Widely regarded a London institution, The Royal Academy is one of the city’s most revered art museums. Promoting the appreciation of art but also funding its practitioners, the gallery is a real crucible of creativity. Located just a short stroll from the exclusive Chesterfield Mayfair, an afternoon spent exploring its world-class collection is an afternoon well spent. With some blockbuster shows scheduled for 2017, we’ve put together a guide to what’s on at The Royal Academy in 2017.
Revolution: Russian Art 1917-1932
11th February – 17th April
The Russian artists who lived through the revolution of 1917 are renowned for good reason. Indeed, among the tumult of violence, debates, ideas and tensions that marked the period, a pantheon was born that includes the likes of Kandinsky, Malevich and Chagall. This emotive exhibition explores the heights of optimism and the depths of despair, as abstraction and realism wrestled with one another until a definite Communist style was enforced by Stalin’s regime in the early 1930s.
Anthony Green RA
18th January – 30th April
You can always tell a great painter by their idiosyncrasies, the little traits that make them instantly recognisable. And Anthony Green certainly sits in this crowd. Always playing with irregular shapes, jumbles of ideas and delightfully personal links (like the life-size figure of his mother, Madeleine Dupont, in a mink coat), his works possess a sense of enchantment that never tips over into easier, more saccharine spheres.
America after the Fall: Painting in the 1930s
25th February – 4th June
Confronting economic tragedy and social anxiety in 1930s America, artists from Jackson Pollock to Edward Hopper sought to capture a country recovering from the Wall Street crash. Not content as just a survey of the period, however, this exhibition brings celebrated works – such as Grant Wood’s American Gothic (1930) – to London from North American shores for the very first time.
Matisse in the Studio
5th August – 12th November
Famous within his lifetime for drawing on broad veins of inspiration – from North African textiles to Buddhist statuary – this exhibition delves deep into the artist’s world by stepping into his studio. Covered with some of his most treasured objects, visitors get a real sense of where Matisse’s rich palette came from and where the rhythms of his paintings were affected by the curves of Chinese calligraphy.
7th October – 3rd January 2018
What do you get when you mix the master of surrealism, Salvador Dali, with the father of conceptual art, Marcel Duchamp? This superb exhibition sheds light on the friendship between the artists, and toys with the eroticism, language games and optics that both took delight in. Indeed, there’s lots of irreverent correspondence among the 60 works on shown here, many of which provide less familiar sights such as photographs by Dali and paintings by Duchamp.
Rest at the Regency-style Chesterfield Mayfair after browsing some of the world’s greatest art.
Images Courtesy of The Royal Academy of Art