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Marina Abramovic finally gets her show at the Royal Academy.

Portrait of Marina Abramovic Courtesy of the Marina Abramovic Archives Photograph by Paola + Murray ©, New York, 2015

Marina Abramovic finally gets her show at the Royal Academy after it was delayed twice by COVID. The show will finally come to London in 2023

Abramovic’s exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts has been announced along with shows on Impressionism, Black artists from the American South, Hispanic art and architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron details below.

Spain and the Hispanic World: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library Main Galleries 21st January – 10th April 2023

Spain and the Hispanic World: Treasures from the Hispanic Society Museum & Library Francisco de Goya y Lucientes The Duchess of Alba, 1797 Oil on canvas, 210.2 x 149.2 cm On loan from The Hispanic Society of America, New York, NY

Spain and the Hispanic World will celebrate the unrivalled collection of the Hispanic Society Museum & Library in New York. The exhibition will present a visual narrative of the history of Spanish culture, reflecting the great diversity of cultural and religious influences, from Celtic, Islamic, Christian and Jewish to American, African and Asian, that have shaped and enriched Spanish culture across four millennia. The selection of over 150 works will include paintings, sculptures, silk textiles, ceramics, lustreware, silverwork, precious jewellery, maps, drawings and illuminated manuscripts.

Highlights will include The Duchess of Alba, 1797, by Francisco de Goya as well as paintings by El Greco, Francisco de Zurbarán and Diego Velázquez, a large-scale study for the Vision of Spain, 1911-1919, a monumental series of 14 paintings by Joaquín Sorolla, the celebrated World Map of 1526 by Giovanni Vespucci and a rare collection of stunning decorative lacquerware from Latin America.

Founded in New York in 1904, the Hispanic Society Museum & Library is home to the most extensive collection of Spanish and Hispanic art outside of Spain. Shown in the UK for the first time, the collection explores the art and culture of Spain, Portugal and Latin America from pre-history up to the 20th century. 

Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers: Black Artists from the American South The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries 17th March – 18th June 2023

Thornton Dial Stars of Everything, 2004 Mixed media, 248.9 x 257.8 x 52.1 cm Souls Grown Deep Foundation © 2022 Estate of Thornton Dial / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London. Photo: Stephen Pitkin/Pitkin Studio Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Atlanta.

Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers: Black Artists from the American South will showcase unique African American artistic traditions and methods of visual storytelling. For generations, Black artists from the American South, have created artworks whose subjects and materials often reverberate with its painful history – the inhuman practice of enslavement, the cruel segregationist policies of the Jim Crow era, and institutionalised racism. Largely excluded from museums and galleries and burdened by poverty and a lack of resources, artists were often deprived of traditional art materials and would use local, recycled materials to realise their artworks. Souls Grown Deep like the Rivers will bring together around 60 works from the early 20th century to the present, in various media including sculpture, paintings, reliefs, drawings, and quilts – mostly drawn from the Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Atlanta and most of which will be seen in Europe for the first time. Artists will include Thornton Dial, Hawkins Bolden, Bessie Harvey, Lonnie Holley, Ronald Lockett, Nellie Mae Rowe, Mary T. Smith, Henry and Georgia Speller, Mose Tolliver, Charles Williams and Purvis Young. The exhibition will also feature quilts by the celebrated quiltmakers of Gee’s Bend, Alabama, and the neighbouring communities of Rehoboth and Alberta.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London in collaboration with Souls Grown Deep Foundation, Atlanta.

Summer Exhibition 2023 Main Galleries 12th June – 20th August 2023

Installation view of the Summer Exhibition 2021 at the Royal Academy of Arts, London. Photo: © Royal Academy of Arts, London / David Parry

The Royal Academy’s annual Summer Exhibition, the world’s largest open submission contemporary art show, will be in its 255th 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, printmaking and photography, to sculpture, architecture and film. It has been held each year without interruption since 1769. Around 1200 works will go on display, the majority of which will be for sale, offering visitors an opportunity to purchase original work. Funds raised support the exhibiting artists, the postgraduate students studying in the RA Schools and the work of the Royal Academy. 

Herzog & de Meuron The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries 14th July – 15th October 2023

Herzog & de Meuron 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, Florida, US, 2005-10 © Iwan Baan Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron

In Summer 2023, the Royal Academy of Arts will present an exhibition of the critically acclaimed architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron. Founded in Basel in 1978 and now working across the globe, their projects continue to inspire, as they transform otherwise ordinary conditions and materials into something extraordinary that people engage with using all our senses. Notable projects include museums, hospitals, stadia, and private and civic buildings such as Tate Modern, London (2000 and 2016), the National Stadium, Beijing (2008), 1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach (2010) and Elbphilharmonie Hamburg (2016). This new exhibition, curated in close collaboration with the architects, will provide visitors an insight into the thinking and approaches applied to built works and projects still in process. Sampling the practice through a range of working methods, materials and technologies it is an opportunity to creatively embrace physical and digital tools in the perception and experience of architecture and its surrounding contexts.

Exhibition organised by the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron.

Marina Abramovic Main Galleries 23rd September – 10th December 2023


In September 2023 the Royal Academy of Arts will present a solo exhibition of the internationally acclaimed artist Marina Abramovi? Hon RA. The exhibition will be Abramovi?’s first major survey in the UK, bringing together over 50 works spanning her entire career, including performance works within the galleries. It will explore how Abramovi? has reflected on the temporal nature of performance art by extending its impact through its traces: photographs, videos, objects, installations and re-performances of her works by young performers. This exhibition continues the Royal Academy’s strand of programming that has showcased some of the most important living artists. 

Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec The Gabrielle Jungels-Winkler Galleries 25th November 2023 – 10th March 2024

Edgar Degas Dancer Seen from Behind, c. 1873 Essence on prepared pink paper, 28.4 x 32 cm Collection of David Lachenmann

In late nineteenth-century France, Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artists radically transformed the status of works on paper. Drawings, pastels, watercolours, temperas and gouaches increasingly became autonomous works of art. Drawing claimed a shared aesthetic with painting and was no longer perceived as merely preparatory. Impressionists on Paper: Degas to Toulouse-Lautrec will focus on this crucial shift in how these works were viewed. The exhibition will feature around 70 works on paper by Impressionist and Post-Impressionists, many of which have been rarely seen. Artists will include leading figures such as Paul Cézanne, Edgar Degas, Berthe Morisot, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, along with Paul Gauguin, Odilon Redon, Georges Seurat and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as less familiar figures such as Giuseppe De Nittis and Armand Guillaumin. The exhibition will demonstrate how these artists cultivated a more open approach and will stress the innovations in their drawings, which are often still relatively unknown but are no less radical than their paintings. 



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