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Royal Academy of Arts

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Address: Burlington House | Piccadilly, London W1J 0BD, England
Phone Number: 020 7300 8000
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Description: Founded in 1768, this thriving center of artistic excellence is the oldest...
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.
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The exhibition is something of a mixed bag ie some really amazing sculptures/pictures. On the down side there is some real dross. Still it gives amateur artists like me some... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The exhibition is something of a mixed bag ie some really amazing sculptures/pictures. On the down side there is some real dross. Still it gives amateur artists like me some hope. It's quite expensive to get into the exhibition. The gift shop too is expensive. The cafe is expensive. It's a shame really to exploit art lovers in this way.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

A very well staged exhibition from the moment you head up the stairs. Great use of colour on the walls of the main areas added something extra. Some super and different exhibits amongst the usual RA Summer Exhib stuff!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I've recently visited the Joseph Cornell exhibition called 'Wanderlust' at the Royal Academy of Arts. It is an interesting, thought provoking exhibition and well worth a visit. Although Cornell was born in New York and never left his native country, he travelled widely in his mind through his collection of common, humble artefacts from all over Europe. Eventually he used... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Visited recently to view the annual Summer Exhibition. Given the original & historic splendour of the building it was very brave of the Academy to allow the main exhibition rooms to be painted in beautifully vivid pinks, greens and blues which really set off the art and sculpture. Added to this the striking rainbow stripes of the main staircase wetted... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Sarah - thank you for writing such a kind review. The Summer Exhibition colours were so bright and vivid. Glad you enjoyed them. Many thanks, Kate More 

Tralee, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I have only been here twice now to visit specific exhibitions. This time the Summer Exhibition, and it certainly did not disappoint and exceeded all expectations. From the amazing sculptures of Conrad Shawcross in the beautiful courtyard as you enter off Picadilly to the colourful grand entrance of Jim Lambie's colourful meticulous vinyl tape staircase installation. There were just some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

This is the 3rd year in five that we have gone to the exhibition and every year it never disappoints. I would challenge anyone not to be able to find something of interest or they really like. Really worth price of entrance fee. Drinks in court yard a bit pricey though with not much tables and chairs.

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Jeff - thank you for taking the time to write a review. Really pleased that you enjoyed the show. Sorry to hear that there were not enough tables and chairs in the courtyard, I will look into this for you and see if we can get more furniture for next year. Many thanks and hope to see you again, Kate More 

Birchington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Fabulous loved it! I liked it this year because it wasn't hung so overcrowded ...it felt more easy on the eye. I loved the pink room and that you could get a lovely drink. The colours stairs were wow!!

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The Royal Academy of Arts was running it's Summer Exhibition, beautifully curated and a joy to the senses. Other exhibitions included Joseph Cornell's collage and assemblage works, which were fascinating. This is an exciting space, with outdoor art in the courtyard beckoning you to the delightful exhibit spaces within. It's worth becoming a member -- which allows you access to... More 

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Thank you for your review. Glad to hear you had such a lovely time. We look forward to welcoming you back. Thanks, Kate More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Lovely building, great central position on Piccadilly and helpful staff. The summer exhibition was excellent with lots of innovative work at various prices. We visited close to the end so much had been sold, particularly at the more affordable end of the market. Very spacious galleries so despite being very busy we were still able to view the works with... More 

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Kent, England
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I love the Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition! I've visited every year for about six years and I look forward to it as soon as the year begins. This year has not let me down. The Academy is well located and easy to get to on public transport. It's near Piccadilly Circus tube station, although we walk from Charing Cross mainline... More 

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Kate T, Guest Relations Manager at Royal Academy of Arts, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write such a lovely review. I was pleased to hear you enjoyed the galleries and our courtyard. I agree it is a good sun trap. We look forward to welcoming you back. Thanks, Kate (PS - I can confirm working so close to such a lovely macaron shop is a dangerous temptation!) More 

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