its 2019 exhibition programme. 

View of Summer Exhibition 2018 (c) David Parry
View of the Summer Exhibition (2018) (c) David Parry.

The Royal Academy of Arts will begin 2019 with an exhibition that brings together the work of the pioneering video artist, Honorary Royal Academician Bill Viola (b. 1951), with drawings by Michelangelo (1475-1564). On display from the 26th January, the exhibition will reveal how both artists share a deep preoccupation with the nature of human experience and existence. It will include 12 major video installations by Viola, from 1977 to 2013, alongside 15 works by Michelangelo.

From the 23rd February, a brand new exhibition examining the work of Phyllida Barlow will open to the public. On display in the newly opened Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries, the exhibition will feature a series of large-scale installations which will spread across all three of the classical galleries.

This will then be followed by The Renaissance Nude which will open on the 3rd March. It will examine the origins of the nude, and how it inspired some of the most renowned masterpieces of the western canon. It will feature work by artists such as Titian, Raphael, Michelangelo, Leonardo, Dürer and Cranach.

Across the Summer, the annual Summer Exhibition will return once more to the Royal Academy of Arts from the 10th June. Now in its 251st year, the exhibition will bring together 1200 works will go on display, many of which are by new and established artists.

Also opening in June will be an exhibition of the Swiss artist Félix Vallotton. Bringing together over 80 paintings and prints, the exhibition will be the first ever to show Vallotton’s paintings in the UK.

From the 20th July, the Royal Academy of Arts will present a survey of the long and productive career of the Finnish artist Helene Schjerfbeck. The exhibition will be a rare opportunity to see the artist’s work in the UK and will include around 60 portraits, landscapes and still lifes.

This will be followed by an exhibition devoted to the work of Antony Gormley, bringing together existing and major new works especially conceived for the occasion, from drawings and sculptures to expansive and immersive installations.

Focusing on Lucian Freud’s self portraits, Lucian Fred: The Self Portraits will go on display from the 27th October bringing together 50 pieces of the artist’s work from nearly seven decades to chart his development as an artist.

The final exhibition announced in the 2019 programme Eco-Visionaries which will be on display from the 24th November. This will explore current practices of art and architecture that respond with innovative approaches to the environmental transformations that are disturbing our planet.

For more information about the upcoming exhibitions visit: https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/

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