Until August 20, Burlington House is hosting the annual exhibition of the Royal Academy of Arts: the Summer Exhibition 2017. Eileen Cooper and the Summer Exhibition Committee invited international artists to exhibit in various media within the galleries.
The highlights of the 2017 exhibition include Yinka Shonibare RA's Wind Sculpture VI in the courtyard of the Royal Academy of Annenberg. Over 6 metres in height, this impressive sculpture explores the notion of power take-off and stop in the exact moment. Returning to the use of Dutch wax textiles, Wind Sculpture VI manifests itself as a large three-dimensional piece.
Farshid Mousavi RA organised the Architecture Gallery at the Summer Exhibition. For the first time, this gallery celebrates architecture by focusing on construction coordination drawings. This gallery includes works by Royal Academicians such as David Adjaye and Richard Rogers, as well as Grafton Architects, Bjarke Ingels, Alvaro Siza and Eduardo Souto de Moura, among others. Other Royal Academicians this year include Gilbert & George, who are presenting a new large-scale work in their Beard Speak series, with Phyllida Barlow, Antony Gormley, Sean Scully, Bob and Roberta Smith and Wolfgang Tillmans. There are also Marina Abramović, Jim Dine and Mimmo Paladino.
I strongly recommend going for one of their 45-minute introductory tours, that are free with an exhibition ticket and without any booking required. As there are a thousand pieces of art from different artists, it is difficult to understand each artwork as it is. That's why a guide will help you, guiding you to the most interesting pieces and explaining what you will never get without prior knowledge.
This exhibition has been going on for almost 250 years now, as in 1768, the Royal Academy's founding members started to hold an Annual Exhibition of Paintings, Sculptures and Designs, for every artist entering the contest. The money they got from this then went into financing the training of young artists of the Royal Academy Schools. Next year, in 2018, will be the big anniversarys so look out for what will be happening then!