The largest exhibition of contemporary art which, since 1769, celebrates art through the ideas of young talent, is ready to reopen the doors of the Royal Academy of Arts. In this 24th Edition, the vision revolves around the climate. Coordinated by British sculptor Alison Wilding RA, the Summer Exhibition will host artists such as the duo Harvey & Ackroyd, The Singh Twins but also Tam Joseph, sculptor Kathleen Ryan, conceptual artist Simon Starling, sculptor Gavin Turk, artist activist Jerilea Zempel and painter and photographer Diane Burko. While Boonserm Premthada will display his piece created with elephant dung, the Khudi Bari of Marina Tabassum, built using local and recycled materials, is conceived as a low cost temporary dwelling for refugees and the victims of climate change. Acting as a cornice to this year’s Summer Exhibition is the large-scale immersive installation designed specifically for the Annenberg Courtyard of the Royal Academy by the Spanish artist Cristina Iglesias. During her career, Iglesias has focused on themes like nature, the climate and the environment. Her work is conceived to offer the experience of an intimate landscape in an urban public space. The room that Iglesias has placed in the courtyard acts as a refuge, creating a space of wonder and reflection. A corner of shade and breezes, immersed in water and vegetation, in the heart of the city.
Cartoon masterpieces meet the objects that inspired them in an exhibition full of surprises.