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Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England (Mayfair / St James's / Piccadilly / Green Park )
020 7300 8000
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Ranked #215 of 1,119 Attractions in London
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Art Museums, Educational Sites
Owner description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million... more » Owner description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, whose exhibitions attract over a million people each year. « less
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

The RA is particularly good at curating an exhibition. This autumn's show is an Anselm Kiefer retrospective and it is stunning in every way, don't miss it.

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Sevenoaks, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Went to a late night friends' viewing of Anselm Kiefer Paintings and Sculptures. It was a superb exhibition. Very dark and moody but conveyed his early years of living in Germany after WW2 and during reconstruction and all the bad effects the war had on the people. Huge paintings that could only be shown in Galleries, Museums and very large... More

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is an awe inspiring exhibiton of works. They are on a scale unimaginable, the paintings,books and sculptures alike. I had not seen them before, only as reproductions, so to see them in their intended context was overwhelming. Put together with the aroma of the linseed oil, this made an inspirational experience. I will try to visit again.

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Howden, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

We really loved this exhibition. Very well done. Some beautiful photographs, and interesting information available.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

The Dennis Hopper exhibition is great. It looks like that they used his original prints which is amazing. Given Hopper's access to fellow actors and artists/politicians there are a few very interesting shots of Paul Newman and in particular Bruce Dern. Be aware that the exhibition costs £10 which might be considered a little steep. Still highly recommended.

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Brussels
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

The RA has been, like many national art institutions, rather hide-bound. However I think they have now found an excellent compromise between the more conventional sort of art, as seen in much of the amateur part of the Summer Exhibition and indeed in some of the Royal Academicians' art, and the more ground-breaking artists and exhibitors that have recently been... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Hello back room in the Royal Academy of Arts. This was a fun little surprise for an hour. We were taken to a table and intensely taught for one hour about martini making. And to my surprise it was great fun. You get to learn to say exactly how you like your martini – shaken or stirred – what parts... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Although I have lived in London for over 50 years and have visited all the major art galleries not only in London but in many other parts of the world I have never visited the Summer Exhibition before. Because two of my daughters study art I have a personal interest in developments in the art world and have visited a... More

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Haverfordwest
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

A great day out in a delightful setting. The joy of this exhibition is that there is something for everyone, although I do feel too there is an element of 'the Emperor's New Clothes'! In fact, some of the rather 'questionable' art on display seemed to have received a special prize - all offered for sale at the price of... More

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Cirencester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 via mobile

...is always worth visiting. The sheer variety (and, although this is obviously a subjective opinion, quality) of what is on show is amazing. Allow plenty of time to browse - and possibly buy.

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