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Royal Academy of Arts - 2017 Exhibition Programme

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IN FEBRUARY 2017, to commemorate the centenary of the Russian Revolution, the Royal Academy of Arts will present Revolution: Russian Art 1917 – 1932. This landmark exhibition will focus on a momentous period in Russian history between 1917, the year of the October Revolution, and 1932 when Stalin began his violent suppression of the Avant-Garde.

The exhibition will comprise paintings with photography, sculpture, film, posters and porcelain by Avant-Garde artists, such as Chagall, Kandinsky, Malevich and Tatlin alongside the Socialist Realism of Brodsky, Deineka, Mukhina and Samokhvalov, amongst others.

It will present this unique period in the history of Russian art, when for fifteen years, barriers were opened and the possibilities for building a new proletarian art for the new Soviet State were extensive.

With over 200 works, the exhibition will include loans from the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg and the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow as well as some of the most significant international private collections. Many of the works have never been seen in the UK before.


America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s – in The Sackler Wing of Galleries from February 25 to June 4, 2017.

Following the devastating impact of the Great Depression, brought about by the Wall Street Crash, America entered the 1930s in flux; not even art was immune to the major challenges facing the nation. During this period, artists sought to capture those changes as mass urbanisation, industrialisation and immigration propelled the country towards becoming, in the words of James Truslow Adams, ‘the land of opportunity’.

From the depictions of the farmland of the mid-West to representations of life in the city, the exhibition will showcase 45 iconic works from the period, drawn from collections across the USA, many of which have rarely been seen together. Works by Thomas Hart Benton, Jackson Pollock, Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keefe and Philip Guston will feature alongside Grant Wood’s iconic painting American Gothic, 1930 (Art Institute of Chicago), which will be exhibited outside North America for the very first time.

The exhibition has been organised by the Art Institute of Chicago in collaboration with the Royal Academy of Arts, London and Établissement public du musée d’Orsay et du musée de l’Orangerie, Paris.

The London Original Print Fair 2017 – in the Main Galleries from May 4 to May 7.

As the world’s longest running specialist fair dedicated to prints, The London Original Print Fair 2017 will welcome exhibitors from around the world, covering all periods of printmaking from the early woodcuts of Dürer and his contemporaries to the graphic work of artists working today such as Royal Academicians Grayson Perry, Christopher Le Brun, Emma Stibbon, Eileen Cooper and Tracey Emin.

Summer Exhibition 2017 – in the Main Galleries from June 12 to August 20.

The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition is the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show. Now in its 249th year, it provides a unique platform for emerging and established artists to showcase their works to an international audience, comprising a range of media from painting to printmaking, photography, sculpture, architecture and film. The Summer Exhibition attracts a high volume of entrants annually, with 12,000 entries received in 2016.

Matisse in the Studio – in The Sackler Wing of Galleries from August 5 to November 12, 2017.

Matisse in the Studio is the first exhibition to consider how Henri Matisse’s personal collection of treasured objects were both subject matter and point of origin for his work. Drawn from the far corners of South East Asia, Africa, North Africa, China and Europe amongst other destinations, Matisse’s eclectic collection includes a Buddhist statue from Thailand, Bamana figures from Mali and textiles from North Africa.

These objects offered Matisse a point of departure for his work, which he continuously returned to throughout his career and reconceived in different guises according to the pictorial environment into which these objects were placed. The exhibition will feature over 65 of Matisse’s paintings, sculptures and drawings alongside significant objects from his collection, to reveal the working processes by which these objects were transformed in his oeuvre.

This exhibition has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Jasper Johns – in the Main Galleries from September 23 to December 10, 2017.

Jasper Johns is regarded as one of the most important artists of the twentieth century, and has remained central to American contemporary art since his arrival in New York in the 1950s. At the forefront of a generation of artists who were responding to the dominance of Abstract Expressionism, including Robert Rauschenburg and Mark Rothko, Johns established a new vocabulary in painting. His treatment of iconography and appropriation of objects and symbols, such as his iconic flag and target works, made the familiar unfamiliar.

The exhibition aims to bring together the artist’s paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings. From his innovations in sculpture to his use of collage in paintings, the exhibition will give focus to different chapters of Johns’ career.

Dalí/Duchamp – in Galleries 1, 2 and Weston Rooms from October 7, 2017 to January 7, 2018.

Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968) and Salvador Dalí (1904–1989) are usually seen as opposites in almost every respect, yet in fact they shared attitudes to art and life that are manifested in their respective oeuvres on many levels.

Taking their friendship as its starting point, this exhibition will demonstrate the aesthetic, philosophical and personal links between them, giving a fresh view of two of the twentieth century’s most famous artists. A focused selection of approximately 60 paintings, sculptures, readymades, photographs, drawings and films will bring to life the myriad of connections between the works of these two very different, yet equally humorous, creative and intelligent minds.

The exhibition has been organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and The Dalí Museum, St Petersburg, Florida, in collaboration with the Gala-Salvador Dalí Foundation and the Association Marcel Duchamp.

Also at the Royal Academy of Arts: David Hockney RA: 82 Portraits and 1 Still Life (until Sunday, October 2, 2016) and Intrigue: James Ensor by Luc Tuymans (October 29, 2016 to January 29, 2017).

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