The Royal Academy of Arts is intending to open to the public on the 18th May.

Burlington House, Royal Academy of Arts (c) Fraser Marr

Following on from the government’s recent announcement with regards to coming out of lockdown, the Royal Academy of Arts has announced its plans to reopen from May – if of course the roadmap proceeds as planned.

Given the lockdown, plans for the exhibition programme for the remainder of 2021 has had to be adjusted by the Royal Academy of Arts.

On reopening, it has been confirmed that the Tracey Emin/Edvard Munch: The Loneliness of the Soul exhibition will be available for visitors to see until the 30th May.

Meanwhile, Michael Armitage: Paradise Edict is set to go on display to the public from the 22nd May until the 19th September. This exhibition will focus on the artist’s colourful, dreamlike paintings that explore politics, history, civil unrest and sexuality.

From the 23rd May, those visiting the Royal Academy will be able to explore David Hockney: The Arrival of Spring, Normandy, which will now be displayed until the 26th September. This new exhibition of the artist’s work features work that was created during the first lockdown, showing the progression of spring.

The Royal Academy of Arts has also confirmed that it is rescheduling its Summer Exhibition 2021 until Autumn, with a planned opening in September, while Late Constable will then go on display in October.

However, it has been announced that in the light of this there have had to be several exhibition postponements. Francis Bacon: Man and Beast will now be on display from the 29th January until the 17th April 2022 and Milton Avery’s work will be on view from the 16th July to the 16 October 2022.

Meanwhile, the Royal Academy’s highly anticipated Marina Abramović exhibition has been postponed until 2023, Jock McFadyen RA: Tourist without a Guidebook and Herzog & de Meuron exhibitions have both been postponed until next year – with new dates to be confirmed.

The Royal Academy of Arts will reopen on the 18th May – dependant on government advice.