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“Manet, Sydney Lee Cafe”

Royal Academy of Arts
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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.
Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

What a delight to return
The Kee exhibition though small was a great "desert" after the main course of Manet a wonderful exhibition
Executed very well but a little busy and a two hour queue !!
The starter was the cafe which was a little cramped with slow service but they are limited on space

Thank ian g
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

I pre-booked tickets to the exhibition and avoided the long queues outside; my sense of achievement was shortlived because the queues inside the various rooms detracted from a very fine collection on display. It was almost impossible to view the works as intended.
The RA does need to balance maximum ticket sales at any given period against customer enjoyment - a fine line I am sure but not to be overlooked.

Thank Glyn1234Birmingham
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

We saw two exhibits -- one on Manet's portraits and the other a retrospective of the work of George Bellows. The Manet was interesting but so crowded that we found it hard to really see the works. The Bellows exhibit, however, was exhilarating -- a real revelation about the range of his work.

Thank kaydc
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

First exhibition in UK of this interesting artist.

When Bellows died at age forty-two, he was considered one of the greatest artists in America. His fascination with New York’s gritty urban landscape, its technological marvels and the diversity of its inhabitants, made him both an artist of the modern city and an insightful observer of the dynamic and challenging decades of the early 20th century.

I visited last Monday - it is almost opposite Ritz Hotel. Wondered why press and crowds were there. Later found out Maggie Thacher was dead and lived in there - how awful to experience such poverty!

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Reviewed April 10, 2013

The Manet exhibition was hyped in Belgium (by the newspapers) as one of London's must-see exhibitions. It was somewhat of a disappointment to my husband, but not to me, as I found it to be quite an impressive display of Manet's work in one location. The fact that I had to queue for 20 minutes to get a ticket (because we didn't buy one online) or that I had to queue to see each work, did not matter - you know you have to when you visit London and make such decisions on the spot. What did bother me, was that it was equally a display of the main sponsor and a parade of the sponsor's employees (who, obviously, did not have to queue). Sponsors are good, and necessary for the arts. But the parade - in the line of work of this particular sponsor more than ever - has come to an end. Especially when you charge a considerable entrance fee.
With regard to the facilities of the buildings: several of the ladies' toilets were apparently clogged and clearly not looked after (only just in the morning, right after opening).

Thank AVG31
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