What makes a successful art exhibition? Just ask The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition co- ordinator Richard Wilson as he has knocked it out of the park with this years exhibition.
The Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibitions have been around for a whopping 248 years and counting, every year since 1769! Some of the earliest exhibitions saw works by artists such as John Constable and J.W Turner. These exhibitions are the prime example of the latest and greatest contemporary art.
One of the best parts of the exhibition is the variety of works that are showcased in each and every room. There are over 1200 works ranging from paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, photography, model works and films. The exhibition highlights pairs of artists so you see many collaborations from pairs like Jane and Louise Wilson, Tim Noble and Sue Webster creating masterpieces together. There are also other famous names like Hughie O’ Donoghue, Marina Abramovic and Mick O’ Dea.
For collectors it truly must be paradise as there is literally something for everybody. The prices range from around £80 to £210,000 and there are no two pieces alike. It is definitely the place to pick up quirky new colourful contemporary art.
Another great feature is the exhibition’s unpredictability. You enter one of the 10 rooms and honestly have no idea what to expect. This is really appealing and adds an excitement to your tour of the rooms. There are tonnes of different works from ceiling to floor in most of the rooms. This could come across as overwhelming or cluttered but it somehow works exceptionally well. There is never a sense of immensity and instead, it encourages curiosity of seeing each and every piece in each room.
Certain works stand out more than others but I think all works equally add to the whole experience of the exhibition.
I think it warrants a solid 9/10 for its variety, unpredictability and the mass quantity of works. The one and only reason that it does not get the extra 1 mark is simply because I was looking for a particular painting and found it very hard to find. The rooms are slightly confusing but maybe that’s just me.
The exhibition runs until August 21st and is a definite must see if you are in London!
See https://se.royalacademy.org.uk/artworks for some of the works included.