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Forthcoming exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts which includes exhibitions by students of the Royal Academy Schools.



Supported by the Mexico Tourism Board and Pemex
Until 11 April 2003

This ground-breaking exhibition highlights the splendours, variety and sophistication of Mexico’s Aztec past. One of the most ambitious exhibitions ever staged at the RA, it brings together over 380 works, some never previously shown outside Mexico, to make the most comprehensive survey of Aztec culture ever mounted. In addition to monumental sculptures in stone, wooden objects and ceramics, the exhibition reunites several of the most important pictorial manuscripts, or codices. It also includes spectacular works of art made of turquoise mosaics, gold and other precious materials, of which only a small number have survived - these are among the most exquisite objects ever made in the ancient Americas.

Sponsored by Walker Morris
12 – 23 February 2003

Showcasing some of the best contemporary painting and sculpture being produced by young artists today, this exhibition will highlight the work of second year students studying at the Royal Academy Schools, and will provide an excellent opportunity to buy work by twenty young and aspiring artists.

Mantegna and Dürer to Rubens and Canaletto
15 March – 8 June 2003

In August 2002, the floodwaters of the River Elbe, which flows through the historic German city of Dresden, rushed into the vaults of the Zwinger Palace, home of the Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister, one of Europe's greatest collections of Old Master paintings. 4,000 artworks were carried to safety and 50 masterpieces from the Dresden Gemäldegalerie - including works by Mantegna, Titian, Dürer, Rubens, Poussin and Canaletto - will go on show at the Royal Academy in Spring 2003. In addition to Italian Renaissance and Baroque masterpieces, the collection includes 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings, and outstanding works by Spanish, French and German painters. Ranging in subject matter from historical, mythological and biblical themes, to dramatic portraits, genre scenes, and spectacular landscapes, the exhibition will provide a unique opportunity to view rarely seen works from Dresden's outstanding collection of Old Master paintings.

24 – 27 April 2003

The London Original Print Fair is an annual event, now in its 16th year. The thirty international dealers exhibiting at the Fair between them cover five centuries of printmaking, from engravings by Dürer to etchings by Hockney. All the works on sale are original prints made by the artist, offering visitors a unique opportunity to buy an original Rembrandt or Picasso for a fraction of the price of a painting. It is the only occasion when art of the past as well as the present can be bought at the Royal Academy.
For press enquiries, please call Cawdell Douglas tel: 020 7439 2822.

Sponsored by A. T. Kearney
2 June – 10 August 2003

The Royal Academy’s annual exhibition, bringing together paintings, sculptures, drawings and models by many of Britain’s most distinguished artists and architects, is the world’s largest open contemporary art exhibition. The majority of works are for sale and prizes totalling £50,000 are offered to artists in various categories.

Sponsored by Walker Morris
4 – 18 June 2003

Highlighting the work of final-year students who have successfully completed the only three-year postgraduate course in painting and sculpture in the country, the exhibition provides an opportunity to view work by young and aspiring artists. Many of the works will be for sale.

28 June – 21 September 2003

Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (1880-1938) was one of the leading artists of German Expressionism and a founder of Die Brücke movement in Dresden. Using pure colour and simplified two-dimensional planes, he explored a new, direct language of art. Early subjects included vibrant landscapes and nudes, while later works produced during his years in Berlin reveal a dramatic shift in style to a more sombre and aggressive vision of urban life, epitomised in his famous street scenes. This will be the first ever major exhibition of his work in this country, focusing on works produced in the period 1905-1915, often considered his most creative and innovative. It will include over a hundred paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures.

9 October – 9 November 2003

Craigie Aitchison is one of the most popular and well-known Royal Academicians, whose work is strikingly original. Known for his fresh and radiantly colourful painting, he has specialised over the years in portraiture, landscape, and paintings of his beloved Bedlington terriers, as well as interpretations of the Crucifixion. This retrospective, comprising some 60 paintings, continues the series of exhibitions devoted to works by Royal Academicians, which have recently included Joe Tilson, Terry Frost and John Hoyland.

The Triumph of Flemish Manuscript Painting in Europe
29 November 2003 – 22 February 2004 (closed 24 + 25 December)

This unique exhibition will bring together some 140 of the most important and exquisite of all illuminated manuscripts. Originally created for the most powerful and wealthy courtiers of Europe, these treasures will be displayed together for the first time. Drawn from collections all over the world, the exhibition will trace the development of manuscript illuminators working in Flanders between 1450 and 1550. Lavish designs cover the pages, bringing to life an imagined courtly world of chivalric romances and opulent landscapes. Illuminating the Renaissance presents a rare opportunity to see the most magnificent manuscripts in existence, including some discoveries of recent years.

31 January – 18 April 2004

Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) belonged to the generation of young, experimental artists at the forefront of French art including Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis. This group of artists, who in the early 1890s formed the Nabis group, were particularly influenced by Paul Gauguin’s use of colour and symbolism. Alongside his friend Bonnard, Vuillard was one of the main practitioners of Intimisme, intimate domestic genre painting. Comprising over 200 works, this first ever major retrospective will represent the full range of his subject matter, including rarely-seen photography, decorative panels for interior settings and set designs for the theatre. Vuillard was a passionate photographer and this will be the first exhibition to explore his photographic output fully.

Plaster Icons: The History and Conservation of the Royal Academy's Cast Collection
Until 31 January 2003

This exhibition features rarely-seen historic plaster casts of famous Classical and Renaissance sculpture and architectural ornament from the RA Schools. It demonstrates the ongoing 5-year conservation and photographic programme, funded by The Monument Trust, which focuses on artists’ teaching materials in the Academy’s Collections. It also demonstrates the crucial role that drawing from casts played in the academic training of artists in the RA Schools right up until the First World War.

The Gifted Hand: Drawings by John Everett Millais from the Royal Academy's Collection
12 February – 16 May 2003

This exhibition will be a rare chance to see the RA’s collection of drawings by Sir John Everett Millais, founding member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and one of the 19th century’s most successful artists. A child prodigy and a prolific sketcher, Millais became the Academy’s youngest ever student in 1840. This display will include some of the artist’s earliest work - impressive academic studies of classical statues, comic illustrations and prize-winning drawings of historical scenes. Millais’s later work is represented by studies for well known Pre-Raphaelite paintings such as The Order of Release as well as by drawings carried out just before his death in 1896.

From Little Acorns… Early works by Academicians
Until 27 February 2003

This exhibition of small works by Royal Academicians has been selected by Antony Whishaw RA. Labels and information on the works have been omitted, leaving the viewer to discover for themselves the identity of the artist and any possible connections between them, hunting out hidden threads linking past and present. Some of the works are for sale.

Jeffery Camp RA
28 February – 12 June 2003

A selection of drawings and paintings of lyrical brilliance that characterise the work of this distinguished Senior Royal Academician.

Craigie Aitchison RA
19 September – 4 December 2003

A display of prints to complement the retrospective in the Sackler Wing (9 October – 9 November).

*The Library Print Room is open to the public 11am – 1pm and 2pm – 4pm Tuesday to Friday.
**The RA Friends Room is open to the public from 4pm – 6pm daily.

For further press information, please contact Caroline Atkinson or Sarah Davies on tel: 020 7300 5615/5610, fax: 020 7300 5886 or email
For public information, please print 020 7300 8000 and December 2002


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