Summer Exhibition 2019: a Window on Art at the Royal Academy of Arts
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Tickets: Full £ 18 | Free Under 16 with a paying adult and Friends of the RA
Location: Royal Academy of Arts
Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD
If you absolutely don’t want to miss anything that is happening in the art world, make a trip to the Summer Exhibition, the oldest art fair in the world, open to all for 250 years. With its rich selection of paintings, sculpture, photography, architecture and cinema, this event opens a window on the entire gamma of mediums that make up contemporary art. The real stars are, like every year, emerging talents, but there are also the biggest names in contemporary art and architecture. The works of the Summer Exhibition, selected by the Royal Academician, are at the centre of an eclectic mix of works by affirmed artists and exhibitors, along with emerging talents. On display are around 1200 works, most of which are on display for the first time. For the 2019 Edition, acclaimed British painter Jock McFadyen takes the place of Grayson Perry as coordinator of the fair. One of the key elements of the event is an animal-themed “menagerie” in the Central Hall, with works by artists such as Polly Morgan, Charles Avery and Mat Collishaw. Among the other highly-anticipated artists on display are Jeremy Deller, Marcus Harvey and Tracey Emin, beside the honorary Academicians Anselm Kiefer, James Turrell and Wim Wenders. Outside the galleries, the international artist Thomas Houseago fills the courtyard of the Royal Academy with a group of large-scale sculptures, while the displays stretch out almost to Bond Street with a colourful installation of flags with works by Michael Craig-Martin. Like every year, most of the works will be sold and the profits will go to financing the non-profit activities of the Academy itself, including the education of future generations of artists at the schools of the Royal Academy.